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March 19, 2013

Scientists Officially Link Processed Foods To Autoimmune Disease

Filed under: from internet /other medias — heidi @ 10:06

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Published on Prevent Disease.com, March 7, 2013.

  • The modern diet of processed foods, takeaways and microwave meals could be to blame for a sharp increase in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, including alopecia, asthma and eczema.
  • A team of scientists from Yale University in the U.S and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany, say junk food diets could be partly to blame.
  • ‘This study is the first to indicate that excess refined and processed salt may be one of the environmental factors driving the increased incidence of autoimmune diseases,’ they said.    
  • Junk foods at fast food restaurants as well as processed foods at grocery retailers represent the largest sources of sodium intake from refined salts.
  • The Canadian Medical Association Journal sent out an international team of researchers to compare the salt content of 2,124 items from fast food establishments such as Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Subway. They found that the average salt content varied between companies and between the same products sold in different countries … //

… How Refined Salt Causes Autoimmune Disease:

  • The team from Yale University studied the role of T helper cells in the body. These activate and ‘help’ other cells to fight dangerous pathogens such as bacteria or viruses and battle infections.
  • Previous research suggests that a subset of these cells – known as Th17 cells – also play an important role in the development of autoimmune diseases.
  • In the latest study, scientists discovered that exposing these cells in a lab to a table salt solution made them act more ‘aggressively.’
  • They found that mice fed a diet high in refined salts saw a dramatic increase in the number of Th17 cells in their nervous systems that promoted inflammation.
  • They were also more likely to develop a severe form of a disease associated with multiple sclerosis in humans.
  • The scientists then conducted a closer examination of these effects at a molecular level.
  • Laboratory tests revealed that salt exposure increased the levels of cytokines released by Th17 cells 10 times more than usual. Cytokines are proteins used to pass messages between cells.
  • Study co-author Ralf Linker, from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, said: ‘These findings are an important contribution to the understanding of multiple sclerosis and may offer new targets for a better treatment of the disease, for which at present there is no cure.’
  • It develops when the immune system mistakes the myelin that surrounds the nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord for a foreign body.
  • It strips the myelin off the nerves fibres, which disrupts messages passed between the brain and body causing problems wit
  • h speech, vision and balance.
  • Another of the study’s authors, Professor David Hafler, from Yale University, said that nature had clearly not intended for the immune system to attack its host body, so he expected that an external factor was playing a part.
  • He said: ‘These are not diseases of bad genes alone or diseases caused by the environment, but diseases of a bad interaction between genes and the environment.
  • ‘Humans were genetically selected for conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, where there was no salt. It’s one of the reasons that having a particular gene may make African Americans much more sensitive to salt.
  • ‘Today, Western diets all have high salt content and that has led to increase in hypertension and perhaps autoimmune disease as well.’
  • The team next plan to study the role that Th17 cells play in autoimmune conditions that affect the skin.
  • ‘It would be interesting to find out if patients with psoriasis can alleviate their symptoms by reducing their salt intake,’ they said.
  • ‘However, the development of autoimmune diseases is a very complex process which depends on many genetic and environmental factors.’

Stick to Good Salts: … //

… (full long text, study source, reference source and many comments).

more Health Links:

Strong Link Between Hormones in Dairy and Cancer, on Prevent Disease, by Karen Foster, March 18, 2013;

Pesticides: l’alerte des médecins du Limousin (France), par Bruno Martrette, mars 17, 2013;

Le scandale alimentaire qui s’annonce, dans M Idées, par Fabrice Nicolino, Feb 25, 2013;

ABOUT DEAD FOOD: à voir ici sur Facebook;

Des milliers de cas de narcolepsie après le vaccin H1N1 – étude du BMJ; sur ActuWiki, le 15 mars 2013: Le British Medical Journal (BMJ), une des plus prestigieuses revues médicales au monde, a publié une étude prouvant une spectaculaire hausse de la narcolepsie provoquée par le vaccin Pandemrix, très largement utilisé contre la grippe H1N1 en 2009 (1).
Le problème avait été signalé par les autorités finlandaises et suédoises dès le mois d’août 2010, qui avaient constaté une multiplication par 13 du risque de narcolepsie chez les enfants et les jeunes vaccinés. (2) Le Pandemrix est un produit de la société pharmaceutique GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). La narcolepsie est un trouble neurologique dévastateur. Les personnes atteintes peuvent s’effondrer endormies après la moindre émotion, comme par exemple un simple éclat de rire. Peut-on imaginer pareille vie où le fait de rire devient dangereux? …;

Les 10 mensonges de l’industrie agro-alimentaire selon le Dr Jean-pierre Poinsignon, dans ActuWiki, par Jacqueline Lagace (Source: Vaincre la douleur par l’aliumentation), Nov. 30, 2012;

The 10 Saltiest Foods, on Men’s Health, by Cassie Shortsleeve, Feb 12, 2012;

The 7 Rules of Healthy Fast Food, on Men’s Health, by Cassie Shortsleeve, Nov. 12, 2011;

The Truth about Calories, on Men’s Health, by Clint Carter, Jun 17, 2011.

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