5 Things Your Doctor Is Not Telling You About Autoimmune Disease


About Author: Darla Lilleberg is Flex5's co-founder and an autoimmune spokesperson. She has done nearly a decade of study on autoimmune disorders stemming from her own diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2008. She is an ACSM certified personal trainer and AADP Certified Health Coach with an undying passion for helping women achieve their health and fitness related goals. (bio here

If you’re like many people, you’ve struggled with a feeling of lousiness for years. You’ve been to the doctor multiple times complaining of stomach upset, fatigue, digestive issues and mental fogginess. Finally, your doctor has put a label to your condition – you’ve got an autoimmune disease.

Your doctor will then likely proceed to explain to you that your immune cells are mistakenly attacking your healthy cells, thinking that they are foreign invaders. Then she’ll put you on a treatment plan (i.e. Drugs).

But there are things that your doctor is not telling you – things that are absolutely vital to getting on top of this condition. You’re about to discover the 5 essentials that you won’t learn about autoimmune disease at the doctor’s clinic.



Research has shown conclusively that what you eat is a critical factor in autoimmune disease. Of course doctors are not nutritionists, so they may not be aware of the importance of diet. Regardless of the reason, it is imperative that you know what foods to cut out in order to help bring relief.

Before you consider taking medication, you should try eliminating the following foods from your diet for 6 to 8 weeks.  After that period of time you can try doing simple reintroductions one at a time every 72 hours and note any different types of reactions you have as you go along.   Note, each different type of seed or nut is a food and when it comes to eggs the yolk and the white need to be reintroduced separately. 

  • Processed foods
  • Sugars
  • High Glycemic Fruits
  • Grains
  • Gluten
  • Nuts/Seeds
  • Eggs
  • Dairy Products
  • Soy
  • Fungi
  • Nightshades
  • Alcohol
  • Beans & Legumes



There are many, many studies that show that autoimmune illnesses have a genetic component. There are a number of genes that are known to increase a person’s risk of getting an autoimmune disease by 1-2%. But your doctor won’t tell you about them.



With their preponderance for relying on drugs, doctors probably won’t give very much, if any, credence to the importance of the environment in autoimmune disease. The toxins that you unwittingly put into your body through the use of household cleaners, detergents and agricultural chemicals are caustic to your intestines. This can be a major contributor to irritable bowel syndrome which then allows all of those toxins to leach into the body.



Exercise is beneficial for people with an autoimmune disease. It will strengthen the immune system, helping to counter the self attacking immune cells that are causing weakness. But you won’t hear that from your doctor. He’s more likely to recommend rest and medication.

When you work out with an autoimmune disease, you do need to take more care than other people. Working alongside one the of our professional Flex5 coaches will ensure that every move you make is making you better, not worse.



There are a number of immunosuppressant drugs which are used to treat a range of autoimmune diseases. These include:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Calcineurin Inhibitors
  • mTOR Inhibitors
  • IMDH Inhibitors
  • Biologicals
  • Monoclonal antibodies

The side effects of these drugs vary widely. They all, however, carry a serious risk of infection due to their weakening effect on the immune system. Symptoms of impaired immunity leading to infection include:

  • Fever
  • Low back pain
  • Painful or frequent urination
  • Fatigue


The drugs that your doctor prescribes to you will not improve the environmental factors that led to the condition. So long as you keep doing what you’re doing –and eating the way you always have been, you will never address the root cause of autoimmune disease.

Take control of your condition by working with Coach Darla to create a custom holistic wellness program that will EMPOWER your take charge of your autoimmune disease and lead a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Flex5 is one-of-a-kind holistic fitness center in Uptown Charlotte that focuses on every aspect of healthy living i.e. nutrition, flexibility, strength, conditioning and spirituality.