"6 Key Nutrient Deficiencies Linked to Autoimmunity" by Amy Myers MD

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  1. Nanie46

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  2. RamonaAndrews

    RamonaAndrews Member

    Great post.
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  3. thomas.m

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    Autoimmune diseases are the result of specific immune responses directed against structures of the self. The organism possesses powerful mechanisms to avoid immune auto-aggression. The acquired ability of the immune system to avoid responsiveness to self-antigens is defined as ‘tolerance’, and is obtained by the cooperative efforts of central and peripheral mechanisms, which allow a rapid and efficient removal of pathogens (e.g. viruses or bacteria) in the absence of self-recognition. Autoantigen is then required.
  4. Greencd

    Greencd Member

    Although innate immunity is critical for survival, over time pathogens have evolved mechanisms to evade and overcome innate immunity. It was under this selective pressure that an adaptive immune system evolved in vertebrates. The adaptive immune system first emerged in early fish and consists of lymphocytes and their products, which likely evolved from the more ancient innate immune system. As its name suggests, adaptive immunity is not preexistent to an encounter with a specific pathogen as is innate immunity. Instead, adaptive immunity develops with specificity for a pathogen when the body encounters that particular pathogen for the first time. Adaptive immunity is further distinguished from innate immunity because of a unique property: memory. That is, upon subsequent infection with the same pathogen, the adaptive immune system remembers the pathogen and mounts a faster and stronger response to eliminate the pathogen from the body. However, the adaptive immune system does not operate alone, but works in coordination with the innate immune system. The role of antibodies as opsonins directing phagocytosis has already been mentioned.