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Q: Autoimmune diseases seem to be so prevalent these days. Why is this? Is there anything we can do? — R. Pierce, Biloxi, MS

A:There are between 80 and 100 autoimmune diseases, and only one of them—one of them— has a known, identified trigger

I’ll let that sink in for a minute. Th at means we know the cause of only one specific autoimmune disease—celiac, which is triggered by gluten, 100 percent of the time. The rest are something of a mystery.

The list of autoimmune diseases is pretty daunting. Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease (colitis and Crohn’s), ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), thyroid disease (Graves and Hashimoto’s), psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis are all autoimmune diseases,, and Amy Myers, MD, author of , regard autoimmunity on a spectrum, with the fully diagnosed, identifiable “disease” state being just one arbitrary point on that spectrum.

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