The benefits of probiotics are plentiful and many people incorporate them into their diet as an add-on. However, few people realize that these micro-organisms may be the key to decreasing the severity of symptoms related to autoimmune diseases. If you have been diagnosed with celiac, type 1 diabetes or lyme disease, there is good reason to believe that including these beneficial bacteria (link) into your treatment plan will provide significant health benefits.

The Journal of Leukocyte Biology published a study in May 2010 that concentrated on the link between celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which gluten attacks villi in the small intestine, and probiotics. This study replicated the environment of a celiac patient's intestine which included certain types of harmful gram negative bacteria. A bifidobacteria probiotic was introduced and immediately had a strong anti-inflammatory effect. The findings of this study supports previous speculation that probiotics can offer significant benefits against celiac disease by decreasing serum CRP levels and the bacteria-induced production of proinflammatory cytokines, while simultaneously up-regulating the expression of anti-inflammatory cytokines. By decreasing the inflammatory effect of celiac probiotics may be able to restrict the primary symptoms of the disease, which are severe stomach problems, fatigue and vitamin deficiencies.

Similar research has been found in regards to Type 1 diabetes and the use of probiotics. Diabetics' cells are starved of nutrition and consequently starved for energy production. Probiotic bacteria found in supplements such as PRO-EM 1 help your body absorb nutrients and reduce constant stress on the immune system. Probiotics may also help prevent and treat yeast infections which high blood sugars resulting from diabetes often trigger.

Treatment for lyme disease typically involves long term use of antibiotics which often kill the good bacteria in the gut. A study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University recommends that physicians prescribe probiotics as part of the core treatment of lyme disease. Not only do probiotics re-establish the intestinal tract's beneficial microflora, they also up-regulate the immune system so that it can successfully fight lyme disease pathogen. The lyme disease pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi, is a potent pathogen that burrows deep into body tissues until it re-emerges weeks or months later. An up-regulated immune system from a probiotic cleanse may be of significant benefit during the latency period.

There may not be enough concrete research to deem probiotics a cure for celiac, type 1 diabetes or lyme disease yet. However, the scientific findings above illustrate the importance of incorporating these beneficial bacteria into your core treatment plan. Even if you have not been diagnosed with celiac, type 1 diabetes or lyme disease, probiotics are still extremely beneficial to your health and may decrease the likelihood that autoimmune disease symptoms will develop in your future.

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  1. Anonymous

    Do you or anyone you know suffer from an immune disorder such as allergies, asthma, or leukemia? How does this?
    Do you or anyone you know suffer from an immune disorder such as allergies, asthma, or leukemia? How does this disorder affect you or the person you know?

    1. bathyalgirl

      Living in NZ I have come to realise most people do suffer from asthma in this country. My husband has bad asthma- in the past year he has had some real bad asthma attacks, ie, full on not being able to breathe and choking until the inhaler takes effect.
      Its pretty bad when we are asleep. I am usually a very deep sleeper but my body is now tuned to hearing him getting an attack and I’m up to help him.
      It has been very scary for me coz noone on my mum or dad’s side has asthma and I don’t have it either.

      I think its hard when someone else is going through something like this and you haven’t experienced it yourself…. its hard to place yourself in their shoes.

  2. Pinxy

    How do I control my heart rate?
    I have an auto-immune disorder that causes me to have tachycardia (100 beat per minute). I know yogis are able to control their pulse, and I’d like to learn more about it. Anyone know a good way to get on this path?

    1. Nicholas K

      If you exhale with all your might and continue to exhale even when nothing is there to exhale with some force- you can stimulate the vagus nerve and that will cause a slower heart rate-(remember to breathe afterward though)
      While yogis and other persons can control heart rates and even some noted to control body temps- they have not been studied to do so while having an auto immune disorder- So- never monkey with your medication management unless under a physicians direction- I hope the vagus nerve trick helps-

  3. Sweet Pinki

    Don’t you think for lifestyle disorders , lifestyle changes would be the best solution?
    The whole world is affected with lifestyle disorder ranging from Diabetes , BP , Heart trouble to immune disorders , disorders of hormonal systems, even cancer. There are remedies available for all these diseases, but don’t you think lifestyle changes consisting of being spiritual , doing meditation , less fast foods, following vegetarian diet , aerobic exercises would be the best solution ? What are your views ?

    1. NANDI

      A very good question.
      In good olden days, our daily activities itself consisted more body related exercises, like grinding, mixing etc were done manually, people used to walk miles together even for purchase, doing “pradakshina” in temples by walking, etc.

      So the human body got the exercise naturally.
      But nowadays, everthing depend upon machines and automobiles.
      So human body needs all these yoga, meditation, exercise, gym, etc.

      I still keep my lifestyle as far as possible with more physical exercise like always shopping by walking only, never use my vehicle for short distance, doing trikaala Sandhyavandana(which itself contains meditation), and so far avoid going to doctor for a minor sickness.

      It is the secret of life, I can say.

  4. §♫♪‹(•¿•)›☼»-(¯`v´¯)-»\

    Does this sound like lupus or some other auto immune disorder?
    Which auto immune disorder has insomnia and no hunger as a symptom?
    Does that sound like lupus or some other auto immune disorder? The doctors say I have one maybe two auto immune disorders. These two symptoms.. not wanting to sleep or eat… have me under their control today. I sure would like some suggestions of what the overall problem could be! THX

    PS I have lots of other symptoms that point to lupus. I am interested in these two symptoms in particular.

    1. thenoseknows

      You may have a vitamin B12 deficiency. Have a blood test. So-called auto-immune disorders can be cured through natural medicine, if that is indeed the case. You would need to see a homeopath or naturopath.

  5. Anonymous

    Do you or anyone you know suffer from an immune disorder such as allergies, asthma, or leukemia? How does this?
    Do you or anyone you know suffer from an immune disorder such as allergies, asthma, or leukemia? How does this disorder affect you or the person you know?

    1. Lila

      i have allergies and my mother and brother has asthma. i will sneeze explosively repeatedly when exposed to allergens like dust or cats. then water leak from the nose. throat hurts. head aches. i take benadryl to tolerate the places i have to be. mom and bob had to take shots. they would be unable to speak during episodes. they were panicy and exhausted after attacks. they could not be very active. they used inhalers as well as daily meds. expensive. mom even used a breathing machine during the last years. when traveling, mom always had a solo room so as not to bother roommates. she could not go up and down a flight of stairs more than once a day.

  6. Bleeding♥Mascara

    Does having an auto-immune disorder make your immune system weak?
    I have an auto-immune disorder and Everytime I come in contact with the smallest germ or there’s an illness going around I ALWAYS catch it. Could these be related?

    I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis by the way.

  7. One Cool Cucumber

    Where are immune definciency disorders located in the body?
    Like where is the chromosome (or maybe gene) generally located in the body for immune definciency disorders?

    1. nochocolate

      In your blood. Specifically your white blood cells, the ones that are called lymphocytes.

      More information:
      Congenital immunodeficiency disorders
      Congenital immunodeficiency is present at the time of birth, and is the result of genetic defects. These immunodeficiency disorders are also called primary immunodeficiencies. Even though more than 70 different types of congenital immunodeficiency disorders have been identified, they rarely occur. About 50,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. Congenital immunodeficiencies may occur as a result of defects in B lymphocytes, T lymphocytes, or both. They also can occur in the innate immune system.
      HUMORAL IMMUNITY DISORDERS. Bruton’s agammaglobulinemia, also known as X-linked agammaglobulinemia, a congenital immunodeficiency disorder. The defect results in a decrease or absence of B lymphocytes, and therefore a decreased ability to make antibodies. People with this disorder are particularly susceptible to infections of the throat, skin, middle ear, and lungs. It is seen only in males because it is caused by a genetic defect on the X chromosome. Since males have only one X chromosome, they always have the defect if the gene is present. Females can have the defective gene, but since they have two X chromosomes, there will be a normal gene on the other X chromosome to counter it. Women may pass the defective gene on to their male children.
      B LYMPHOCYTE DEFICIENCIES. If there is an abnormality in either the development or function of B lymphocytes, the ability to make antibodies will be impaired. This allows the body to be susceptible to recurrent infections.
      A type of B lymphocyte deficiency involves a group of disorders called selective immunoglobulin deficiency syndomes. Immunoglobulin is another name for antibody, and there are five different types of immunoglobulins (called IgA, IgG, IgM, IgD, and IgE). The most common type of immunoglobulin deficiency is selective IgA deficiency, occurring in about one in every 500 white persons. The amounts of the other antibody types are normal. Some patients with selective IgA deficiency experience no symptoms, while others have occasional lung infections and diarrhea. In another immunoglobulin disorder, IgG and IgA antibodies are deficient and there is increased IgM. People with this disorder tend to get severe bacterial infections.
      Common variable immunodeficiency is another type of B lymphocyte deficiency. In this disorder, the production of one or more of the immunoglobulin types is decreased and the antibody response to infections is impaired. It generally develops around the age of 10-20. The symptoms vary among affected people. Most people with this disorder have frequent infections, and some also will experience anemia and rheumatoid arthritis. Many people with common variable immunodeficiency develop cancer.
      T LYMPHOCYTE DEFICIENCIES. Severe defects in the ability of T lymphocytes to mature results in impaired immune responses to infections with viruses, fungi, and certain types of bacteria. These infections are usually severe and can be fatal.
      DiGeorge syndrome is a T lymphocyte deficiency that starts during fetal development and is the result of a deletion in a particular chromosome. Children with DiGeorge syndrome either do not have a thymus or have an underdeveloped thymus. Since the thymus is a major organ that directs the production of T-lymphocytes, these patients have very low numbers of T-lymphocytes. They are susceptible to recurrent infections, and usually have physical abnormalities as well. For example, they may have low-set ears, a small receding jawbone, and wide-spaced eyes. People with DiGeorge syndrome are particularly susceptible to viral and fungal infections.
      In some cases, no treatment is required for DiGeorge syndrome because T lymphocyte production improves. Either an underdeveloped thymus begins to produce more T lymphocytes or organ sites other than the thymus compensate by producing more T lymphocytes.
      COMBINED IMMUNODEFICIENCIES. Some types of immunodeficiency disorders affect both B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes. For example, severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID) is caused by the defective development or function of these two types of lymphocytes. It results in impaired humoral and cellular immune responses. SCID usually is recognized during the first year of life. It tends to cause a fungal infection of the mouth (thrush), diarrhea, failure to thrive, and serious infections. If not treated with a bone marrow transplant, a person with SCID will generally die from infections before age two. In 2003, a report showed a new form of severe SCID with severe mutation of T receptor cells.
      DISORDERS OF INNATE IMMUNITY. Disorders of innate immunity affect phagocytes or the complement system. These disorders also result in recurrent infections.

  8. §♫♪‹(•¿•)›☼»-(¯`v´¯)-»\

    Which auto immune disorder has insomnia and no hunger as a symptom?
    Does that sound like lupus or some other auto immune disorder? The doctors say I have one maybe two auto immune disorders. These two symptoms.. not wanting to sleep or eat… have me under their control today. I sure would like some suggestions of what the overall problem could be! THX
    I do have something that looks like Graves’ dermopathy… so it could be Graves’ Disease.

  9. Kim

    Has a immune disorder that causes dry mouth, she lost her sense of taste, how might her symptoms be explained?
    Mrs. Miller has an immune disorder that causes dry mouth, and she complains to her doctor that she’s lost her sense of taste. How might her symptoms be explained?

  10. Baby girl due Feb. 8th!!!!

    Are there doctors that specialize in immune disorders?
    I am looking for a doctor that specializes in immune disorders for my mom. We live in North Texas and was wondering if anyone could tell me a doctor around here or where I might find one.

    1. drleycegui

      The doctors that specialize in that field are called immunologists but they usually work at labs (they do not have an office). On the other hand there is a specialty called allergy and immunology which do have offices and pretty much specialize on what you may be looking for. Regardless you should see an internist first to see if your mother actually needs one, also most insurances require you to be referred to an allergist by a primary care doctor (internist or family practice). Hope this helps

  11. Felicia B

    What is the immune system role when you have Crohns?
    I have tried to look this up but have no luck. All I have found that this is a immune disorder. I need Help. My sister in law has this and I am also doing a paper on it.

  12. Michael J

    What is the difference between an immune disorder and an autoimmune disease?
    A. When an immune disorder becomes very severe, it becomes an autoimmune disease.
    B. An immune disorder occurs when the immune system does not function properly. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own cells.
    C. An immune disorder is the overreaction of the immune system to substances that are not dangerous. An autoimmune disease occurs when germs affect the immune system.
    D. An immune disorder is a disease caused by germs, such as pollen or dust. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own cells.

  13. Anonymous

    Can I still get my ears pierced with an auto immune disorder?
    I was diagnosed with celiac disease about 5 months ago. And I want to get my ears pierced for the second time about a year from now. I read some information about ear piercing and it said not to get any with an auto immune disorder. Should I re think about getting them pierced again? And why did the information say that? Thanks! =)

    1. ★☆✿❀

      Yes of course. I have Celiac Disease and I have my belly button and three holes in my ears pierced. You just need to look after the piercings. Some people with autoimmune diseases are on immunosurpressing drugs. This makes you more prone to infections. Unless you’re taking Prednisone (which is only needed in less than 1% of people with Celiac Disease), you’ll be fine.

      Just clean them as directed.


  14. EB588

    Why are smart kids on shows often depicted as having allergies, asthma, skin conditions and glasses?
    I guess I don’t really need to elaborate on my question, but I noticed that on television, the smart children always seem to have problems with allergies, asthma, skin conditions, muscle weakness, etc. and wear thick glasses. Is there some implied correlation between auto-immune disorders and I.Q?

    1. beetlemilk

      Yes auto immune disorders do include IQ. It is a stereotype, but a pretty accurate one.

      I am dyslexic, have an epi pen and am gifted. I have tested betw 147-163

      My father is asperger’s and has seasonal allergies and an IQ measuring 158

      We are both mensa members, we both wear glasses. The brain is neurologically hard-wired a bit different, and some consider giftedness to be a neurological disorder. When you have one part of the brain functioning differently than most, chances are other areas will function differently as well.
      I have a toddler with eczema and low tone.
      I have a 7 yo with green eyes (1-2% of pop. has) and he is PDD
      I have a 33 month old PDD son who at 20 months was evaluated by psych and told us he has scattered abilities through 72months and never hit the ceiling (IQ range 130-170)

      I don’t remember where but I have read journal articles that discuss the gifted IQ as being an autoimmune disorder. I just searched it TONS come up
      IN my experience people start getting weird upwards of 130 (self included)

  15. cici

    What health issues can prevent you from getting immunizations?
    I know immune disorders like HIV/AIDS can, but I need as many as possible. Sources would be nice, too.
    It’s for a debate case.

  16. cheekyhound

    Do supplements work for auto immune system disorders?
    In winter time joints of my hands and toes get swollen and painful and skin of the affected area get red and sore. My doctor says it’s an auto immune system disorder. I wonder if any vitamin or mineral supplements from chemists do any good as some products say they boost our immune systems. If so I’d like to take ones to prepare for the next winter.

  17. Anonymous

    Do you or anyone you know suffer from an immune disorder such as allergies, asthma, or leukemia? How does this?
    Do you or anyone you know suffer from an immune disorder such as allergies, asthma, or leukemia? How does this disorder affect you or the person you know?

    1. pecola princepessa

      i have allergies and my good friend has leukemia i take medicine for my allergies but when the pollen count up i still suffer my friend is going to get her bone marrow after the holidays she is extremely tired all the time and achy some days it all she can do to get out of bed

  18. Y A

    Which statement best describes the relationship between immune disorders and autoimmune diseases?
    A.Immune disorders include autoimmune diseases, in which the immune system attacks the body’s own cells.
    B.Immune disorders are a kind of autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s own cells.
    C.In both immune disorders and autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body’s own cells.
    D.There is no relationship between immune disorders and autoimmune diseases.

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