The incidence of autoimmune deficiencies are rising at an alarming rate. Disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohns, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, asthma, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, thyroid problems and other autoimmune diisorders are becoming more and more common.
The body attacks itself when there is a severe ongoing imbalance. It is confused in what it should fight against. It doesn't decide one day to turn on itself, but instead is reacting to an accumulation of bombardments by multiple immune challenges.
No time in the history of our planet have we been subjected to this many plastics, pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals and toxins. This toxicity is cumulative and is only getting worse. Our immune systems become weakened by this accumulation of toxins and may attack itself as a result. Chemicals and heavy metals are some of the toxins that can accumulate in our bodily tissues. This toxic load effect varies for each individual in what they can handle before the body expresses itself through health problems.
These toxins interact with certain genes for each individual, allowing for certain individual genes to be expressed. The interaction of genes with toxins and immune challenges may also play a role in determining who gets autoimmune deficiency symptoms. This may explain why certain people develop symptoms and others exposed to many of the same factors do not.Symptoms of Autoimmune Deficiency
- Inflammation - Inflammation is the body's response of vascular tissues to damaged cells, irritants, toxins, noxious stimuli etc.. It is necessary as a protective mechanism and to help the body heal in the acute stage. When the body can't shut this mechanism down that is when it becomes problematic. In autoimmune deficiencies, inflammation is chronic and problematic. Many recent studies have determined that inflammation is a leading cause of heart disease and other disease processes. The CRP number is one factor that is looked at in standard blood tests to determine inflammation in the body.
- Chronic fatigue - When the body is attacking itself and in a state of imbalance it is no wonder why a person experiencing an autoimmune deficiency may have chronic fatigue.
- Sleep Disorders - A person may feel exhausted most of the time and need a lot of sleep just to get through a normal day. They may also have no reserve as well, making it difficult to deal with stress.
- Muscle and Joint Pain- Some people experience autoimmune deficiency as pain in their body. It is usually chronic and not the result of a specific injury.
- Changes in hair, skin, hands and feet, throat, neck, voice. mouth, weight, eyes, blood sugar changes- These are usually very noticeable changes and are not subtle. Loss of hair to the outer eyebrow, painful skin rashes, extreme sensitivity to heat or cold in hands and feet, swelling in hands and feet, sudden weight loss or gain, difficulty swallowing, high or low blood sugar and blurred vision may occur.
Nutritional supplements offer the body the ability to detox from the causes of autoimmune deficiency and help the immune system to function better. They allow the immune system the ability to be able to detect what is a foreign invader versus what is part of its own system. This identification is probably the most important factor to allow the body to function normally.