Your immune system’s job is to protect you. Your bone marrow produces the soldiers – your White Blood Cells (W.B.C.). These young W.B.C.s must be trained, so they go to the thymus for boot camp. Then your trained W.B.C.s travel around your body looking for invaders.

They depend on your tonsils, appendix, and lymph nodes to hold onto any suspicious organisms.

Once your W.B.C.s capture the invaders, they travel to your spleen. In your spleen, your W.B.C.s are debriefed. The information regarding the safety of your body is then communicated to the thymus via cytokines – the tiniest of hormones.

The white blood cells are specifically programmed by your thymus to know the difference between you and other.

Your hypothalamus controls your immune system. At night your hypothalamus triggers your pituitary gland to produce a hormone called prolactin. Prolactin triggers your thymus to program white blood cells known as lymphocytes to know the difference between you and other.

Other is any bacteria, fungi, virus, or mutant cancer cell. Your trained lymphocytes, called T-cells, know how to tell the difference between your normal healthy body cells and foreign cells.

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In autoimmunity, the thymus does not program your lymphocytes properly, releasing poorly trained T-cells into your bloodstream which attack normal healthy tissues. By balancing your hypothalamus, your thymus does a better job at properly programming your T-cells.

Thyroiditis is not the only type of autoimmune disorder. There are more than eighty types of autoimmune disorders, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis, celiac disease, pernicious anemia, inflammatory bowel disease, vasculitis, myasthenia gravis, Meniere’s disease, Raynaud’s phenomenon, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.

Many autoimmune diseases have similar symptoms, which makes getting a diagnosis frustrating and difficult.

The first symptoms of autoimmunity are often fatigue, muscle aches, and low grade fever – early signs of your body attacking itself. Classically autoimmune diseases are characterized by inflammation, which can cause redness, heat and swelling. But not always. Some autoimmune diseases are internal, like autoimmune thyroiditis, where redness and heat are not seen, while swelling of the thyroid comes later. Some autoimmune diseases can be diagnosed through blood tests which pick up immune markers like rheumatoid factor for rheumatoid arthritis. Some autoimmune diseases can cause an elevation in ANA – antinuclear antibody – which is a general marker found in the blood that indicates inflammation somewhere in the body.

While ANA is not specific and can rise and fall with autoimmune flare-ups and remissions, it is a good starting point if you suspect autoimmunity. To treat autoimmune flare-ups, conventional medicine prescribes cortisone to reduce inflammation. Chronic use of cortisone can cause significant issues with adrenal function. The adrenal glands make cortisone in response to stress but when you take what you should be making, you hamper your body’s ability to make it. Many of my autoimmune patients treated with long-term cortisone have adrenal fatigue. Oft en untreated autoimmune patients come to me with adrenal issues. Why? Because their exhausted adrenal glands have been working overtime to reduce their autoimmune inflammation.

Excerpt from International #1 Best Seller Hormones in Harmony®