Your immune system’s job is to protect you. Your bone marrow produces the soldiers. White Blood Cells (W.B.C.). Young W.B.C.s need to 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. All 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.
Many autoimmune diseases have similar symptoms. This makes getting a diagnosis frustrating and difficult.
In autoimmunity, the thymus does not program your lymphocytes properly. Poorly trained T-cells are released into your bloodstream. They then attack normal healthy tissues. Your thymus does a better job of properly programming your T-cells with a balanced hypothalamus.
Thyroiditis is not the only type of autoimmune disorder. There are more than eighty types of autoimmune disorders. They include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis, celiac disease, and pernicious anemia. Moreover, inflammatory bowel disease, vasculitis, myasthenia gravis, Meniere’s disease, Raynaud’s phenomenon, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
Many autoimmune diseases have similar symptoms. That makes getting a diagnosis frustrating and difficult.
The first symptoms of autoimmunity are often fatigue, muscle aches, and low-grade fever. All early signs of your body attacking itself. Classically autoimmune diseases are characterized by inflammation. Therefore, it can cause redness, heat, and swelling. But not always. Some autoimmune diseases are internal, like autoimmune thyroiditis. Redness and heat are not seen. Swelling of the thyroid comes later. A few autoimmune diseases can be diagnosed through blood tests. Tests that pick up immune markers like rheumatoid factor for rheumatoid arthritis. Some autoimmune diseases can cause an elevation in ANA – antinuclear antibody. It 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. So, to treat autoimmune flare-ups, conventional medicine prescribes cortisone to reduce inflammation. But, 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. Often, untreated autoimmune patients come to me with adrenal issues. Why? Because their exhausted adrenal glands are working overtime to reduce their autoimmune inflammation.
Excerpt from International #1 Best Seller Hormones in Harmony®