Autoimmune Diseases

The term “autoimmune disease refers to a varied group of more than 100+ serious, chronic illnesses that involve almost every human organ system. It includes diseases of the nervous system, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems as well as skin and other connective tissues, eyes, blood, and blood vessels. Small samplings of these autoimmune diseases include Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Type One and Type Two Diabetes. In all of these diseases, the underlying problem is similar: the body’s immune system becomes misdirected, attacking the very organs it was designed to protect. These diseases strike the male and female population in all spectrums of age groups. There are thought to be almost 50 million people in the United States suffering from some form of autoimmune disease as of the year 2009 (per American Autoimmune Related Disease Association (AARDA)). In other words, autoimmune diseases are now at epidemic proportions and getting worse by the year.

At this time, “Autoimmune Diseases are considered to be the underlying cause of over 80+ serious chronic illnesses that target women approximately 75% of the time” (AARDA). It has been estimated that autoimmune diseases cost $196 billion dollars per year. The cost of Arthritis alone is now calculated to be 128 billion dollars a year, and climbing rapidly. “Within this group of diseases we have fibromyalgia, thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, allergies, chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome and chronic Candida Albicans (chronic yeast infections)  to name but a few.

“Because these diseases cross the different medical specialties, such as rheumatology, endocrinology, neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology, and dermatology, and because such specialties usually focus on singular diseases within their particular category, there has been virtually no general focus on autoimmunity as the underlying cause. Unlike cancer, which is an umbrella category for a range of diseases (leukemia, breast cancer, prostate cancer, non Hodgkin’s lymphoma, et al.), autoimmunity has yet to be embraced by the medical community (and the public) as a category of disease.”

**”Quotes from “The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Foundation”.