Holistic Healing for Autoimmune
Infections, in general, are a group of conditions characterized by an immune system whose defenses have been breached. A healthy immune system is fighting off infective agents all the time, often without us even noticing. We are under constant attack from bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites.
Acute infections are those when the defenses are breached, but the immune system responds actively. After a brief battle, the immune system is typically victorious, and in many cases, antibodies formed from the exposure can protect the individual for certain periods of time from future infections. Chronic infections are scenarios where the immune system fails to respond to the infective agent – for many possible reasons. It can cause inflammation of tissues that we may, or may not, be able to feel but which can have long term deleterious effects. Chronic infection can affect and weaken the immune system, resulting in many serious disorders. The result is often an autoimmune diagnosis.
Dr. Peter Amato, Board Certified Doctor of Natural Medicine and founder of Inner Harmony Wellness Center in Dalton, PA, has created the Inner Harmony Approach: a five-step process to optimal health. “When focusing on clearing chronic infection, we focus first on creating an alkaline environment in the body, boosting the immune system, and then adding antivirals. Once the immune system is bolstered and strong, we can begin to get to the root cause of the cluster symptoms or infections that our healthcare system labels as autoimmune.”