Autoimmune Series: General Principles

Inflammation is Controlled by Cytokines

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What are Cytokines? Cytokines are a group of proteins, peptides and glycoproteins produced by specific cells of the immune system. They are signalling molecules that control and regulate immunity, inflammation and hematopoiesis. Where are Cytokines Produced? Cytokines are produced by a wide range of immune cells. This involves a broad range of cells, including macrophages,…

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Altering Our Gut Bacteria for Autoimmune Disease

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  I’ve written articles about the microflora (gut bacteria), and how the bacteria in our gut influences our immune system and autoimmunity. That article can be found here. There is strong evidence showing the bacteria in the gut affects autoimmunity, but this article will focus on how bacteria populations may change for the worst. First…

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Gut Bacteria & Autoimmunity: A Strong Connection

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The digestive tract is a major player in autoimmune disease. There are numerous factors within the gut which can individually contribute to the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease. One of those factors is the gut microbiome: the bacteria within our gut. The gut has various mechanisms to ensure beneficial intestinal microbiota, it stops microbiota overgrowth and…

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Acid Reflux? Could it be a Hiatal Hernia

To Summarize: GERD may be known as acid reflux, but it’s not due to too much acid In fact, treatment for GERD should not involve acid blockers long term (its dangerous) There are numerous factors which can cause GERD, and hiatal hernias are one of them Hiatal Hernias can contribute to GERD directly and should…

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Infection as a Trigger for Autoimmune Disease

Many people are familiar with the idea autoimmune disease runs in the family; this is because there are clear genetic links connecting autoimmune disease to family members. After all, your genetics come from your parents. One thing that surprises a lot of my patients, is that genes only pay a small role in autoimmune disease!…

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Environmental Factors: The Basics

Many people are familiar with the idea autoimmune disease runs in the family; this is because there are clear genetic links connecting autoimmune disease to family members. After all, your genetics come from your parents. One thing that surprises a lot of my patients, is that genes only pay a small role in autoimmune disease!…

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Genetic Susceptibilities of Autoimmune Disease

As you read this blog, you’ll see many contributing factors linked to autoimmune disease. The one common trend is these factors especially affect those that are “genetically susceptible”. All that means, is certain individuals are born with genetic abnormalities that interfere with our normal built-in protect mechanism and leave them more predisposed to autoimmune disease.…

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Leaky Gut Is Real

For decades, Leaky gut was considered a theory, something people thought was going on but couldn’t prove. Now, after many years, we have a lot of evidence leaky gut is real, and contributes to a wide range of conditions, including autoimmune disease. The research into leaky gut is growing at an alarming rate, which proves…

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Secretory IgA and Autoimmune Disease

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What Is Secretory IgA IgA stands for Immunoglobulin A. Our bodies contain 5 different types of immunoglobins; IgG, IgA, IgM, IgE, IgD. We have many different types of immune cells, and these are a few of them. They each have unique roles to play. IgA is the most abundant immunoglobulin in the human body. In…

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