We Do Know What Causes Autoimmunity!
By Heidi Whitaker
I am constantly reading and hearing
that we don't know the cause of autoimmune disorders such as lupus,
ALS, Fibromyalgia, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Epstein-Barr, and
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This is not the case at all.
I would agree that pharmaceutical companies have not found a cause of
autoimmunity that they can do much about. In mainstream medicine, that
translates to not knowing much about the disease. However, outside
mainstream medicine, we do know A LOT about the cause behind
From my book, "Autoimmunity: It's Time for Truth; It's Time to Heal":
"The immune system, like most of the body, requires balance to function
properly. T-helper 1 (Th1) cells and T-helper 2 cells (Th2) help
regulate the body’s response to foreign invaders. Th1 uses white blood
cells to go after viruses and cancer cells. Th2 immune cells use
antibodies to go after bacteria. Normally, the body strikes a balance
by switching back and forth between Th1 and Th2. In a person with an
autoimmune disorder, one dominates and suppresses the other. Trans
fats, mercury and other heavy metals, sugar and processed foods,
alcohol, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and stress are part of a
modern lifestyle that can disrupt the Th1/Th2 balance.
Th1 dominance in women is associated with autoimmunity and recurrent
miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy. Additionally, children
in the autism spectrum tend to be Th1 dominant. Besides autoimmunity,
Th2 dominance is characterized by a tendency toward allergies, frequent
colds and viral infections, and cancer.
Both Th1 and Th2 cells make a protein substance known as cytokines.
Cytokines cause inflammation. This inflammation should be a temporary
response to injury or infection. Cytokines are a necessary part of our
immunity. It is the overproduction (too many) of certain small cytokine
molecules that leads to the invasion and inflammation of an organ or
It REALLY is that simple! Sadly, no one who stands to make money from
prescriptions to fix the problem will accept or promote that fact that
autoimmunity is about malnutrition and toxins reprogramming the immune
system to behave in a devastating way. Unfortunately, those who stand
to make the most money from denying the truth are the decimators of
Heidi Whitaker is an author and popular speaker on the topic of
nutritional support of autoimmune disease. An advocate for alternative
health solutions, she co-founded
http://www.healthydivas.com, a resource center for those autoimmune sufferers looking for real answers outside of what conventional medicine can provide.
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