by Craig Stellpflug
Did you know that Autoimmune Disease is a “disease of inflammation”? All Autoimmune Diseases share one common theme: an out-of-sync immune system that has turned inward to attack body tissues and biologic processes as if they were foreign invaders. What really happens in the case of Autoimmune Disease is your immune system misidentifies healthy tissues and organs as potential foreign invaders. This causes the body to produce antibodies that mount an attack on your body’s own tissues causing inflammation.
Autoimmune Disease Facts:
According to the CDC, over 50 million people are affected by Autoimmune Disease in the USA today, and this is number is up from 9 million people in 1997.
- The direct cost of Autoimmune Disease is approaching $100billion a year.
- Autoimmune Disease has become the third most common category of illness, after cancer and heart disease.
- Autoimmune Diseases can show up in at least 80 different identified ways in all areas of the body.
- Nearly 80% of Autoimmune Disease cases occur in women.
Some of the more common names of Autoimmune Diseases are: * Rheumatoid Arthritis – bringing pain, swelling, and inflammation in two or more joints * Lupus – featuring fatigue, joint pain, fever, and rash * Celiac Sprue Disease – a gut reaction to gluten foods * Pernicious Anemia – marked by a critical vitamin B-12 shortage * Vitiligo – where the skin loses pigment cells * Scleroderma – the hardening of connective tissues * Psoriasis – presenting with bumpy red skin patches covered with white scales * Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis – causing abdominal pain, bloating, internal bleeding, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition * Hashimoto’s Disease – an immune system attack on the thyroid gland causing underactive thyroid * Graves’ disease – causing swelling of the neck and protrusion of the eyes resulting from an overactive thyroid gland * Addison’s Disease – marked by adrenal failure, fatigue, nausea, and weight loss * Sjögren’s Syndrome – causing dryness of the eyes and mouth * Type 1 Diabetes – a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin causing blood sugar regulation problems.
Genetic predisposition vs precipitating factors: The easy way out of personal responsibility for causes of Autoimmune Disease is to say it is in the genetics—often true but not actually… Genetic predispositions to Autoimmune Disease are very real but only manifest with precipitating factors. The alcoholic with Rheumatoid Arthritis can stop drinking and see a drastic reduction or elimination of joint inflammation. The diabetic who forsakes processed sugars and carbs sometimes recovers completely with diet changes alone. The Celiac and Crohn’s victim who eliminate gluten grains heal their guts. What changed? Nothing changed in the genetic makeup but rather removing the precipitating factors to reduce or eliminate the symptoms.
Environmental factors: Did you know that exposure to black mold can precipitate Autoimmune Disease in some people? Stress is almost always a common trigger for Autoimmune Disease flare-ups. Some people are deeply affected by vaccine adjuvants and heavy metals that trigger Autoimmune Disease in them—but not in other people. Antibiotics, pharma drugs, allergens, viruses, and chemical exposure can devastate still others.
Symptoms vs disease: The diagnosis of one or another Autoimmune Disease is actually a collection of common symptoms to help define a disease process with a label. All the various symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases have individual causes and until the causes are remediated the symptoms remain. The reality is that no Autoimmune Disease is ever caused by a lack of drugs. The big question is this: What is causing the symptoms? True treatment for the elimination of Autoimmune Disease takes concerted effort to find the causes of inflammation and take steps to reduce them.
Vaccine adjuvants: Vaccine adjuvants are included to “enhance” immune response to the vaccine antigens.
* Aborted fetal cells (AKA human diploid cells), residual * MRC5 proteins (normal lung tissue of a 14-week-old male fetus), * MF59 (squalene oil is a chemical produced by the sebaceous (oil) glands in our skin, circulates in blood, made in liver, produces squalene antibodies)
Animal tissues: *pig blood, * horse blood, * sheep blood, * rabbit brain, * dog kidney, * monkey kidney, * chick embryo, * chicken egg, * duck egg, * calf (bovine) serum, * fetal bovine serum, * porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein, * VERO cells (kidney from African Green monkey), * hydrolized gelatin (boiled in acid skin, bones, and connective tissue of various animals – neurotoxic, mutagenic, teratogenic and reproductive effects), * Lactalbumin Hydrolysate (induces allergy to milk, triggers formation of amyloid fibrils associated with neurodegenerative diseases, cancer growth, altered blood clotting time, altered enzymes, made through hydrolysis creating exitotoxic free glutamine), * monosodium glutamate (MSG – neurotoxic, mutagenic, teratogenic and reproductive effects), * Neomycin and Neomycin sulfate (antibiotic carrying FDA warning – nerve and kidney toxic), * peanut oil, * Octoxynol 9 or 10 (spermicide), * potassium diphosphate and * potassium monophosphate (bone and joint pain, osteomalacia arrhythmias, seizures), * sorbitol (destroys cellular osmotic balance, government records prominently state under Drug Warnings that sorbitol is not to be injected), * sucrose (sugar lowers the immune function causes obesity via global inflammation),
* Hydrocortisone (synthetic form of cortisol – stress hormone, teratogenic, endocrine and immune disruptor, oxidative stress, synergistically toxic onset of “metabolic syndrome”),
* Iron Ammonium Citrate (disrupts iron metabolism, impairs immune function, and increases oxidative damage),
Studies report manifestations following hepatitis B vaccination are * arthritis, * lupus (SLE), * thrombocytopenia, * demyelinating encephalitis, and * demyelinating neuropathy, * MS, * GBS, * optic neuritis, * alopecia, * vasculitis and more.
Solutions: What if you could identify some causes of Autoimmune Disease simply through the process of elimination? Would you do it? For 3 weeks would you try an elimination diet to oust a food group, food additives or maybe a Latte habit as a culprit? Could you manage a Keto or a Vegan diet for a 1-month trial? Maybe probiotics and fermented foods could lessen inflammation associated with your particular Autoimmune Disease? How about changing your household to hypo-allergenic soaps? Or exchanging pharma drugs for lifestyle changes and targeted supplements? Reducing stress? Would it be worth it to you to try something different when what you are doing is not working? I think so!