An autoimmune disorder is one in which activated leukocytes (white blood cells) in the body that fight tumors and antigens also (erroneously) attack and often destroy healthy tissue. If genetically programmed to target bone joints, the disease is called osteoarthritis; if attacking the fatty myelin of nerve fibers (insulating sheath produced by Schwann cells), the disease is called multiple sclerosis; if attacking the skin, such as T-cells releasing cytokines--e.g. tumor necrosis factor (TNF) that cause inflammation, pruritis, vascularization and hyperproliferation of skin cells--the disease is called psoriasis. For a list of autoimmune disorders, click here.

Below is a table of things that may aggravate or ameliorate an autoimmune disease, working on the premise that whatever worsens the condition the antithesis will aid in healing. Some lesser toxic agents require a cumulative process to occur before the disorder is visibly manifests. We welcome feedback and any insights from the visitor.

Factors that have the greatest tendency to influence the disorder are printed in bold type. This is an essential guide for anyone afflicted with an auto-immune disorder or suffering any form of chronic pain. The list is not exhaustive but does cover most of the immune-modulated diseases. As a general rule acidifying agents, including bio-behaviors, are classified as "foes"; and those that are alkalizing are "friends."

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