In this series of articles, I am exploring the Autoimmune Spectrum.
If you have not read the previous articles, TAP the appropriate link below.
The Five Stages
In this article, I am going to introduce you to Stage Five of the Autoimmune Spectrum and an overview of the protocols I recommend.
When I work with patients in Stage Five of Autoimmune Dysfunction, the first conversation I have is about their journey through the Five Stages. When did things start? How fast did they progress? What was the initial trigger?
I ALWAYS take into account the Autoimmune Warning Signs and any significant trauma in their lives.
The more warning signs people have, the more patient and consistent they need to be.
It has been my experience, through the last 25 years of clinical practice, that 80% of my Autoimmune patients have experienced life-changing trauma.
Trauma has many layers. It can affect you on an instinctual level, making your nervous system VERY nervous – even if you meditate. This keeps your stress hormones and your immune system on red alert – until they become exhausted – over and over again until your physiological adaptability wears out.
Trauma can change your intuition into a visceral need for control – changing your relationships and your approach to solving problems. If all of the recent research on the connection between your nervous system, hormones, neurotransmitters, and your immune system is true – which is the basis for Traditional Chinese medicine – then this consistent war with judgement, shame, and control will determine your health to a great deal.
Trauma can also determine your existential relationship with meaning, truth, justice, and life.
Depending on the combination and amounts of instinctual, visceral, and existential trauma some people reach for any form of relief. Approximately 60% of my autoimmune patients have experienced some form of addiction.
If you are experiencing Stage Five of the spectrum, it is time to get completely honest with yourself about any trauma you may have experienced in your life. This is not true of everyone, but it is worth looking into. If you have experienced trauma, or not, the physiology and psychology of a chronic illness can be a form of trauma.
I encourage each and every patient I have, with stage three or beyond to see a Somatic Therapist. This form of therapy is like acupuncture for the mind, heart, and soul.
what options you can negotiate with after you have read through the 4 phases and six pillars of the Ancestral AIP.