What is Autoimmune Disease

What is Autoimmune Disease?

Autoimmunity is, simply put, the process by which the immune system attacks its own healthy tissues and organs. Here is a simplified illustration of how this works:

The function of your immune system is to identify foreign invaders or pathogens and to render them harmless. In order to do this, each cell in the body has a specific identification tag, which lets the immune system know that this cell belongs to the body.

When the cells have this identification tag, they aren't attacked. If for some reason the tag is missing, these cells are then treated as "non-self" by the immune system and attacked as if they were foreign invaders.

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Why this happens is not completely understood, though there are several theories among scientists. Researchers believe that stress, viral infections, vaccinations, poor nutrition and environmental toxins play a role in the development of autoimmune diseases, causing the immune system to become confused and attack the very body it is supposed to protect.

For a complete discussion on the possible causes of autoimmune disease, click here.

What is important to remember is this: Autoimmunity results when cells lose their identification markers and are attacked by an over-responding immune system. These overactive cells are implicated in the development and progression of autoimmune disease. The key to health is keeping immune cells in harmonious balance.

It is important to note that though there are as many as eighty different autoimmune diseases, almost all of them have the same root causes. Dr. Stephen B. Edelson refers to this as the "autoimmune process".

This means that no matter what collection of autoimmune diseases or disease symptoms you have, they often can be successfully overcome using a specific, targeted approach such as the one mentioned on this web site.

Highly Recommended: Do a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)

One thing we recommend for anyone who is experiencing autoimmune symptoms is to have a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to test for heavy metal toxicity. Studies have shown that metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead have been associated with the development of the autoimmune diseases scleroderma, lupus, autoimmune hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, pernicious anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and type 1 diabetes.

Hair analysis test report

Mercury, in particular, directly damages our tissues, making them look foreign to the immune system. This is why it is crucial to assess your potential toxin exposure and take as many steps as possible to remove the toxins from your body and your environment.

A hair analysis can also measure the levels of essential minerals your body is needing and provide valuable insight into your metaoblism and what dietary changes would be most helpful for you in your recovery.

For more information on the hair tissue mineral analysis, please click here. Also visit our page on Is it Autoimmune Disease or Is It Heavy Metal Toxicity!

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Additional Useful Information for Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases

What is Autoimmune Disease?
Autoimmunity is, simply put, the process by which the immune system attacks its own healthy tissues and organs.
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Causes of Autoimmune Disease
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Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease
Although the different autoimmune diseases vary widely in terms of symptomology, the following are the most commonly experienced symptoms.
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Sterols and Sterolins
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Author's Autoimmune Disease Experience
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Resources and Consultants
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