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01-06-99 As a clinical scientist and a certified nutritionist, I probably would have never tried Calorad® if it had not been recommended to me by my best friend, Scott.

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AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES



What Are Autoimmune Diseases?

The word "auto" is the Greek word for self. Autoimmune diseases are diseases of immune dysregulation, where the immune system attacks "self" (our body cells) rather than invading bacteria and viruses. The immune system is a complicated network of cells and cell components that normally work to defend the body and eliminate infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other invading microbes. The immune system is also responsible for eliminating damaged cells and fighting cancerous cells. If a person has an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks self, targeting the cells, tissues, and organs of a person's own body. A collection of immune system cells, inflammatory factors and inflammatory molecules (called cytokines) at a target site is broadly referred to as "inflammation". Controlled inflammation is good when it is part of the normal immune response, but uncontrolled or aberrant inflammation is dangerous.

There are many different autoimmune diseases, and they can each affect the body in different ways. For example, the autoimmune reaction is directed against the brain and the sheathes around the nerves (myelin sheath) in multiple sclerosis and the gut in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. In other autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), affected tissues and organs may vary among individuals with the same disease. One person with lupus may have affected skin and joints whereas another may have affected skin, kidney, heart, eyes, and lungs. Ultimately, damage to certain tissues by the immune system may be permanent, as with destruction of insulin-producing islet cells of the pancreas in Type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Who Is Affected by Autoimmune Diseases?

Many of the autoimmune diseases are rare, and most do not effect more than 1 or 2 percent of the adult population. As a group, however, autoimmune diseases afflict millions of Americans. Most autoimmune diseases strike women more often than men; in particular, they affect women of working age and during their childbearing years. This includes autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and SLE. Many theories for this disproportionate effect upon women abound, but no one knows exactly why this occurrs. Some autoimmune diseases however (Ankylosing spondylitis is one example) effect more men than women.

Some autoimmune diseases occur more frequently in certain minority populations. For example, lupus is more common in African-American and Hispanic women than in Caucasian women of European ancestry. Rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma affect a higher percentage of residents in some Native American communities than in the general U.S. population. Thus, the social, economic, and health impact from autoimmune diseases is far-reaching and extends not only to family but also to employers, co-workers, and friends.

What Are the Causes of Autoimmune Diseases?

Are they contagious? No autoimmune disease has ever been shown to be contagious or "catching." Autoimmune diseases do not spread to other people like infections, however at least one theory of autoimmunity proposes that an infectious trigger (a virus or bacterial infection) that may occur in people with a genetic predisposition may trigger the onset of the autoimmune disease. One identical twins (who is genetically identical to his or her sibling) only has a 24% chance of developing lupus if their other sibling has the disease. This suggests invironmental factors (like infection) may also be involved. Autoimmune diseases are not related to AIDS, nor are they a type of cancer, however the natural immune function may be impaired in people with autoimmune diseases, leaving them more more likely to develop infections and cancers.

Are they inherited? The genes people inherit certainly contribute to their susceptibility for developing an autoimmune disease. Certain diseases such as psoriasis can occur among several members of the same family. This suggests that a specific gene or set of genes predisposes a family member to psoriasis. In addition, individual family members with autoimmune diseases may inherit and share a set of abnormal genes, although they may develop different autoimmune diseases. For example, one first cousin may have lupus, another may have dermatomyositis, and one of their mothers may have rheumatoid arthritis. On the other hand, having a gene like HLAB-27, which increases a person's liklihood of developing ankylosing spondylitis, does not guarantee that the carrier will ever develop the disease.


Examples of Autoimmune Diseases:
(Listed by the Main Target Organ)


Nervous System: Gastrointestinal System:
  Multiple sclerosis   Crohn's Disease
  Myasthenia gravis   Ulcerative colitis
  Autoimmune neuropathies   Primary biliary cirrhosis
     such as Guillain-Barré   Autoimmune hepatitis
  Autoimmune uveitis    
      Endocrine Glands:
  Blood:   Type 1 or immune-mediated
  Autoimmune hemolytic anemia      diabetes mellitus
  Pernicious anemia   Grave's Disease
  Autoimmune thrombocytopenia   Hashimoto's thyroiditis
      Autoimmune oophoritis and
  Blood Vessels:      orchitis
  Temporal arteritis   Autoimmune disease of the
  Anti-phospholipid syndrome      adrenal gland
  Vasculitides such as    
     Wegener's granulomatosis   Multiple Organs Including the
  Behcet's disease   Musculoskeletal System:*
      Rheumatoid arthritis
  Skin:   Systemic lupus erythematosus
  Psoriasis   Scleroderma
  Dermatitis herpetiformis   Polymyositis, dermatomyositis
  Pemphigus vulgaris   Spondyloarthropathies such as
  Vitiligo      ankylosing spondylitis
      Sjogren's syndrome

*These diseases are also called connective tissue (muscle, skeleton, tendons, fascia, etc.) diseases.
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