Autoimmune conditions develop when a person’s immune system gets confused it can attack any of the cells in the body. Depending on timing and your genetic predisposition autoimmunity can manifest as:
- Crohn’s disease
- Celiac disease
- Hashimotos thyroiditis
- Graves disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- And many more ways, as we have many vulnerable body systems!
Autoimmunity occurs when our immune system inadvertently tags one of our cells like it would normally tag an intruding bacteria, virus, fungus, parasite, or other uninvited guest. Once tagged the cell is treated like any other trespasser and is attacked by our immune cells.
To resolve this confusion we must re-educate the body about what is self, what is foreign, what is benign and what must be eliminated. We do this through laboratory testing, herbs, supplements, and often stress reduction. Diet is HUGE for resolving autoimmune conditions. Online resources like The Paleo Mom are invaluable for crafting a new diet founded in immune-balancing nutrients.