Autoimmune Disease: Our Health’s Traitor
What are the common symptoms of autoimmune disease?
The immune system is our body’s first line of defense against germs and microorganisms. It consists of a complex network of highly-specialized cells that defend our body from infection and other foreign invaders. But what happens if instead of attacking these harmful infections these cells turn against our own body?
Most computers nowadays have antivirus—a software protects the computer from malwares or other foreign entities that can damage the computer. Our body has a similar system that protects us from infection and diseases—the immune system. It has the ability to tell the difference between the natural body and foreign objects that can harm the body. However, there are incidents that our body’s natural security system becomes flawed. Instead of attacking bacteria or germs, the body produces autoantibodies that attack normal cells and cause damage. This defect is commonly known as autoimmune disease.
Who Usually Acquires This?
Anyone can acquire autoimmune disease; however, there are certain people who have a higher risk. These are the people who will most likely to acquire autoimmune diseases:
- People with a family history on autoimmune disease. There are some types of autoimmune diseases that are hereditary.
- Some autoimmune diseases are common in a certain race or ethnic background. An example is type 1 diabetes, which is common among white people.
- The environment can also trigger autoimmune diseases. If a person is exposed in sunlight, certain chemicals, and viral and bacterial infections, he/she is mostly likely to develop this treacherous disease.
Most Common Autoimmune Disease Symptoms
There are over eighty types of autoimmune diseases and studies on the subject are still ongoing. Though they vary in origin, these autoimmune diseases have common symptoms. These symptoms include:
- Joint pain and swelling
- Skin problems
- Abdominal pain or digestive issues
- Recurring fever
- Swollen glands
Autoimmune diseases are still being studied by medical experts. There is ongoing research regarding their origin and causes—whether this is primarily physical or if there are mental and emotional triggers for this disease. Whatever their findings, it is important is to pay attention to our body and be aware of what triggers these diseases.
At the age of sixty-two, I discovered that I had an autoimmune disease that destroyed my liver. Even at a late age, I embarked on a healing journey. Read about my journey of healing in my book Mary Magdalene, Shaman: Healing Through Transplant Surgery.
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