Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. Normally, the immune system’s white blood cells produce antibodies to protect the body from harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and blood or tissues from another person or species. But in people with autoimmune disease, the immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy body tissue and the harmful substances and so its response is to destroy the normal body tissues.

There are over 80 autoimmune conditions, each affecting different parts of the body.

For example in type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys the cells that make insulin. In rheumatoid arthritis, the lining of the joints are attacked. In multiple sclerosis (MS), the coating around nerves is damaged. Examples of other autoimmune diseases are Lupus, Chron’s disease, coeliac disease, Hasitmotis (underactive thyroid disease) and psoriasis.

The British Society for Immunology estimate that there are four million people in the UK known to be living with at least one autoimmune condition. Through its Connect Immune Research report they highlight that people often live with more than one autoimmune condition, a fact the charities describe as “underreported”.

What causes of autoimmune conditions are there?

Autoimmune conditions are poorly understood. In some cases, we know that certain genes or being exposed to certain environmental factors can make some autoimmune conditions more likely. But that’s not the whole story – something is going wrong with the immune system, and we don’t know why.

At present, autoimmune conditions cannot be cured. This means that for most people who develop an autoimmune condition, a lifetime of daily management and potential health complications and pain lies ahead The British Society for Immunology. It has been shown that The Whals Protocol ® diet and lifestyle interventions can have a positive impact on the management of autoimmune conditions.

Now, more and more, our scientific colleagues and expert clinicians are recognising that our chronic diseases, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, chronic lung disease, and many cancers are at the root caused by lifestyle induced issues and this also includes autoimmunity, mental health problems, cognitive decline.

There is a huge autoimmune epidemic.

Did you know that 25 million Americans have a serious autoimmune diagnosis, and 75 million Americans have pain, fatigue and/or brain fog.

In 2011, Americans paid over £100 billion for autoimmune drug treatment, and these drugs are potent with potent, potentially life threatening side effects. Yes, immune dysfunction can be treated, stabilised, and even reversed using therapeutic diet and lifestyle interventions. Dr. Wahls has seen that in her clinics, in her clinical trials, and she writes about that in her books

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