Six Interesting Causes of Autoimmune Diseases

Dr. Brett Berner
6 min readNov 16, 2022
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I will share six surprising underlying causes of autoimmune diseases in this article. I’m discussing this today because it is an epidemic out there.

Lots of people are developing autoimmune diseases globally.

And in this article, I’m going to share my opinion on what I think is going on. The number of people getting autoimmune diseases is ranked number 3 after cancer and heart attacks.

However, some other reports show that there are more people with autoimmune diseases than both of those combined.

In addition, one of the best-selling drugs on the planet is an anti-inflammatory that deals with autoimmune diseases.

What are autoimmune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases happen when your body’s immune system mistakenly thinks it needs to defend itself against healthy cells and tissue.

The immune system generally maintains the body’s health. So when it detects these foreign intruders, it deploys a militia of fighter cells to destroy them.

The immune system usually knows how to distinguish foreign cells from ones belonging to the body.

Autoimmune diseases happen when the immune system gets confused and believes that healthy cells in the body are foreign. So to fight them, it releases proteins called autoantibodies.

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Some autoimmune diseases only affect one organ, such as how type 1 diabetes damages the pancreas. Lupus is another example of an autoimmune disease that can attack multiple body parts simultaneously.

Now, the above is the explanation given by conventional medical experts. However, a better way to look at this would be to ask:

What causes an immunosuppressive state in your body?

Another interesting question would be:

What makes your microbes in a dormant state (Epstein-Barr virus, for instance) activate and attack us?



Dr. Brett Berner

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