By Suzy Cohen
It’s a scary thought isn’t it that you could have autoimmune dysfunction even though you may not have been diagnosed with a disorder yet. I think we all have some degree of autoimmunity and if tested properly, we’d see it. Doctors think autoimmune diseases are “rare” and here I’m saying I think all of us have some degree. I’m not crazy. It’s only “rare” because the old-school tests don’t detect it until 90 percent of the tissue or organ is completely destroyed. Tests for autoimmunity are so backwards that until the symptoms are out of control and you’re in terrible pain or finally starting to become deformed, the tests don’t come back positive. Most of your tissue has to be destroyed or the autoimmune diagnosis is not given. Take Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Graves’ disease for example. These are both autoimmune diseases where your T cells (immune system) destroys your own thyroid gland. But people don’t get cured when they take the “standard of care” medications such as thyroid hormone, or when they undergo surgery or radiation. Why aren’t they cured and why don’t they feel better when their TSH and other thyroid labs look good? The answer is easy. It’s because none of these medications stops the assault caused by the T cells which are still trying to kill other tissues in the body. There’s a full-body cytokine storm of pro-inflammatory compounds making you miserable (even though your hormone levels are normal). Take any autoimmune disease, the best they tell you to hope for is remission. When you have one autoimmune disease, you almost always have two or three or four. Your body creates antibodies everywhere it sees an invader… why would anyone think it stops at your thyroid, your myelin, your adrenals, your joints and cartilage, or your skin cells? Here’s why you could have multiple disorders going on. It could be a pathogen that’s gone undetected. It could be food, that’s a big trigger. Gluten is a hole puncher. You get gluten when you eat traditional bread, pasta and pastries, most notably from foods cooked with wheat, barley and rye. Gluten pokes holes in your gut, whether or not you have Celiac disease. It’s an additive. Gluten makes your “tight junctions” in your gut come loose, so various undigested proteins (corn, egg, coffee, tapioca) leak out of the holes in your gut, into your blood stream. The proteins aren’t supposed to be there, they’re supposed to stay in the tube meaning your gut. Your immune system tags these innocent foreign proteins which only leaked out because your gut is holy and I don’t mean that in a good way. These proteins are in organs and your immune system is poised to destroy the tissue wherever they lodge. It’s not just gluten, it could be corn, egg, dairy, coffee and so forth. It differs for everyone. I’ve written an ebook, specifically on the topic of food, and what foods to avoid. My ebook pertains to Hashimoto’s, however if you have any autoimmune disorder, it will help you
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