Functional Forum Interview with Arsito Vojdani, PhD

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So what role do environmental toxins play in the initiation of auto-immune disease? We saw Dr. Arsito Vojdani at the conference, and we sat down for a few minutes to ask him exactly that. So Dr. Arsito Vojdani, why do we have such a massive increase in the number of auto immune diseases in America?

According to all the immune disease association, 53 million Americans are suffering from autoimmune diseases. And according to national institutes of health genes are responsible for one third of all immune diseases. The triggers are responsible for the other two thirds of or immune diseases. So the environmental factors are playing a significant role in induction of auto immune diseases. Obviously, we are doing something today that we didn’t do 50 years ago. That could be a reason why autoimmune diseases are on the rise.

What are some of the common environmental triggers that you see causing auto-immune disease,

Toxic chemicals in the environment, such as a formaldehyde ISO Cyanide, uh, uh, bisphenol a from the plastic, um, food additives, food colorings nanoparticles. In fact, an article published in journal of auto-immune reviews showed that due to addition of some of these factors into the food, there is direct correlation between the amount of some of these new material we are consuming today that we did not consume 20 years ago, 50 years ago. Those there is direct correlation between all immunity and the usage of these toxic chemicals. So the more toxic chemicals are introduced into our environment, the more toxic chemicals get into our body. So there is a notion out there, unfortunately, that we think, and many scientists think that chemicals are in and out. That may be correct in 80% of the cases, but in other 20%, it is enough to 20% of the chemicals not to get out from our body, but bind to our tissue and set the stage for development of autoimmune diseases. That’s the mechanism of autoimmune immune disease. So chemicals are not in and out. It is enough small amount of chemicals to bind, bind to our tissue and induce auto immunity, which more than a hundred of, of all immune diseases are well-recognized these days.

Doctor, it seems like in the last couple of years, there’s been more of a focus on the fact that some of these auto immune diseases are reversible. What are your thoughts on reversing autoimmune disease?

Find the triggers. The trigger could be chemical in one person infection, and another person could be gum infection could be bacteria in the gut or certain foods such as gluten, dairy, other foods by identifying them, identifying them. And then by removing the triggers from the environment of the patient, these kinds of clinicians will be successful in some cases to reverse the course of auto immune disease. So the message is here that the earlier auto immune reactivities versus auto-immune disease reactivity is when the patient is making antibody, but doesn’t have loss of functionality when the patient is losing functionality. Maybe it’s too late. We can only stop it, but if we can detect at early stage or immune diseases, that’s my job that developed biomarkers for that. Then we can identify the triggers, remove the triggers and the prevent progression of all to immune reactivity, to full-blown autoimmune disease. So there is window of opportunity of probably five years to 10 years, you detect antibody first, identify the triggers, remove the triggers, and then that patient is not going to progress to full blown autoimmune disease. So the bottom line is detect, remove and repair. That’s my really final message for prevention of autoimmune disease.

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