Examples of autoimmune diseases // Drug Repurposing

Examples of autoimmune diseases

The thought occurred to me when my 4-year-old asked for a snack less than an hour after eating breakfast: Could he still be hungry, or is something else at work?

We have been led to believe we should eat every two or three hours instead of three times a day. Some experts even suggest snacking, or grazing all day, is healthier. I believe this may be one of the reasons for the obesity epidemic and the significant rise in chronic autoimmune disease symptoms such as fatigue, high blood cholesterol, arthritis and hyperthyroidism.

Autoimmune disease is when the body’s immune system mistakenly believes it is under threat and attacks itself. There are more than 80 known types of autoimmune disease, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lupus and multiple sclerosis are examples of autoimmune diseases.

A healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, that limits saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, salt and added sugars will help, according to HHS.

The fact is, if people eat foods with naturally occurring fiber and complex carbohydrates instead of simple sugars, you won’t get hungry an hour after eating. It’s a concept called “satiety” and it affects children and adults. But we are surrounded by advertising that encourages us to eat processed, sugary foods.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, food makers spend some $1.6 billion a year on advertising, much of it aimed at children. An article published in 2006 in the Journal of Public Health Policy suggests the number is as high as billion annually.

The problem is both a health and an economic threat. The annual medical cost of obesity-related diseases and conditions is about 7 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The annual cost to employers tops .1 billion, according to a 2010 Duke University study.

Women are two to three times more likely to suffer from autoimmune disease than men, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

These diseases are rarely life-threatening but can be debilitating and costly, not only in dollars but the ability to lead a normal life. Eating the right foods will help, but there is so much disagreement over what is healthy and what is not that many people give up and attribute their disease to heredity.

The fact is, these diseases are both controllable and preventable with a plant-based diet.

So, if you ate too many rich, sugary sweets this holiday season, here’s a salad dressing recipe that will help sweep those toxins out of your body.

Ginger-Lime Salad Dressing

  • Zest and juice of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ginger root (grated)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave nectar, or pure maple syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For best results, combine ingredients in a mini-processor and drizzle over greens – it works well with bitter greens such as arugula and radicchio – and top with sliced pears.

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Chill out - its not that huge of a deal.

by troll_reformed

There’s a link between autoimmune deficiencies and various medical conditions (I’ve even heard it expressed that Cancer, Cushing’s, Diabetes and Arthritis, and more generally, pet allergies are included here) are caused by the over-stimulation of a pet’s immune system. I’ve also heard is said that there’s little or no statistical link between annual booster shots and pet health (please don’t shoot the massager on that statement!). Examples taken from the internet here:
"You take healthy animals and often very quickly after you vaccinate, you can see simple things like itching of the skin or excessive licking of the paws, sometimes even with no eruptions

I can't beleive you are invoking

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Conspiracy. Really? I am trying to take you seriously, and acknowledge your points, but invoking conspiracy is a fatal flaw in your argument.
To quote you: "lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. - they ALL have an etiology. but we can't acknowledge that, or we open the floodgates."
Your examples of unacknowledged diseases: Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, CFS, IBS, are NOT unacknowldeged.
We know what causes Lyme Disease, the Borrellia bacteria. But due to the nature of the bacteria (which mimics the surface of human cells), it is hard to diagnose definitively

Springer Autoimmune Diseases of the Skin: Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, Management
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The genes behind immunity  — Science Codex
Other articles examine crucial applied questions, such as how genes influence autoimmune thyroid diseases, or which chickens are the most resistant to colonization by Campylobacter jejuni, one of the most common causes of food-borne illness in humans.

McGraw-Hill Professional Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, Eighth Edition, 2 Volume set
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