In this episode of The Modern Vital Podcast, host Dr. Ben Reebs delves deep into the intricate relationship between tick-borne diseases and autoimmune disorders. He elucidates five mechanisms that detail how infections from ticks might lead the body to mistakenly attack its tissues. Key concepts like "Molecular Mimicry" and "Bystander Activation" are explored, where certain tick-borne pathogen proteins resemble our bodily structures, causing inadvertent immune attacks, and immune responses unintentionally activate cells that harm our tissues, respectively.
Dr. Reebs further introduces listeners to "Epitope Spreading," "Original Antigenic Sin," and "Apoptosis." These processes involve the misidentification of our cells as harmful entities by our immune system, the shaping of future immune responses based on past ones, and cell self-destruction due to certain bacterial infections. Intertwined with these scientific explanations, Dr. Reebs shares compelling clinical cases from his practice, shedding light on the potential of tick-borne pathogens, like Bartonella, in causing autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
Highlighting the preventive side, Dr. Reebs passionately speaks about the role of antioxidants in mitigating the oxidative stress resulting from these conditions. He emphasizes the need for medical practitioners to recognize the potential link between tick-borne illnesses and autoimmune diseases. For anyone intrigued by the mysteries of medical science, this episode offers a wealth of insights and underscores the importance of tailored medical advice.
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