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Old 02-10-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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Exclamation Important new research on RA, thyroid, diabetes, heart, autoimmune disease

Hi--
I put this is in a new thread because I think it is very important to the health of everyone. For the past few years, the National Institute of Health has been very concerned about the rise in autoimmune problems--from diabetes, to all the autoimmune disease like RA, Sjogrens, lupus, ms, hashimoto's hypothyroid, vitiligo and connective tissue diseases. It has developed the theory that because so many people develop many of these conditions after the onset of just one, that these diseases are merely different presentations of the same fundamental problem--autoimmune disregulation--your immune system attacks your own cells instead of or while fighting infection.

To study these diseases under this hypothesis, it came up with an agency called NIAID--I think its National Institute of Auto Immune Diseases or some such thing. A lot of its research is based on a two pronged approach.
1. that you may have genes that predispose you to certain health problems
2. that an infectious disease or diseases or other trauma triggers these diseases to start

Recently, there has been a lot of interest in periodontal disease, which is prevalent in most people to some degree, if not all, that have these autoimmune conditions.

1. Periodontal disease significantly contributes to the start of cardiovascular disease and heart attack--the infection leaks into your bloodstream, is carried to the liver which releases CRP and other antibodies that attack the blood vessels and cause them to line themselves with plaque. Periodontists and doctors both realize that dental care may be as or more important than losing weight and lowering cholesterol in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

2. Since this infection is causing the release of CRP from the liver and other autoantibodies, studies are showing links between these dental infections and rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease.

3. There are firm links between sjogrens and scleroderma and periodontal disease.

In other words, these low grade, on-going infections that we get in our teeth and gums that we may or may not even be aware of may be triggering horrible debilitating autoimmune diseases! It might be that if one could get dental infection under control that the immune system would repair itself eventually. People who get lupus from implants have their lupus "cured" by removing the implant, and often they are really sick.

I think this is the most important research that has been done in a long time. I hope this helps someone, I know I'm taking this very seriously.

If you are interested in reading abstracts from the many studies on this subject, here is the one on RA:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2990988/
Once you are in the database, you can click the search button on the right to search on "periodontal disease and thyroid" or whatever else you are interested in.

My dad's periodontist told him that rinsing with a plaque removing mouthwash like plax (most mouthwashes are NOT plaque removing) and using a water pix to clean gums really helps alot and was what the periodontist himself did. I have found it to be true for myself.

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