Posts Tagged ‘Immune System’

Autoimmune Disease, Pathogens and Hair Loss

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Pathogens are possibly one of the reasons men and women experience autoimmune diseases and patterned hair loss.

Very few realize how many pathogens we have as humans. Do not confuse pathogens with beneficial bacteria and probiotics. The sicker you are the more complex your hair loss (and health issues) is.

hypomethylation is a major contributor to autoimmune diseases. Read: Methylation and Hair Loss

Watch this interesting video on pathogens:

 

In this video, Amy Proal speaks at the Ljubljana 7th International Congress on Autoimmunity, on May 6, 2010. Her topic is “Metagenomic Symbiosis between Bacterial and Viral Pathogens in Autoimmune Disease.”

Summary of video:
Metagenomic research involves the collective genomes of microbes
Different microbial genomes can combine to cause a pathogenic state
Many new novel microbes have been discovered in the human body (thousands)
A part of the human microbiome project
It is possible that in auto immune disease, the anti bodies are not creating a response to self but to these pathogens Even tissue considered sterile like the amniotic fluid turned out to have 1000s of microbes not known before..
Pathogens exist in blood and inside the cells of the immune system themselves
H pyloric also in blood.
How does chronic disease develop? alter body metabolism and attack the vitamin d receptor.
Viruses and bacteria evolved to survive by slowing activity of vit D receptor!
They slow the body’s defense mechanism, HIV takes over VDR activity, many other pathogens slow VDR activity and other receptors that control immune response.
The Immune system slows after acquiring one pathogen, then it is easier to acquire more and more pathogens
Viral, fungal, bacterial, this is termed “successive infection”
An inflammatory disease state is due to the sum of microbes human accumulates and thus shifts further away from homeostasis.
People develop inflammatory disorders such as ones diagnosed as autoimmune, or the typical aches as in normal aging
The Epstein-barr virus (EBV) linked to celiac, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, crohn’s, schizophrenia, and many other autoimmune disease
A 1 microbe 1 disease approach not viable
Where do we pick up these pathogens? everywhere: father’s sperm, mother, medicine, donated blood, air, even cigarettes
With current autoimmune treatment, the Pathogens remain alive and cause person to become sicker
Amy works at the Autoimmunity research foundation .. They are treating auto immune disease by stimulating the immune system not suppressing it, with success.
This is a paradigm shift

Amy closes by suggesting, in cases of autoimmune disease: “don’t palliate, stimulate”

Quote:

it is entirely possible that in autoimmune disease the antibodies are not being produced as antibodies to self but are instead being produced in reaction to these pathogens.

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The Patterned Baldness Multifactorial Model: Hormonal-Immune Interactions

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

During research into male pattern baldness, so called androgenic alopecia, I found an abstract of a study published in April of 1999 that talked about AGA and the “sensitivity to the male sex hormones” relating to the androgen metabolism model. This abstract went further and mentioned a lesser-known model referred to as the “multifactorial model”.

In this model, “hormones affect the hair follicle in a way that causes it to be perceived as a foreign body by the immune system, which then mounts an attack.” [15] This study suggests hormonal/immune interactions. The immune system is usually looked at in cases of Alopecia Areata but not AGA. The topic of Alopecia Areata is beyond the scope of this paper.

The author believes further research is needed to better determine the extent of hormonal/immune interactions on MPB.

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The above was written on July 22, 2010

140+ Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

The following list was written by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. (visit her very informative website www.nancyappleton.com), the author of the book Lick The Sugar Habit.

In addition to throwing off the body’s homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar’s metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.

141 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health

(Just Kidding, it’s 143)

By Nancy Appleton PhD & G.N. Jacobs

Excerpted from Suicide by Sugar

Used with permission

1. Sugar can suppress your immune system.

2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.

3. Sugar can cause juvenile delinquency in children.

4. Sugar eaten during pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle force production in offspring, which can affect an individual’s ability to exercise.

5. Sugar in soda, when consumed by children, results in the children drinking less milk.

6. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses and return them to fasting levels slower in oral contraceptive users.

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