Patient discussion about autoimmune disease

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Q. Why does the body attack itself in autoimmune diseases?

And if it’s possible - How come it doesn’t happen most of the time?
A1Some say cell-wall deficient (CWD) bacteria can live inside your cells (were apparently photographed in immune cells under electron microscope). See www.marshallprotocol.com and autoimmunityresearch.org (run by the autoimmunity research foundation). Also see bacteriality.com. I have been on the MP for just over a year. It has helped a lot of my symptoms, including lowering my TSH (thyroid) from hashimoto's thyroiditis (autoimmune thyroid condition). I hope that my thyroid will eventually regain all of it's function (still taking some thyroid hormone supplement, but less). The MP is not without "side effects," which are said to be from bacterial die-off and cell death when the bacteria are killed. It is experimental and should only be undertaken with that in mind. The marshallprotocol.com website is currently moderated by volunteers. There needs to be more research on CWD bacterial colonies and their possible role in autoimmune diseases. Please mention this to your doctor(s).
A2I had Autoimmune hemolytic anemia. It's a group of disorders characterized by a malfunction of the immune system that produces autoantibodies, which attack red blood cells as if they were substances foreign to the body. I had a perfect immune system! Then like the first person answered they were "educated".

I am no expert, but its my understanding that the body has cells that attack "bad" cells. This is your immune system. A problem occurs if the body cannot tell which are the baddies and which are the goodies and it ends up attacking good cells as well.

Hope this helps!
A3Here is a bit of information about autoimmune diseases:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoimmune_diseases
here is a bit of information about the Thymus which have an active part in the immune system:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thymus
and here is information about “go carts” which is much more fun than talking about autoimmune diseases :) :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_carts

Q. I heard that omega 3 is good for autoimmune diseases- is that true?

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and I take all sort of anti inflammatory drugs. And I heard I can take omega 3 and I’ll be able to cut down the medication.
A1According to studies Omega 3 fatty acids have anti inflammatory effects and a lot of other helpful qualities. Here is a some articles I found about it. Any way you should consult your doctor maybe for you specific- it won’t help. But here it is:
http://www.jacn.org/cgi/content/abstract/21/6/495

A2Well, I have the same thing and I take omega 3 and it certainly helpful. But this is only after i checked up with my Dr. he actually recommended. He explained that it changes the amount of inflammatory fatty acids in your body. That it’s supposed to be a part of your diet anyway but people eat less of it than they should, so it’s ok. But consult your physician about it- you can never know.

Q. My boy has diabetes. Recently he was diagnosed with vitiligo. What is it and what can be the reason for this?

My boy has diabetes. recently he was diagnosed with vitiligo. Our doctor said that he hopes it not a polyglandular autoimmune syndrome. what is vitiligo and what does this big phrase (polyglandular autoimmune syndrome) mean?
A1Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder and the major cause of vitiligo is the autoimmunity. Some internal factor cause the destruction of melanocytes cell which produce the melanin a substance responsible for the coloration of skin. this lack of melanin infect results in <a href="http://www.antivitiligo.com/">white patch on skin</a> of hypo pigmentation.
Normally vitiligo is not related with other disease like diabetes. However a little inheritance may include in the occurence of vitiligo.
A2polyglandular autoimmune syndrome is when one has a bunch of autoimmune diseases. Vitiligo is one of those diseases. You can hear more abot it here http://www.5min.com/Video/What-is-Vitiglio-7047
A3Your boy suffers from two autoimmune diseases. there is a syndrome named polyglandular autoimmune syndrome which is when some one has several autoimmune diseases. Only time will tell if your boy has this syndrome, but you can ask from your GP to take test to check it.
Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease of the skin and as most of autoimmune diseases its at least partially genetic. (My mom has vitiligo on her back and legs, and so am I).
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