microorganismsThis is the commonly held description of AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE. I have copied exactly from Wikipedia.

Autoimmune diseases arise from an overactive immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words, the body actually attacks its own cells. The immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks it. This may be restricted to certain organs (e.g. in thyroiditis) or involve a particular tissue in different places (e.g. Goodpasture’s disease which may affect the basement membrane in both the lung and the kidney). The treatment of autoimmune diseases is typically with immunosuppression—medication which decreases the immune response.

Here’s a listing of conditions that have been associated with the idea of autoimmune disease.

Ankylosing Spondylitis, Myasthenia gravis,
Chagas disease, Narcolepsy,
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Neuromyotonia,
Crohns Disease, Pemphigus vulgaris,
Dermatomyositis, Pernicious anaemia,
Diabetes mellitus type 1, Psoriasis,
Endometriosis, Psoriatic Arthritis,
Goodpasture’s syndrome, Polymyositis,
Graves’ disease, Primary biliary cirrhosis,
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), Rheumatoid arthritis,
Hashimoto’s disease, Schizophrenia,
Hidradenitis suppurativa, Scleroderma,
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 ofidiopathic inflammatory bowel disease “IBD”),
Lupus erythematosus, Vasculitis,
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Vitiligo,
Morphea, Wegener’s granulomatosis
Multiple Sclerosis,

One thing that all of these conditions have in common is that nobody is certain about what causes them. Without knowing the cause, it is all but impossible to cure it. However, because the U.S. 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 – the immune suppressant drugs.

It is good to know that the drugs in this category are some of the most costly.

It is a very clever ruse;

  • define situations for which we do not know the cause
  • don’t waste time searching for a cause
  • instead, lump them into an obscure category
  • define treatment based on theory
  • work at making drugs, surgery, or radiation that should work
  • sell the supposed treatments for the patient’s whole life
  • repeat ad infinitum

I have not seen evidence that the immunosuppressant drugs do any more than make the users 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 just 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 too weak or too strong. It can usually be reduced to balance. The immune system exists in a vague 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 major disease conditions. It deserves attention and more respect. It does not need to be suppressed.

All of the aforementioned conditions are merely names for clusters of symptoms. It is entirely possible that the full list can be reduced to just a couple of actual conditions. I suggest that the manner in which an individual responds to stress determines which of the 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 drugs. My task is to discover approaches to health that block or cure the 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 not continue. So far, there are a few approaches to the so-called autoimmune conditions. One approach often offers a benefit to many different conditions, which supports my contention that imbalance is common and it is displayed in different ways for different people. They include;

The more information I find that points to a specific treatment or therapy that has results, if even for one person, I intend to share. Just because you’re told there is one way to think about the autoimmune issue doesn’t mean it’s true.