I have written in the past about taking control of our disease and properly understanding where it comes from and how to cure it. Technically speaking, because many of us are positive for the antibodies, there is no cure for us at present, because antibody production continue for life. However, there are ways to drive the disease into dormancy. How do you do that? You take away the trigger. You do not allow the antigens to circulate that spark antibody production. So for those of us who have autoimmunity, we need to be clear about how we need to live our lives to avoid autoimmune flares.
The problem is that many of us unwittingly continue behaviors and practices to our detriment. And although there are various working theories about the etiology of autoimmunity, I feel the one with the best support at present is INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY, otherwise knows as leaky gut.
Intestinal permeability explains why autoimmune diseases seem to come in groups; and many of us have multiple conditions. The reason why is because they all have the same source. And because we continue to eat and live the way we do, our intestinal permeability continues and we develop more autoimmune conditions and have flares.
What follows is one of the best explanations of autoimmunity I have read in a long while. It is from a user named "SCRN2007" over at Hashimoto's forum on Jackkruse.com.
Abbreviations found in the post are as follows:
AI = Autoimmunity
SAD = Standard American Diet
Here ya go:
[It is my understanding that the forbidden foods for AI are forbidden because, in anyone who has a comprimised gut (e.g., anyone who has eaten the SAD for very long), especially those who have an autoimmune genotype (a.k.a., HLA genotype), a receptor called the human epidermal growth factor receptor can be triggered by the AI foods. Theoretically if your gut is leaking like a sieve, then any food can get through into your bloodstream; however, the AI foods seem to be able to perform a special trick in getting through your gut wall that other foods cannot. The AI foods seem to be able to go right through intact gut cells via the human epidermal growth factor receptor. Think of the human epidermal growth factor receptor as a door with a lock that a lot of different keys fit into. The foods that must be avoided by those with AI are the foods that can spring the "lock" on the human epidermal growth factor receptor. The problem is, once the lock is sprung, the food molecules go straight into the bloodstream as a large, undigested, molecules that were never meant to see your bloodstream in that form. These molecules are perceived by the immune system as foreign invaders (this is where the food molecules become "antigens") and they get attacked by an arm of the immune system that makes antibodies. It is during this process that autoimmunity can first start. If the body starts producing antibodies to enough food molecules, then, sooner or later, it is going to produce antibodies to one that has a structure very similar to this or that cell somewhere in your body, because there are only so many configurations that exist (this is where the term "molecular mimicry" comes in--the food molecules can look a lot like parts of your cells). The antibodies attack the cells in your body that look similar to the food molecules. This is how your thyroid or your pancreas get attacked in AI. Also, from that point on, every time you eat one of the AI foods, the body declares a new war on the food molecules that come into the bloodstream, and those cells in your body that look a lot like them get attacked all over again. Here is a link to a piece that helped me understand all of this better: meandmydiabetes.com/2011/..... .
My understanding is that the Enterolabs test tells you to which of the most commonly allergenic foods your body has already mounted a defense (i.e., produced antibodies). However, that doesn't mean that if you have an AI disorder that you should feel free to eat dairy or another AI food just because Enterolabs tells you you have not yet made antibodies to it. It is my understanding, from what I have read from Jack, and other sources, that in a person with AI, or even a person who has a family history of AI (indicating the possible presence of an AI/HLA genotype), that all of the AI foods can wreak havoc at some point as long as you keep on eating them. As others have stated, it starts with gluten, but once gluten has comprimised the gut and ramped up the immune system, the AI progresses on to other foods. Therefore, it seems that the safest way to stay well the longest is by avoiding the AI foods forever. If you cannot bring yourself to do that, then I guess that is where the Enterolabs test would come in handy to tell you to which foods, of some commonly allergenic foods, you are currently making antibodies. Being that the Enterolabs test is testing stool, I believe that you would not have to go through the trouble (and possible organ damage) of reintroducing a food and then getting blood tests, since, as someone else noted, the antibodies persist in stool longer than they do in blood. If you have antibodies to the food via the stool test, then you know your body is reacting to it on an immune level. At that point, you wouldn't really want to mess around with reintroducing it just to see if it is damaging your thyroid or not. If you are producing antibodies to the food, then it will destroy some part of your body sooner or later, in all likelihood, whether it be your thyroid or what have you.]