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What causes Lupus?

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According to the CDC, “Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is the most common type of lupus. SLE is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own tissues…the causes of SLE are unknown, but are believed to be linked to environmental, genetic, and hormonal factors. There is no cure for lupus.”

In 2016, Pharmacy Times gave us a very large clue as to the cause of SLE.  In their article entitled Drug-Induced Autoimmune Diseases, they state,

“Ten percent of individuals worldwide are affected by autoimmune diseases, with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) being one of the most common.1 Drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE) was first recognized in 1945 with sulfadiazine as the offending agent. Since then, more than 90 medications from more than 10 drug classes have been implicated in causing lupus.  Of course, there is no reference as to how many people end up with a new autoimmune disease after starting a new drug, but it is sizeable.

I am as shocked to learn that 790,000,000 people worldwide suffer from autoimmune diseases as I am to hear that physicians are being taught that an auto-immune disease is one that spontaneously occurs after our immune system begins attacking its own tissues.  But none of us should be shocked that prescriptive drugs contribute largely to many immune diseases, including lupus.

Drugs were initially developed to treat disease symptoms. When you take a drug, you can usually prevent a symptom from occurring for 4-6 hours at a time, until another one is swallowed, and the 4-6 hour clock gets reset again, and again and again.  ALWAYS ask your doctor if the drug he is prescribing to you might cause any of the 100+ autoimmune disorders.  That is your doctor’s responsibility, but it is incumbent upon you to study each drug you take.

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