Autoimmune Disease: Addressing Four Causes

Learn how to address 4 underlying causes of autoimmune disease.

Are we talking about your health issues? There are more than 100 different autoimmune diseases. Check out the list at the end of this blog. 

Genetics can increase your inherited risk and perhaps prime your immune system so that it’s ready to attack your body. This inherited risk does not guarantee that you will get the disease. Each of the following 4 causes will work with your genetics and increase your risk of developing an autoimmune disease and allow the symptoms to worsen. You can't do anything about your genetics but you can address 4 causes. 

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Four Causes of Autoimmune Disease

The following 4 causes may be inter-related. A problem with one may lead to a problem with another.

  1. Intestinal Bacterial Balance

    Bacterial balance in the intestines are often the source of the autoimmune disease whether or not you have a genetic tendency. Most of your immune system function comes from your digestive system. Certain types of harmful bacteria from the intestines may release toxins into the body that stimulates or allow the immune system to attack your body.

    Solutions include
    Flourish Extra Strength Probiotic
    Vital Absorption Challenge

  2. Low Stomach Acid

    Stomach acid turns your food into a liquid (tiny particles) and allows the stomach to empty properly and reduces your risk of reflux. If you’re not digesting your food completely and or the intestinal wall is allowing undigested food to be absorbed the immune system will respond to the undigested food and may damage parts of the body. Stomach acid goes into the intestines and helps the good bacteria to thrive and kill the bad bacteria, yeast and parasites.

    Solutions include
    Vital Absorption Challenge
    Flourish Vital Absorption Capsules

  3. Low Vitamin D3

    It’s well known that vitamin D3 helps balance your immune system and reduce your risk of autoimmune diseases and symptoms. The only way to know if you need vitamin D3 is to get a blood test. You should repeat your blood test each year to make sure you’re getting enough and not too much vitamin D3. I consider a vitamin D3 level of 55-65 to be ideal.

    Solutions include:
    Vitamin D3 finger stick blood test collected at home and mailed to a laboratory
    Vitamin D3 blood test
    Flourish A D3 K2 Capsules

  4. Excess Stress

    Your adrenal glands make cortisol, a type of natural cortisone, that reduces the symptoms of autoimmune response. Long term stress fatigues your adrenal glands so that they can’t make enough cortisol.

    Solutions include:
    ZRT Saliva Cortisol Test
    Flourish Adrenal +B5


Addressing each of the above causes can reduce risk and symptoms of:


Addison’s disease

Adult Still's disease


Alopecia areata


Ankylosing spondylitis

Anti-GBM/Anti-TBM nephritis

Antiphospholipid syndrome

Autoimmune angioedema

Autoimmune dysautonomia

Autoimmune encephalomyelitis

Autoimmune hepatitis

Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED)

Autoimmune myocarditis

Autoimmune oophoritis

Autoimmune orchitis

Autoimmune pancreatitis

Autoimmune retinopathy

Autoimmune urticaria

Axonal & neuronal neuropathy (AMAN)

Baló disease

Behcet’s disease

Benign mucosal pemphigoid

Bullous pemphigoid

Castleman disease (CD)

Celiac disease

Chagas disease

Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)

Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO)

Churg-Strauss Syndrome (CSS) or Eosinophilic Granulomatosis (EGPA)

Cicatricial pemphigoid

Cogan’s syndrome

Cold agglutinin disease

Congenital heart block

Coxsackie myocarditis

CREST syndrome

Crohn’s disease

Dermatitis herpetiformis


Devic’s disease (neuromyelitis optica)

Discoid lupus

Dressler’s syndrome


Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

Eosinophilic fasciitis

Erythema nodosum

Essential mixed cryoglobulinemia

Evans syndrome


Fibrosing alveolitis

Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)

Giant cell myocarditis


Goodpasture’s syndrome

Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis

Graves’ disease

Guillain-Barre syndrome

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

Hemolytic anemia

Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP)

Herpes gestationis or pemphigoid gestationis (PG)

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) (Acne Inversa)


IgA Nephropathy

IgG4-related sclerosing disease

Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)

Inclusion body myositis (IBM)

Interstitial cystitis (IC)

Juvenile arthritis

Juvenile diabetes (Type 1 diabetes)

Juvenile myositis (JM)

Kawasaki disease

Lambert-Eaton syndrome

Leukocytoclastic vasculitis

Lichen planus

Lichen sclerosus

Ligneous conjunctivitis

Linear IgA disease (LAD)


Lyme disease chronic

Meniere’s disease

Microscopic polyangiitis (MPA)

Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)

Mooren’s ulcer

Mucha-Habermann disease

Multifocal Motor Neuropathy (MMN) or MMNCB

Multiple sclerosis

Myasthenia gravis



Neonatal Lupus

Neuromyelitis optica


Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid

Optic neuritis

Palindromic rheumatism (PR)


Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD)

Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)

Parry Romberg syndrome

Pars planitis (peripheral uveitis)

Parsonage-Turner syndrome


Peripheral neuropathy

Perivenous encephalomyelitis

Pernicious anemia (PA)

POEMS syndrome

Polyarteritis nodosa

Polyglandular syndromes type I, II, III

Polymyalgia rheumatica


Postmyocardial infarction syndrome

Postpericardiotomy syndrome

Primary biliary cirrhosis

Primary sclerosing cholangitis

Progesterone dermatitis


Psoriatic arthritis

Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA)

Pyoderma gangrenosum

Raynaud’s phenomenon

Reactive Arthritis

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Relapsing polychondritis

Restless legs syndrome (RLS)

Retroperitoneal fibrosis

Rheumatic fever

Rheumatoid arthritis


Schmidt syndrome



Sjögren’s syndrome

Sperm & testicular autoimmunity

Stiff person syndrome (SPS)

Subacute bacterial endocarditis (SBE)

Susac’s syndrome

Sympathetic ophthalmia (SO)

Takayasu’s arteritis

Temporal arteritis/Giant cell arteritis

Thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)

Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (THS)

Transverse myelitis

Type 1 diabetes

Ulcerative colitis (UC)

Undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD)




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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information in the Feel Better blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your health program.

Keith Bishop, CN, BSP