What is Autoimmunity? It is a state in which the body is attacking itself.

Autoimmunity attacks the bodyHow Pervasive is Autoimmune Disease?

It is estimated that one in five people from some type of autoimmune disease.  Approximately 75% of those affected, about 30 million, are women.  The most common autoimmune disease in the United States involves the thyroid.

How does Autoimmunity develop?

We are a tube within a tube.  That is, from the inside of your mouth, down your throat, then down either to your lungs or stomach, and eventually out your anus, the outside world is traveling through you. Just like our skin protects us from the outside world, the lining of our stomach, lungs, and brain have barriers that are highly selective to what they allow to cross into the body.  The main defender to these barriers is called secretory IgA.  In multiple studies, stress was one of the major factors leading to decreased levels of secretory IgA; and numerous studies have shown that chronic stress leads to ulcers.   This allows gaps to form within the barrier lining, allowing large particles that normal would be prohibited from entering the blood stream to cross.  Since normally these products enter in much smaller forms (coats), the body does not recognize them and treats them as a threat/invaders, and sets out to eliminate the threat. Unfortunately, some of our own health cells have coats that resemble the coats of those perceived “invades” and our body’s defense system attacks our own tissue too.   For instance, 90% percent of all cases of hypothyroidism in the United States are caused by Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition.  In this instance, the thyroid is not the problem, but the target.  Unfortunately, the traditional approach to treating hypothyroidism is to treat the thyroid, which has been an unsuccessful protocol for the resolution of many patients’ symptoms as they continue to suffer unnecessarily.

The Plantation, Sunrise, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Area of South Florida is seeing an increasingly high number of individuals suffering from symptoms traditionally associated with a low functioning, hypo, thyroid such as: inability to lose weight, unexplained weight gain, hair-loss, fatigue, brain fog, and a myriad of symptoms that decrease one’s functional capacity-the ability to enjoy life to its fullest.  The majority of sufferers of this condition had been predominantly female.  However, in the past ten years, the number of male suffers has continued to increase exponentially.