One In Twelve Americans Will Develop An Autoimmune Disorder

Posted on July 19, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

After working with my first two clients on Tuesday morning, I was prompted to write about autoimmune disorders/ diseases.

Autoimmune disease is the result of an amped up immune system attacking you, the host. Normally you think of the immune system attacking a virus or bacteria but in an autoimmune disease it is your own tissues that get attacked. You probably know someone with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, or multiple sclerosis. With these diseases the body turns on itself, attacking the healthy cells in the same manner it would attack a viral or bacterial invasion in the body. It is believed that 1 in 12 Americans will develop an autoimmune disease.

There are more than 100 autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases are the third leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the industrialized world – surpassed only by cancer and heart disease. The true emphasis of healthcare should be on maintaining a healthy condition in the populace thus keeping them from manifesting diseases like cancer, heart disease and the autoimmune diseases.

Addressing poor lifestyle and poor food choices must be the starting point for disease prevention. Research shows us the right food choices alone can make a significant difference with the prevention of autoimmune disease development. Studies also show us that appropriate supplementation with children reduces their chances of developing Type 1 diabetes by over 70%.

Nutrition supplementation can play a significant role in the modulation of our immune system by assisting the body to produce more of the immune cells which have the potential to dampen inflammation and autoimmune conditions. We also know that the place in the body where these modulating cells are matured is a healthy intestinal tract with the correct types of beneficial bacteria living in it.

My advice to everyone out there is to take charge of your life for positive change, eat more vegetables and avoid sugars, processed grains and fast foods as a start towards a better quality of life for your future. Contact your naturopath or nutritionist for a list of the immune modulating supplements that you would benefit from.

Jim Harris is a naturopath and nutritional consultant at the Art of Wellness, a virtual wellness practice.


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