We previously discussed the investigation into the harmful effects of consuming processed food products and alluded to their possible connection with leaky gut.
It was discovered that some of these foods of industrial origin weaken tight junctions in the intestines. Tight junctions serve as a barrier around your intestines that prevent harmful chemicals from leaking into your body. Once these barriers are weakened, you have leaky gut.
Inside a leaky gut, doors are opened for viruses, fungi, parasites, chemicals, harmful pollutants and bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Due to this influx of potentially harmful items, your body begins to generate an excessive amount of T cells.
Let's revisit our original analogy in Part 1 for a moment. This is essentially your body starting The Draft. Now it's forcibly mass producing these blind maniacal soldiers that are shooting everything on sight. It is just a matter of time before the friendly fire starts, against your healthy cells.
This is precisely why patients with autoimmune disease are typically told to avoid procesed foods as much as possible.
In an effort to provide patients with a more exact diagnosis, the medical community is now working to identify disease-specific antibodies that they can use to track particular autoimmune diseases. Thus far, scientists have pinpointed a few antibodies specific to rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus and even type 1 diabetes.
Unfortunately this is not an exact science for the time being. Even though patients may have antibodies that appear to specifically denote a potential future autoimmune disease, there is no way to know for certain if or when the individual would be affected -- yet.
This is the brave new world that many in the scientific community will be diving into head first in pursuit of discovery.