Wednesday, November 09, 2011 An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system
mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. There are more
than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders.
integrity is a consideration in autoimmune disease. Intestinal permeability becomes a problem when there is
excessive inflammation. This process
impairs the intestines ability to digest and absorb food, transport vitamins
and minerals, and act as a first line defense against antigens. With this inflammatory process, the
spaces between the cells lining the intestinal tract become hyperpermeable,
which allow larger particles to pass.
These larger particles are recognized by the immune system as foreign
and an antibody is often created for them. These antibodies are theorized to cross react with other
cells of the body, including the cells of the thyroid gland. When this happens, the gland is
destroyed and an eventual hypothyroid condition develops (Rogers, pg 1-6).
is a modern disease rarely seen in primitive societies following traditional
dietary and lifestyle patterns (Bergner, pg 3). It is seen in our modern society because of our poor diet
high in refined products. Other
attributes to the condition include our over-the-counter non-steroidal
inflammatory drugs that inflame the intestinal lining. Wide spread antibiotic use wipes out
the competitive bacteria leaving antibiotic resistant fungi to over populate
the intestines. We have extensive
repetition in our diets that may contribute to food allergies and thus
inflammation. In addition, our
food is not as nutritious due to mass production without crop rotation and over
fertilization. This means we often
suffer from deficiencies in our diet, which jeopardize our health and further
reduce our absorptive capabilities.
role of gut hyperpermeability and autoimmune disease is often overlooked as a
cause for many of our health problems. The mechanism of autoimmune disease and
antibody formation to particles that leak into our bodies should be examined
with all autoimmune conditions.
Healing from the Inside Out; The Leaky Gut Syndrome. By Rogers, Sherry A. Townsend Letter for Doctors &
Leaky gut, molecular mimicry,
microchimerism, and autoimmunity. By Bergner, Paul. Medical Herbalism: A Clinical Newsletter For the Herbal