AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS: basic information

There’s been a rise in autoimmune (A.I.) disorders over the past years: Hashimoto’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Chron’s, Celiac Disease, among others, But; what is an autoimmune disorder? It is complicated, this is only basic information, your immune system is hardwired to differentiate between what belongs in your body and is good and what doesn’t. When it “finds” an intruder, such as a virus, bacteria, or parasite, it shoots to kill. Unfortunately, the system is not perfect. Sometimes it targets healthy tissues and that can lead to an autoimmune disease. With A.I. disease, the body accidentally creates antibodies that identify not only foreign proteins, but the body’s own proteins, called auto-antibodies (antibodies that target “self”). The formation of antibodies to the body’s own tissues is the first crucial step in the development of autoimmune disease. A.I. is estimated to affect more than 50 million Americans and it affects more women than men. There are more than 100 confirmed autoimmune diseases, scary! Sadly diagnosing an A.I. disease can be a long road, early symptoms often present as vague signs that can be misdiagnose, like headaches, brain fog, skin problems, gut issues, fatigue… It can take about five years to receive an official autoimmune diagnosis.

The thing is that there is no medical specialty devoted to them and traditional medicine does not offer a cure. Evidence is accumulating for the inclusion of natural and holistic approaches to managing A.I like removing foods and factors that damage the gut, repairing with specific supplements, and rebalancing the body and treating it as a whole not just different systems and parts. Gladly people are becoming more aware of them.
Rise of research, books, programs, seminars and studies have been surging, which is good news for the A.I. community. Some of my favorites websites are:

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