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Autoimmune Disorders

Overcome multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions naturally


Our personal and clinical experience with autoimmune disorders will guide you to find a new balance in your life.

A journey with autoimmune disorder

Dr. Meredith O’Loughlan has been living well with multiple sclerosis (MS) for 18 years, managing solely on combined nutritional and Chinese medicine. Meredith successfully healed her leaky gut that was underlying her initial presentation of Multiple Sclerosis. Following this, Meredith has developed her own treatment protocol in working with MS and other digestive and autoimmune conditions.

Meredith has supported many patients with different types of autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Hashimoto's disease, SLE and rheumatoid arthritis, to regain their health and vitality. Her practice incorporates an evidenced based approach following her initial research in Pharmacology of Chinese herbal medicines and studies in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM).

The key to autoimmune disorders

It is clear that autoimmune disease is caused by the malfunctioned immune system that attacks the body's own tissues and organs, causing a wide range of symptoms and conditions. However, it is not clear what exactly causes our body's immune system to act like this, as many factors such as gene, infections, environment, diets may all contribute to this process. 

Recent years, scientific study has put an emphasis on the role of gut in the development of autoimmune disease due to the fact that nearly 80% of the immune tissues reside in our gut (1)(2)(4)(5). This fact also confirmed in Dr. Meredith's personal experience with MS and her experience of helping patients with various autoimmune conditions. Meredith learnt that by treating the condition of leaky gut, this can greatly reduce a myriad of symptoms related to autoimmune conditions and support patients to regain their life.

How do autoimmune conditions develop from leaky gut?

It is now understood that gut play a key role in the balance of the whole immune system. An unhealthy gut becomes inflamed and at a microscopic level, this inflammation leads to cell damage.  Tiny pores or holes form on the normally intact gut lining, leading to Increased Intestinal Permeability, also referred to as Leaky Gut.  

In Leaky Gut Syndrome, large particle including toxins can get into the  lymph system and blood stream.  What happens next is the immune system starts to recognise these particles as foreign and starts to try get rid of them by attacking them. This is the basis of inflammation and the development of autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune conditions linked with Leaky Gut Syndrome

There are a number of autoimmune conditions has been linked with a leaky gut (2), including:

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Type 1 diabetes


How to diagnose and treat a leaky gut?


Intestinal Permeability (IP) test is a precise and non-invasive urine challenge test for assessing gastrointestinal mucosal integrity or permeability of the small bowel.  This functional medicine pathology test can provide a clear diagnosis and can be arranged during an initial consultation.


Our integrated approach to treat autoimmune conditions


Dr. Meredith has developed a unique evidence based approach to treat autoimmune conditions using of a combination of selected range of Nutritional Medicine and Chinese Herbal Medicines with dietary modifications, integrating the concept of `food as medicine’.  All these treatment principles aim to heal the gut to down-regulate the immune system.

At Spring Health we support patients with varied symptoms related to autoimmune conditions including:

  • Fatigue

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhoea

  • Nausea

  • Poor circulation/ numbness

  • Pins and needles

  • Chronic pain

  • Restless leg (syndrome)

  • Dizziness

  • Vertigo

  • Blurred vision

  • Memory issues

  • Insomnia

  • Night sweating

  • Arthritis

  • Anxiety and depression.

Today, Dr. Meredith has helped many patients with different type of autoimmune disorders to live a healthier life with this unique approach.




  1. Abdelhamid, L., & Luo, X. M. (2018). Retinoic Acid, Leaky Gut, and Autoimmune Diseases. Nutrients10(8), 1016.

  2. Bischoff, S. et al. 2014, Intestinal Permeability - an new target for disease prevention and therapy, BMC Gastroenterol, 14: 189.

  3. Campbell, C & Campbell, TM 2006, The China Study, Texas, Benbella.

  4. Vighi, G., Marcucci, F., Sensi, L., Di Cara, G., & Frati, F. (2008). Allergy and the gastrointestinal system. Clinical and experimental immunology153 Suppl 1(Suppl 1), 3–6.

  5. Qinghui, M et al. (2017) Leaky Gut as a danger signal for autoimmune disease, Front Immunol. 8:598

  6. Andersen, K & Kuhn, K (2017), What The Health, Netflix Documentary, New York.



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