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Around 8% of Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease: That’s more than the number of people who suffer from cancer and heart disease combined. According to the National Institute of Health, about 80% of Americans suffering from autoimmune disease are women. [1] We aren’t talking about autoimmune disease enough to truly understand it, and many people aren’t informed enough to talk about it.

There are over 100 autoimmune diseases: [1] However, the thousands of people affected by these conditions are told over and over again that their immune system is malfunctioning, attacking healthy cells as a result. Many people assume their bodies and immune systems are broken and making mistakes: However, the immune system works hard so the body can try achieving balance. How or why it attempts to achieve balance is not always clear: Especially for those suffering through symptoms. For autoimmune disease specifically, it’s important to understand the mechanisms behind these conditions as well as their impact on those who may be affected by them.

What is Autoimmune Disease?

Autoimmune diseases are a group of complex and often chronic conditions where the immune system, designed to protect the body, affects its own tissues. Autoimmunity can affect any system and organ of the body, which is why autoimmune conditions can vary in the symptoms they cause. This can lead to the development of a diverse range of autoimmune conditions, including the following:

These conditions are the same basic process, but they all impact different parts of the body. The factor they have in common is that there has been a change to the immune system. Our bodies all have an immune system, which is a special network of cells that support the body from harmful invaders. If your body is going after its own cells, something is affecting it. Your body doesn’t make mistakes.

Your Immune System is Doing Its Job

What can be wrong? There are many traumas, toxins, and negative thoughts (the 3 T’s) that are inflicted on the body because of modern day life. It can be any number of contributing factors, including food allergies, the GMOs you eat, chemicals you put on your body from beauty products, mold inside your house, or possibly as a result of some vaccines.[2] All of these can affect the cells in your body to make them appear similar to those harmful invaders.

Consider the characteristics of celiac disease, for example. The immune system is not necessarily built to tolerate gluten without affecting the body through inflammation. Celiac Disease triggers the immune system in response to gluten, potentially affecting stomach tissues that the immune system perceives as harmful.

Supporting the Immune System

Ingesting something you shouldn’t have triggers an immune response: However, if you stop eating gluten, the effected tissues could start the healing process. You don’t have to change the body. There is no magic medication that could take away autoimmune diseases. You may want to start supporting your body through a change in diet and lifestyle habits, as a start. Supporting the immune system by removing food allergens may affect change in the cellular matrix of the GI tract. Supported immune systems may not affect the tissues of the body so severely.

While all autoimmune diseases are different in the systems being affected, supporting your body through diet is a helpful start to managing some symptoms. [3] Even those without autoimmune conditions could benefit from considering a new way of supporting the body that doesn’t just try to change its many systems with prescription medications.

The Mainstream Medical Approach to Autoimmune Disease

At The Wellness Way, we don’t guess: We test patients using comprehensive testing to determine contributing factors to sickness and symptoms. Many times, the typical medical professional informs those with autoimmune disease that they have to be on medication for the rest of their lives because there’s no cure. However, these medications may not be substantially effective, and could potentially make symptoms of these conditions worse.[4]

Remember, your immune system is designed to protect your body from harmful invaders.

Prescribed medications could affect your immune system and the body’s ability to fight harmful invaders efficiently. When taking prescribed medications, you aren’t taking care of the factors affecting the body. Medications often don’t address the toxic response in the body, and sometimes don’t support the body’s defense systems. That is not a long-term plan for a quality life.

You Don’t Need to Change the Body

Autoimmune disease is not an immune issue: In fact, your immune system is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do. The body is designed to go after potentially harmful invaders. Any healthy organ can become a threat to the immune system: Even your thyroid can become a harmful invader when the Epstein-Barr virus affects healthy cells from within. If that cell is suddenly different, the body might attack the thyroid because it knows something is not supposed to be there.

The Body Attacks What’s Not Supposed to be There

Your body is smart. Do you think the body attacks cells to hurt you or to protect you? The body is programmed for survival, and the same is true for autoimmune diseases. 

Autoimmune Disease is Not an Immune Issue

While all autoimmune diseases are the same in how they affect the immune system while trying to remove harmful invaders, not everyone’s situation – or every autoimmune disease – are the same. There are different toxins that alter the cells of the body, and everyone has different triggers affecting the immune response. Comprehensive testing by a health restoration expert is essential to determine your body’s unique triggers and how they affect your immune response. Support your body with a different approach.


For more helpful information about autoimmune disease, check out these educational resources:

Immune System Guide: Downloads, Articles, Videos, and Supplements | The Wellness Way

Autoimmune Conditions, Environmental Triggers, and Genetic Predispositions | A Different Perspective Video Podcast


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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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