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Kirk’s #GoVeggies 31-Day Challenge, Day 23: Does Your Body Attack Itself?

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Kirk Charles is a personal trainer who specializes in wellness. He is a 30-year vegan.

With autoimmune diseases, your body will attack itself, which never made sense to me. I always wondered what causes your immune system to run amok and unleash its vengeance upon you?

Then, one day, I was speaking with a client who had Crohn’s disease where the immune system attacks the digestive tract. She told me there’s a link between Crohn’s disease and smoking cigarettes. When she told her doctor she used to smoke years ago, he suggested she wear a nicotine patch. When she followed her doctor’s orders, the severity of her Crohn’s symptoms subsided for a while. Her immune system attacked the nicotine in her body instead of attacking her digestive tract. That’s when I learned about molecular mimicry.

Sometimes when a foreign invader enters your body, its molecular structure is similar to a particular body part. In the case of casein (from cow’s milk), its molecular structure is similar to your pancreatic beta cells that secrete insulin. When your immune system attacks the casein molecules, depending on your genetic predisposition, it may get confused and mistakenly attack the pancreatic cells and destroy their ability to secrete insulin. That process is called molecular mimicry. Unfortunately, in this case the result would be Type 1 diabetes (this is just one explanation for Type 1 diabetes).

Through dieting we can reduce the number of foreign invaders that the body can confuse with itself. Most of those food-related foreign invaders are in meat products since our bodies are similar to many animals.

However, there is no concern regarding foreign invaders from plant-based food. The molecular structure of plants and the human body is dissimilar, so the odds of contracting an autoimmune disease because of eating fruits and veggies is extremely low.

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