Autoimmune disease arises from an inappropriate immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words the immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks its own cells.
Autoimmune Disease and Autoimmune Disease Diet
There are over 70 classified Autoimmune Disease Diet (A.I.Ds). with as many as over 170 that may be A.I.Ds. Some of these are as follows:
Diabetes Type 1
Mix Connective Tissue Disease
amongst many others
Auto immune diseases are the third largest cause of morbidity mortality in the industrialised world surpassed only by cancer and heart disease and furthermore mortality is often associated with auto immune disease but often not recognised as an A.I.D. So where do the symptoms come from with auto immune syndromes? Often, there is genetic predisposition, environmental insult, low stomach acid, this can then lead to inadequately digested proteins in the gut or inflammation associated with food sensitivities, this in turn leads to increased intestinal permeability and then an increased load on the liver and detoxification pathways. This can then lead to tissue specific symptoms, which were determined by genetics and the above mentioned antecedents and then ultimately the development of auto immune syndromes.
Based on the above, at The London Clinic of Nutrition we use a new way of thinking of dealing with auto immune diseases. The most common approaches we take are assessing gastro intestinal health, looking at leaky gut, undetected bacterial or viral infections and very commonly, undiagnosed gluten sensitivity. It is this gluten sensitivity that is driving many inflammatory and auto immune conditions currently and there is now specific testing available from Cyrex labs in the USA that can accurately measure this gluten sensitivity. An autoimmune disease diet will normally consist of the avoidance of foods that trigger symptoms. A low lectin diet is often a good approach which is often part of the rationale for the autoimmune paleo diet. This can be discussed in more detail at a consultation. The most common (often overlooked or undetected) bugs with the most common AIDs are as follows:
Rheumatoid Arthritis – Proteus Mirabilis
Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons – chlamydia pneumoniae
Hashimoto’s – Epstein Barr Virus and Yersinia
Ankylosing Spondylitis and Crohn’s – klebsiella pneumonia
The key is to get rid of the pathogen and often the AID disappears. The London clinic of Nutrition specialise in autoimmune conditions and getting to the cause of their manifestation.
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