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Term describing cells and antibodies arising from and directed against the individual's own tissues, as in autoimmune disease.
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Of or relating to an immune response by the body against one of its own cells or tissues.

au′to·im·mu′ni·ty n.
au′to·im′mu·ni·za′tion (-ĭm′yə-nə-zā′shən) n.
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adjective Referring to an immune response to self-antigens.
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adjective Referring to an immune response to self antigens
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Arising from and directed against the person's own tissues, as in autoimmune disease.
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Autoimmune refers to the body's development of intolerance of the antigens on its own cells.
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Arising from and directed against the person's own tissues, as in autoimmune disease.
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Patient discussion about autoimmune

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?

A. Some say cell-wall deficient (CWD) bacteria can live inside your cells (were apparently photographed in immune cells under electron microscope). See and (run by the autoimmunity research foundation). Also see 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 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).

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.

A. According 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:

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?

A. Vitiligo 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="">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.

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The biopsy results showed a pattern of lobule and portal hepatitis with plasma cell aggregates compatible, in the clinical context, with an active autoimmune hepatitis and without signs of chronicity (Figure 5, 6).
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The rate of a composite end point of autoimmune disorders diagnosed during days seven to 60 post-vaccination ("exposed") was compared to that at any other time ("unexposed").