Why Greenland Eskimos rarely get autoimmune diseases

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A number of scientific studies have shown that Greenland Eskimos rarely, if every get autoimmune diseases, such as Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroiditis. Yet, if they adopt the typical Western diet, they have the same high incidence as others eating this diet. The tremendous rise in autoimmune diseases of all types has alarmed health officials, those enigmatic individuals who always seem to dwell in the dark.

The connection between N-3 fatty acid consumption fits the pattern well. When Westerners switch to a diet low in N-6 fats and higher in N-3 oils, their autoimmune diseases either improve or, on occasion, disappear altogether. Studies that showed little or no effect are ones that did not reduce the N-6 fat intake or add known powerful antioxidants to the diet, such as cruciferous vegetables.

Experimental studies using animal models genetically prone to autoimmune disease (resembling human cases) have consistently shown a tremendous benefit from a diet high in N-3 oils. We know that humans develop autoimmune diseases only if they are genetically prone to do so. Upon being exposed to certain environmental triggers, they may develop the full blown disease. These triggers can include certain viruses, pesticides, mercury, and various industrial chemicals [many found in processed foods.]

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that can save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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