Auto means ‘Self’
An autoimmune disease is the body’s own immune system getting confused and then attacking a particular type of organ or tissue in the body. Some common autoimmune diseases are Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis. Even multiple sclerosis can be an autoimmune condition. However, sometimes autoimmune disorders can affect body parts that wouldn’t ordinarily come to mind. A person can have antibodies against the factor that takes in B12 which could cause a type of anemia. A person can even have testicular antibodies causing a lowering in testosterone.
There are a variety of reasons for why this happens and they all lead back to the same effect. Something has entered the body and the body is confusing it with its own tissue. This is causing a cross-reaction. This cross-reaction is called MOLECULAR MIMICRY. Your body is trying to find where the invader is and is confusing the invader with a part or several parts of the body. So if someone has Rheumatoid Arthritis, then their body is confusing that person’s joint tissue with an invader. So the body is being attacked by itself.
So what can enter the body and cause this type of reaction? Different foods, depending on the person, can cause a molecular mimicry cross-reaction. Different viruses, bacteria, fungi, molds, and parasites can also cause a cross-reaction. Even different environmental toxins can cause this type of reaction. The most important thing to remember is that there is a cause and a reason that this is happening.
If you are suffering from an autoimmune condition make sure you’re working with a practitioner who understands that there can be a long list of possible causes of the condition and is willing to dig through that list to find the cause(s) so it or they can be corrected.