Nutrition & AutoImmunity

Up until the late 1980’s, autoimmunity wasn’t even accepted by the scientific community. Since the 90’s it has so rapidly increased that it is now uncommon not to know a person with an autoimmune disorder.  When an autoimmunity is present, the immune system has developed antibodies to attack its own tissues, and although there are many theories as to why this happens, addressing the underlying cause is imperative.

One possible cause of auto-immunity is that the integrity of the cellular and nuclear membranes become loose and leak small amounts of nuclear genetic material directly into the bloodstream, and these nuclear proteins are perceived by the liver as an indication that upstream tissue damage has occurred. The liver then develops natural tissue antibodies (NTA’s) which are put into circulation in order to target the upstream tissue breaking down and degrading the perceived damage before infection by an external agent can occur. This response from the body can be addressed with healthy essential fatty acids and phospho-lipids that are components of cellular and nuclear membranes in order to encourage healthy membrane physiology.

Another theory on the cause of autoimmunity is called molecular mimicry where certain inoculants induce an immune response to protein sequences that are similar to normally occurring issue. For example, the relationship between acquired immunity to German measles from vaccination and the autoimmune disease of Ankylosing Spondylitis in which the nucleotide sequences in the proteins of these two tissues are almost identical with only one nucleotide sequence different which causes the acquired immunity of the vaccination to attack the normal occurring tissue in the body thinking that is a foreign protein. This is the suspected reason for multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases.

 Dual signal hypothesis, the third theory, is the possibility of the immune system being up-regulated and hyper-reactive at the same time as another injury occurring and causing the immune system to identify the injury as an antigenic marker and in turn attacks the tissue as if it were an infection. It very common for an autoimmune disease to happen 6 to 12 months after severe physical or emotional trauma.

In any of the above mention cases, finding a solution to autoimmune conditions can be done through foundational therapies. Gradual improvements that will lead to remission can be accomplished by down-regulating the immune system through reducing the burden of inflammatory and chronic infection while balancing bio-terrain. Although it is difficult to repair damaged tissue caused from an autoimmune response, there can be an interruption that stops the progression meaning autoimmunity can be contained naturally without the ongoing use of dangerous drug therapies that lead to further imbalances.