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In autoimmune disease we have an excess of autoantibodies, an over-abundance of natural tissue antibodies which are antibodies to body proteins. 20 years ago in immunology, the thought was that any autoantibodies were pathological. Any antibodies to body tissue is disease, and now we know that is totally false. It is normal and natural to have low levels of autoantibodies in the system. They are necessary. Autoimmunity happens when there is an over-abundance, an excess, of autoantibodies caused primarily by the presence of the cell proteins in the blood stream. We now have 155 known autoimmune diseases, and more identified all the time. That number has doubled in the past ten years of identified autoimmune diseases. Did you know that one in six Americans, over 50 million people, have one or more of these 155 autoimmune conditions?

When we are talking about antibodies, the acquired immune system, the antibody-mediated immune system, we have to recognize that there are two types or categories of antibodies: there are antibodies to foreign proteins and there are antibodies to body proteins. Dr. Lee, an absolute genius of the highest order, identified autoimmune disease, what causes it, and how to reverse it 60 years ago, before there was even a term “autoimmune disease”.

The primary cause of autoimmune disease is necrosis or pathological cell death. What happens with necrosis is the cell fragments, especially the nucleoproteins somehow go where they shouldn’t be, which is the bloodstream. You should never have nucleoproteins in the blood stream. In the lymphatic system, fine, that’s where they should be. The sanitation department is the lymphatic system, but should not be in the life stream, which is the blood stream. So necrosis cause nucleoproteins eventually to get into the blood stream. Trouble in River City. This is a bad situation. There will be an immediate and strong autoimmune response. The body will develop autoantibodies to those proteins to prevent the migration of those nucleoproteins to distal sites and that is how necrosis leads to autoimmunity, and we will go into more detail about that. The second cause of autoimmune disease is immune dysregulation. There are two aspects of immune dysregulation in autoimmune disease. The first part is that the innate immune system is weak. When the primary immunity is weak you have an accumulation of latent or subclinical infections. Subclinical infections, low level infections, chronic, or perhaps cavitated infections that don’t fully clear; they linger. Over time (this process takes years) this accumulation of low level infection will lead to an overactivity in the secondary immune system, the acquired or antibody-mediated immune system. So it is a deficiency that leads to an excess. One of the massively incorrect ideas in allopathic medicine is that autoimmune disease is an overactivity in the immune system. This is false. It is an overactivity in part of the immune system. There is actually a deficiency, a weakness in the more important side of your immune response. So we have a deficiency in the innate that leads to an excess in the acquired. This is part 1 of immune system dysregulation. Part two, of immune dysregulation is a state in the immune system that is necessary for autoimmunity to develop. This state is called Danger.

Danger is an immunological term for a state of heightened response, heightened alertness. For example, in the American defense system NORAD has five levels of alertness: DEFCON 5 is the lowest level of alert, the peace state, all the way up to DEFCON 1, that is the most serious, bombers in the air, silos open, fingers on the keys, all troops in motion, imminent war. The immune system is like that. Ideally, the immune system is in a state of DEFCON 5, just relaxed alertness. Nothing severe going on. However, in a state of danger, all of the immune responses are amplified, heightened, intensified and this state of danger is necessary for the development of autoimmunity. So these are the 2 parts of immune dysregulation - weakened innate immunity leading to an overreacting acquired immunity and the second part is a state of danger or heightened alertness.

Understanding these contributing factors is important because it influences how we address the autoimmune process. In simple terms, we clear what is causing the necrosis (pathological cell death) i.e. toxins, bacteria, viruses, etc. We support the innate immune system which is dependent on specific minerals and vitamins (nutrients) to function properly. We also use nutrients that act as an autoantibody decoy to attract autoantibodies away from affected tissue which gives us an opportunity to heal the necrotic tissue. We provide additional nutrients to heal the specific tissue affected. This approach takes time, but provides true healing and prevention for autoimmune dysfunction.