Why Are There So Many Autoimmune Diseases?
April 1, 2015•9 min
Did you know there's over 80 illnesses that are caused by autoimmunity?The National Institutes of Health estimate more than 23.5 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease that is lifelong. In fact, did you know there's over 80 illnesses that are caused by autoimmunity?An autoimmune disease occurs when an abnormal immune response by the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. Anyone is capable of getting an autoimmune disease, but if you have a family history of them, you're more prone to having one sometime in your life.You might have been noticing a huge spike in autoimmune diseases lately. For example, it seems like every child is allergic to something, and more adults are becoming diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that affects their health.So, why are there so many autoimmunediseases?Jacob Teitelbaum, MD joins Dr. Holly to discuss why you're seeing such a huge increase in autoimmune diseases.