The growing autoimmune disease epidemic is overtaking the western population at a rapid pace, and we now face the disturbing knowledge that there are over 80 different types of autoimmune disease. According to the American Autoimmune Disease Related Association (AARDA), an autoimmune disease now affects 1 in 4 to 1 in 2 people.
So why isn’t this conversation bigger?
Why don’t we hear more about this growing epidemic as we do with cancer and heart disease?
Whatever the reason, now, more than ever, is the time to question how we are living.
It is a non-negotiable fact that our fast–paced, convenient lifestyle is the biggest factor leading to autoimmune disease erupting within our systems. Like anything, autoimmune disease does not just appear overnight; it brews in your body YEARS before you are diagnosed or have any ‘noticeable’ symptoms.
We now know that children and adults are developing autoimmune diseases at an epidemic rate. Research has been revealing that antibodies can brew in your blood for many years and if you already have one autoimmune condition, statistically, you are more prone to get another one if you don’t handle it with care by addressing the root cause.
Just as if you have a big fire and don’t put it out, it will just get bigger and bigger and BIGGER, so it is with autoimmune disease. This terrible condition can go from your gut, to your joints to your brain and leave you a crippled mess with no quality of life. I cherish my health so much now because I KNOW what the opposite is.
So if you are reading this blog post and you already have an autoimmune disease, you could be at risk for more if you are not addressing the root lifestyle cause – and this can be different for everyone, as I don’t believe there ‘a one-size-fits-all solution’,that will fit all. We need to understand that all autoimmune diseases are man-made. Humans have manufactured this autoimmune mechanism which shows up in many forms, labels and diagnoses’ which result from our lifestyle.
One of the most astounding facts I have only recently learned is that the process of all autoimmune disease is the same, the only way we differentiate them is with names. In short, the immune system attacks our tissue, and we only separate them into different diseases depending on which tissue it is attacking.
- If the immune system attacks our joints, we call it Rheumatoid Arthritis
- If the immune system attacks our large bowel or small intestine, we call it Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis
- If the immune system attacks our villi in our small intestine, we call it Coeliac[M3] Disease
- If the immune system attacks our brain, we call it Depression, Alzheimer’s or in some cases Autism
- If the immune system attacks our muscles, we call it Polymyositis
- If the immune system attacks our nervous system or cardiovascular system, we call it Lupus
The list goes on…
We are now even classifying the early stages of Asthma, Diabetes (type 1 and 2), Cardiovascular Disease and Leaky Gut as encompassing autoimmune characteristics.
To be continued in The Autoimmune Trilogy – Part 2
Peace, Love, Health
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