Auto-immune Diseases


Auto-immune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are a broad range of related diseases in which a person’s immune system produces an inappropriate response against its own cells, tissues and/or organs. This results in inflammation and damage.

A number of factors can cause an autoimmune condition. Part of it could be down to genetics. 

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However, whether these genes get expressed or turned on can be due to many factors, such as toxins from heavy metals like mercury or mycotoxins from moulds, infections like Candida.

Epstein-Barr and the herpes simplex virus and most significantly, chronic inflammation tied to food sensitivities /intolerances— particularly gluten intolerance.

There is a significant link between autoimmune diseases and gluten intolerance.

Examples of Autoimmune & inflammatory conditions

  • Lupus – SLE- An inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues. Affecting the skin, joints, kidneys, brain and other organs.
  • Multiple Sclerosis  A disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues.
  • Grave’s Disease – overactive thyroid gland.
  • Thyroiditis-Hashimoto’s – inflammation of the thyroid gland.
  • Celiac disease – a reaction to gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley) that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine.
  • Pernicious anaemia – a decrease in red blood cells caused by an inability to absorb vitamin B-12.
  • Vitiligo – white patches on the skin caused by loss of pigment.
  • Scleroderma – a connective tissue disease that causes changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles and internal organs.
  • Psoriasis – a skin condition that causes redness and irritation as well as thick, flaky, silver-white patches.
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases – a group of inflammatory diseases of the colon and small intestines like Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis.
  • Sjogren’s syndrome – an immune system disorder characterised by dry eyes and dry mouth.
  • Polymyalgia rheumatic – an inflammatory disorder causing muscle pain and stiffness around the shoulders and hips.
  • Alopecia areata – sudden hair loss that starts with one or more circular bald patches that may overlap.
  • Vasculitis – inflammation of the blood vessels that causes changes in the blood vessel walls.

How we can help?

There are various ways to identify and manage auto-immune diseases.

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