I unconsciously held this information in our autoimmunity blog discussions till last.  This was the result of the highly emotionally charged discussion regarding the SARS-CoV2 pandemic and vaccination in the back of my mind.  A fair analysis supports the point that each camp makes: When all the data is examined, both points are true.  This […]

Infection, Vaccination, and Autoimmunity

April 13, 2023

Several past studies have found a correlation between the presence of PTSD and the risk of multiple autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune thyroiditis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and psoriasis.  There has also been suggestion that PTSD was associated with a significantly elevated risk of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). PTSD is the result of […]

When Stress Triggers Autoimmunity

February 20, 2023

Too much appeasing of a sweet tooth has been associated with an increased risk of developing autoimmunity.  While higher sugar consumption may do so, artificial sweeteners appear to increase the risk similarly.  This is a significant concern as either sugars or artificial sweeteners are added to almost all processed foods. Humans have 3 primary taste […]

When a Sweet Tooth Helps Trigger Autoimmunity

February 2, 2023

This title may sound like some form of double talk but it is a reality.  I had a stark example of this concept last weekend traveling to Easton Maryland for our annual goose hunt with my grandson.  Traveling the 185 miles up the Virginia and Maryland Eastern Shore I traveled through this large expanse of […]

When “Non-food” Foods Trigger Autoimmunity

January 26, 2023

In the previous blogs we have discussed the role of the “exposome” which are the environmental factors we are exposed to that may contribute to autoimmunity.  One of the more common and important factors is diet/food.  This process involves an immune reaction against a food particle such as a peptide that then spreads to attacking […]

When Food Triggers Autoimmunity

January 10, 2023