Autoimmune Diseases Autoimmune diseases affect an estimated 50 million Americans, or about 16% of the population. These diseases occur when your immune system, which normally defends you from sickness, begins to attack your healthy cells. Autoimmune diseases are often hard to diagnose, mostly because many of them have similar symptoms. Many people will often wait for a long time before they go to a doctor because of the periods of remission they experience. Autoimmune diseases often run in families and women are also at a higher risk, making up about 75% of those affected. Dr. Kong’s initial evaluation involves identifying the triggers to best manage the autoimmunity. Such triggers include but not limited to: environmental (infections, chemical toxicity, heavy metals, prescription drugs), psychosocial stressors (relationships, work place etc.) and/or endocrine (hormonal). Dr. Kong uses comprehensive diagnostic lab testings to identify the severity of the autoimmunity, what other tissues are compromised, and at what stage the disease has progressed to. Using this approach ensures each patients treatment is individualized to their specific need. While there is no cure for autoimmune diseases, there are treatments available that can help manage symptoms and many times put the disease process in remission. Dr. Kong offers a variety of services that have helped many of patients over the decades with their autoimmune disease. He uses a combination of chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture and supplements/herbs. His approach includes a natural/complimentary medicine philosophy while embedding Chinese and functional medicine techniques. Please contact our office today to start your journey toward finally feeling relief.