Illustrations by Kouzou Sakai

Why Are Autoimmune Diseases on the Rise?

Changing environments, extraordinary stress, and the autoimmunity epidemic

Tessa Love
Elemental
Published in
12 min readApr 10, 2019

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SStacy Verdick Case was ill with a host of disparate symptoms. She suffered from joint pain, heart palpitations, and severe fatigue. Doctors tried to address her symptoms, prescribing her the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, attending to her acid reflux, or telling her to…

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