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12 Common Triggers Of Autoimmune Disease


Facts of Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune Diseases are something we are hearing more and more about. This is not only an ”American” or ”European” problem anymore. Prevalence has increased exponentially on a global level. Just consider how many times in the past few months you’ve heard a family member or friend complain about some of the symptoms in the infograph below? How many times did these people visit doctors, been referred to specialists, yet still failed to be properly diagnosed?

Symptoms of Autoimmune Disorder

Dr William Cole is an expert in the field and he recently wrote an article for MindBodyGreen about this global explosion of AID. He also explained how one can reverse the multiple symptoms an affected person experiences. In the article below he continues on the subject of AID by discussing 12 triggers of autoimmune disease.

Via MindBodyGreen

”Autoimmune conditions have grown rapidly the over past years, with more than 50 million Americans living with some sort of autoimmune disorder.……………………

………I want to go over the top triggers that can flare up an autoimmune response and cause devastating symptoms in the body.

From full-blown autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s, celiac or Hashimoto’s disease to common “autoimmune spectrum disorders” like acne, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it’s important to know what the potential “land mines” are that can turn on an inflammatory-immune response in your body:

1. Gluten

The infamous “G” word is a protein that’s found in wheat, barley, spelt, rye and other grains. This protein is linked in many different studies to an increase risk of autoimmunity…….

2. Gluten-free grains

Many people with autoimmune problems already avoid gluten, but still consume foods like corn, oats and rice. As well-intentioned as that decision may be, these grains can be just as damaging as gluten, or even more damaging…………………..

3. Quinoa

A favorite in the health community, pseudo-grains like quinoa are high in proteins called saponins which can damage the gut lining, causing an immune response in the body…………

4. Stress

Stress has many far-reaching effects on your health; one of them is your immune system. Research has found chronic mental stress to be a trigger for autoimmune diseases……………

5. Toxins

Our environment has been bombarded with toxins that were unknown 100 years ago. Studies have shown toxins play a rolein autoimmune cases such as autoimmune thyroiditis.

6. Sugar

It should be no surprise that sugar is on this list, but I’m not just talking about the stereotypical junk food………………….

7. Chocolate

This yummy food can cause a lot of damage to someone living with an autoimmune condition…………….

8. Dairy

Casein, the main protein found in milk and other dairy products, can be a trigger for runaway inflammation in the body………………

9. Nightshades

A plant group that consists of tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplants, goji berries and some spices contains alkaloids in their skin which can cause an inflammatory response in the body………………

10. SIBO

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, occurs when normal bacteria of the microbiome grow from the large intestines where they belong into the small intestines.

11. Weakened microbiome

The majority of your immune system resides in what’s referred to as the microbiome. This highly sophisticated gut ecosystem consists of trillions of bacteria colonies……………….

12. Leaky gut syndrome

Functional medicine considers an increased permeability to the gut lining, or a “leaky gut,” a precursor to autoimmunity………………”

Please click here to read the full article by dr Cole on http://www.MindBodyGreen.com.

Dr Cole also adds that he investigated cases of AID all around the world, ”customizing personalized plans for the individual.”

If you are still wondering what diseases can be considered autoimmune disorders, have a look at the table, compiled by The Richmond Institute, below. It lists some of the most common autoimmune diseases diagnosed by practitioners today.

List of AID's by Richmond Institute

Original article: 12 Common Triggers Of Autoimmune Disease by dr William Cole.



Why Allergies & Autoimmune Diseases Are Skyrocketing

Via @MindBodyGreen


Why Allergies & Autoimmune Diseases Are Skyrocketing

Autoimmune diseases and allergies occur when the immune system attacks the body, as is the case in food allergies, asthma and celiac disease.

But did you know that asthma, allergies and eczema are on the rise in Westernized countries? Or that food allergies more than tripled in the US over the course of a decade? And that developed countries are seeing a sharp increase in autoimmune and allergic diseases?

As just a couple examples of the prevalence of these issues, asthma affects nearly 37% of children in the United Kingdom, and type 1 diabetes rates have increased 23% over an eight-year period.

Isn’t this alarming?

What’s the cause? And, more importantly, what can we do?

Many experts are coming to believe that the underlying cause of the increase in these kinds of disease is the microbiome, your body’s collection of friendly bacteria, also called microflora.

What does that mean in plain terms? It means we’re being exposed to too FEW bacteria.

For example, a recent study found that that infants are much less likely to suffer from allergies if they’re exposed to household bacteria and allergens from rodents, cockroaches and cats during their first year of life.

This may seem strange (and kind of gross), but for years scientists and researchers have hypothesized that the reason allergies and autoimmune diseases are on the rise is because we’re too clean. The “hygiene hypothesis” theorizes that too-clean environments promote allergies and asthma because there’s not enough exposure to various bacteria and allergens in early life.

By contrast, many less wealthy countries (who also tend to have more bacterial and parasitic problems) continue to have much lower rates of all allergic and autoimmune diseases.

Further evidence shows that children who grow up on farms have lower allergy and asthma rates, possibly due to their exposure to bacteria and other microbes.

Of course, the scientific community cannot make any concrete recommendations until further research is done to verify these findings — but I have a personal opinion (based on past science) that I want to share with you.

I think we need to INCREASE the amount of bacteria in our lives, rather than DECREASE.

And I don’t think we have to wait for scientific approval to try these things at home. These tips are especially helpful for those of you who have kids or are planning to get pregnant, but they apply to everyone.

1. Get dirty!

This is especially important for kids. For example, let kids play in dirt and climb a tree. My dream for schools across the world is to create a dirt area that’s protected from pesticides and fertilizers. They should play in this area, or garden, or just sit and read. Same goes for adults.

2. Don’t overclean.

Do you really need to use that antibacterial wipe? Do you really need to sanitize your hands? I practice and recommend that we use antibacterials when there’s an obvious risk of bacterial infections, or contact with bodily fluid or feces. I truly believe that the solution is NOT a sterile (bacteria free) world.

3. Use antibiotics judiciously.

Remember, MOST ear infections, sore throats and colds don’t require antibiotics. I personally stay away from antibiotics for me and my patients as much as possible.

4. Share your food.

Parents’ saliva is actually beneficial to a baby’s microbiome, so share food and water with your child! Of course, skip this practice if you’re sick, but in general it’s a good policy.

5. Check your vitamin D levels.

There’s good evidence that low vitamin D levels are correlated with immune system changes, including more allergies and autoimmune issues.

Your levels are increased by sunlight, foods and supplementation. You want your levels to be between 50-70 ng/ml, ideally.

6. Increase your good bacteria by using probiotics.

Before you run to the store for probiotic supplements, understand that natural probiotics in fermented foods are far superior to taking probiotic supplements.

We, and our children, need to reconnect with dirt. Get out of the house and get dirty. Our health depends on it.

So what do you think? Will you try these things? Any other ideas about how to get more good bacteria into your life?

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About the Author

Amy Shah, M.D. is a displaced New York native who pursued her medical training at Columbia University Medical Center in NY, Beth Israel Deaconness/Harvard Medical School, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Cornell University.

Her goal is to help you combine Eastern, Western, and Internet medicine to achieve a life, and body you love. Join her on her brand new website www.amyshahmd.com