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. 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.