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 fact, every diabetic patient in this study had an increased serum concentration of IgG anti-BSA antibodies to the bovine albumin peptide (antibodies for the blood protein often found in milk).
We have actually known that Type 1 Diabetes is most likely caused by cow’s milk for 20 years. This study showed that the incidents of Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus is very high in countries that consume cows milk.
See: Relationship between cows’ milk consumption and incidence of IDDM in childhood. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1797491 “The results support the hypothesis that cows’ milk may contain a triggering factor for the development of IDDM.”
It is possible that it is actually the Paratuburculosis is what is causative in both meat and milk. A 2015 review found that seven out of seven human studies found an association between type 1 diabetes and paratuberculosis exposure.
See: The zoonotic potential of Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis: a systematic review and meta-analyses of the evidence. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25989710
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.
I came across this video that confirmed my research and hypothesis on Molecular Mimicry. This gentleman was able to heal his Rheumatoid Arthritis with diet and addresses the premise of this post. If you have an autoimmune disease, especially RA, I would encourage you to watch this 18 minute video:
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.
Post Update: June 2019, the Acinetobacter bacteria has now been found in the brains of Multiple Sclerosis patients. “A number of highly related virus-like DNAs have been recently isolated from bovine milk and sera (meat tissue) and from a brain sample of a MS patient. “
See: Transcription of bovine milk and meat factors (BMMFs) in HEK293TT cells https://www.omicsdi.org/dataset/omics_ena_project/PRJNA384223
In fact, this bovine milk and meat factor (BMMF) is also implicated in breast and colon cancer!
See: New Pathogens in Beef and Cow’s Milk Products https://bit.ly/2KfeLyJ
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
When the CDC reports a 15% rise in autism rates in just 2 years, from 1/68 to 1/59 children, there is a serious problem!
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.
I fully understand the other mechanism involved in autoimmune which is an unhealthy gut microbiome (sometimes called leaky gut) but that is a topic for another post. A compromised immune system from diet, illness, and / or stress are also contributors to the onset of autoimmune disease.
That said, there are plenty of healthy plant based food sources which give you all the nutrients that you need, along with a healthy gut microbiome (also called healthy gut bacteria) 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. I would also contend that autoimmune diseases are preventable by simply NOT eating animal based ‘food’.
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18 Replies to “Molecular Mimicry – How Eating Animal Based Products Causes Autoimmune Disease”
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I want to be a vegan, but I lose too much weight. How can I be vegan and maintain a better weight? I am 5’4″ and was 92 lbs when I was vegan. I still am mostly vegan and have gained about 10 lbs.
Eat more beans, legumes, and whole grains (like Farro). Include enough healthy fat in your diet from nuts, seeds, and avocado. Eat more calories.
Avacado, nut butters, milk subs like oat milk, oatmeal, lots of whole grain bread and pastas, tons of beans and bean burritos. My favorite is french fries with bean chili and vegan “cheese” sauce! I have the same problem but have autoimmune and CANT eat animal products anymore! I eat more calories and calorie dense. Good luck!
Thank you for your input Brittny!
I had the opposite problem – I gained weight when I became vegan because of all the new food I discovered – i over indulged
Certainly the exploration and discovery of new foods is exciting! Especially if you are a foodie like me.
I would encourage you, as a vegan, to look at a whole food plant-based oil free diet. You will be much healthier and more lean (if that is your goal) this way vs. eating what I would call vegan junk food.
Thought I would share my weight loss tips with you. If you need any help, please let me know! I was able to lose 168 lbs. on a whole food plant-based diet. https://www.arespectfullife.com/2018/03/02/easy-weight-loss-plant-based-diet/
The research I’ve come across identifies beef and bovine milk ONLY as the sources of bacteria and subsequent molecular mimicry. Strictly speaking that means people should be able to consume goat’s milk, lamb, fish etc without problem, doesn’t it? I’d be interested in knowing what happens if people with RA (or any autoimmune disease) reintroduced, say, lamb, into their diet as an experiment to see whether all meats cause problems. 🙂
Your summation is incorrect in many ways. It depends on the autoimmune condition you are talking about. The albumin peptide (a bovine blood protein), as well as paratuberculosis bacteria can cause autoimmune conditions. Paratuberculosis can be found in ALL ruminants which includes goats, sheep (lamb), etc. In addition, Molecular Mimicry has been proven definitively as well in the case of Guillain-Barré syndrome which is caused by Campylobacter in chicken and eggs. In my opinion, why would someone want to take the chance? I would also encourage you to see some of the testimonials on my blog as there are a number of people that have beat autoimmune conditions including Lupus! Testimonials are on this page: https://www.arespectfullife.com/plantshealhumans/ .
Hope I answered your questions.
In good health,
this is bs. I am 39 have been a vegetarian since age 11. I began to eat eggs at 33 since I developed a thyroid goiter at the advice of my endocronologist. I now have AA (an autoimmune disease)- are you going to blame that on eating eggs?
Hi Kin, I am sorry about the development of thyroid goiter. Increasing iodine consumption from iodized salt and sea vegetables would have been a better course than a recommendation of eggs. And endocrinologist should NOT be giving out nutrition advice, and should have recommended that you seek the advice of a qualified registered dietician.
When you say AA, I assume you mean AA amyloidosis? If this is the case and you have renal insufficiency, eggs and dairy should be OFF your plate. Treatment of AA amyloidosis usually focuses on controlling the underlying inflammatory state, decreasing the formation and circulating levels of SAA protein, and potentially reversing the amyloid deposits that may be already present. A low protein diet and elimination of inflammatory foods (like dairy) are common nutrition treatment protocols for most kidney conditions.
Did eggs cause your autoimmune condition? It is possible. A hyper autoimmune response is a combination of a weakened host immune system (which can be caused by inadequate gut microbiome diversity along with stress, or illicit drugs, over consumption of alcohol, antibiotics, etc.) and then a bacterial pathogen comes along (most commonly from the animal products that we consume) and our immune system goes haywire and then continues to attack similar looking cells. See https://abdominalkey.com/glomerulonephritis-associated-with-other-bacterial-infections/ .
There are many pathogens in eggs and other animal products. See: https://www.arespectfullife.com/2018/09/22/bacteria-and-parasites-in-animal-based-food-products/
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