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Shelby Township Chiropractor | Shelby Township chiropractic care | MI | Auto Immune

Rivers Chiropractic Center P.C.

Dr. Julia M. Rivers, D.C.                                                                            

Dr. Richard J. Rivers, D.C.                                                       call now : (586)739-8824



                           Functional Medicine & Neuro-Metabolic Support





We support patients metabolically and neurologically!

You are on this website because you or someone you love is suffering from one of the following conditions….

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sjogren’s Syndrome
Grave’s Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Celiac Disease
Pernicious Anemia
Myasthenia Gravis
Type 2 Diabetes 

I am here to tell you that……



By using specific metabolic and neurological testing and treatments!

Metabolic Support Based on Specific Lab Panels:

By using specific blood tests such as:

#1: A thyroid panel

#2: A complete metabolic panel (CMP)

#3: A lipid panel

#4: A CBC (complete blood chemistry with auto differential)

We can assess your thyroid, adrenal glands, liver, kidneys, red/white blood cells and gut function with the above lab testsAll internal functions can be affected with chronic health conditions.  By addressing any problems with your thyroid, adrenal glands, blood chemistry, or gut function, we can help you to heal faster.  The CMP also allows us to check your blood glucose levels since glucose and oxygen are needed by the brain to function properly.

#5: Sensitivity Testing: This test determines if you have a sensitivity to gluten (wheat, rye, oats, and barley), milk, eggs, yeast, and soyIf you are sensitive to ANY of these food groups, it IS making your auto immune condition worseIf you have the following symptoms, you could be suffering from sensitivity to gluten, soy, milk, eggs, and/or yeast. 

Here are some of the symptoms of these sensitivities:

Chronic pain or fatigue

Frequent indigestion

Bloated after eating

Frequent loose bowel movements


Mouth ulcers or sores

Vomit often

The only way to find out of you are suffering from any of these sensitivities is the run the test!

#6: Adrenal Stress Index (ASI):  We can further test your adrenal glands with a test called an Adrenal Stress Index.  This is a salivary test much like DNA testing.  Your adrenal glands are your “stress” organs meaning that they react to stress.  If you have been or are currently under stress, this test is a must!

IF YOU SUFFER FROM INSOMNIA OR BLOOD SUGAR ISSUES, THIS TEST WILL MEASURE YOUR CORTISOL LEVELS.  When your body’s cortisol levels are abnormal, you will suffer from insomnia and/or problems with your blood sugar.  Cortisol levels can be corrected via specific nutritional protocols. 

#7: Immune Panels: As you know, an autoimmune disease is where your immune system attacks a particular area of the body (nervous system, joints, connective tissue, thyroid, etc.) so we test for specific antibodies to determine if you suffer from an autoimmune condition. 

Immune Panels:

A: T and B Lymphocyte & NKC

B: Cytokine Panels—IL-2, TNF-Alpha, IL-4 and IL-10

C: Natural Killer Cell Activity 

There are two parts to the immune system, TH1 and TH2. 

IL- 2 and TNF-alpha = TH1

TH1 is T-cells.  T-cells are the army that attacks and cleans up afterword. (Helper T-cells, Suppressor T-cells, NKC, regulatory T-cells, and macrophages. 

IL-4 and IL-10 = TH2

TH2 is B-cells.  B-cells make anti-bodies.  They tell T-cells what to kill.  If the testing comes back with a high B-cell count, the patient is TH2 dominant. 

You will want to determine if there is an active antigen or dysregulation. 

Active antigens are parasites, bacteria, virus, mold, yeast, fungi, protozoan, foods, chemicals, and heavy metals. 

The best indicator for an active antigen as the cause of the patient’s abnormal dominance is the “Helper/Suppresor” ratio on the T & B cell panel. (also called “CD4:CD8” ratio). 

The closer to 2.5 the ratio is (or if above that), the more likely it is that you’re dealing with an antigen

If the ratio is below 1.2, then you are most likely dealing with a dysregulation problem. 

The immune panels give me an in depth picture as to what is exactly happening with your immune system.  If you are suffering from an auto-immune disorder, it obviously trumps everything and it must be the first thing to be addressed.   

#8: H.Pylori: We can run a test for H. Pylori bacteria to determine any problems related to the gut function. 

#9: Intestinal Permeability:  Used to determine if the patient suffers from leaky gut syndrome (LGS).

LGS or Leaky gut syndrome describes a condition of altered or damaged bowel lining, caused by antibiotics, toxins, poor diet, parasites or infection can lead to increased permeability of the gut wall to toxins, microbes, undigested food, waste or larger than normal macromolecules. It has been proposed that these substances affect the body directly, while others postulate an immune reaction to these substances.

#10: NEUROTRANSMITTERS: We test for decreased brain neurotransmitters.  Neurotransmitters are vital for proper brain function.  Decreased neurotransmitters can cause increased pain.  

#11: HORMONE PANELS:  We can check hormone panels to determine if the patient suffers from low testosterone in males or low estrogen/progesterone levels in females. Symptoms related to decreased hormone levels may include depression, fatigue, mental fogginess, mood swings, hot flashes, sweating attacks, weight gain, and decreased physical stamina.   

#12: INFLAMMATION: Finally, we may need to test for inflammation in your system by testing homocysteine levels and C-Reactive Protein (C-RP).  Many patients suffering from chronic health conditions suffer from inflammatory processes.  Just about every fibromyalgia patient that I have treated suffers from some form of chronic inflammatory process. 

#13: GLUTATHIONE: We use Glutathione in our treatment of ALL AI conditions (along with other nutritional protocols).  Glutathione is the “mother-load” of anti-oxidants. Glutathione cannot be taken orally in pill form as the body will not absorb it.  We have seen miraculous changes in our patient population as a result of our specific glutathione protocols.  Glutathione is especially helpful with autoimmune diseases. 

Neurological Treatments Based on Specific Neurological Testing: 

#1: Oxygen therapy: Oxygen is fuel for your brain and nervous system.  Your brain and nervous system need two things to survive…..fuel and activation.  Fuel comes in the form of OXYGEN AND GLUCOSE.  By stimulating oxygen, we will help you heal faster.  By using exercises, we can increase firing to brain.  By increasing firing of brain, we help MANY chronic conditions. 

#2: Brain-Based Therapy (BBT):  We use specific brain-based therapy such as:

Vibration Therapy:  Vibration fires the back part of the brain called the cerebellum.  One of the functions of the cerebellum is control of the spinal muscle. 

We may also use auditory, visual, olfactory, and caloric stimulation to increase firing of brain.  

Laser therapy:  We use the LiteCure Class IV laser in our office which is the highest powered laser on the market.  Laser therapy helps heal tissues. (www.LiteCure.com) 

Interactive Metronome: Computer-based program that uses visual, auditory and motor stimulation to increase firing of the brain. (www.interactivemetronome.com) 

Once we have run the necessary tests to determine your specific condition, we can successfully support you via proper neurological and all natural nutritional protocols.   

Ask yourself the following questions:

#1:  How has your AI condition affected your job, relationships, finances, family, or other activities?

#2: What has it cost you in time, money, happiness, sleep?

#3:  Where do you picture yourself in the next one to three years if your AI condition is not taken care of soon?

#4: What is it worth to you if we could improve your condition?