The National Institute of Health estimates up to 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases. The American Autoimmune-Related Disease Association more than doubles that figure and suspects 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases.
What Causes Autoimmune Disease?
Inflammation is at the core of these conditions.
Every degenerative disease is inflammatory at the cellular level. It just depends on what tissue is inflamed.
You may be eating foods that fuel inflammation. Your immune system creates antibodies to protect you from harm. If your body thinks wheat isn’t good for you and creates antibodies against wheat, molecular mimicry takes place. You’re vulnerable to making wheat antibodies that look like wheat to your own body, sending your immune system into a frenzy.
3 Common Mechanisms
There are three common mechanisms for every autoimmune disease.
First, you’re genetically vulnerable to certain diseases because that’s what you’ve been dealt in life. That doesn’t mean you’ll develop symptoms, but you are susceptible to that disease. You can’t change your genetic predisposition.
Second, environmental triggers can set those genes off. These triggers can activate the genes that make you vulnerable to a condition. The most common trigger is food or ingredients in certain foods. Toxic chemicals can also act as triggers.
Finally, a lack of good bacteria in your gut will affect your vulnerability. A leaky gut or pathogenic intestinal permeability can increase development of autoimmune disease. What are you using to take care of your gut? You can arrest development of autoimmune issues by improving your gut microbiome.
Autoimmune Disease vs. Condition
It’s important to know the difference between autoimmune disease and an autoimmune condition. An autoimmune condition exists before any disease symptoms are present. The antibodies elevate and kill off tissue for years. When enough tissue is destroyed, the symptoms will present. The symptoms drive you to the doctor. A diagnosis in six months to a year confirms the autoimmune disease.
Pay attention to abnormal levels in your lab tests. These point toward the weak links in your genetic chain.
Medications can help with chronic disease in the short term, but they don’t repair damaged cells in the long term.
Listen in as Dr. Thomas O’Bryan shares how to arrest autoimmune conditions.