ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

10 Fibro-Friendly Foods with a Bonus: Beautiful Skin

Fight Back! Win the War Being Waged Against Your Immune System

Studies Show that Magnesium L-threonate Improves Brain Plasticity, Leading to Direct and Significant...

Clary Sage Oil May Be Pricey, but Its Benefits Are Priceless

Component of red wine, grapes can help to reduce inflammation, study finds

Poly MVA: A Novel Therapy for Increasing Energy, Repairing DNA, and Promoting Overall Health

Pumpkin Pie Turmeric Breakfast Smoothie - Vegan + Gluten-Free

Vitamin D supplementation extends life in mouse model of Huntington's disease

Omega-3 fatty acid stops known trigger of lupus

Conquer Your Email Inbox, Increase Productivity and Reduce Stress

Print Page
Email Article

Dr. David Katz on Fighting Autoimmune Disease, Improving Immune Function - Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome News

  [ 331 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • March 31, 2004

Autoimmune system disease can be fought By David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H. Almost no one gets through life without some form of autoimmune disease. Eczema, seborrhea and psoriasis are common autoimmune disorders of the skin. Many forms of arthritis; multiple sclerosis, lupus, common disorders of the thyroid; possibly chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia; diverse conditions affecting the liver, kidneys, blood vessels and intestines; and perhaps even asthma are autoimmune in origin. Autoimmunity is defined as an attack by the immune system on itself. This occurs because of the fundamental mechanisms used by the immune system in our defense, and because of a simple misunderstanding. The basic job of the immune system is to defend our bodies from foreign threats, such as bacteria and viruses. It does this by detecting foreign proteins, and launching an attack against them. But, of course, there is no way for the immune system to know what every foreign protein in the universe might look like. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to. It relies on a much simpler approach: it knows what you look like! Every cell in your body is labeled with surface proteins called "histocompatibility antigens," that identify the cell as belonging to you. This is your immunologic code. The system may sound fancy, but it works rather like initials in bathing suits at sleep-away camp. You don’t need to recognize everyone else’s bathing suit. You just need to look for your own initials. If they are not there, the suit is not yours! But initials are an imperfect code. My initials, for example, are DLK. My father’s initials are DIK. If you’re busy and moving fast, as our immune system tends to do, these can easily be mistaken for one another. But that’s the least of it. Many other people have the same initials as I have, or as you have. To tell our "labels" apart would thus require much greater attention to detail. It is when this attention to detail is required that immune function becomes a liability as well as an asset. Each time we are exposed to foreign proteins, on a virus, a bacterium, or even something as innocent as pollen, our immune system registers, and perhaps attacks, these invaders. The more of these foreign proteins we catalog, the more likely it becomes that one or more of them might look like one or more of our own cell surface proteins. When this occurs, the simple misunderstanding may follow. The immune system becomes confused, and unable to tell the difference between the foreign protein and the cell surface protein. So, it attacks both. Even after the foreign invader is vanquished, the immune system continues to assault the innocent, native protein it has now misidentified as foreign. The result is a chronic inflammatory condition involving whatever body tissue is labeled by the protein in question. The actual probability of this varies with the code on your cells. Some histocompatibility codes are associated with a high risk of autoimmune disease, some with a low risk. The combination of a high-risk code, and exposure to certain foreign proteins associated with common infections, is the presumed cause of most autoimmune disease. You can’t choose the code on your cell surfaces, or change the one you get. But you can minimize the risk of autoimmune conditions in several ways. A wholesome, substantially unprocessed diet provides abundant nutrients to optimize immune function, and minimizes exposure to harmful dietary antigens. Regular physical activity also improves immune function, as does avoiding tobacco. Fish oil supplements tend to be particularly protective by reducing inflammation. Dr. David L. Katz is Director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. For more information, see Source: The New Haven Register, via

Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Vitamin D3 Extreme™

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products

Article Comments

Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment

Natural Pain Relief Supplements

Featured Products

Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health

Natural Remedies

Coenzyme Q10 - The Energy Maker Coenzyme Q10 - The Energy Maker
Physically and Mentally Exhausted? How to Restore Energy at Its Source Physically and Mentally Exhausted? How to Restore Energy at Its Source
Block Acid Reflux to Prevent Esophageal Problems! Block Acid Reflux to Prevent Esophageal Problems!
Probiotic Mint Promotes Healthy Gums & Teeth, Freshens Breath and Whitens Teeth Probiotic Mint Promotes Healthy Gums & Teeth, Freshens Breath and Whitens Teeth
Nutrients to Combat the Modern Stress Epidemic Nutrients to Combat the Modern Stress Epidemic

ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
Credit Card Processing
Be the first to know about new products, special discounts and the latest health news. *New subscribers only

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2016 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map