The Modern Vital Podcast

Decoding Autoimmunity: The Gut-Environment Connection in Disease Evolution

September 06, 2023 Ben Reebs Season 1 Episode 28
The Modern Vital Podcast
Decoding Autoimmunity: The Gut-Environment Connection in Disease Evolution
Show Notes

In this episode of The Modern Vital Podcast, host Dr. Ben Reebs delves deep into the nature of autoimmune diseases, discussing their progression through three distinct stages. Starting with a focus on oral tolerance, he elaborates on how our gut's microbiome, which houses approximately 40 trillion cells, plays a pivotal role in the onset of autoimmune conditions. A disruption in this ecosystem, possibly from environmental factors or pathogens, can lead to what's termed as "intestinal permeability" or "leaky gut." This condition allows undigested food contents to seep into the bloodstream, potentially triggering an immune response, which may set off an autoimmune process.

Dr. Reebs then transitions to discuss central tolerance, spotlighting the crucial role of the thymus gland in our lymphatic system. This gland is responsible for training white blood cells to combat diseases and infections. A malfunction in the thymus might cause the body to misdirect its defenses against its organs, leading to autoimmune reactions. Finally, he touches upon peripheral tolerance, emphasizing its significance in curbing rogue B and T cells that could bypass central checks. An intriguing point Dr. Reebs raises is the role of environmental factors, such as heavy metals. These can attach to cell nuclei, deceiving the body into identifying its cells as foreign threats. For example, increased mercury levels in the bloodstream, possibly from consuming specific seafood types, might initiate an autoimmune response.

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