From the article about Autoimmune Disease by By Luke Piretti
When someone is diagnosed with an autoimmune disease there is usually a reaction of fear, anger, and confusion. Most people have no idea what caused their autoimmune disease, and their doctors don't explain it to them, or they don't know themselves. The usual answer they will give is "your body is attacking itself." Of course this isn't an answer at all, it's just an explanation of what's happening, but it certainly doesn't answer the question of why.
Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease, type 1 diabetes, hashimoto's disease, psoriatic arthritis, scleroderma, diverticulosis, and fibromyalgia are all examples of autoimmune diseases. But there are numerous others that cause pain and discomfort and are yet to be given a scientific name. They all cause your own immune system to attack parts of itself. The treatment that most people receive consists of drugs that suppress their immune systems which decreases symptoms. These drugs set you up to catch other diseases because your immune system is forced to shut down. They must continue these drugs until they die.
But why does this happen to some people and not others? The reason is that some people develop what is called a leaky gut. You may of heard this term before but may not know what it means. Here's an explanation.
Our intestines are selective, they let some things from the outside world into our blood stream. This enables us to absorb things such as water, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from food. This absorption is enabled by small holes in our intestines that decide what comes in and what stays out. For people with autoimmune diseases these holes don't work properly. They allow particles, that should stay outside of our bodies, to enter or leak into our blood stream... hence the leaky gut. When this happens our body recognizes them as foreign particles and it starts to attack them.
Unfortunately, some of these particles resemble parts of our own body tissue. So now, in addition to fighting off the foreign particles, your body starts to attack body tissues that look like these particles... and an autoimmune disease begins.
So why does it happen to some people and not others? Well it can happen due to many factors. Vaccinations, early introduction of solid food, chronic stress and poor nutrition have all been implicated. But regardless of why it happens the point is to prevent these diseases. Here's how.
Prevention is the key. In the case of vaccinations, attempt to separate all combined vaccinations and allow appropriate time in between each round of shots. This will decrease the shock to the system. As far as food introduction goes, please never allow a child to drink cows milk before the age of 18 months due to it's association with type 1 diabetes. Try to breast feed for up to 2 years and add solid food, but no milk or wheat, slowly during the first 2 years. Chronic stress must be dealt with in any way you can. There are numerous ways to decrease stress, so find one that works for you so that you don't suffer from an autoimmune disease in your adult years. The nutrition issue must be addressed by vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and beans. Blended green smoothies three times a day help to start healing the gut. But what if I already have an autoimmune disease? If this is the case you must drastically alter your way of eating. Our goal is to heal your leaky gut, which is why you got the disease to begin with. Autoimmune diseases can be fixed, you just have to know how to do it. There are nutritional techniques that are extremely effective at healing your body from the inside out. I've detailed the plans for autoimmune diseases in my upcoming book "Imagine A Healthier You." If you follow these recommendations you can live a long, healthy, disease free life.
Luke Piretti is a Chiropractic Physician, Former Personal Trainer, and Nutrition/Weight Loss Expert. He specializes in Nutritional Healing and Pain Management. He is the author of "Imagine A Healthier You. Your Guide to Self-Healing." Please visit his website at http://www.DrBodyBalance.com.