In movies we have learned about the butterfly effect, but have we applied it to our daily lives? Everyone who cares about their health and the health of others in their lives should be just as aware of autoimmune diseases as they are the common cold. We are on the cusp of a world wide epidemic and people are as unaware of it as they are the fact China owns food processing plants, land, and animals in the US.
According to a Genentech article: up to 23.5 million Americans (more than seven percent of the population) suffer from an autoimmune disease—and the prevalence is rising!
Type 2 Diabetes affects 29.1 million people in the United States and approximately 8.1 million may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition. By 2050 5 million people are expected to be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes!
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis affects 14 million.
Multiple sclerosis is believed to affect nearly 1 million adults in the US.
IBD or Crohn’s Disease affects an estimated 3 million Americans. Men and women are equally likely to be affected by Crohn’s disease.
Lupus is a part of approximately 1.5 million people.
Pemphigus is estimated to affect 30,000 – 40,000.
Leukemia has over 382,000 people living with it or in remission but every day 170 Americans are diagnosed and 67 lose the fight.
Non-Hodgkin or Hodgkin has 845,076 people living with lymphoma, or are in remission. Every day 220 Americans are diagnosed with lymphoma and 58 lose the fight.
Rheumatoid Arthritis affects about 1.3 million US citizens.
These are United States statistics alone, when you start researching world wide, it is even more staggering. This list can go on and on, there are over 80 types of autoimmune diseases classified and other diseases like endometriosis and fibromyalgia that aren’t grouped in with autoimmune but share qualities of. These are some of the big ones most people recognize and they affect all age and cultural groups, are ALL DNA based, and if a person has one autoimmune disease the likely hood of clustering is 25% or higher – this simply means that they are likely to have two or more simultaneously.
Yet research is scattered and underfunded. It is treated with the concept of management not cure. It destroys lives, creates havoc in families, and is draining the financial pockets of millions of households.
What Dr. Sinha and Dr. Seiffert are studying in the dermatology lab at the University of Buffalo reaches into all of the above listed autoimmune diseases in one way or another. They are highly aware of the butterfly effect and that what they are discovering, interrupting, and determining will have long term lasting affects to all autoimmune disease.
If you know even one person (including me) who contends with any of the above diseases please consider helping me raise funds for the research project they are doing outside of any pharmaceutical based research. They are discovering new connections every week – but it takes months and sometimes years of documentation to prove that a correlation is not only important but that it could be a root to a solution.
If you are in the Buffalo NY area on December 7, 2019 you are welcome to attend a Zydeco Party for Immune Research in Tonawanda NY.
You can be the butterfly that effects millions of lives with one little flutter.