Lupus Specialist

Beachside Naturopathic Clinic

Cynthia Preston, ND

Naturopathic Doctor located in Huntington Beach, CA

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects men and women. Lupus is known to cause uncomfortable symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, and more. Cynthia Preston, ND, of Beachside Naturopathic Clinic, offers effective alternative treatment options for patients struggling with the many symptoms of lupus. This service is available to patients throughout Sunset Beach, California, and the surrounding area.

Lupus Q & A

What is lupus?

Lupus is a chronic condition that develops when the body’s immune system begins attacking its own organs and tissues. This disease can affect almost any organ system or structure, including the lungs, heart, brain, blood, kidneys, skin, and joints.

What causes lupus?

Researchers don’t know exactly what causes the body to begin attacking its own tissues. However, professionals in the medical field believe that the disease occurs because of a combination of genetic issues and environmental exposures. Although an individual’s genetics can’t be changed, the right treatment may be able to compensate for environmental factors contributing to the disease.

What are the symptoms of lupus?

The symptoms of lupus can vary considerably. However, some of the most common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Headaches
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Dry eyes
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin lesions that get worse in the sun
  • A rash on the face
  • Pain and stiffness in the joints
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

Lupus can be difficult to diagnose. If Dr. Preston suspects that a patient has lupus, she may order a variety of tests to rule out other conditions in order to confirm the presence of this disease.

What can trigger lupus, or make it worse?

Lupus may be caused or worsened by various issues in the body, including:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • The presence of toxins
  • Food intolerances
  • Poor gut health
  • Nutritional deficiencies

    How does Dr. Preston treat lupus?

    When Dr. Preston encounters a patient with lupus, she begins by performing tests to identify any underlying issues that may be contributing to the patient’s symptoms. In many cases, she will discover more than 1 underlying problem.

    Next, she develops a treatment plan that addresses each of these issues. Over time, the patient’s overall health will improve. Depending on the patient’s situation, Dr. Preston may also recommend treatments designed to improve the symptoms of lupus directly.

What are the possible complications of lupus?

If left untreated, the chronic inflammation from lupus can lead to many complications for the patient, including cardiovascular disease, kidney problems, and more. Patients with this condition may also be at a higher risk of developing cancer, infection, and complications in pregnancy. Because of these risks, prompt treatment is essential.

Other Autoimmune illnesses

Dr. Preston also has had success with taking autoimmune patients off their unneccesary medications for:

Rheumatoid arthritis

Crohns/Ulcerative Colitis

Multiple sclerosis


Celiac disease


Often there is a triad of genetics, infections or toxins, and stress that can affect disease progression. With most autoimmune conditions, Dr.Preston often takes people off some or all of their unnecessary medications when she address and finds the underlying causes.

Dr. Preston uses these 7 tests as hidden causes of autoimmune conditions:

1. Adrenal/Stress Testing

2. Viral, Bacterial or Fungal Infection Panel

3. Food Intolerance Testing

4. Heavy metal/Pesticides Load Testing

5. Genetic Testing

6. Nutrient/Antioxidant Testing

7. Leaky gut/Inflammatory Testing