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The more research we do, the more evidence we uncover that auto-immune responses are at play in most of our serious degenerative illnesses.

We’ve known about arthritis, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus, to name a few, but the same sort of pathways are being discovered in allergies, in type 2 diabetes, in many types of cancer, and in Alzheimer’s.

It seems that as soon as you ask the question, the answer becomes obvious

It’s not surprising, in a way. All of these conditions involve inflammation in one form or another: swelling, redness, pain and spasm. And inflammation is an immune response; it’s what happens – appropriately - when your immune system is activated to deal with an infection, or your body is healing from an injury. But it also happens when your immune system perceives your own healthy cells as though they were foreign bodies, and mobilises its defences accordingly.

Why does this happen?

Often there is a genetic marker, but that only makes you more rather than less likely to develop this kind of response. Something needs to activate it, and we are finding out more all the time about what that something might be. Here’s a list:

…And so on. It seems almost anything can be a trigger, especially if you have an innate vulnerability, and if your resilience is lowered by stressors of various sorts.

So what can you do? Here’s the first thing: don’t panic!

Don’t stop eating everything you like, buy loads of supplements and stay indoors all the time. Our responses are individual, and we need to work out for ourselves what our triggers might be. If you just eliminate lots of foods, the reactivity isn’t going to go away, it’s going to find other things to react to.

And that brings us back, as always, to feeding and strengthening your vitality. Eating well, sleeping well, paying attention to what your body is telling you. The message is so simple that we simply discount it, as we rush about looking for cures and fixes.

Look after yourself.