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Auto-Immune: What Goes Wrong

By vitalhf, Nov 7 2018 03:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.

According to the American Autoimmune and Associated Diseases Association, Inc., there are an estimated 50 million people in the United States who are suffering from autoimmune disorders. This is more than 3 times the number of Americans diagnosed with cancer, either active or in remission. This probably doesn’t include those not diagnosed, or those who’s illness is on the border of degrading to an autoimmune state. That’s a lot of Americans! If you are one of them, or desiring not to become one of them, you need to know what to do to diminish, as much as possible, this terrible state of degeneration from occurring.

So often we believe that we are stuck with an autoimmune condition “because my mom and brother had it too” or “my grandfather and his sister had it”. We have in the past believed that if we have inherited the gene, that “oh well, there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s in my genes!” Now, as we are learning more about genetics, and specifically epigenetics, we know that just because there is a genetic propensity for something, you do have an option to affect that genetic expression and not get it yourself. How do we do that?

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