A Perspective on Auto-Immune Diseases.
Auto-Immune diseases (AID) are often described as conditions in which the immune system attacks your own body tissue; the tissue being attacked dictating symptoms and defining the diagnosis. Clinically each of the conditions categorized as such have features which give credence to this belief, but at the same time, each of them also attracts phrases like, "this condition is not well understood". From a scientific perspective there is still much to learn about precise components leading to each.
Auto-Immune diseases include conditions such as Hashimoto's (a type of thyroidism), Type 1 Diabetes (insulin dependent), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Psoriasis , Graves (Hyperthyroidism) and Vasculitis.
Whilst I cannot provide any statistics to refute clinical research, taking a step back from these conditions left me wondering what is the common thread. It is well documented through countless clinical studies into these conditions that there is immune system involvement. Scientific research into conditions like this are particularly challenging by virtue of the fact that it acknowledges there is no one single cause. I'm not going to provide a nice simple answer to this either, but this article highlights some elements which many natural health practitioners believe to be the underlying triggers for auto-immune conditions.
These triggers are well known to scientific researchers, but because of the difficulties in establishing meaningful correlations and statistics, they are probably not given the weight they should be.
Let's just look at the general clinical assessment of AID. They are said to be:
They are influenced by multiple genetic factors and cannot therefore be predicted by simple inheritance diagrams. Comparatively a condition like Albinism is produced by just one gene and therefore can be predicted in offspring of sufferers.
There is no pattern or predictability in their occurrence. They are random.
This is acknowledged but difficult to establish direct links because it's rare for humans to be exposed to only one toxin.
Immune activity is noted but no single pathogen is identified as responsible for any one condition.
Here is a link to an informative article published by the National Centre For Biotechnology Information (NCBI), listing the associations of various environmental toxins and auto-immune conditions. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3076021/. This list is nowhere near an exhaustive list of toxins humans are exposed to.
In principle I agree with the clinical assessment, but the value given to each element needs reevaluating.
We know certain traits are passed down through generations and those traits often skip a generation or two. So with conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis it is clear to see a predisposition for it pass from grannies to grandchildren, but not always. Thus it's no certainty offspring will develop it. Toxins and Pathogens are not inherited, so we can't establish a link there. Here, Toxins refers to environmental toxicity, not internally created ones. The list of toxins which humans come into contact with in today's world runs into thousands, daily.
Fortunately our livers do a remarkable job at neutralizing and excreting most of the toxins we come into contact with, but not all. "The World Health Organisation estimates that 12 million people, that's 1 in 4, die every year from diseases caused by 'air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change and ultraviolet radiation', all of which result from human activity."
We know many toxins interfere with physiological processes. Metals show an affinity for fat reserves, which includes the brain and spinal cord. Metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic have long been known to cause severe neurological disturbances and even death. Plastics have been shown to disturb sex hormones. It is no great stretch of the imagination to consider toxin's place in disturbing the immune system too.
As a biological entity, the immune system responds to whatever it identifies as foreign. Scientists love to keep explanations within the current statistically provable understanding, but there are huge gaps in our understanding of natural world systems, especially at the vibrational level. It is conceivable that the immune system responds not just to the physical presence of toxins but to the inherent vibration of them too, meaning metals or plastic toxins in any part of the body could still trigger an immune response. As we saw in the previous article on heart disease, long-standing immune reactions produce some very potent degenerative inflammatory chemicals, which might easily attack the connective tissue of joints, being a factor in Rheumatism or the Thyroid gland, as in Hashimoto's or Graves.
Just because scientists haven't yet established direct links statistically between toxins and tissues, does not mean they don't exist. It merely means more research is needed to prove or disprove what natural health proponents have believed for many years.
Stepping away from clinical findings for a minute, practitioners who carry out live and dried blood analysis will tell you categorically they see metal toxins in their samples. The practice of hijama, bloodletting through cupping, is particularly revealing of metal toxins, but in sub-clinical amounts they are not registered as a cause for concern.
By the same token, pathogens, (bacteria, viruses, parasites etc.) can and do remain hidden from blood, urine and stool tests. I have seen clients with negative stool test results pass worms during colonic hydrotherapy sessions. Parasites are masters at staying hidden in their hosts, for as long as they can. This is a well known phenomenon, even enlightened physicians acknowledge some parasites can only be found clinically through biopsy; but where to take the sample from?! Hence energetic methods (such as Kinesiology) are often more revealing.
Without actually seeing physical evidence, clinicians may dispute the presence of parasites, but as the saying goes, "the proof of the pudding is in the eating". If after the appropriate remedy (herbs, pharmaceuticals or homeopathics) is taken, symptoms disappear, and follow up tests are clear, that would seem to be proof enough. Paying clients are often the best judge of efficacy. One might argue a placebo effect, but that's really clutching at straws. All doctors have equal opportunity for a placebo response.
We know pathogens interfere with human physiology. Their ability to disrupt normal processes varies from one organism to another, ranging from diarrhea to blindness, and everything in between. Organisms compete for nutrition and produce waste. Again, it is not a great stretch of the imagination to consider pathogen's place in disturbing the immune system causing AID.
Let's look for a moment at three of the conditions classed as AID; Vasculitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Psoriasis. In my experience, 100% of psoriasis cases have revealed metal toxicity of some kind. Sources include mercury or mixed metal fillings, aluminium saucepans (worked with metal spoons), metal containing vaccinations, tattoo dyes, metal worker's workshops or even self-ingested toxins as a part of ritual beliefs. Vasculitis we learned, in the Heart Disease article, is very much a product of nutritional deficiency and IBD the product of food intolerance reactions.
Suppose environmental toxins and unresolved pathogens are present in an individual with a genetic predisposition for their condition, and on top of that, they eat foods to which they are intolerant or worse still allergic, and to cap it all they are nutritionally deficient, could the combination of these states lead to a disturbance that looked like an auto-immune disease? In reality this scenario is very common, and in my opinion is precisely the set of random, 'stochastic' states underlying auto-immune disease.
To test the belief, perform a metal cleanse using metal chelating products, do a broad-spectrum parasite/pathogen cleanse, use clinoptilolite as a general toxin binder, address food intolerances and nutritional deficiencies, and reassess.
Do this and you will be performing your own scientific research. If it works, as it has worked for many people before you, consider writing a paper on it!
Article written by David Wells 2021
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