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The key difference between autoimmune disease and immunocompromised is that an autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system erroneously attacks the normal healthy cells in the body, while immunocompromised occurs when the immune system fails to respond to an infection or disease adequately.   The immune system is a biological network of processes that protects people from diseases. It detects and responds to pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The immune system is mainly categorized into two systems as the innate immune system and the adaptive immune system. Nearly all organisms have some kind of an immune system. Autoimmune disease and immunocompromised are two conditions caused due to defects in the immune system.   What is Autoimmune Disease?   An autoimmune disease is a condition

In general, autoimmune diseases tend to arrive unpredictably, disguised as other conditions, offering only confusing clues as to what they are.   Why Are Autoimmune Diseases So Mysterious?   One reason is that the list of what’s considered to be autoimmune is long and ranges from the very common to the extremely rare.   Did you know? The following are all autoimmune diseases:   Celiac disease Diabetes type 1 Multiple sclerosis (MS) Psoriasis Inflammatory bowel disease   While very different, all these disorders have one thing in common: they occur when a person’s immune system decides to attack healthy body cells. Instead of fighting infection with antibodies, the body produces autoantibodies. The body is essentially fighting itself.   Where and how this self-attack occurs determines the disease and its symptoms. But

Leaky gut is a condition that creates gaps in the lining of the intestinal walls. These gaps allow food particles, bacteria, and waste products to seep directly into the bloodstream. Eating foods that positively influence intestinal bacteria and inflammation can help relieve symptoms.   Leaky gut describes how easily substances such as food, nutrients, and bacteria can pass through the intestinal wall. The intestinal wall consists of epithelial cells. Tiny gaps between these cells allow water, ions, and other nutrients to flow from the intestines into the bloodstream. Usually, food and waste particles cannot pass through these gaps. In leaky gut syndrome, however, inflammation and bacterial imbalances in the gut cause these gaps to expand. This allows harmful substances to leak into the bloodstream.   In

Autoimmune Research: What Do We Know So Far?   Depending on your autoimmune condition (there are thought to be 151 of them including rheumatoid arthritis and coeliac disease), autoimmune flare-up symptoms could be anything from overwhelming fatigue, joint pain and lack of coordination, to a severe rash or stomach upset.   Autoimmune diseases of all types are on the increase. They involve the body's immune system turning on itself, and the reason they happen is becoming clear. The immune system is designed to fight against infection but, since we have eradicated many of the infections that we used to encounter, our immune cells, which are programmed to fight, are bored and on the look-out for combat elsewhere.   Ironically, it's our healthy modern lifestyle that can

Autoimmune diseases are like a silent epidemic. Statistics vary depending on which autoimmune diseases are included. Somewhere between 23.5 million to 50 million Americans or about one in six people live and cope with autoimmune diseases according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. The National Institute of Health reports 75 percent of those people are women and has officially designated it a major women’s health issue.   Autoimmune diseases occur when the body’s immune system becomes misdirected and attacks the organs it was designed to protect. They are a varied group of more than 100 illnesses that involve almost every human organ system. They include diseases of the nervous, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems, as well as the skin and joints and

Your body is talking to you, but you're not sure how to interpret the message: You're inexplicably tired all the time, you can't concentrate, and you're crankier than usual. Your skin is also dry, your hair seems to be thinning, and you're gaining weight. What's going on?    A quick search with Google will point you toward a number of possible diagnoses, with hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue likely topping the list. The only way to get to the root of your problem is to see a real live MD, who ought to take a thorough history, do a physical, and perhaps run a few tests. In the meantime, here's some insight into whether a thyroid or adrenal issue might be to blame.   Think