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According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 23.5 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases primarily affect young people and middle-aged people and are increasing at an alarming rate of three to nine percent every year! To date, there are over eighty types of autoimmune diseases, some of the most common of which are lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Many target a single organ, such as the pancreas in type I diabetes or the thyroid in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis; others like lupus affect the whole body.

So what is autoimmunity? Autoimmunity means that your body’s immune system is over-stimulated and begins to attack its own tissues. In health matters, the immune system can differentiate foreign cells from the “self,” guarding against foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. In autoimmunity, however, the immune system mistakes a part of your body as foreign. It releases proteins called autoantibodies which then attack healthy cells.

How can the immune system make such a critical mistake? The most common cause is related to a disturbance in gut health. Seventy percent of your immune system resides in the gut, located just below the very thin single-celled wall of the small and large intestines. Chronic assaults on the digestive tract, including the use of antibiotics, antacids and pesticide-laden foods, can damage the fragile lining and disrupt the microflora. A hyper-vigilant immune system can then “label” the proteins in food as “enemies”. Not only can this lead to a multitude of food sensitivities, but the proteins in some foods are very similar to the proteins in the body. Over time, an increasingly over-stimulated immune system can begin to attack its own tissues. To make matters worse, an overgrowth of pathogens from the disturbed microflora can trigger increased inflammation and significantly worsen immune stress.

While most autoimmune diseases are treated with strong immunosuppressive drugs, these have serious long-term side effects. Natural approaches that avoid or reduce the use of these drugs can be very effective, including personalized diets that reduce inflammation, avoid food sensitivities, restore balance to the gut flora, and heal the gut lining. Acupuncture has been clinically shown to reverse or stabilize the progression of autoimmune disease in many patients by calming the immune response and reversing the body’s sensitivity to the “trigger”.

At Vital Health, we use a variety of techniques, especially acupuncture and deep nutrition, to restore balance to the body’s intestinal and immune health. Special targeted supplements gently pull the immune system away from its target, allowing the body to heal. If you have an autoimmune disease, don’t wait! It is important to act as soon as possible.

Find out more by attending our upcoming health class, “Fighting Autoimmune Diseases Naturally,” 7:30 pm Wednesday, October 13 at Vital Health in Coeur d’Alene. Price: $ 10. Attend in person or online via Zoom. To register, dial 208-765-1994 or go to

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Darcy Greenwald has a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine, is a Licensed Acupuncturist, is Board Certified in Western Herbalism, and has extensive training in Nutritional Therapy. She has over 20 years of experience in natural medicine.

Darcy is a “health sleuth,” she looks beyond the picture of your symptoms and examines WHY you are experiencing your symptoms in the first place. Darcy is currently accepting new patients and providing natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements at Vital Health in Coeur d’Alene.

Visit our website at to learn more about Darcy, check out the list of upcoming health classes, and read other informative articles. Darcy can be reached at 208-765-1994 and will be happy to answer any questions you may have on this matter.

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