Dr. Jila Maki, MD, Specialist in General Medicine, Datteln, Germany
“Autoimmune diseases and autoimmune disorders are umbrella terms in medicine for diseases with reactions of the body that are based on a disturbed tolerance of the immune system to the body's own substances and which lead to the formation of antibodies. In the broadest sense, immune reactions against the microbiome, i.e. attacks on the microorganisms belonging to the body, are also classified as autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune reactions are often similar to immune reactions against pathogens.
Furthermore, immune complexes or receptor activating or blocking antibodies can lead to symptomatic disease. In western countries about five percent of the population is affected by an autoimmune disease. Many autoimmune diseases are poorly understood and cannot be treated causally; they often persist for life and can be treated with anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive drugs~” (Wikipedia 2019)