Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
– James Baldwin, Author & Activist
If you have been trying for any length of time to heal from an autoimmune disorder (or more than one!) you may reach a point where your healing has stalled or you feel like you’ve plateaued. Or, in some cases you may feel like you fully reversed the autoimmune condition(s); and then, much to your shock, frustration, and major disappointment, symptoms return, sometimes with a vengeance. What in the world is going on?! That’s a great question and there may be a number of reasons.
Why Am I Not Healing Fully?
First, I empathize with your frustration. It literally took me 26 years to beat MS, and it wasn’t because I wasn’t trying hard. I just didn’t have a guide or a roadmap, or even the internet for much of that time. I was left to my own intuition and experimentation: lots of trial and mostly error. Finally, when I discovered Functional Medicine (aka “root cause medicine”) in 2010, I began teasing apart the big question, WHY did I have the MS in the first place?
The answer wasn’t (and is rarely) one thing. Functional Medicine uncovered a multitude of reasons, including food sensitivities to gluten and cow dairy, candida overgrowth from a lifetime of sugar, parasites from international travel (possibly sushi bars too), high levels of mercury from silver fillings (probably tuna too), mycotoxins from mold exposure growing up, plus chronic Lyme and co-infections, likely acquired while hiking in Vermont. I didn’t need Functional Medicine to confirm that I had an overload of chronic stress or early childhood trauma.
One by one, I tackled the list. Well, the stress and trauma I had already been successfully addressing for two decades, bringing MS symptoms down as I calmed my nervous system. The gluten removal was the lynchpin that reset my gut and unburdened my immune system, shutting off the MS expression. But I didn’t stop there. On a mission to lower my toxic load, I kept chipping away at the other root causes, knowing full well that any one of them has the potential to damage the gut lining and flip on the MS switch again. Today I remain symptom-free and keep my toxin bucket as empty as practical.
Here’s one of the biggest gems I’ve learned in the past thirteen years since reversing the MS:
You don’t have to eradicate every last thing on your list and I’m not sure you could if you tried. You just need to unburden your immune system enough to have it function properly and stop fighting YOU. In other words, you need to create enough margin in your toxin bucket.
Now I want to shine a light on all the reasons why you may not be fully healing. In my Functional Natural Medicine practice I collaborate with Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) who specialize in resolving the big root causes of autoimmunity, like gut imbalances, chronic infections, and toxic burdens. These are the biggest reasons we see time and again why people still have symptoms.
The Top Reasons Why You May Not Be Healing Fully – And How You CAN
As you can see, there are many reasons why healing may be stalled. Did you resonate with any? Take heart in knowing that symptoms are just messages inviting you to find and address your root causes. Have the courage to continue and channel any discomfort or anxiety to propel you to action. As you take action to unburden your immune system you will be gaining more margin in your toxin bucket, and that’s the healing and prevention path.
Complete healing is possible and we see people transcend their autoimmune disorders every single week. If you want my personal help and are ready, willing, and able to invest in your best health, I offer Functional Medicine Total Health Transformation Programs over Zoom. I collaborate with skilled naturopaths who are expert in resolving root causes like gut disorders, chronic infections and toxic burdens which are almost always part of the autoimmune puzzle. Together we provide comprehensive, customized treatment plans, and collaborative, caring support. If you are ready to beat autoimmune and reclaim your best life please book a 30–minute consultation with me to gain clarity, confidence, and explore the possibility of working together. Note that the discovery calls and programs are limited to people who live in the continental U.S. (except NY due to state laws).
Keep going and never ever EVER give up!