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I’ve never been much of a TV watcher. I haven’t owned a television in a decade and truth be told, I “watch” very little on my laptop. I’m a book nerd.
While recently on vacation I turned on the TV where I was staying and landed on CBS and the very beginning of a show. OH MY GOD. It was like a train wreck. I couldn’t look away.
In the span of an hour there were 3 advertisements for 3 different immune suppressing drugs to treat psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Don’t get me wrong, even without watching TV it’s impossible to avoid the conversation around pharmaceutical ads. I just couldn’t believe the barrage of them. Mind boggling.
I am NOT anti-pharmaceutical. Let’s get that on the table, first. I am, however, against STARTING with drugs if there is a food and/or lifestyle intervention that will give you the same outcome.
Why not just pop a pill and keep doing what you enjoy?
Side effects. They are serious business.
The vast majority of people who come across my path have autoimmune diseases, many with the ones I previously mentioned— psoriasis, RA, psoriatic arthritis. The medical industrial complex (MIC) has a first line of care….pharmaceutical drugs. Functional medicine, which you know I promote heavily, cares about getting to the root cause of your problem so that you can attempt to remedy it without pharmaceutical intervention.
Let’s talk immunosuppressant drugs for a moment and to get a quick overview of what they do. The fine print on their packages don’t lie, y’all. Read that shit.
Your immune system is like the security system on your house. If someone tries to break into your house it sends out an alert and requests help, right? Same thing with your immune system. If a virus, infection, parasite, bacteria and even cancer try and get a foot hold in your body, the immune system sends out fighters to eradicate them.
The immune system recognizes the cells of your body and tries to get rid of anything it does not recognize. When you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system starts to get some mixed signals and the body can start to attack itself.
There are a myriad of modern day contributors to an OVER STIMULATED immune system and leaky gut. Food, chemicals, stress, environmental exposures, trauma and even shitty relationships. Functional medicine has proven over and over again that the root cause of many autoimmune diseases (and the overstimulation of the immune system) are rooted the items I listed above….all of them things we can change instead of just popping a pill.
There is always talk in my community of the increased risk of cancer when people take immunosuppressant drugs long term. It’s real. If diet and lifestyle interventions don’t work, then you should absolutely consider your other options, I know I would. But don’t choose the drugs because you are too lazy to change. I call bullshit on that one.
Choosing to suppress your immune system first, is a choice. However, there are other choices. When you choose drugs first, it’s like making the the body show up to a knife fight armed with a spoon. Immunosuppressant drugs stop the immune system from doing its job — protecting you.
So while this class of drugs might be helping your symptoms short-term, it is leaving your body more susceptible to illness because your protective mechanisms are not in place. It’s like leaving the front door of your home wide open when you go on vacation. Anyone can come in and do what they want, uninhibited.
Know what you’re taking and how it is affecting YOU.
You deserve better.
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