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Immune Health

Immune Health

Your body’s best defense. 

The immune system consists of the organs and processes that provide resistance to infection and toxins. Some examples of the pathogens it protects you against include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Immune cells roam through the blood, organs, and tissues searching for any unwanted inhabitants.  When necessary, bands of immune cells will migrate to a damaged or infected area to mount an attack, clean the area of debris, and lay the foundation for growth and repair.

You have immune cells everywhere in your body, and they play a substantial role in the health of every organ system. That means deviations in the immune system can target specific tissues even if the problem is systemic in nature.  In other instances injury, exposure, stress, or poor diet depress the capacity immune system to do its job throughout the entire body.

Your immune system functions to rid you of pathogens and abnormal cells.  If it isn’t functioning well, you will be more susceptible to:

  • Colds and flus
  • Strep throat
  • Pneumonia
  • Candida infections
  • Cancers
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Nail infections

Too much of a good thing can lead to problems as well.  If your immune system is hyperactive, this can lead to allergic symptoms and autoimmune diseases, such as:

  • Anaphylactic reactions and severe allergies
  • Hypersensitivity reactions to food, drugs, or the environment
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Celiac disease
  • Sjogren’s disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Graves’ disease
  • Type I diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pernicious anemia

Since the immune system is ever-present, identifying and addressing immune issues requires a complete history, pertinent physical exams, lab tests and imaging. The SCNM Clinic is equipped to help you support and balance your immune system, whether caused by poor nutrition, stress, HIV/AIDS, leukemia, etc.  Common treatments are diet and supplementation, acupuncture, homeopathy, botanical medicine, mind-body, and hydrotherapy.  Your treatment will be tailored for you, addressing the root causes as well as providing instant relief.  

Naturopathic care for immune health will inevitably lead to better overall health and increased quality of life.  At the SCNM Clinic, naturopathic physicians provide compassionate and focused care, along with the tools and knowledge you need to live a healthier life.  

Click here to schedule an appointment with an SCNM physician, student clinician or resident, or call 480.428.3232.