Those of us with loved ones suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) know personally how frustrating, painful, and heart-wrenching this disease can be. Affecting nearly 2.5 million people worldwide, MS is a demon that many people are familiar with. There are 4 types of MS: relapsing-remitting, secondary-progressive, primary-progressive, and progressive-relapsing. The most common type is relapsing-remitting, which involves periods of remission when hope for recovery makes an appearance, but these periods are almost always followed by a relapse that reminds us of the nastiness of this disease.
Multiple sclerosis is caused by an immune system reaction that attacks the protective myelin sheath that surrounds nerve cells. The myelin sheath is often compared to the insulation coating on electrical wires because it serves a very similar function. When that coating is bombarded with autoantibodies (antibodies that attack our own tissue cells), nerve communication is disrupted. This nerve damage can lead to a multitude of symptoms, including numbness in limbs, partial or complete loss of vision, intense fatigue, and eventually paralysis.
Treatments that are available for MS are expensive, experimental, and provide temporary relief at best. Most MS patients focus their treatment plans around physical therapy. Though keeping the muscles in use and attempting to reconnect neurons through this method is helpful, it does not address the root cause of the problem.
As with all other autoimmune disorders and diseases, the root cause of multiple sclerosis is immune system dysregulation. Dr. Autoimmune uses the holistic functional medicine approach to explore all possible factors that are contributing to the disease.
Also consistent with other autoimmune disorders, our body’s environment (food, toxins, medication, and even psychosocial factors) can trigger flare ups of multiple sclerosis. Examining each individual’s body’s environment through conversation (a method unique to functional medicine) and testing is a very important part of treating any condition, but especially MS since each trigger can lead to intense periods of relapse. Once your specific root causes and triggers are identified, this disease can be much easier to manage.
Dr. Autoimmune’s team knows how to individualize care for you. We understand that everyone’s body and the way their disease manifests are unique. After learning about you and your personal MS journey, we will explore natural, safe, and effective methods for managing your condition. These methods may include dietary changes, various therapies that we offer in office, and neurologic support. Our mission is to help your body heal itself and find relief!
Using adjustments, blood analysis, supplements, suggested diet and exercise, Dr. Hollaman has been able to recreate the proper function of my endocrine system and I feel like a new person! I’ve lost weight and feel good about myself again. I know that my health is better than it has been for many years and I am no longer taking thyroid supplementation.
Ian really knows A LOT about thyroid problems! His knowledge and confidence convinced me to make the lifestyle changes -including no gluten, no sugar, and more exercise-that are essential to healing hormonal imbalances and to staying well. Several months later, I feel stronger, more energetic, and am happier than I have felt in a long time. Many thanks for all your help!
I initially started seeing Dr Ian for intense tiredness, digestive problems, low thyroid and a slew of other symptoms. He has been so amazing in supporting me to continuously make improvements and the results have been incredible. I highly recommend him, he is intuitive, wise and a high integrity person that I respect and value!
Dr Ian helped me overcome many health problems. When I initially went to see him, I was suffering from hypo-thyroidism. With his help, I am no longer hypo-thyroid. Amazing Results! He is highly recommended!
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