Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Physical Health - What Is Autoimmunity?

What is Autoimmunity?
One of the functions of the immune system is to protect the body by responding to invading microorganisms, such as viruses or bacteria, by producing antibodies or sensitized lymphocytes (types of white blood cells). Under normal conditions, an immune response cannot be triggered against the cells of one\ own body. In certain cases, however, immune cells make a mistake and attack the very cells that they are meant to protect. This can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases. They encompass a broad category of related diseases in which the person\ immune system attacks his or her own tissue.

4 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

And how do we fix an immune system run amuck? That is the question. By suppressing it so it can't do what it is supposed to do or boosting it so it works correctly? Hmmmmm

Homespun Simplicity said...

You have an award waiting for you at my blog!
Karen

Cathryn said...

Hey Ms. Michelle. Some time prior to 2000 I contracted Hashimoto's Disease which catapulted my thyroid into hypothyroidism. One half of my thyroid is now completely shriveled up. Thus the terribly dry skin, insomnia, weight gain, and so. And that is with medicine regulated. How I came upon the fibromyalgia condition I am not sure but I have my thoughts on it. I know you know that neither are any fun at all. Thank you for handing out info that is helpful - especially to those who have not been diagnosed. Lord Bless You, Cathryn

Denise said...

This is so helpful.