I am sure you are wondering what this term means. It simply means that your body is fighting against itself. In autoimmune diseases, the body does not recognize itself; rather it sees itself as a foreigner and tries to fight it. If only it knew it was killing itself.
It has been discovered that the immune system can be triggered by a number of things other than germs or bacteria; your genetics also play a role in causing your body to be attacked by your own immune system.
Furthermore, it is thought that an environmental factor can contribute to triggering this autoimmune response/disease. Some of these factors include: infection, certain foods like iodine or gluten, toxins like smoking, some drugs, some hair dyes or some chemicals at work.
There are so many diseases that fall under this category; Myasthenia Gravis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, just to mention a few.
Let us go straight to the specific condition that inspired this website – Myasthenia Gravis.