What is an Autoimmune Disorder?
It is important to understand that an autoimmune disease or disorder is a ‘state’ that the immune system is in. It is NOT a disease of an organ; and even though it is given a multitude of names depending on the currently affected tissue, it is a state of the immune system attack the tissue it was meant to protect.
As in all autoimmune conditions, there is tissue destruction at the site of inflammation; the reason the organ is dysfunctional is because the immune system is attack the tissue. The first issue that needs to be addressed is the mechanism involved. Most autoimmune diseases may have some type of genotypic component, i.e., there may be a latent gene that the individual has carried in an unexpressed state for a period of years until some ‘event,’ which triggered an immune response that suddenly ‘turned on’ the gene. If this exists, and the autoimmune disease truly has genetic components, the doctor’s job is to rightly manage the patient to diminish the immune response and calm the attack.