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Autoimmune Diseases: Why does our body betray us?

The cells of our body are the smallest structural and functional units of life. Our body is a colony of trillions of cells. Cells, in turn, form tissues and organs. Proper function and cooperation between them determines the overall state of our health.

When some cells mutate to such an extent that the body ceases to recognize them as its own, the onset of autoimmunity is triggered, resulting in the emergence of Autoimmune Diseases.

 

What are Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune Diseases are a category of chronic diseases, which occur when the cells of our body are damaged to such an extent that the immune system no longer recognizes them as its own, but as foreign. Thus, it attacks them, creating autoantibodies, with the aim of neutralizing them.

 

Which Are The Most Common Autoimmune Diseases?

In this long list of Autoimmune Diseases, the most common of these are Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, Celiac disease or Steatorrhea, Ulcerative Colitis, Chrohn’s disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Psoriasis, Addison’s Disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Type 1 Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and dozens more.

 

The rapid increase in cases of autoimmune diseases

Officially, more than 80 autoimmune diseases have been reported. Recently, another 20 have been added and researchers aim to include at least 40 additional diseases in the Autoimmune Disease. It should be noted that over time, the incidence of autoimmune diseases increases dramatically.

Indeed, the statistics are staggering. According to the AARDA (American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association), more than fifty million Americans have an autoimmune disease. Similar statistics are seen in Europe, where the incidence of autoimmune diseases has increased rapidly over the last fifteen years. In particular, it is estimated that about 5% of the population develops an autoimmune disease.

In fact, it sounds rather strange that cancer and heart disease occur in people with a lower incidence in comparison to autoimmune diseases. But which are the symptoms and to which factors is this outbreak of Autoimmune Diseases due?

 

Which are the symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune diseases manifest by many different symptoms, which are determined based on the tissues or organs of the body that are affected by the autoantibodies that are produced. Thus, joints, endocrine glands, muscles, blood vessels, skin and connective tissue can be affected and symptoms such as fever, joint pain, fatigue, skin rashes and gastrointestinal disorders may occur.

Autoimmune diseases are usually chronic and their main feature is the fact that they occur with periods of flare-ups and relapses. This means that there are certain time phases in the patient’s life during which the unpleasant symptoms are reduced and phases when they worsen rapidly.

 

Causes of Autoimmune Diseases

Any epigenetic factor that could under certain conditions lead to the alteration of biochemical or genetic information at the cellular level can be blamed for the outbreak of Autoimmune Diseases.

There are some epigenetic factors that negatively affect the body’s biochemistry and are blamed for the development of Autoimmune Diseases. Aggravating epigenetic factors include toxins, infections, radiation, chemicals that diffuse into the environment, stress, poor diet and generally a harmful lifestyle.

These factors can alter the structure and composition of cells, because they cause changes in their identity. The “damaged” cells are detected by the immune system as foreign and the processes of their isolation and destruction begin.

However, we are not able to know exactly what is the number and combination of these epigenetic factors, which causes such alteration in our cells, so that they are recognized as foreign by our body and trigger Autoimmunity.

 

Autoimmune diseases and ways to treat them

In conclusion, we can claim that the modern way of life, the environment (microenvironment and macroenvironment) and toxins are to blame for the increase in Autoimmune diseases. Deviation from healthy eating habits and the accumulation of toxic load in the body are key factors that favor the spread of Autoimmune diseases.

Specialized diagnostic tests exist, which can detect deficiencies and biochemical aberrations at a cellular level. After all, that’s the key to healing. “Inside” the cell. These specialized tests now analyze 39 indicators and investigate metabolic pathways. In this way, they can identify the cell’s deficiencies in valuable nutrients. Thus, the factors that cause Autoimmune diseases are found.

Based on the diagnostic findings, the appropriate Medical Therapeutic protocols are formulated. The treatment is based on the administration of a “Unique blend”. It is a mixture of micronutrients, which is given to each patient individually, in order for the body to regain these valuable nutrients, which until recently were not available in sufficient quantities. In this way, the causes that cause the alteration in the genetic material of the cells are detected and gradually restored.

 

Dr. Nikoleta Koini, M.D.

Doctor of Functional, Preventive, Anti-ageing and Restorative Medicine.
Diplomate and Board Certified in Anti-aging, Preventive, Functional and Regenerative Medicine from A4M (American Academy in Antiaging Medicine).

 

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