Blending Science with Nature
- The immune system can go awry and attack parts of you, any part of you. For example in multiple sclerosis the immune system is attacking the myelin sheath. In rheumatoid arthritis the immune system is attacking the synovial membrane between the joints. The immune system can attack any organ or any system. Autoimmune diseases are the fourth leading cause of disability among women. About 75% on average of autoimmune diseases occur in women.
- Any part of the immune system can be defective. Multiple areas have been implicated by researchers: for example, inactivity of T suppressor cells, imbalance in the Th1 and Th2 profile (T cells), infections (physicians have noticed autoimmune disease following infections), and mimicry (the immune system mistaking “you” for something else).
- Genetic inheritance is not the central determinant for autoimmune disease for most people according to authorities.