In the last article we discovered that we don’t know everything there is to know about the human body. Far from it.
“In contradiction to decades of medical education, a direct connection has been reported between the brain and the immune system….It seems astonishing that, after centuries of dissection, a system of lymphatic vessels could have survived undetected.” via https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/system-connecting-brain-to-immune-system-found/
So what about processed foods? Could the foods you are eating be a contributing factor to immune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis?
A study [Sodium chloride drives autoimmune disease by the induction of pathogenic TH17 cells ] showing that “mice fed with a high-salt diet develop a more severe form of (experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis) EAE, in line with augmented central nervous system infiltrating and peripherally induced antigen-specific TH17 cells.” In other words, “…increased dietary salt intake might represent an environmental risk factor for the development of autoimmune diseases through the induction of pathogenic TH17 cells.” via
In the latest study, scientists discovered that exposing these cells in a lab to a table salt solution made them act more ‘aggressively.’ They found that mice fed a diet high in refined salts saw a dramatic increase in the number of Th17 cells in their nervous systems that promoted inflammation. They were also more likely to develop a severe form of a disease associated with multiple sclerosis in humans. The scientists then conducted a closer examination of these effects at a molecular level. Laboratory tests revealed that salt exposure increased the levels of cytokines released by Th17 cells 10 times more than usual. Cytokines are proteins used to pass messages between cells. via
More and more we realize that all the systems of the body are connected and everything we eat and do and don’t eat and don’t do has an affect.
Bare this in mind the next time you decide to “treat yourself” with some junk food.