If you or someone close to you have an autoimmune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, along with about 195 others, there are a number of steps you can take that reduce, even eliminate the autoimmune inflammation damaging your organs. (Unfortunately, some forms of autoimmune damage cannot be reversed. Autoimmune loss of pancreatic beta cells that lead to type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis that damages the thyroid gland, or autoimmune hepatitis that can lead to cirrhosis. for example, cannot be reversed even if the autoimmune process is subdued.)
I break down the factors that cause or promote autoimmune diseases into:
- Initiating causes—factors that begin the process
- Permissive factors—factors that allow autoimmune inflammation to proceed after started by an initiating cause
The most important and common initiating causes are the gliadin protein of wheat and related proteins of other grains, including the zein protein of corn, and the casein beta A1 protein of dairy. Among the most important permissive factors are vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, SIBO, and small intestinal fungal overgrowth, SIFO, also enter the picture, acting as both initiating and permissive factors due to the marked increase in intestinal permeability with these conditions.
The Wheat Belly and Undoctored programs therefore address each and every one of these factors, tipping the scales in favor of minimizing or reversing autoimmune conditions and preventing the emergence of new conditions.