Are All Diseases Immune Disorders, At Their Crux?
Are Autoimmune Diseases Reversible?
Are all autoimmune diseases pretty much incurable? Can a plant-based diet heal autoimmune disease?
Can intermittent fasting reset your immune system? Are there any autoimmune diseases that have been cured?
As we all know, our bodies contain an immune system which, simply put, is an army of cells and organs whose job it is to defend these bodies against bad guy germs and foreign invaders. They are specialists in their field in that they have the Spidey Sense to tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys. When some factor interferes with that sense so that it cannot be recognized, the body makes autoantibodies, who become the enemy and turn on the normal cells, resulting in autoimmune disease.
Conditions Caused by a Compromised Immune System
Now, all levity aside, this causes a number of conditions such as:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- all types of gut maladies
- countless others that are a leading cause of death and disability.
Who Is Most Susceptible to Autoimmune Diseases?
Anyone can get an autoimmune disease, but it seems that certain people are more susceptible, such as women of childbearing age, those with a family history of these diseases (such as lupus), people who are continuously exposed to certain harmful things in the environment, and people of different races or ethnic backgrounds. An example of this would be the fact that type 1 diabetes is more prevalent in white people, while lupus is most severe in African American and Hispanics.
These days a great portion of the population is highly prone to getting autoimmune diseases due to malfunction caused by certain things being jabbed into them that all but shut down their immune systems, making them vulnerable to pretty much everything.
With most autoimmune diseases symptoms can come and go (called remission), and can be mild or severe.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, a common cause of autoimmune disease is early life emotional trauma that is not addressed and treated effectively. This trauma predisposes your body to develop the initial infection, and contributes to your inability to effectively defeat it.
Are All Diseases Ultimately Immune Disorders?
At it’s crux there is no single disease that can’t be fundamentally connected to a malfunction with the immune system. So yes, it could be said that all diseases are ultimately immune disorders, in essence.
Here is a selection of the many autoimmune diseases commonly called “immune disorders” and their symptoms:
1. Alopecia, where the immune system attacks hair follicles, causing patchy hair loss.
2. Antiphospholipid syndrome that causes disfunction in the inner lining of blood vessels, resulting in blood clots in the arteries or veins. This often presents as a lacy, net-like red rash on the wrists and knees.
3. Autoimmune hepatitis resulting from the immune system attacking and destroying the liver cells. Symptoms include fatigue, enlarged liver, yellowing of the skin or whites of eyes, itchy skin, joint and stomach pain.
4. Celiac disease, in which people cannot tolerate gluten found in wheat, rye, and barley. When these foods are consumed by these people the immune system damages the lining of the small intestine. This causes abdominal bloating and pain, diarrhea or constipation, weight loss or gain, fatigue, itchy skin, missed menstrual periods, and infertility or miscarriages.
5. Type 1 diabetes, where the immune system attacks the insulin producing cells which is a hormone needed to regulate blood sugar levels. Numerous symptoms occur with diabetes such as constant thirst and urination, weight loss, slow healing sores, loss of feeling in the feet, and blurry eyesight.
6. Graves disease or overactive thyroid. This occurs when too much thyroid hormone is produced and the symptoms include insomnia, irritability, weight loss, heat sensitivity, sweating, fine hair, muscle weakness, bulging eyes, and shaky hands.
7. Guillain-Barre syndrome where the immune system attacks the nerves that connect your brain and spinal cord with the rest of your body, making it hard for them to transmit signals. This results in the muscles having trouble responding to the brain. Symptoms, which often progress quickly, include weakness or tingling or even paralysis.
8. Hashimoto’s disease which, as opposed to Graves, causes the thyroid to make too little thyroid hormone. Fatigue, weight gain, sensitivity to cold, muscle aches, stiff joints, facial swelling, and constipation are some of the symptoms.
9. Inflammatory bowel disease causes chronic digestive tract inflammation, in turn causing Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The most common symptoms are abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea but also may include rectal bleeding, fever, fatigue, weight loss, and mouth ulcers.
10. Multiple sclerosis, where the immune system attacks the protective coating around the nerves, affecting the brain and spinal cord. There are multiple and varied symptoms such as weakness and trouble with coordination, balance, speaking, and walking, as well as numbness and tingling in the arms, legs, hands, and feet.
11. Myasthenia gravis, caused by the attack of the nerves and muscles of the body. This causes double vision, drooping eyelids, trouble swallowing, weakness or paralysis, drooping head, and trouble talking.
12. Rheumatoid arthritis, which occurs when the immune system attacks the lining of the joints in the body. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, weight loss, eye inflammation, lung disease, and anemia.
13. Scleroderma is caused by the abnormal growth of connective tissue in the skin and blood vessels. There are numerous symptoms including fingers and toes that turn white, red, or blue in response to cold or heat, pain, stiffness, and swelling of fingers and joints, thickening of the skin, tight and mask like facial skin, trouble swallowing, shortness of breath, diarrhea or constipation.
14. Sjogren’s syndrome, in which the immune system targets the glands that make tears and saliva. Symptoms present as dry or itchy eyes, dryness of the mouth, trouble swallowing, loss of taste, severe dental cavities, hoarse voice, joint swelling or pain, swollen glands, and cloudy eyes.
15. Systemic lupus that can damage the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, and lungs. The list of symptoms is long and includes fever, weight loss, hair loss, mouth sores, rash across the nose and cheeks, swollen joints, sensitivity to the sun, chest pain, headaches, dizziness, seizures, and change of behavior.
Prevention and Management of Autoimmune Disease
As you can see, there are many autoimmune diseases, and this list does not include all of them. Unfortunately obtaining a diagnosis can be a long and nerve-wracking process, since many of the symptoms mirror other health issues.
The symptoms of autoimmune diseases can at the very least be managed to where your life should not be disrupted too much. Besides avoiding prescription drugs and other poisons, and doing natural remedies like intermittent fasting, here are a few day-to-day ways to make you feel better:
- eat healthy, well balanced meals.
- get regular physical activity but know your limits.
- get plenty of rest.
- reduce stress which often triggers symptoms to flare up.
Dr. Mercola suggests the following to improve, and in some cases partially reverse, your autoimmune symptoms:
1. Optimize your vitamin D levels as much as possible without the aid of pills. You can achieve that by getting about one hour of sun exposure per day around noon or 1:00 when it has optimum power. If this is not possible get what you can. There are some good vitamin D supplements available, if you know where to look. Be sure to take 500 mg to 1000mg of magnesium and 150 mcg of vitamin K2, which optimize vitamin D function.
2. Limit your consumption of vegetable seed oils which are loaded with Omega-6 and are to be avoided. The Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio is very important and should be about equal. Why Canola Oil Is Unhealthy | Canola Oil Health Facts
3. Practise Time-restricted eating (TRE), or intermittent fasting. Most people lack the ability to seamlessly shift between burning fat and carbs as their primary fuel source, causing impaired immune function. TRE is a form of intermittent fasting in which you eat all of your daily meals within a restricted window of time, ranging from 6-8 hours, thus avoiding food for 16-18 hours. The last food should be at least 3-5 hours before bedtime. Eating right before bed is very detrimental to your health.
4. Make sure that you have a regular and smooth sleep pattern. Try to go to bed at a regular time every night, keep your bedroom dark, and turn off electronics such as phones and laptops while sleeping.
5. Try using a low dose of Naltrexone. Yes it is a pharmaceutical, but one of the very few that actually works without causing harm. It enables your body and immune system to function more efficiently.
Are All Autoimmune Diseases Pretty Much Incurable?
We don’t like to say that anything is incurable. There is a point when things can get to a point where reversal seems bleak, at best. So prevention is obviously paramount. And prevention is simple (maybe not easy…) and it is always the same: Nutrition, exercise, stop eating processed garbage. Avoid pharmaceutical drugs. Get sun exposure and fresh air. Breathe through your nose. Get adequate, regular sleep.
Can Fasting Help an Autoimmune Disease?
Intermittent fasting is something most people should be doing these days, especially after all of the wretched shenanigans perpetrated on the global population, especially since 2019. More reasons you should do intermittent fasting
Are There Any Autoimmune Diseases That Have Been Cured?
Can a Plant-Based Diet Heal Autoimmune Disease?
We’ll tackle this proper in a subsequent article, but for now, here’s a link to a video that suggests that a vegan diet can heal autoimmune disease, and in fact has!
So, are all autoimmune diseases pretty much incurable? We would never say that! Everything is at least preventable, unless you believe that your condition is genetic, or accidental.
Can intermittent fasting reset your immune system?
Intermittent fasting, or time-restricted eating triggers autophagy, which “heals” our body’s cells. It can be very effective for inhibiting, or even reversing autoimmune diseases, and is just a very healthy thing to try, generally speaking.
A plant-based diet can heal autoimmune disease, according to this video.
Are there any autoimmune diseases that have been cured? There are many testimonies online of people healing autoimmune disease. Here is one.
There are definitely things you can do and tools you can utilize to aid in your improvement in quality of life, if you are suffering from an autoimmune disease. How about some good news to consider? There is research indicating that those who suffer from autoimmunity actually have stronger immune systems and are therefore
more protected against infectious diseases.