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Autoimmune Disease: Drawing the Lines of Defense

The case for the Paleo Diet continues to grow as the modern diet leads to an epidemic of modern health problems. Over the last three decades, epidemiological data provide strong evidence of a steady rise in autoimmune disease, where the body fails to recognize the difference between its own cells and foreign invaders.1 We have to wonder why more people than ever are afflicted with the following conditions: multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel diseases (mainly Crohn’s disease), systemic lupus erythematosus, primary biliary cirrhosis, myasthenia gravis, autoimmune thyroiditis, hepatitis and rheumatic diseases, bullous pemphigoid, and celiac disease.2 Indicators, based

Consumption of Nightshade Plants, Human Health, and Autoimmune Disease

Consumption of Nightshade Plants, Human Health, and Autoimmune Disease Excerpt Nightshade is the common name for flowering plants belonging to the botanical family Solanaceae, which contain more than 75 genera and 2,000 species. Some notorious non-edible nightshades include tobacco, petunias, jimson weed, mandrake, and deadly nightshade. The family comprises well known food plants such as potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers, chili peppers, eggplants and tomatillos. Note that chili peppers include all varieties of peppers from the genus Capsicum, including bell peppers, jalapeno, wax, cayenne, habanero, Anaheim, Thai, Tabasco, cherry, pepperoncini and Serrano among others. Chili peppers are commonly consumed as dried powders such

Egg Whites and Autoimmune Disease

Egg Whites and Autoimmune Disease Excerpt In all of my books, I have advocated egg consumption, particularly eggs that are produced with high omega 3 fatty acid contents. Chicken eggs are generally a nutritious food and are a good source of selenium, vitamin A, vitamin D and the B vitamins and some minerals. Additionally, numerous recent experimental and epidemiological studies indicate that regular egg consumption (7 per week) does not increase the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). As I have previously noted, although eggs are one of the most concentrated sources of dietary cholesterol (212 mg per egg), dietary

Tomatoes, Vaccines, and Autoimmune Disease

Tomatoes, Vaccines, and Autoimmune Disease Excerpt After cardiovascular disease and cancer, autoimmune diseases are the most common class of illnesses in the U.S., afflicting between 14.7 to 23.5 million people or 5 to 8 % of the entire population.1 By far, the burden of these diseases disproportionately involves women, who sustain 78.8 % of all cases of autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases develop when the body’s immune system loses the ability to distinguish between what is “self” and what is “non-self” and attacks healthy tissues and organs as if they were a foreign invader. Approximately 30% of the risk for developing an

Alfalfa Sprouts & Autoimmune Disease

As the Paleo Diet concept increasingly gains traction worldwide, it has spawned an explosion of copy cat books over the past 3-4 years. Look no further than to literally see the hundreds of diet and cookbooks that manage to shoehorn the word “Paleo” into their titles. In a way, all of these books are a good thing because they tend to get more and more people involved in a lifetime way of eating that may improve health and well being, while reducing the risk for chronic diseases. The downside of this situation is that many authors are poorly informed and frequently

Autoimmune Disease and The Paleo Diet: Case Studies

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Autism, Autoimmune Disease, and Leaky Gut

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Excess Salt Leads to Autoimmune Disease

Why Eggs Can Trigger Allergies and Autoimmune Disease

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Drinking Milk is Linked with Prostate Cancer and Autoimmune Disease

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