Autoimmune diseases are the result of the body’s immune system turning against itself. There are as many as 100 identified types including rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. When this disease process occurs, the body deploys white blood cells called macrophages, to areas of the body that it thinks are foreign in an attempt to heal. However, the macrophages attack healthy tissue, resulting in excessive inflammation. This disease process can cause crippling, or even life threatening, disabilities.