The most common cause of all diseases in the world today is autoimmune diseases. In autoimmune disease our own protective forces (immune system) starts to attack your own body.
Fibromyalgia is the most common autoimmune disease today globally, triggered by Mycoplasma.
IThe immune system gets compromised by bacteria and
viruses , vitamin deficiency and poor diet causing
In a medical version of the “unified field” theory in
physics, many scientists now believe that most—or
perhaps all—chronic diseases may have the same trigger:
inflammation. This fiery process has been linked to
everything from heart attacks and strokes to type 2
diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer.
Chronic, low-grade systemic inflammation—fueled by such
disorders as excessive belly fat, poor diet, lack of
exercise, smoking, and gum disease—may explain why
lifestyle-linked diseases have reached epidemic levels
in Western countries, while remaining rare in the
“There are clear indications that inflammation explains
why plaque builds up in the arteries in patients with
atherosclerosis,” says Philip Schauer, MD, director of
the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland
Clinic. “Chronic inflammation also plays a direct role
in diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma
and many other conditions.”
The Missing Puzzle Piece
Two groundbreaking new studies published in Lancet
suggest that fire inside the artery walls could be the
missing puzzle piece to solve the mystery of why many
people with normal or even optimal cholesterol levels
suffer heart attacks or strokes, while others with very
high cholesterol never develop heart disease.
The studies were the first to show a cause-and-effect
relationship between a specific inflammatory marker
(interleukin 6, also known as IL-6) and heart disease
risk—a discovery that could lead to revolutionary new
therapies to treat or prevent the leading killer of
The researchers pooled data from nearly 135,000 people
and found that those with a gene variant linked to a
lower-than-normal number of IL-6 receptors were much
less likely to develop heart disease, even though they
had the same rates of smoking, diabetes, high
cholesterol, and other risk factors as people without
The findings suggest that medication to block IL-6
receptors—currently used to treat rheumatoid arthritis
(also an inflammatory disease)—could be a new weapon
against heart disease.
Is Your Body on Fire?
Most of the time, inflammation protects health. If you
stepped on a nail, your body would mobilize immune
system troops to battle the invading bacteria by
releasing signaling molecules, such as IL-6, to launch
the inflammatory cascade. The immune system reaction
involves more than 20 proteins that blast the invaders
with chemicals to kill them, along with an assortment of
odd-looking white blood cell components that resemble
characters from Creepshow2.
The result of this immune system response is the
familiar feeling of redness and warmth around the wound
as it starts to heal. Chronic inflammation, however,
harms rather than heals, because the immune system
attack never stops. It’s like being shot by “friendly
fire” during a perpetual war raging inside the body,
says Dr. Schauer.
The #1 Warning Sign of Chronic Inflammation
The easiest way to tell if your body—and arteries—might
be on fire is to measure your waist. A circumference
above 35 inches for a woman or 40 inches for a man means
you could be at risk for a variety of dangerous diseases
linked to chronic inflammation, even if your weight is
“Excessive visceral fat is very different than fat in
other parts of the body,” says Dr. Schauer. “Abdominal
fat cells are much more biologically active than
subcutaneous fat cells, releasing several hormones and
cytokines [chemical messengers involved in immune system
and inflammatory responses]. There is also a genetic
component to both chronic inflammation and obesity—it’s
not just an unhealthy lifestyle that leads to these
A big belly is also the leading indicator of
metabolic syndrome, a gang of five metabolic thugs that
quintuple risk for type 2 diabetes and triple it for
heart attack. Fifty million Americans, many of whom are
undiagnosed, suffer from this dangerous disorder.
If you have three or more of the following disorders,
you have metabolic syndrome:
A large waistline. This also is called "an apple shape."
High triglycerides: a level of this blood fat above 150
Low HDL (less than 50 mg/dL for women and less than 40
mg/dL for men). HDL is the good cholesterol that keeps
the heart and brain healthy.
High blood pressure: 130/85 mmHg or higher (or you’re on
blood pressure medicine).
High fasting blood sugar: 100 mg/dL or above (or you're
on medicine to treat high blood sugar).