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  •  Vaccination is NOT the only reason (0+ / 0-)

    (if it even is a reason) for autoimmune defects.

    Type I diabetes is caused by such a defect, and my understanding is that type I diabetics have a common genetic HLA haplotype, for instance.

    Some hypothyroidism is caused by an autoimmune defect, as well as gluten-intolerance.

    Democrats promote the Common good. Republicans promote Corporate greed.

    by murasaki on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 07:14:14 PM PDT

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    •  Type I DM is associated with a genetic HLA haplo- (2+ / 0-)
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      type but not everybody with that haplotype will develop DM I. There is some evidence that environmental factors are the precipitant or co-factor needed for the destruction of beta cells. Our understanding of this is critical since the incidence of type I has increased significantly in the past 25 years, mostly in the developed world. The rates in Finland are extraordinary.

      "And tell me how does god choose whose prayers does he refuse?" Tom Waits

      by madaprn on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 08:00:42 PM PDT

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