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Autoimmunity Is Not the Cause of Autoimmune Diseases

By Dr. Andres Bircher

Autoimmune diseases are becoming more common every year. Already, 8 percent of the population suffers from some autoimmune condition. Rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, glomerulonephritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and other such conditions cause tremendous suffering.  

Modern medicine regards the symptoms as the disease itself, treating them with immunosuppressive drugs. This makes these diseases chronic. 

The lymph cells are made in the bone marrow. Then they migrate into the huge area of ​​the intestinal mucosa, where they learn in an infinite number of cell nests to distinguish what is foreign and what is their own, what is harmful, and what can be tolerated. Due to widespread false nutrition, the environment in the intestine and its microbiome are sick. In a sick environment, the immune cells do not achieve full immune competence. As this is very difficult, only 10 percent of the lymphocytes become competent, while 90 percent are eliminated. 

So, due to our widespread false nutrition, the environment, and the sick microbiome of the intestine, our immune cells do not achieve full immune competence and they react against the body’s own tissues. 

Autoimmune diseases can be reliably and completely cured not through immunosuppression, but through a diet that heals the intestinal milieu and microbiome. To read the details of this approach, visit

Dr. Andres Bircher is the director of the Bircher-Benner Centre for Scientific Natural Medicine, in Braunwald, Switzerland. 


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