I am constantly reading and hearing that we don't know the cause of autoimmune disorders such as lupus, ALS, Fibromyalgia, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Epstein-Barr, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This is not the case at all.
I would agree that pharmaceutical companies have not found a cause of autoimmunity that they can do much about. In mainstream medicine, that translates to not knowing much about the disease. However, outside mainstream medicine, we do know A LOT about the cause behind autoimmunity.
From my book, "Autoimmunity: It's Time for Truth; It's Time to Heal":
"The immune system, like most of the body, requires balance to function properly. T-helper 1 (Th1) cells and T-helper 2 cells (Th2) help regulate the body's response to foreign invaders. Th1 uses white blood cells to go after viruses and cancer cells. Th2 immune cells use antibodies to go after bacteria. Normally, the body strikes a balance by switching back and forth between Th1 and Th2. In a person with an autoimmune disorder, one dominates and suppresses the other. Trans fats, mercury and other heavy metals, sugar and processed foods, alcohol, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and stress are part of a modern lifestyle that can disrupt the Th1/Th2 balance.
Th1 dominance in women is associated with autoimmunity and recurrent miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy. Additionally, children in the autism spectrum tend to be Th1 dominant. Besides autoimmunity, Th2 dominance is characterized by a tendency toward allergies, frequent colds and viral infections, and cancer.
Both Th1 and Th2 cells make a protein substance known as cytokines. Cytokines cause inflammation. This inflammation should be a temporary response to injury or infection. Cytokines are a necessary part of our immunity. It is the overproduction (too many) of certain small cytokine molecules that leads to the invasion and inflammation of an organ or body system."
It REALLY is that simple! Sadly, no one who stands to make money from prescriptions to fix the problem will accept or promote that fact that autoimmunity is about malnutrition and toxins reprogramming the immune system to behave in a devastating way. Unfortunately, those who stand to make the most money from denying the truth are the decimators of information.
Heidi Whitaker is an author and popular speaker on the topic of nutritional support of autoimmune disease. An advocate for alternative health solutions, she co-founded http://www.healthydivas.com, a resource center for those autoimmune sufferers looking for real answers outside of what conventional medicine can provide.