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What does autoimmune mean? 
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Body attacks itself
In autoimmune disease your immune system attacks your own body.
This causes serious problems like colitis, thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis & lupus. There are often genetic predispositions but there is growing evidence that microbes and environmental toxins such as molds, heavy metals & pesticides play a key role. A well-written book on this is http://www.Donnajacksonnakazawa.Com/blog/?Page_id=7.

In brief: Body attacks itself
In autoimmune disease your immune system attacks your own body.
This causes serious problems like colitis, thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis & lupus. There are often genetic predispositions but there is growing evidence that microbes and environmental toxins such as molds, heavy metals & pesticides play a key role. A well-written book on this is http://www.Donnajacksonnakazawa.Com/blog/?Page_id=7.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Self appears foreign
The body's immune system is designed to protect the body from foreign invaders like bacteria or unknown proteins.
The body produces anti-bodies to fight the invading agent. In autoimmune conditions the body mistakenly produces anti-bodies to itself. When these self-antibodies attack the proteins they are directed against an inflammatory reaction occurs. The reaction causes symptoms like rashes.

In brief: Self appears foreign
The body's immune system is designed to protect the body from foreign invaders like bacteria or unknown proteins.
The body produces anti-bodies to fight the invading agent. In autoimmune conditions the body mistakenly produces anti-bodies to itself. When these self-antibodies attack the proteins they are directed against an inflammatory reaction occurs. The reaction causes symptoms like rashes.
Dr. Latisha Smith
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
In brief: Body attacks itself
Autoimmune means when your own immune system or antibodies unfortunately attacks itself.
This occurs in disease such as lupus and type 1 diabetes.

In brief: Body attacks itself
Autoimmune means when your own immune system or antibodies unfortunately attacks itself.
This occurs in disease such as lupus and type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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