Speaker 1: Welcome back. Millions of Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases and inflammation, and the number of cases is on the rise, but the causes of these chronic conditions are often misunderstood. Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach is here to assor it all out for us, so I’m so glad you’re here. Yeah. Welcome.
Speaker 2: Thank you for having me.
Speaker 1: Yes. Appreciate it. And I know a lot of people have issues where they’re tired all the time feeling down in the dumps or depressed and Yeah. They don’t know what to do about it and maybe they have GI issues. Yeah. And you’re saying a lot of this could be from autoimmune diseases.
Speaker 2: Yes, exactly. And I also find that a lot of times people, they’ll go to doctor after doctor, they’re very frustrated, they feel. Hopeless, all of those various emotions that come up with not feeling well, plus they’re not feeling well on top of that. A lot of times people don’t necessarily understand what the immune system does, what it does is it connects self from non self or rather separates out self from non self so the body will attack anything that’s. Non-self, like the environment, like heavy metals. Oh yeah. Chemicals, bacterias, viruses, any of those sorts of things, any pathogens that the body may be exposed to. And then over time what happens is the body begins to misfire almost like the body gets tired, if you will. And that’s why a lot of times people with autoimmune conditions have so much fatigue because their immune systems are running like nonstop to try to. These invaders.
Speaker 1: So what types of autoimmune diseases are you speaking of? Like thyroid, things like that?
Speaker 2: Yeah, like Hashimotos thyroiditis has an autoimmune component to it. Lupus, Lyme disease, there’s so many different, there’s about 80 different autoimmune, I know autoimmune diseases with all sorts of different variations to them, but in essence, it’s just the body attacking itself.
Speaker 1: Ooh, yeah. And so why does this happen and how do you prevent it or.
Speaker 2: So a lot of times people are talking about the understanding of the microbiome, meaning the bacterias. So we went from a period of time where, our hygiene practices were not great. , then we went to like super clean with antibacterial everything. So what they’re saying in the scientific studies are that we’ve over cleaned ourselves. So we’re not being exposed as children to all of the various bacterias that help the body to, build a healthy immune system. The first thousand days of life is critical to the. Also too, a lot of people, they don’t think about perinatal care, meaning before they actually get pregnant, getting their bodies prepared for that. So then maybe they’re eating healthy, maybe they’re not. Maybe they’re have balanced nutrition, maybe they’re not.
Then they have children and then antibacterial. Chlorine on everything, and oh no. Yeah. And so what happens with that is that then the body doesn’t build up its immune system to be able to resist against, let’s say, different bacterias or viruses that it may be exposed to.
Speaker 1: So how do you know if you have an autoimmune disease?
Speaker 2: So we look at the immune system. . So we look at a CBC with differential, which is a blood work panel. . But then we’re also looking at various different immune system markers. So we’re looking at like your H S C R P, your inflammatory markers, cuz inflammation is just a response to something in the body.
So that’s a key indicator to let us know that there’s something underlying that’s going on. We can look at organic. Profiles in terms of your small intestines, how that’s doing. Cuz again, majority of your immune system is housed in your digestive system. We also look at the large intestines too. We can see bacterias, viruses, candida, yeast. Oh yeah. All different sorts of,
Speaker 1: They can all cause inflammation and, oh yeah. . So a lot of doctors I know don’t look at the full body approach. Yeah. Why is that important to do?
Speaker 2: It’s important to do because, every organ. To every other organ. It’s not okay, your liver’s over here, your GI system’s over here, you’re all one human being And so we wanna look at all the various components to be able to balance those. It’s all about finding balance. And when a person has an autoimmune disease, that means that their body isn’t hyperdrive, they’re not in balance.
Speaker 1: Okay. I know you have some classes as well that talk. Stuff. Tell us about that.
Speaker 2: Definitely. Every month we teach various classes. So we have classes coming up May 14th, May 19th, and May 25th. They’re all of our food for thought classes. They’re all relating to autoimmunity, inflammation, and we really understand why people pick themselves apart. Meaning like an autoimmune condition relate. To somebody, literally their bodies are fighting themselves.
Speaker 1: So from an emotional level, we look at criticism, self-worth, self-acceptance, self-appreciation, all relating to the GI system. Wow. Very good information there. You learn something new every day. Your contact information is on the screen. Yes. Dr. Steele, thank you so much for being here.
Speaker 2: Yes, thank you for having me.
Speaker 1: We appreciate it.
Speaker 2: Awesome.