23.5 million people in the United States suffer from at least one autoimmune condition and that number is rising fast.
Worldwide, autoimmune diseases are increasing by 7% each year, with the biggest increases in celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, and myasthenia gravis. The most significant jumps are happening in the northern and western hemispheres.
There are now over 100 different types of autoimmune diseases and I see them in over half of the people I serve in my clinic here in the United States.
Autoimmune disorders impact every body system, including the brain, thyroid, blood, GI tract, nerves, lungs, skin, muscles and bones. And let’s not forget the female reproductive system in conditions like PCOS and endometriosis, which I classify as autoimmune diseases.
Where is this exponential rise coming from? And why do most people develop more than one autoimmune condition?
Listen to the full episode to hear:
- How the immune system relies on the microbiome to learn and adapt to your environment.
- A breakdown of two major immune system processes and how they can trigger autoimmunity in a dysfunctional microbiome.
- The three components of how an autoimmune disease is triggered.
- Why trendy diets like keto might alleviate some symptoms now, but have big repercussions for your microbiome and immune system later.
- Five warning signs of systemic inflammation that merit talking to your doctor.
- A gut microbe you’ve probably never heard of that is associated with lots of autoimmune issues.
To help explain why this is happening, I’ve brought back microbiologist Kiran Krishnan to talk about triggers, why diet and detox alone don’t work, and why taking a deeper look at your GI tract and environment is key to healing.
Kiran Krishnan is a Research Microbiologist and has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 18 years. He spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. He is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Microbiome Labs.
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