Fix your autoimmune woes systematically
Autoimmune diseases are one of the most common groups of diseases in the modern world, and they’re only becoming more common.
These are diseases like thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, and all the other ones listed below. This is not a conclusive list.
So, what it autoimmunity?
Autoimmune diseases are diseases in which the body’s immune system is activated against the itself. There are so many different targets that nailing down what is being attacked and why can be difficult. Fortunately, we know the cause and target of many autoimmune diseases.
Consider myasthenia gravis as an example. People with this disease have an autoimmune response to the acetylcholine receptor. This is responsible for transmission of signals between nerves, particularly in the neuromuscular system. This leads to muscular weakness and easy fatigability.
Most autoimmune diseases are similar to this example, with small variations. Some present early in life, some present later in life, some pop up randomly. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to some of these diseases.
That’s where this article comes in.
Most autoimmune diseases have some trigger. As we will discuss later, genetics may be that trigger in some people. In many, genetics don’t explain the whole story.