Bottom line answer is that your body is destroying your body. The word auto means self. Immune refers to your white blood cells, which are assigned to defend your body by eliminating harmful materials. Just how does your body determine whether something is harmful or not?
If your body manufactured it, then it has a special code (called the major histocompatibility complex, or MHC) stamped on it. This is like your own license plate number or social security number. It belongs to you and you alone. Your body has a special surveillance team that checks out every cell in your body several times each day. It has only two responses, kill, or let it alone.
It has only two things that it looks for in determining this decision. Is the object under examination “self” or “non-self?” If the object is, say, a liver cell, then it will have a MHC code that identifies it as “self,” or made by you. If no code, or an altered code exists, then the object is identified as “non-self,” and a flag is implanted on its surface that says to the killing immune cells, “Kill this object; it is not one of us.” Should the object be a splinter, there is no MHC on it and white blood cells will create an infection around it and destroy it.
Now, how does the body become non-self? If a normal cell that has undergone dozens of investigations and been pronounced self each time is suddenly invaded by mercury, there is a change. Should mercury become attached to the outside of a cell, the I.D. number is changed from self to self-plus-mercury. To the immune system, anything except pure self is automatically non-self. This normal cell with mercury on its membrane is thus flagged for destruction by your own immune system and an autoimmune disease has started. Should that tissue be kidney, the disease might be glomerular nephritis, or autoimmune disease of the kidney.
Should mercury attach to a nerve cell, the disease response could be called Multiple Sclerosis, Lou Gehrigs’s disease, seizures or several other things. If mercury attaches to an antibody in a nerve cell, it could result in Lupus. If mercury attaches to a nerve fiber and causes the Tau protein to disassemble and curl up in “neurofibular tangles,” then the resultant autoimmune disease would be called diabetes. The list is actually quite long, but the process is similar for all autoimmune diseases. A proper interpretation by your immune system of a minor defect results in destruction of your normal tissue, resulting in a disease process that you may have “caught” in a dental office.
There are a variety of symptoms that frequently accompany autoimmune diseases, thus confusing the diagnosis process. Many people with autoimmune diseases, even in the early “prior to diagnosis” stages, may experience chronic fatigue, depression, changes in sleeping habits, recurring headaches, memory loss and anxiety. For some reason, low back pain occurs in a high percentage of patients. Because it goes away quickly upon proper dental revision treatment, there appears to be an “association” between the autoimmune process and the symptom, but no direct connection has been offered yet.
Some of these more common dentally related autoimmune diseases are: