My Autoimmune Story
My first introduction to autoimmunity was my own. When my youngest daughter was 15 months old, I started feeling a deep pain in my hips. Over the course of 3 months, the pain worsened dramatically and moved upward into my shoulders and neck. I couldn’t turn my head while driving, it was torturous to pick up my children, and the simple act of pulling my legs out of my pants sometimes made me collapse from the pain. It also came with flu-like symptoms, with achiness and stiffness all over my body. I often felt like I had sand in my joints, making it slow to walk and move. It took 6 months to get a diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica and start on prednisone. I knew it wasn’t great to be on prednisone long-term, but I was begging for relief. At least I could function for my family, even if I never felt well.
Why does the body turn on itself?
I didn’t understand the concept of autoimmunity. The doctors didn’t know the cause. I felt like my body had betrayed me. After all, I had always focused on eating well and exercising. In the end, my disease subsided after 3 years and the worst of my symptoms went away. But I continued to have a lot of inflammation in my joints.
I have seen too much autoimmunity among my friends since then. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Sjogrens syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Wegener’s disease, CNS vasculitis. There are over 100 autoimmune diseases. Some are life-threatening, and most are life-changing.
The Autoimmune Protocol
If you’re reading this page, you may have heard of the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). You may think it’s only a special diet. In truth, it is the gold-standard for using both nutrition and lifestyle to manage the symptoms that come with autoimmunity. This holistic approach includes six pillars. We address each one.
The beauty of the Autoimmune Protocol is that it is a template. Every person is bio-individual with unique life circumstances. The AIP template takes this into account. We consider everything going on in your life to create your individualized plan that addresses the six pillars.
I was suffering with tingling in my hands and feet, and had numbness in my legs and most of my torso when I began my nutritional program with Therese. The pain I was experiencing made it impossible to sleep, workout, and run more than a couple of steps. My neurologist confirmed that I was having an autoimmune attack on my nervous system. Working through my program, I saw noticeable improvements in my MRIs at 3mos, 6mos, and at 1 year was declared condition free. The pain in my hands and feet are gone as is almost all of the numbness. I can now sleep, run, workout, and live my life pain free. An additional benefit has been a realignment of my gut health, and digestive issues are a thing of the past.
Put Out the Fire Autoimmune Package
Our Put Out The Fire Autoimmune Package is a full-service package designed to drive down inflammation and help the body rebalance its immune response. We do a deep dive into your situation to identify what is burdening your immune system and driving your inflammation. We may recommend additional testing and targeted supplements to improve your results.
This premium package includes:
- Six 60-minute appointments (typically 6-8 months)
- Your individualized nutrition and lifestyle therapy plan for your own health situation
- Handouts and inventories to fully educate you about the AIP template, how to phase in, the food reintroduction process and tools for success
- Resources to help you succeed (recipes, meal planning help, how to shop, food tracking app, meal delivery services, stress management strategies)
- Education, so you know the science behind what we’re doing
- Check-ins by e-mail/text for help and accountability
Functional tests (e.g., micronutrient, GI test, food sensitivity) are paid separately and they typically cost between $350-$450. We will cover the results of any functional testing in our appointments.
Supplements are recommended through one of my dispensaries and are paid for separately. I offer a 10% discount on all supplements.