What Causes Autoimmune Disease?
This is a question that is often ignored by much of the medical community. The diagnosis of autoimmunity is given on a regular basis, but doctors often fail to discuss the root cause of these conditions. The traditional treatment for most autoimmune problems is to treat the symptoms with medications. For example, in painful inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, doctors give medicines that suppress inflammation and the immune system. And although these medicines can be helpful in reducing symptoms, they do not resolve what causes autoimmune disease in the first place.
In the following special presentation, Dr. Osborne breaks down the known mechanisms and causes of AID.
According to the American Autoimmune Related Disorders Association (AARDA)
- An estimated 50 million Americans suffer with autoimmune disease (AID) compared to 9 million with cancer and 22 million with heart disease.
- AID is the #1 cause of death in women under the age of 65
- There are more than 100 forms of AID currently recognized by research.
- Symptoms cross many specialties and can affect all body organs.
- Medical education provides minimal learning about autoimmune disease.
- Specialists are generally unaware of interrelationships among the different autoimmune diseases.
- Initial symptoms are often intermittent and unspecific until the disease becomes acute.
- Research is generally disease-specific and limited in scope. More information-sharing and crossover among research projects on different autoimmune diseases is needed.
What Are The Mechanisms That Trigger Autoimmune Disease?
There are several scientifically recognized mechanisms behind autoimmunity. The following three are the most well recognized:
- Excessive hygeine
- Molecular mimicry
- Intestinal permeability (AKA Leaky Gut)
All three of these issues can lead to chronic inflammation. It is the chronic inflammation that medicines try to target. But the bigger questions to ask are – What causes autoimmune disease, and what activates these three mechanisms?
There are 5 categorical causes of autoimmune disease. These 5 causes help to trigger the three mechanisms above. Simply put, these causes are:
- Food (especially gluten)
- Chemical exposures (including things like pesticides, vaccines and other medicines)
- Infections and microbiome imbalances
- Nutritional deficiencies – vitamins and minerals
- Chronic or severe acute stress events
If you struggle with autoimmune disease and find yourself frustrated with the current model of treatment, it is highly recommended that you find a doctor who understands these mechanisms and triggers. A doctor who can help you identify which of these categorical causes you might have, and what you can do to overcome them.
References: All scientific references are included in the video above.
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Always looking out for you,
Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior