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Autoimmune Disease Treatment in South Carolina

What is Autoimmunity?

The healthy human body is equipped with a powerful set of tools for resisting invading microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Unfortunately, this set of tools, or the immune system, sometimes goes awry and attacks the body itself. These misdirected immune responses are referred to as autoimmunity.


An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue in either a small area or throughout the whole body.


According to Johns Hopkins Autoimmune Research Center, at least ten million Americans suffer from more than eighty illnesses caused by autoimmunity. The following are some of the more common ones:

Celiac DiseaseImmune
Thrombocytopenic (ITP)
Graves’ DiseaseAddison’s DiseaseGoodpasture’s
Pemphigus Vulgaris
Alopecia AreataWegener’s
PolymyositisAnkylosing SpondylitisGuillain-Barré
Primary Biliary
Hemolytic Anemia
Hashimoto’s DiseasePsoriasisAutoimmune HepatitisHidradenitis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Berger’s disease
(IgA Nephropathy)
Giant Cell Arteritis
(Temporal A)
Bullous PemphigoidInterstitial CystitisSharp Syndrome
Acute Disseminated
Isaacs’ Syndrome
Sjögren’s SyndromeCrohn’s DiseaseKawasaki DiseaseStiff Person
DermatomyositisLupusUlcerative ColitisDiabetesMultiple Sclerosis
EndometriosisMyasthenia GravisNarcolepsy

Who is Affected by Autoimmune Disorders?

Autoimmunity is present in everyone to some extent. Although it is usually harmless, in some individuals, autoimmunity can be the cause of a broad spectrum of human illnesses. Unfortunately, autoimmune diseases are a growing threat to the health of all Americans, especially women. Taken as a whole, they represent the fourth-largest cause of disability among women in the United States. Currently, 78 percent of those affected with an autoimmune disease are women.

Our Focus is getting to the root cause of symptoms and treating them with natural solutions before disease sets in.


What are the Risks Associated with Autoimmunity?

Patients with autoimmunity and systemic inflammation have much higher rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, renal insufficiency, and cardiovascular disease than does the rest of the apparently healthy population. These connections between autoimmunity, inflammation, and cardiovascular and renal complications can make autoimmune disorders difficult to treat.

However, multifaceted holistic interventions such as nutritional immunomodulation can weaken these ties and reduce the incidence of avoidable disease and disability and promote tolerance to self and environmental antigens.

Our Autoimmune Disease Treatment:

At Merge Medical Center, we are a leader in the holistic medicine approach to managing autoimmune disease treatment services in SC. Dr. Lovegrove is one of the most sought after best autoimmune specialists in the Charleston area. We view autoimmunity as an ongoing maladaptive process, rather than a static pathological condition.

The practical results of the functional medicine model lie in its ability to detect diseases at a much earlier stage in their development and to assess the body as a whole. The model also opens the door to a much broader range of nontoxic strategies for the prevention and treatment of existing diseases.

The following are considered in the evaluation and treatment of all patients who are suffering from an autoimmune disorder:

Food Sensitivities

Balance of


Hormone Deficiency
or Imbalance

Toxin Exposures


Latent or Subclinical

Digestive Function

Family History


In addition to ordering the appropriate tests to assess your condition, our team will develop a personalized herbal and nutritional support program to enhance overall health and wellness, educate you on certain lifestyle modifications and recommend certain nutritional supplements to address your condition.

In some cases, prescription medications or natural hormone replacement may be recommended. Bodywork such as acupuncture or Chinese therapeutic massage may also be advised to support you.

Exploring innovative treatments like Ozone IV MAH can significantly enhance your autoimmune management strategy

Ozone therapy has shown promise in modulating the immune system, potentially reducing inflammation and symptom severity associated with autoimmune conditions. Discover more about how Ozone IV MAH can be integrated into your personalized treatment plan. Learn more about our Ozone Therapy services.

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