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View Diary: Dr. Internet tells me I have an autoimmune disease. I hope Dr. Real World will too. (39 comments)

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    for looking outside mainstream conventional wisdom for answers and solutions you are comfortable with. It is far more common where I currently live at the tip of Africa than in the US. Here, even among the highly educated, it isn't something that you ever feel a need to defend and it is certainly a route I am going to explore.

    A REALLY interesting thing I've learned about autoimmune disorders over the last week...

    1. They are far, far, far more common in industrialized countries.

    2. Children who are born in industrialized countries but move to less 'advanced' regions while still young, develop autoimmune diseases at the rate of the region they have moved to.

    3. Adults who move to less 'advanced' regions develop autoimmune diseases at the same rate as those in their home country.

    Based on this, it seems pretty clear that the seeds for these disorders are planted when we are very young.

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