Inflammation and Auto-immune Disease

Autoimmune diseases have been logarithmically increasing in the past 30 years, affecting all areas of the body. What most people, including Rheumatologists and Gastroenterologists don't realize is that 80% of the immune system is in the gastrointestinal tract. With damaged intestinal permeability, sometimes called, "leaky gut syndrome", undigested food protein molecules or bacterial toxins enters directly into the blood stream, instead of being broken down.

The body responds to these threatening foreign invaders as "antigens". White blood cells will be activated to create antibodies to attack the antigens. Antigen-antibody complexes are formed which then trigger other types of immune system cells, causing activation of a whole cascade of inflammatory chemicals (in themselves toxic) to try and help the body rid itself of the perceived threat.

In the meantime these large circulating antigen-antibody complexes may lodge in and activate an immune inflammatory response in other tissues including the skin, thyroid, joints, muscles, reproductive organs, pancreas, nasal mucosa, etc., leading to autoimmune (the body attacking itself) syndromes such as eczema, psoriasis, premature ovarian failure, arthritis, fibromyalgias, Type I diabetes, mental/nervous symptoms, chronic allergies and rhinitis, etc.

Many auto-immune symptoms may be distant from the GI tract. Yet often there may be no obvious GI problems at all. Others may experience the symptoms commonly lumped together under the category of Irritable Bowel Syndrome; gas, bloating, intestinal pain, diarrhea, constipation, reflux. These symptoms are traditionally treated with drugs that may help improve the symptoms but do not address the underlying cause of the problem.

The circulating toxic antigens activate the body's adrenal stress/alarm mechanisms raising levels of cortisol and adrenaline, as well as engaging the organs of detoxification including the liver, kidneys and skin. All of these changes can affect hormonal balance throughout the body including thyroid and reproductive hormones.

A person with a healthy immune system and a healthy liver can handle clearing the body and maintaining balance. However years of chronic stress at emotional, physical and nutritional levels, as well as a liver that has been overworked from synthetic hormones, medications, alcohol, environmental chemicals and bacterial toxins, as well as differing genetic predispositions in the ability to detoxify, can overwhelm the system.

The consequences can include headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, mental confusion, irritable bowel symptoms, palpitations, menstrual irregularities, infertility, flu-like symptoms, or chronic allergic symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing.

The answer is to treat the inflammation with an anti-inflammatory diet and nutrients, to heal the gastrointestinal damage with the 4R program, support detoxification, adrenal, thyroid and sex hormone balance, identify and eliminate food intolerances. The Cleanse and Clear program addresses all these issues.