Hi Cindy, I just joined this site to share something I recently learned about AIH and other autoimmune diseases, from my personal story. Last year I discovered I have an autoimmune disease against gluten, and in the 1 years since, have been researching everything I can to find healing. I was shocked to learn that many autoimmune diseases are related to gluten intolerance, including AIH, hypothyroidism, allergies, asthma, and migraine headaches (I have just listed the ones I suffer from, by no means all). The science indicates that every single autoimmune disease begins with increased intestinal permeability (also called leaky gut). What precipitated my research into autoimmune diseases, and subsequent test for gluten sensitivity (a clear positive), was my mother's death two years ago from blood poisoning, caused in part by a severely leaky gut. She also had rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, and all other of my autoimmune diseases except AIH. My sister has most of the same. I learned that autoimmune diseases always require three triggers: lifestyle (which includes food, stress, and certain drugs), leaky gut, and genetics (which are actually the least responsible of the three triggers). Please, all of you who suffer from autoimmune diseases (because having one usually means you will have more), get tested for gluten intolerance! Since removing gluten and a few other dietary triggers from my diet, I have healed almost all of my diseases. Within two weeks of eliminating gluten, all my allergies, asthma, and migraines went away, never to return except for the one time I ate bread as part of the test. My immediate reaction and recurrence of symptoms convinced me to eliminate gluten for the rest of my life. There is excellent research on the web; Sarah Ballantyne PhD is a scientist who specializes in this stuff. Check out her book, the Paleo Approach, for more info. Good luck in your healing!View Thread
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