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  • Writer's pictureDr. Kari Young

The Hidden Link: Parasites' Role in Unleashing Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells within the body, leading to chronic inflammation and various debilitating symptoms. Recent research has shown an intriguing connection between these conditions and parasitic infections. Read on to learn how parasites can trigger autoimmune diseases and the scientific evidence behind this occurrence.

We need to understand the foundation of Autoimmune Diseases first, before going into the relationship between parasites and autoimmune diseases. A healthy individual's immune system is responsible for defending the body against harmful pathogens and maintaining overall well-being. However, this defense mechanism in autoimmune diseases goes amiss, leading the immune system to target healthy tissues and organs mistakenly.

Parasites are organisms that live off of other organisms, and can radically affect their hosts. Some parasites have evolved complex methods to modulate the host's immune response, enabling them to create a continuous infection.

Scientists believe this immune modulation may play a role in the development of autoimmune diseases.

1. Molecular Mimicry:

Parasites possess antigens—substances that trigger an immune response in the host. These antigens can mimic the structure of proteins found in human tissues, leading to an occurrence known as molecular mimicry. When the immune system mounts a response against the parasite, it may inadvertently attack similar-looking proteins in the host's own tissues, leading to an autoimmune response.

2. Dysregulation of Immune Response:

Parasitic infections can control the immune system by releasing molecules that alter the host's immune response. This dysregulation can disrupt the delicate balance between the immune system's pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory responses. Over time, this imbalance can trigger chronic inflammation, which is the main cause of many autoimmune diseases.

3. Alteration of Gut Microbiota:

Parasites, particularly those in the gastrointestinal tract, can disrupt the balance of gut microbiota, the community of microorganisms living within our intestines. Research evidence shows that an imbalance in the gut microbiota contributes to developing autoimmune diseases because the gut is 80% immune system. Parasitic infections can disrupt this delicate ecosystem, potentially leading to immune dysregulation and subsequent autoimmune responses.

Studies have observed an increased prevalence of autoimmune diseases in regions with a high parasite burden, such as tropical areas. Additionally, case reports have highlighted instances where successful treatment of parasitic infections led to decreased autoimmune symptoms.


The relationship between parasites and autoimmune diseases is complex. Evidence suggests parasites can trigger autoimmune responses through molecular mimicry, immune system dysregulation, and gut microbiota alteration.

We have 50-70 trillion cells that make up our body. Parasites cause inflammation around the cells, making that cell an unhealthy cell. When that stays in your body too long, it then triggers on an autoimmune disease that you are more predisposed to getting.

People can live out their entire lives and never trigger on anything on their “genetic list”. This proves how epigenetics is 95% your environment, and is controllable.

Learn how to have your body clear out interferences, like parasites at the cellular level. And turn over cells until your whole body has all brand new cells. This process will allow your own body to heal itself and achieve true health. True health enables you to live with practically no symptoms, optimal blood markers, and a healthy and vibrant body.

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