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A New Take on Fighting Autoimmune Diseases

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Dr. Amy Myers’ new book, {The Autoimmune Solution}, discusses alternative measures.

By Tom Hushen

From mid-August to November 2014, more than 1,100 people throughout 47 states have had respiratory infections caused by Enterovirus D68. While enterovirus was the root cause of poliovirus, this infection can lead to the creation of autoimmune diseases, such as severe allergies, coronary heart disease, dermatomyositis, diabetes and arthritis, just to name a few. This year, EV D68 has been the most common type of enterovirus identified, leading to increases in illnesses among children and affecting those with asthma most severely.

Dr. Amy Myers’ new book, The Autoimmune Solution, aims to help prevent these types of diseases from starting in the first place. Her book, which is due out next year, claims that ,more than 50 million Americans are suffering from an autoimmune disease. There is no current form of treatment for these diseases other than to take immunosuppression drugs. These drugs lose their effectiveness as time passes, and can also have some serious side effects.

{The Autoimmune Solution} is built on four pillars that focus on diet, stress and the environment. The first pillar is centered on eliminating toxic foods, such as caffeine and sugar, and inflammatory foods like dairy, gluten and grains, which could disrupt the digestive system. The second pillar is introducing restorative ingredients and supplements, such as healthy fats and probiotics.

The last two pillars are focused outside of the digestive realm and more on identification. The third pillar focuses on recognizing and eliminating any environmental toxins from everyday items like shampoo and cosmetics. The final pillar is to understand and work on your emotional and mental state, focusing on things that could exacerbate the immune system’s response to external toxins.

The book also discusses the eight major myths associated with autoimmune conditions, and has a comprehensive guide to identifying and eliminating sources of toxins in your everyday life. The book will also come with a 30-day meal plan that includes satisfying recipes, a list of foods to avoid, recommended kitchen products and prepping tips for quick meals.

Graduating from the University of South Carolina, and medical school from Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Myers has spent most of her time researching autoimmune diseases. Myers is the founder and current medical director of Austin UltraHealth. With her book slated for a January 2015 release date, it will be available just in time for those New Year’s resolutions.



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