Autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune diseases ~ Healing article Nr 16 in TruLight Radio XM series of Healing articles called “The Doctor Says – The Bible Says!” by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD.

The spiritual root of autoimmune diseases is a low self-esteem, self-hatred, self bitterness, self-rejection, self-condemnation and/or guilt in your thought life.

Sometimes there is a feeling of being unloved and unwanted where self-hatred comes in because of failure of a father or husband to nurture you if you are a female or if you are a male, because your father did not nurture you. Occasionally some men are victims of their wives. Whatever the case, it involves varying degrees of self-hatred Your immune system is the army of cells in your body that were created to protect you from harmful things such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungus, toxins and cancer cells. When the cells of your immune system see these harmful substances floating around in your blood stream and body tissues, they go and kill or remove them, thus helping to protect you from getting sick. However, in science your immune system has been shown to be directly affected by your thought life and emotions. In the chapter “Essential Background Information of Disease from a Medical Perspective”

I explained how thoughts form and how memory is stored on the branches of the nerves in your brain. It is not just your brain that stores memory but your body cells as well. Your brain communicates with the cells of your body – this is known as the mind-body link. 40 When your brain receives incoming information, for example self-hatred or guilt, then every immune cell of your body will receive that information instantly. Your brain sends information to the cells of your immune system via chemicals called neuro-peptides and receives information from your immune system via immune-peptides. There is a direct link between your thoughts, emotions and the subsequent memories built in the trees of your mind in your brain and the way your immune system functions.

Your immune system has been definitively shown to be neurologically sensitive to your thought life.

When you attack yourself spiritually through thoughts of selfhatred, self-rejection, condemnation, guilt and self bitterness, the immune system is redirected to attack your own body tissues, while ignoring the true enemy which is viruses, bacteria, cancer cells etc. When you are attacking yourself spiritually in your thoughts, the biogenetic character of the cells of the immune system is changed so that they take on an assignment of the devil and go on a highly calculated mission of destruction. Thus the immune system, which was originally designed by God for your good (protection against infections, cancer etc) begins to cause disease in your body.42 Jesus said that if you hate your brother in your heart you are guilty of murder (1 John 3 v 15). Likewise, if you have a low self-esteem and hate yourself in your heart, in essence you are murdering yourself in your thoughts… and be careful, because eventually your body will follow suit and will begin attacking itself – you will eventually end up with diseases that will lead to your physical death… all because you were murdering yourself in your thoughts. God said that you are valuable and that you were worth the life of His only Son and when you disagree with Him, you set yourself greater than God and that’s idolatry. Under the law the penalty of idolatry was death and today the diseases that come from self-hatred lead to death. There is a very high price to pay for not loving yourself.

There is a direct link between your thoughts, emotions and the subsequent memories and the way your immune system functions.

Note: Autoimmune diseases are commonly genetically inherited. This is related to varying degrees of self-hatred and guilt in previous generations in your family tree.

To understand autoimmune diseases, I first need to explain to you how your immune system functions normally: Your immune system consists of different cells, each of which has a specific role to play in helping fight off infection. For the sake of simplicity, I will refer to harmful substances like viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungus, toxins, cancer cells etc as ‘germs’.

Phagocytes (Which include Neutrophils, Monocytes and Macrophages) Phagocytes are cells that kill germs by literally eating them. So that you are not confused by difficult medical names, I’ll refer to these phagocytes that eat germs as “Eating Cells” from now on. This is how eating cells kill germs:

Mast Cells
These are special cells that contain sacks inside them full of histamine, prostaglandins and other chemicals. When the mast cell is activated, it releases these chemicals into the blood stream. Histamine causes holes to form in the blood vessel walls (i.e. increases blood vessel permeability) – this enables the eating cells and other cells of the immune system to leave the blood stream and enter the body tissues where the germs are. Fluid from the blood also leaks through these holes in the blood vessel walls – this causes the swelling and redness that is associated with inflammation.

The eating cells contain sacks (called Lysosomes) inside them which contain chemicals that kill germs, for example hydrogen peroxide, superoxide, hydrochlorous acid, nitric oxide, enzymes like elastase, bacterial permeability increasing protein and lots more.

Once the germ is internalised inside the eating cell, the eating cell releases the chemicals in the sacks which then kill the germ. The eating cell sees the germ Then the eating cell surrounds the germ with its cell membrane, thus internalising it

The Complement System
This is a collective name for 9 different molecules that are activated when germs enter your body: • C3e stimulates the bone marrow to make more eating cells.

• C3a and C5a send out messages to call the eating cells to the place in the body where the germs are (Medical term for this is chemotaxis).
C3a and C5a also activate mast cells (described above).
• C3b attaches to the germ and neutralizes all its defence mechanisms – thus weakening the germ and making it easier for the eating cells
to attach to and ‘swallow’ the germ (Medical term for this is opsonisation).
• C5b organizes the other cells of the complement system (C6, C7, C8 and C9) that all join together to form a complex, which I will call the “weapon” (The medical term is the cell wall attack complex).

These cells are like policemen. When they find a germ, they “arrest it and put handcuffs on it”. They then take these germs to the lymph nodes where cells called T lymphocytes (T cells) are present.

T Cells
When the dendrites show the germ to the T cells they multiply and form 2 different types of T cells: CD8 T cells are specialized for destroying cancer cells and viruses. CD4 helper T cells increase the activity of eating cells and activate B cells to produce antibodies. (Just for interest sake – the HIV virus specifically destroys CD4 helper T cells which is why AIDS patients get so many infections) B Cells (B Lymphocytes) When B cells are activated by T cells, they produce antibodies. There are 5 main antibodies produced by B cells:

• Ig M antibody – when this antibody binds to germs, it activates the complement system above.
• Ig G antibody – this neutralizes and weakens germs to help the eating cells attach to and kill them.
It also activates the complement system above. These antibodies also go through the placenta to the
baby in pregnant mothers, to protect the baby against infection when the baby is born.
C5b, C6, C7, C8 and C9 form a weapon
that attaches to and damages the germ IgG antibody that has helped attach the germ to the eating cell so that the eating cell can kill it Ig M or Ig G antibody binds to germ and activates cells of complement system.

• Ig A antibody – these antibodies are found in your body secretions (saliva, tears, breast milk, fluid
in your lungs and intestines). They are the first line of defence to protect your gut and airways from
infection. They also help protect against allergies.
• Ig E antibody – theses antibodies attach to and activate mast cells (described above). They also send out messages to attract other cells called eosinophils and basophils. Ig E antibodies, eosinophils and basophils play an important role in protection against parasites like worms. When the immune
system is damaged by long term fear, anxiety and stress, these cells can also lead to allergies.

• Ig D antibody – function not yet known.
This is how the immune system normally functions, as it was designed to by God to protect you from infections. However, when you are attacking yourself spiritually through thoughts of self-hatred, selfrejection etc – your brain eventually converts your thought life into a physical reaction – and redirects the cells of your immune system to attack your own body instead of germs which is the true enemy. This is how it happens:

How Autoimmune Diseases Develop
There is a combination of 3 different types of reactions that occur (hypersensitivity reaction type 2, type 3 and type 4). Hypersensitivity reaction type 1 is what causes allergies and is not related to autoimmune diseases.

Hypersensitivity Reaction Type 2
The Ig G and Ig M antibodies attach to the cells of your own body tissue, instead of germs. They then also attach to the eating cells. This activates the eating cells to release the toxic chemicals from the sacks inside them. Remember these toxic chemicals (such as hydrogen peroxide, superoxide, hydrochlorous acid, nitric oxide, destructive enzymes like elastase etc) were designed for killing germs. But now they are being unleashed onto the cells of your own body tissue.

Weapon from complement system is activated to damage body cell (instead of germs)
Ig G or Ig M antibody Toxic chemicals Eating cell which is attached to body tissue via the antibody, thus activating it to release its destructive chemicals onto the cells of the body, causing cell damage or cell death.

Your own body cell
Hypersensitivity Reaction Type 3
The Ig G and Ig M antibodies continue to attach to components of your own body tissue (called antigens), forming what is called immune complexes. An immune complex = antibody + component of your own body tissue (called an antigen).

These immune complexes are eaten up by the eating cells. However, the immune complexes form in such large quantities that all the eating cells get used up and are exhausted. Because these immune complexes can no longer be eaten up, they start to accumulate in blood vessels and organs in your body, especially your kidney. Accumulation of immune complexes causes damage to the surrounding tissues as shown below: The damage caused by the immune complexes as shown above, leads to vasculitis (inflammation and damage to blood vessels) and alveolitis (inflammation and damage to the part of the membranes in the lungs where oxygen from the air you breathe is absorbed). Now take a moment to think about the significance of this – what is the best way to kill something? To cut off its oxygen and blood supply… that is what is happening here. As you are attacking yourself spiritually with thoughts of self-hatred.

The weapon damages
the blood vessel wall (C5B, C6, C7, C8 and C9 complex) Accummulation of immune complexes on blood vessel wall This activates the Complement System C3e stimulates bone marrow to make more eating cells C3a and C5a activates Mast Cells Eating cells release their toxic chemicals, damaging muscle and elastic tissue in the blood vessel walls, causing bleeding and clots to form. The clots can block the blood vessels causing the area of tissue it supplies to die Activated mast cells release chemicals like histamine and prostaglandins which cause increased permeability of blood vessel walls leading to inflammation body responds by killing itself. This reaction also causes damage in other areas of the body, for example glomerulpnephritis (inflammation and damage in the kidney) and in the joints causing rheumatoid arthritis.

The damage to the skin, joints and kidneys in SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematous) occurs by this reaction.

Hypersensitivity Reaction Type 4

This is where the T cells cause large amounts of toxic chemicals (hydrogen peroxide, superoxide, hydrochlorous acid, nitric oxide, destructive enzymes like elastase etc) to be released from the eating cells which leads to damage and death of body tissues.

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