An autoimmune disease is a condition arising from an abnormal immune response to a functioning body part. There are at least 80 types of autoimmune diseases. Nearly any body part can be involved. Common symptoms include low-grade fever and feeling tired. Often symptoms come and go.
The cause is unknown. Some autoimmune diseases such as lupus run in families, and certain cases may be triggered by infections or other environmental factors. Some common diseases that are generally considered autoimmune include celiac disease, diabetes mellitus type 1, Graves’ disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. The diagnosis can be difficult to determine.
Treatment depends on the type and severity of the condition. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and immunosuppressants are often used. Intravenous immunoglobulin may also occasionally be used. While treatment usually improves symptoms, they do not typically cure the disease.
About 24 million (~7.5%) people in the United States are affected by an autoimmune disease. Women are more commonly affected than men. Often they start during adulthood. The first autoimmune diseases were described in the early 1900s.
Here’s a listing of conditions associated with the idea of Autoimmune Disease.
|Ankylosing Spondylitis,||Myasthenia gravis,|
|Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,||Neuromyotonia,|
|Crohn’s Disease,||Pemphigus Vulgaris,|
|Diabetes mellitus type 2,||Psoriasis,|
|Graves’ Disease,||Primary biliary cirrhosis,|
|Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS),||Rheumatoid Arthritis,|
|Kawasaki disease,||Sjögren’s syndrome,|
|IgA nephropathy,||Stiff person syndrome,|
|Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura,||Temporal arteritis (“giant cell arteritis”),|
|Interstitial cystitis,||Ulcerative Colitis (1 of 2types of idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease “IBD”),|
|Mixed Connective Tissue Disease,||Vitiligo,|
One element that these conditions have in common is that nobody is sure about what causes them. Without knowing the cause, it is all but impossible to cure it. However, because the government has declared that cures are only possible from drugs, radiation, or surgery, the choice of treatment is simplified by searching for a class of drugs that should work but never have been proven to do so, generally referred to as immune suppressant drugs.
It is good to know that the drugs in this category are some of the most costly on the market.
It is a very clever ruse;
- define situations for which we do not immediately see the cause
- don’t bother searching for a cause
- lump symptoms into an obscure category
- prescribe treatment based on a theory*
- work at making drugs, surgery, or radiation that should work (ignore or downplay serious side effects)
- prescribe the theoretical treatments for the patient’s whole life
- goto #1
There’s scant evidence that immunosuppressant drugs do more than make the users feel ill and financially strapped. The ruse I’ve described is so powerful that those who believe in the process are unwilling to step outside of it. It has a life of its own – until someone comes along and points out that “the emperor has no clothes.” Am I suggesting that we toss up our hands and do nothing about all of these kinds of conditions? Of course not.
I agree that the immune system is involved in all of these conditions. It isn’t always a matter of being too weak or too strong. The problems can usually be reduced to balance. The immune system exists in a mysterious place – and nobody can consistently put their finger on it – like they can the pulmonary or digestive systems. Of all the systems in the body, the immune system seems to be at the root of most chronic disease conditions. It deserves attention and more respect.
All of the conditions mentioned above are merely names for clusters of symptoms. How an individual responds to stress determines which conditions arise. Stress can be physical, emotional, or mental. It can arise from within a person or be imposed from the outside. Each cluster of symptoms can respond to attention – nutrition, relaxation, and life changes. The task is to discover approaches to health that block or cure particular stress. That, in turn, brings about relief from the cluster of symptoms. Sometimes the relief is partial, and sometimes it is complete. It can also fail. That does not mean that the search should stop. So far, there are a few approaches to the so-called autoimmune conditions. One strategy often benefits many different situations, which supports the contention that imbalance is common and is displayed in different ways for other people. They include;
- Better Nutrition
- Clean water
- Hormone Balancing
- Regular, modest exercise
- Fewer toxic substances (poisons, chemicals, pesticides, drugs, etc.)
Just because the social milieu tells us there is one way to think about the autoimmune issue doesn’t mean it’s the only one – or that it’s even true. Take a look at the statements swirling around about the topic of CORONAVIRUS (circa 2020). Everywhere we turn, there’s another observation or opinion. It gets to a point where even intelligent, rational humans are bewildered to the point of inactivity – because to act in any specific way will open the person for ridicule and attack from other opinions that don’t agree. The old adage to “go along to get along” is at play when it comes to opinions. Where we all once agreed that each of us is entitled to our own, the modern world clearly seeks to destroy those who have opinions that we don’t approve of.
A superior approach to health includes pushing this autoimmune ruse to the side and learning to live better – without drugs whenever possible.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I once worked with a wise doctor who stated that once health care consumed 10% of our national Gross Domestic Product, it would shift from the professional model of healing to the business of health. In 2022, health costs are approaching 20% of GDP.
*Dr. Karl Popper often commented that “no amount of observational evidence would prove a theory to be true.”