Illustrations by Kouzou Sakai

Why Are Autoimmune Diseases on the Rise?

Changing environments, extraordinary stress, and the autoimmunity epidemic

“Autoimmune diseases, like many diseases, are a combination of genetic susceptibility on one hand and some exposure on the other.”

It’s not so much our cleanliness but our increasingly industrial lifestyle that is blocking the intake of these important microorganisms.

“Every time I would go to a doctor, they would say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with you.’”

writer. @tessamlove

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