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

Scientifically-designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases

More evidence for calorie restriction’s longevity effect

Supplementation with vitamin D associated with improved testosterone, erectile function among middle...

A Little Zinc Goes a Long Way

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of chronic headache

VIDEO: The Best Brain Foods That Help Increase Your Memory!

Get the Most From Your Green Tea

Iron (And More) For Lasting, Natural Energy

Metabolic syndrome increases the need for vitamin E

Supplement combo improves bone density, mood, in postmenopausal women

 
Print Page
Email Article

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

  [ 331 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • 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 www.thewaytoeat.net. Source: The New Haven Register, via www.zwire.com



Post a Comment

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

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


 
NAD+ Ignite with Niagen

Featured Products

Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid

Natural Remedies

Block food Cravings At Their Molecular Root Block food Cravings At Their Molecular Root
"It's Not Easy Being Green" - But It Is Healthy
A Hard-Working Molecule that May Help Ease Pain & Brighten Mood A Hard-Working Molecule that May Help Ease Pain & Brighten Mood
Red Yeast Rice - Natural Option for Supporting Healthy Cholesterol Red Yeast Rice - Natural Option for Supporting Healthy Cholesterol
Restoring Gut Health: How to Create a Firewall Against Toxins Entering the Gut Wall Restoring Gut Health: How to Create a Firewall Against Toxins Entering the Gut Wall

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

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

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

© 2017 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map