Holistic Lupus Treatment Center in Scottsdale, Arizona
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that causes many symptoms and complications for an individual and their family. The cause of this disease is unknown and its course often varies from patient to patient. It is an inflammatory auto-immune disease of connective tissue (which forms the skin, joints, and muscles), where the immune system is overactive.
Conventional treatment aims at various pathways to block the immune system. This treatment is often necessary to get the disease process under control so that the patient can function. The treatment of lupus with Naturopathic medicine involves the evaluation of the whole body, including how it is affected by inflammation.
Naturopathic treatment of lupus may involve the use of acupuncture, homeopathy, lifestyle and stress counseling, and herbal therapies to address immune system over-activation. Often there is alternative and integrative testing that may be performed to assist with the treatment approach.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is a disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissues in the body causing a wide range of health issues. The inflammation that occurs with lupus and the attacks on the healthy tissue can affect the skin, hair, brain, joints, organs, and blood vessels. Because symptoms can come and go, many people don’t realize they have an autoimmune response happening. Rather they may think they are simply sick with a virus, or they may have been diagnosed with some other health issue since lupus symptoms mimic those of other diseases.
Lupus Disease Symptoms
Lupus disease symptoms can vary from person to person. Common symptoms are:
- Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
- Unexplained fever
- Facial rash presenting in the shape of a butterfly over the cheeks and nose
- Hair loss
- Kidney problems
- Lung problems
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Thyroid issues
- Skin lesions
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Dry eyes and mouth
- Brain fog
- Memory issues
As you can see by looking at this list, it would be easy to misdiagnose a person with some of the symptoms listed. For example, some of these issues occur with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. Others are common with diabetes or arthritis.
Lupus Disease Causes
The medical community at large does not know the causes of lupus. Some claim it has to do with exposure to the sun, infections, or medications a person takes. Others say it is related to genetics and environmental factors.
At the Brio Medical integrative wellness center in Scottsdale, Arizona, we know that there are multifaceted reasons the body develops an autoimmune disease like lupus. We know for example that most disease is caused by one or a combination of these three things:
- Deficiency: The body needs something.
- Toxicity: The body has something in it that it shouldn’t have.
- Allergy: The body is allergic to something.
An autoimmune disease like lupus can develop when there are proteins that are coming into the body that it thinks are foreign. For example, lupus may be caused by leaky gut syndrome, where the lining of the intestine is damaged and food proteins and toxins get into the bloodstream. Because these substances are not supposed to be in the blood, the immune system reacts by attacking them, which creates collateral damage in surrounding tissues and organs. The intestinal wall can be damaged by:
- Food allergies
- Bacterial infections
- Yeast overgrowth (Candidiasis)
- Overuse of antibiotics
- Environmental toxins
- Heavy metals
Lupus Disease Diagnosis and Treatment
Often the medical community treats lupus and other autoimmune diseases by suppressing the immune system. While these treatments may help temporarily, they do not solve the problem, and they put the individual at an increased risk of other health issues.
At LifeWorks Wellness Center we believe in finding and treating the root cause of the disease. As such we do a functional evaluation to help determine what is really going on. We look for whatever may be causing lupus and treat that, naturally.
Because the underlying cause of lupus can vary, each natural treatment protocol is specifically tailored to each individual. These may include a combination of:
- Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)
- Ozone Therapy
- IV Therapy
- Leaky Gut Syndrome Treatments
- Major Autohemotherapy (MAH)
- Heavy Metal Toxicity Therapy
- Lyme Disease Treatment
At least 38 different drugs have been reported to cause a syndrome in humans that resembles lupus, although drug-induced lupus differs somewhat from typical lupus in its clinical and laboratory presentation. The fact that different drugs can cause lupus raises the possibility that environmental chemicals and pollutants might play a role in the spontaneous formation of the disease. Specific drugs implicated in lupus include aromatic amines (e.g., procainamide), or contain hydrazine groups (e.g., hydralazine, phenelzine), and similar compounds are present in the environment in the form of pesticides, plastics, and dyes to name a few.
In an observational study of African Americans living in Gainesville, Georgia who had been exposed to industrial emissions for a long period of time, the prevalence of lupus was 6-fold higher in that community, and the incidence was 9-fold higher; the highest values that had ever been reported.
In addition, patients with lupus tend to have a genetic variation that renders them to acetylate slowly. Thus chemicals like aromatic amines and hydrazines are metabolized by the acetylation pathway slowly and linger in the body causing toxicity. Consequently, individuals who are slow acetylators are at an increased risk of developing lupus from procainamide or hydralazine.
In one case report, three patients with long-standing lupus resolved their symptoms by adopting a gluten-free diet. One of the patients had diagnosed with celiac disease. Two of the three patients also had IGA deficiency. Additional lupus case reports describe resolved or improved lupus symptoms after identification and avoidance of allergenic foods.
Dhea-sulfate levels have been found to be lower in patients with lupus and numerous studies have demonstrated a reduction in disease activity, and in some cases complete remission, during treatment with DHEA.
Testosterone: Levels of testosterone are low in patients with lupus, and the decrease is accentuated by the administration of steroid medication to control lupus in some patients. The treatment of testosterone in the animal model of lupus has produced good results.
Several practitioners have reported that some patients with lupus improved after undergoing an “anti-Candida” program of diet, supplements, and antifungal medications. The diet involves avoidance of refined sugar, yeast containing foods, and total carbohydrates.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know how difficult it can be when you’re deciding which doctor to finding answers for your health If you have any additional questions or would like more information about our services and natural treatment options, give us a call at 1-866-379-8381 and speak directly with a patient care coordinator to learn more about your treatment options at Brio Medical.
Brio Medical is located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, just 15 minutes away from Downtown Phoenix and the Phoenix International Airport (PHX).
Brio-Medical treats all forms of cancer, Lyme Disease, environmental disease, autoimmune, and chronic degenerative diseases such as chronic infections, auto-immune disease, and fine-tuning the body to slow the aging and degenerative process of the body.
We have a proven track record of successful diagnosis and treatment of numerous diseases, dysfunctions, and traumas. We offer a specific preventative wellness program to fight early signs of disease and aging for those individuals who strive for healthy living and improved longevity.
To view all the conditions we treat, visit the Conditions We Treat page or click on one of the links below:
- Integrative Oncology
- Lyme Disease
- Mold Toxicity
- Tick-borne Coinfections
- Environmental Disease
- PANDAS / PANS
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)
As the premier integrative wellness center in Arizona, Brio Medical specializes in offering a hybrid of both conventional and alternative treatments to provide patients with a variety of non-toxic and science-based treatments leveraging research from around the world.
Most typical cancer, Lyme Disease, and environmental disease protocols attack other aspects of the patient’s health and cause multiple complications, some of which are very serious and debilitating, it is our philosophy that in order to strengthen the body, enhance the immune system, and the natural disease-fighting aspects of the patient while starving cancer and creating a host environment that is not conducive to the growth of reproduction of the cancer cells, spirochetes, or other biological threats. We stress the concept of “biochemical individuality”, where no two patients are treated identically.
At Brio Medical we are proud to offer the most comprehensive options for treatment at the most competitive prices in the integrative medical industry:
Call us today at 1-866-379-8381 or sign up for a free case evaluation to speak with a patient care coordinator to review your treatment options and learn if you qualify for the Brio Medical insurance deposit program, where you only pay a deposit for the full treatment protocol sign up for a free consultation.
Brio Medical is an outpatient facility. If you choose to do treatment with us, you will come into our clinic to receive your treatment and then leave. If you do not live in the area, we work with preferred hotel partners near our clinic where you may stay during your treatment, as well as provide transportation to and from the clinic for your convenience.
Brio Medical works with patients and their families receive discounted rates and many provide shuttle service to and from our center. To learn more please visit the Lodging and Accommodations page to help plan your journey to healing in Scottsdale, Arizona.
At Brio-Medical, we realize that not everyone has the financial means readily available for a long-term treatment plan. We also know that most insurance companies don’t cover healthcare costs for integrative treatments received from non-participating medical providers.
We want you to know that there is plenty of financial help for patients seeking treatment. You still have the option to choose the treatment that resonates with you.
To view all of the financial resources, visit our dedicated FINANCIAL RESOURCES page.
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Brio-Medical uses an integrative approach to the treatment of cancer, Lyme Disease, anti-aging, and other chronic illnesses. Our integrative treatment protocols combine the best of conventional and alternative modalities based on the recovery of the biological performance of each patient. We take a holistic approach to healing, treating the body, mind, and spirit, to treat each patient on an individual level with our personalized medical protocols.
The greatest testimony to the benefits and results of the treatments offered at Brio-Medical comes from the inspiring stories told by actual patients and their families. From hopeless PET scans to Western Blot Tests indicating no positive bands, we can say that our research and dedication have made a difference in the lives of our patients. Don’t take our word for it, please take a moment to watch these amazing stories and know that we are always ready and eager to make a difference in your life or the life of a loved one who may be dealing with chronic illness.
Finding Brio was an answer to prayer and I’m so glad I went. I believe it’s really helped me along in my cancer healing journey. They opened my understanding to whole new aspect of healing in regards to our electrical system and how it can make or break us. The owners passion and love for people really came out in our daily interactions. They have the latest technology for alternative cancer treatment, and the combination of their many state-of-art cancer therapies makes Brio powerful cancer killing clinic.
I saw Dr. Kollin for cancer prevention. In 2014 I had pain on the left side which occasionally radiated to my left breast. Ultrasound showed nothing but fibrous breasts. The origin of the pain could never be pinpointed. She had me apply a lotion to my torso daily. After a few months, I began to have eruptions under the left breast and increased the lotion applications as instructed. The eruptions progressed, the pain on the left side increased. After 4 months the eruptions stopped and the skin healed. The pain on the left side is gone. Follow up u/s has shown that the breasts are no longer fibrous. Incidentally, they are no longer tender when menstruating. I am so thankful for dr. Kollin. She listened and supported me. She is truly caring.