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Autoimmunity: A Closer Look Through Our Lens


Did you know that the term Autoimmunity was first used in 1952? That’s not too long ago, especially considering it’s a condition that affects so many lives around the globe at an increasingly alarming rate – 50 million in the US alone, and mostly affecting women (80%) 1

Autoimmunity is like having a bodyguard who’s a bit overzealous. Instead of just protecting you from the bad guys (like viruses and bacteria), it starts suspecting your own cells and tissues of mischief. The result? A range of autoimmune diseases, each with its unique challenges 2

From rheumatoid arthritis giving your joints a hard time, to type 1 diabetes keeping an eye on your pancreas, these autoimmune diseases share one thing: an immune system that’s as confused as a GPS in a corn maze.

Autoimmunity: What’s the Cause?

Now, jokes aside, why does this happen? Well, it’s a bit of a puzzle. Scientists think it’s a mix of genetics, environmental factors (like what you’re exposed to in daily life), and possibly even hormonal influences 3. 

This mix makes diagnosing and treating autoimmune diseases a bit like playing a game of medical Twister – left foot on genetics, right hand on environmental factors, and a surprising twist of hormones. 

On average, it takes a bit of a puzzle-solving adventure, with patients typically seeing around four doctors and navigating symptoms for over three years before getting a solid answer. 

Autoimmune conditions like to keep us guessing, you see—they have a flair for presenting a variety of symptoms that can be a bit tricky to pin down. And to add to the challenge, there’s no one-size-fits-all test for all autoimmune diseases 4. It’s like a mystery novel with multiple plot twists!

Unraveling Autoimmunity: Detecting Trends and Investigating Influences 

Now, what’s sparking our curiosity is the uptick in autoimmune diagnoses recently. It’s not just about better detection and increased awareness—though those are definitely on the scene. 

We’re also exploring how our ever-changing environment and lifestyles might be playing a role in this unfolding mystery 5. It’s like we’re all part of a cosmic game of Clue, trying to figure out what factors are behind the rise in autoimmune cases!

Autoimmune diseases don’t play favorites, but they do seem to have a particular interest in women. Researchers are exploring why, considering factors like hormonal differences and genetic susceptibility6.

What We Can Do, Together

At BrightlyThrive, we’re all about embracing the full picture when it comes to managing autoimmune well-being. It’s like crafting a personalized strategy for each individual, considering everything from wellness strategies to overall autoimmune health.

While approaches aimed at calming the immune system can be effective, we get it – they sometimes come with their own set of challenges and potential risks. But fear not, because our commitment runs deep, and we’re diving headfirst into a thrilling exploration of a vibrant spectrum of wellness practices! 

From invigorating mindfulness techniques to deliciously nutritious recipes, we’re crafting a personalized adventure tailored to fit the unique needs and circumstances of each person. Get ready for a wellness journey that’s as exciting as it is effective! 

Hope in Harmony

Our ultimate goal? Helping you find that sweet spot – effective well-being practices without unnecessary trade-offs. We firmly believe that taking a holistic approach, addressing the physical, emotional, and social aspects of your life, can pave the way for a better quality of life with autoimmunity.

But this journey isn’t a solitary one. No, it’s a thrilling challenge that we’re tackling together, day by day. By being part of The Autoimmunity Community™, we’re weaving together the complex puzzle of autoimmune well-being. 

Each new discovery, every breakthrough, brings us one step closer to a future where these conditions aren’t a mystery but a manageable part of life.

So, let’s face this challenge with positivity and determination. Together, we’re not just managing autoimmune well-being; we’re creating a brighter future for our community! 


1  Autoimmune Diseases Around the World. (n.d.). Bingham Memorial Hospital.

2 Watson, S. (2023, October 20). Everything to Know About Autoimmune Diseases. Healthline.

3 Professional, C. C. M. (n.d.). Autoimmune Diseases. Cleveland Clinic. 

4 Holloway, C. (2022, March 14). Playing the Waiting Game to Find Out if You Have an Autoimmune Disease? Cleveland Clinic. 

5 Is the Western diet causing a spike in autoimmune diseases? (2022, May 20). World Economic Forum. 

6 Cormack, Taylor. 2019. The Role of Genetics and Environmental Factors on Autoimmune Disease Incidence With a Focus on Gender Bias in a Family Case Study. Master’s thesis, Harvard Extension School.