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How Lyme can cause autoimmune conditions

Borrelia bacteria (the bacteria that causes Lyme disease) can cause autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Here’s how.


Lyme has the ability to hide in your cells, which triggers the immune system to attack the cell.


Some of the proteins in Lyme also look similar to your own, so your immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy cells in attempts to rid the body of Lyme.


This can escalate to rheumatoid arthritis when your body’s addressing Lyme in your joints.

It can also look like multiple sclerosis because the proteins in the bacteria’s tail look like myelin sheath cells (the cells that cover and insulate your nerves), causing your immune system to mistakenly attack your healthy myelin cells. Lyme is then able to release enzyme’s that block your ability to regenerate the myelin.


If you struggle from an autoimmune condition, you may want to consider Lyme as a root cause.



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