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Autoimmunity (Overview)

Autoimmunity is failure of an organism in recognizing its own constituent parts as self, which allows an immune response against its own cells and tissues. Any disease that results from such an aberrant immune response is termed an autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity is often caused by a lack of germ development of a target body and as such the immune response acts against its own cells and tissues.


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What's the symptoms of autoimmunity?

What's the symptoms of autoimmunity?

Many symptoms: Hi! there are several symptoms that are potential autoimmune-related. Fatigue, rash, achiness, joint swelling, bowel irregularity, oral ulcers. It depends on the underlying disease. Start with your internist. ...Read more

Autoimmunity (Overview)

Autoimmunity is failure of an organism in recognizing its own constituent parts as self, which allows an immune response against its own cells and tissues. Any disease that results from such an aberrant immune response is termed an autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity is often caused by a lack of germ development of a target body and as such the immune response acts against its own cells and tissues.


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What is the definition or description of: autoimmunity?

What is the definition or description of: autoimmunity?

See below: Autoimmunity is failure of an organism in recognizing its own constituent parts as self, which allows an immune response against its own cells and tissues. Any disease that results from such an aberrant immune response is termed an autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity is often caused by a lack of germ development of a target body and as such the immune response acts against its own cells and tissues. ...Read more

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What is autoimmunity, and what causes an autoimmune disorder?

What is autoimmunity, and what causes an autoimmune disorder?

Confused immunity: Autoimmunity is when the immune system gets confused and starts attacking the body. The cause is a anything that can trigger the immune system to attack the self: food allergy, infection, heavy metal, chemical and mold. Find the cause, remove it and the autoimmunity resolves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac11G-Chnmk ...Read more

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What is the difference between hypersensitivity and autoimmunity?

What is the difference between hypersensitivity and autoimmunity?

Very different: A hypersensitivity is generally what we call an allergic reaction. This is mostly to things you find in the environment, and most of the time is driven by an antibody called ige. An autoimmune disease is usually driven by igg antibody, and what is being attacked is something in the body that the immune system thinks is "foreign" and should be "dealt with" when it shouldn't be. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal products to help with type 1 diabetic autoimmunity?

Are there any herbal products to help with type 1 diabetic autoimmunity?

It depends: It depends on the cause. Autoimmunity to the islet cells of the pancreas will be caused by one or more of the following: allergy, infections, heavy metal, chemical or mold. herbs can kill some infections and detox heavy metals, but are often times not strong enough to do so. work with a doctor familiar with functional medicine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac11G-Chnmk ...Read more

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Can autoimmunity be reversed by just fasting/detoxing enough until all immune complexes are out of system?

Of course not: Whoever told you this is lying to you, and i think you realize it. Real autoimmune disease is serious business and you need to be under the care of a competent physician. Charlatans and authors of misleading internet sites promote these claims using anecdotes and misusing science jargon; they pose as persecuted humanitarians -- in fact they are common crooks. It's your health that is at stake. ...Read more

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What is autoimmunity's role in type 1 diabetes?

What is autoimmunity's role in type 1 diabetes?

It is an autoimmune: Type i diabetes begins as a body's attack pancreas specifically the islet cells. Eventually this leads to an impairment in the production of insulin, and a dysregulation of glucose homeostasis. It almost always needs to be treated with Insulin and a skilled physician (usually an endocrinologist). ...Read more

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What's the difference between immunodeficiency and autoimmunity?

What's the difference between immunodeficiency and autoimmunity?

Function and target: The immune system should react against substances that harm us, and should tolerate substances that do not harm us. In immunodeficiency, there is a weakness on the immune response. Infectious occur frequently and more severe. In autoimmunity, there is malfunction on the immune response, targetting our own tissues, such as our joints in rheumatoid arthritis. Both processes may occur together. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autoimmunity and polymyalgia rheumatica?

What is the difference between autoimmunity and polymyalgia rheumatica?

See below: Pmr is an auto immune disease. In auto immune diseases certain types of white blood cells attack your own tissues and cause cell or tissue destruction. Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are two common examples. In these cases the immune system must be modulated, sometimes with powerful medications. ...Read more

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Is erythroblastosis fetalis is an example of autoimmunity or isoimmunity?

Is erythroblastosis fetalis is an example of autoimmunity or isoimmunity?

Alloimmunity: Autoimmunity is an immune response to one's own proteins while the example of Erythroblastosis fetalis is an immune response of mom's antibodies to a foreign antigen, this case from the fetus. ...Read more

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What is the cause of autoimmunity? I've read that it is immune deficiency, hyperstimulation,and IL 2.

What is the cause of autoimmunity? I've read that it is immune deficiency, hyperstimulation,and IL 2.

Rogue immune: This is less a hyperimmune than a rogue immune reactions causing one's own immune system to turn against one's own tissue The basic cause is likely from impaired immune regulation and not a deficiency. ...Read more

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Mild neutropenia (1.2-1.4) for three years (annual test) no sign of autoimmunity. Should I worry, can IBS-C be a symptom.

Mild neutropenia (1.2-1.4) for three years (annual test) no sign of autoimmunity. Should I worry, can IBS-C be a symptom.

Possibly benign: Sounds like an ethnic neutropenia, which is a benign condition of neutropenia, more commonly seen in African population. Does not relate to IBS-C. Seeing a hematologist to rule out other conditions is essential. ...Read more

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Some research suggests patients with cushings can have positive anti-pituitary antibodies targeting acth producing cells and this autoimmunity can stimulate acth adenoma formation. Is this correct?

Some research suggests patients with cushings can have positive anti-pituitary antibodies targeting acth producing cells and this autoimmunity can stimulate acth adenoma formation.  Is this correct?

Doubt it: People with pituitary adenomas of all sorts tend to have pituitary autoantibodies but these can't cause the mutations that cause the tumors ; are probably just the result for the normal gland being damaged. Since the type of tumor has no correlation with antibody presence, this supports this common-sense idea. New review pituitary. 15(4):490-4, 2012 dec. ...Read more

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What can cause secondary (acquired) IgM deficiency? Cancer? Infections? Autoimmunity?

What can cause secondary (acquired) IgM deficiency?  Cancer?  Infections?  Autoimmunity?

Acquired is rare: The common primary igm deficiency is genetically transmitted , the acquired ( or secondary ) isolated with out other deficiencies , igm deficiency alone is are , usually due to infections like HIV , whipple's etc. ...Read more

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If intestinal permeability is sometimes associated with autoimmunity, couldn't stomach ulcers also cause autoimmunity in some cases?

If intestinal permeability is sometimes associated with autoimmunity, couldn't stomach ulcers also cause autoimmunity in some cases?

Stoamch vs intestine: Stomach function is acid production, and mixing with bile with very little absorption of nutrients. Intestines function more for assimilation of nutrients. ...Read more

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I have autoimmune disease. I had severe chicken pox at age 40. Prior to that i was healthy. Could the c.Pox have triggered autoimmunity?

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Hard to say: Very difficult to say, because virtually everyone got chicken pox before the vaccine; due to this, of course every autoimmune disease sufferer also had chickenpox. I don't believe there have been any studies that link the two, and a cursory search on pubmed reveals nothing. ...Read more

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Wife--tubal reversal in 07. 13 miscarriages/ 1 tubal. Dna karyotyping &autoimmunity normal.How would genetics effect this?Blood types me a- / her o+.

Wife--tubal reversal in 07. 13 miscarriages/ 1 tubal. Dna karyotyping &autoimmunity normal.How would genetics effect this?Blood types me a- / her o+.

MTHFR?: Have they tested for the mthfr 677 ; 1298 genotypes yet? It is a very common cause of infertility and neural tube defects leading to miscarriages. The more abnormal genes you have, the worse the problems can be. Can treat with bellevue pharmacy "s8"supplement (msg for details).Also check her for antibodies to sperm. Would need ivf if +. Blood type could be an issue (abo incompatibility) rh is ok! ...Read more

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What could cause secondary (acquired) immunodeficiency coupled with autoimmunity? Both started at same time. Cancers and infections?(negative 4 hiv)

Immune Dysregulation: Disruption of the process of self/non-self recognition can lead to either immune deficiency (increased susceptibility to infection) or to autoimmunity (increased and pathogenic responses to self-antigens). Many of the genes that create susceptibility to autoimmunity also create susceptibility to immune deficiency. ...Read more

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Help me, 59yrf-dercum's disease, lymphedema, ans disorder, heart disease- mi x3, 10+herniated discs, autoimmunity, gastroparesis, duodenitis w nodule?

Help me, 59yrf-dercum's disease, lymphedema, ans disorder, heart disease- mi x3, 10+herniated discs, autoimmunity, gastroparesis, duodenitis w nodule?

Too many issues here: If you do have all these listed problems, you need a good internist to take care of you and guide you further. Health matters get complicated if you truly have more than one or 2 ailments and you need long term care for any such diseases that are chronic in nature. You need a good primary care doctor to guide you for the long term. ...Read more

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What is the best indicator of cancer: "tumor markers" or "paraneoplastic autoantibodies"? I have signs of cancer and neurological autoimmunity.

What is the best indicator of cancer: "tumor markers" or "paraneoplastic autoantibodies"? I have signs of cancer and neurological autoimmunity.

Neither: There are only a handful of very rare circumstances where a "tumor marker" blood test can prove that someone has a cancer. This is because many tumor markers can be elevated by other causes. Paraneoplastic autoantibodies do not diagnose cancer but are called that when a patient with a known cancer has autoantibodies without another known cause. ...Read more

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Molecular mimicry is a possible cause of some forms of autoimmunity due to bacterial infection..Do fungal/viral infections ever cause autoimmunity?

Molecular mimicry is a possible cause of some forms of autoimmunity due to bacterial infection..Do fungal/viral infections ever cause autoimmunity?

Molecular mimicry: Why yes viral infections certainly do display molecular mimicry. Most commonly are the herpesvirus family (herpes simplex, varicella, cmv, ebv...16 in all). That is why these viruses remain latent within us and if the immune system is disrupted by acquired immunodeficiencies (age, chemotherapy, HIV or other viral infections) these viruses then reactivate. ...Read more

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Hla gene mutations predispose one to developing autoimmunity after viral &/or vaccine exposure...Why not screen for mutations before vaccinating us?

Hla gene mutations predispose one to developing autoimmunity after viral &/or vaccine exposure...Why not screen for mutations before vaccinating us?

Vaccine-preventable : Infections trigger clinical symptoms of auto-immune disorders far more often & more severely than do vaccines. The who's criteria for assessing adverse reactions to vaccines, including autoimmune diseases, are the consistency, strength & specificity of an association, not just a temporal relationship. Image.Thelancet.Com/.../02art9340web.Pdf discusses current & future epidemiology ...Read more

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Low c3(normal c2, c4, ch50), low igg1, low igg3, low total igm. Doc says all r acquired. He suspects cancer, autoimmunity, or infection. Is he correct?

Low c3(normal c2, c4, ch50), low igg1, low igg3, low total igm.  Doc says all r acquired.  He suspects cancer, autoimmunity, or infection.  Is he correct?

Difficult to tell: Without any context, it is very difficult to interpret laboratory results. More information about why these particular tests were done would be helpful. ...Read more