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The seven underlying causes of autoimmune diseases
1. Infections known and unknown
Infections of various types, known and unknown (usually Candida Albicans overgrowth is involved) contribute to autoimmune disorders. Eliminating these chronic infections, even if you don’t know they are there, is essential to achieve freedom from or at least amelioration of autoimmune disorders.
2. Heavy metals and other toxins
After infections, the most important and prevalent underlying cause of autoimmune disorders is body toxicity (heavy metals, pesticides etc.) Mercury is the most common and significant heavy metal to be implicated in auto-immune disorders and indeed in all chronic health disorders. Common sources of toxicity include amalgam fillings, these have been shown to constantly release mercury vapour into the mouth and onwards into the rest of the body. Many vaccinations include mercury, also sea fish especially of the larger variety are a significant source of mercury toxicity. Mercury accumulation in the body damages the bodies healthy function in several ways and renders the body more susceptible to chronic infections. It can also impact upon cellular respiration, resulting in oxygen deficit and subsequently acid accumulation, two basic factors in creating chronic health issues including autoimmune disorders.
3. Deficiency of cellular oxygenation
This in turn impacts upon the immune system and the body’s ability to burn off acid waste products (see Removal of blocks to health improvement for further discussion on this subject)
4. Immune system malfunction.
The immune system is very complex and has many different aspects. As discussed in the opening paragraph, in autoimmune disorders the immune system (certain specialized cells that are designed to help eliminate invaders and dead cells in the body, attack living tissue erroneously). The ability of such a compromised immune system to efficiently deal with infections and waste products is often reduced. The tissues they attack define the name of the autoimmune disorder (lungs giving rise to asthma, joints to rheumatoid arthritis and so on). Apart from heavy metal and toxin accumulation and chronic infections, the action of the immune system in creating inflammation in the target tissues involved in the auto-immune disorder is a very important issue. Inflammation is a natural part of the immune systems function in case of injury and infection, but needs to be curtailed quite quickly so that healing can begin. If allowed to continue for too long it will result in tissue damage. There are specific remedies/nutrients to help the immune system distinguish between friend and foe and can be described as immune system normalisers. In practice the efficiency of the normalising action, the end result, will depend on addressing all the needed aspects discussed in this article.
5. Adrenal Gland (insufficiency of hormone output)
These release several hormones to help maintain the bodies correct biochemistry. One of these hormones is hydrocortisone (AKA cortisol). One of cortisol’s main actions is to balance the immune system, especially to curtail any excess inflammation. It is like the fire department that puts out the flames of inflammation that directly and most immediately create and maintain autoimmune conditions. Insufficient cortisol production from the adrenal glands results in excessive inflammation and perhaps surprisingly, a weakened ability to fight off infections and to deal with detoxification episodes. Further information here.
6. Food Intolerance’s
Eliminate any foods that the body is intolerant to, these cause inflammation in the bowel and that fires up the whole immune system. The ”usual suspects” are wheat and dairy products, but may well be other foods. Any foods that are desired every day (and if withdrawn will cause protests) suggests that they are the addictive/intolerant foods. One method for determining food intolerance is to eliminate a single food that is eaten regularly (at least once a week). Do not have any of the selected item for a week, then have a fair portion of that food on the 7th or 8th day. If you have a bad reaction to that food, then you are intolerant. Repeat with the next food and so on, until you have eventually found all of the foods you are intolerant to, and eliminated them from your diet. After a few months you can experimentally re-introduce one food at a time to see if you still have a bad reaction, if not then you may use this food again (but not to excess). In some cases a person with leaky gut syndrome will be intolerant to most foods, so it is not possible to completely eliminate foods that cause autoimmune reactions. It should be borne in mind that the use of the other components of the autoimmune protocol discussed in this article will tend to reduce these food intolerances. MSM (organic sulphur) can be especially helpful is reducing food intolerances and allergies.
Recommended reading: Fire In The Belly: The Surprising Cause of Most Diseases, States Of Mind and Aging Processes by Keith Scott-Mumby (Amazon UK link)
7. Nutritional deficiencies
Celtic Salt, Magnesium, Vitamin D3, Iodine, Vitamin C
Research suggests that the three most important, identifiable, components for immune system integrity are Vitamin D, Iodine and Vitamin C. It is commonly believed, by researchers, that deficiencies in these three immune system essentials are widespread, to the point that the vast majority of people living in northern climates are significantly deficient. In addition, Zell Immunocomplex is an essential broad-acting nutritional remedy for rapidly creating a competent immune system. Celtic salt is a high mineral salt, it has significantly more trace minerals than even regular sea salts. See more details concerning these nutrients towards the end of the section below.
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