Molecular Mimicry — How Eating Animal Based Products Causes Autoimmune Disease
Autoimmune Disease Rates Increasing:
The growing prevalence of Autoimmune Diseases ought to cause us to wonder what the mechanism is behind the growth and prevalence. Type 1 diabetes incidence is rising 3–5% /year. How is it that Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus has grown year over year in Westernized countries?
See: The World Incidence and Prevalence of Autoimmune Diseases is Increasing http://pubs.sciepub.com/ijcd/3/4/8/
What Is An Autoimmune Disease?
An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. There are over 100 known Autoimmune Diseases. An Autoimmune disease is specifically defined as:
Immune system disorders cause abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system. In cases of immune system over activity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases). Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections.
In response to an “unknown trigger”, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack the body’s own tissues.
Some of these diseases include; Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, Graves Disease, etc.
In this paper:
“Molecular Mimicry as a Mechanism of Autoimmune Disease” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3266166/
The authors from the Department of Pathology at the University of Utah outlined 32 diseases with examples of Human Autoimmune Diseases with Possible Molecular Mimicry, and 9 cases that were proven in animal testing models.
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus:
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. We have seen a massive rise in the number of cases of T1DM over the years. We have known for many years that protein in cow’s milk are most likely the trigger of this disease!
See: A Bovine Albumin Peptide as a Possible Trigger of Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199207303270502
In addition to milk proteins, we also know that Paratuberculosis — a disease in cattle, will also cause an immune response in humans consuming tainted meat and milk and WILL cause T1DM.
See: Exploring the role of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes mellitus https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3686596/
Paratuberculosis can also be spread via consuming milk, meat, or via fecal matter (cow dung) and when ingested by humans causes Crohn’s Disease!
See: Mycobacterium paratuberculosis as a cause of Crohn’s disease https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4894645/
See: Current perspectives on Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis, Johne’s disease, and Crohn’s disease: a review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21254832
The bovine albumin present in milk looks similar to human collagen. In this study:
Antibodies to dietary antigens in rheumatoid arthritis–possible molecular mimicry mechanism. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1723358
The authors show that consumption of albumin in milk will cause your body to potentially attack your own collagen in your joints.
Molecular Mimicry is the leading theory of the cause of MS. However, there has been a lot of confusing and misleading ‘science’ that may indicate that MS may be caused by a very common virus that virtually all humans get named HHV-6, or Human herpesvirus 6. Interestingly the scientific community tries to blame many diseases on Human herpesvirus 6 including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
See: HLA, molecular mimicry and multiple sclerosis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11324698
See: Molecular mimicry in multiple sclerosis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17531840
Because we can prove that Autoimmune Diseases attack the Central Nervous System like in Guillain-Barré syndrome, we can safely assume that the cause of MS is molecular mimicry.
The first definitive proof of molecular mimicry in autoimmune conditions was Guillain-Barré syndrome in 2010. This debilitating paralysis disease wherein your body attacks a bacteria that also looks similar to our own cells, has been definitively proven to be caused by Campylobacter in chicken. Campylobacter is also sometimes in eggs and in the influenza vaccination (which is grown in eggs). Around 40% of ALL raw chicken in the US has Campylobacter and 20% of all mechanically separated chicken meat (chicken nuggets) also has Campylobacter.
See: Guillain-Barré Syndrome Animal Model: The First Proof of Molecular Mimicry in Human Autoimmune Disorder https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3010740/pdf/JBB2011-829129.pdf
Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases (Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis):
These two diseases have been linked directly to ‘Yersinia enterocolitica’ bacteria found primarily in pork and cows milk, but can also be found in beef and in sheep commonly.
See: Relationship between thyroid autoimmunity and Yersinia enterocolitica antibodies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12193307
See: Incidences of antibodies to Yersinia enterocolitica: high incidence of serotype O5 in autoimmune thyroid diseases in Japan. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2583057
This a very touchy subject so I am just going to leave this right here:
Mycobacterium paratuberculosis and autism: is this a trigger? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21903338
Autoimmune diseases are directly linked to the consumption of animal products like milk and eggs, and bacteria’s found in animal flesh. If you know of someone with an autoimmune condition, you know how debilitating these conditions can be. If you continue to consume animal products, you could be next. You are not immune.
There are plenty of healthy plant based food sources which give you all the nutrients that you need, without the risk of developing the many autoimmune and non-communicable diseases. Chronic Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, etc. are ALL lifestyle and preventable diseases and certainly NOT hereditary as many would have you believe. The UN refers to these as non-communicable diseases or NCDs. I would also contend that autoimmune diseases are preventable by simply NOT eating animal based ‘food’.
Jeff T at ARespectfulLife.com