An autoimmune disease occurs when your immune system goes into overdrive and starts attacking healthy systems in your own body. Diseases you may be familiar with, such as type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, are examples. Often, they arise due to increased inflammation in your body that’s worsened by dietary or lifestyle choices. Dr. Shaun “Skye” LaChute of Integral Natural Medicine in Bellevue, Washington, will assess your autoimmune condition and help you with strategies to ease symptoms, or put it into remission.
The trigger for autoimmune conditions isn’t fully understood. It may be a bacteria or virus, a chemical irritant, a traumatic event, or something in the environment. But that trigger prompts your immune system to produce antibodies that attack your own tissues. Many cases of autoimmune disease have a genetic link or are related to an allergy or intolerance to a specific food.
As many as 80 different types of autoimmune disorders exist, and each has symptoms that may be unique to the specific body system affected. There are autoimmune conditions that affect the muscles, the gut, the skin, the blood vessels, or the endocrine glands. You may suffer from more than one autoimmune condition, too, such as having both celiac disease and lupus.
Many autoimmune diseases share similar symptoms, including:
A naturopath is particularly appropriate to help in the case of autoimmune conditions because she looks at the whole person, not just the symptoms. While autoimmune conditions can’t be cured, their symptoms can be managed to the point that they produce minimal interference in your daily life.
Dr. Skye can look at possible dietary, lifestyle, stress, hormonal, or genetic reasons for your immune system’s disruption. She’ll use food allergy testing, clinical nutrition, natural supplementation, and herbal medicine to pinpoint triggers, ease symptoms, and heal your condition.
In addition, she can help you manage your reactions to physical, emotional, and mental stress to help reduce anxiety as well as gastrointestinal and sleep symptoms related to your autoimmune condition.
"Dr. Skye’s great-listening skills combined with a wealth of expertise produced very targeted & spot-on advice that has greatly improved my sleep & daily energy level."
"I have appreciated Dr. LaChute’s care over the last few months. She is a knowledgeable, gentle, & caring practitioner. She’s personally easy to relate to~ very friendly"