What is Autoimmune Disease?

An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign invaders. As a result your immune system attacks healthy cells.

Psoriasis, arthritis, type 1 diabetes, chronic fatigue are all types of autoimmune disease (scroll down to see more)

Depending on the type, an autoimmune disease can affect one or many different types of body tissue. It can affect all the organs, bones and cells: the skin, thyroid gland, pancreas, the joints, muscles and brain etc, it can also cause abnormal organ growth and changes organ function.

There are many types of autoimmune disease, many of which have similar symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. It is also possible to have more than one at the same time.

Autoimmune diseases usually fluctuate between periods of remission (where there are no symptoms) and flare-ups (where all symptoms are activated).

There are currently no cures for autoimmune disease so medication is used to treat the many wide and varied symptoms. However, changing the diet is known to be one the most effective way of combating or controlling autoimmune disease.

Removing wheat and gluten from the diet is the first and best step to discovering if your autoimmune disease is diet related and from there following a Paleo or AIP (autoimmune protocol) Paleo.

Autoimmune disease often runs in families and 75% of those affected are women.

List of autoimmune diseases known to be caused or aggravated by wheat:

Alopecia areata
Ankylosing spondylitis
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)
Autoimmune angioedema
Autoimmune aplastic anemia
Autoimmune dysautonomia
Autoimmune hepatitis
Autoimmune immunodeficiency
Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED)
Autoimmune myocarditis
Autoimmune oophoritis
Autoimmune pancreatitis
Autoimmune retinopathy
Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura (ATP)
Autoimmune thyroid disease
Autoimmune urticaria
Axonal & neuronal neuropathies
Cafe au lait
Celiac disease
Cerebellar ataxia
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
Crohn’s disease
Demyelinating neuropathies
Dermatitis herpetiformis
Eosinophilic esophagitis
Eosinophilic fasciitis
Erythema nodosum
Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)
Gluten encephalopathy
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Hemolytic anemia
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
IgA nephropathy
Interstitial cystitis
Juvenile arthritis
Lupus (SLE)
Meniere’s disease
Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)
Multiple sclerosis
Optic neuritis
Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)
Peripheral neuropathy
Pernicious anemia
Polyarteritis nodosa
Polymyalgia rheumatica
Primary biliary cirrhosis
Primary sclerosing cholangitis
Psoriatic arthritis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Pyoderma gangrenosum
Raynauds phenomenon
Reactive Arthritis
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Relapsing polychondritis
Restless legs syndrome
Retroperitoneal fibrosis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sjogren’s syndrome
Sperm & testicular autoimmunity
Transverse myelitis
Type 1 diabetes
Ulcerative colitis