Does Autoimmunity Start with Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma?

Autoimmune Diseases occur when the immune response damages tissues in the body. Autoimmune Diseases are typically named according to the organ, tissue, or system targeted by the immune response., People usually become aware of Autoimmune Disease as early as their twenties, but for most it occurs in the thirties to sixties. Infectious microbes and environmental factors are most commonly cited as the cause., But many autoimmune diseases begin at a relatively young age becoming chronic as treatments are focused on relieving the pain or symptoms. These conditions represent a significant personal and financial burden to individuals and their families.

Many ask how it all starts. Looking for that one event or that one something that started it all. Never quite being able to identify it. One of the first questions I like to ask is how was your mother’s pregnancy. Most do not know. The next question is how was your pregnancy? How was your morning sickness? Then, what is your ancestry?

Morning sickness is a Th17 immune response. Organ rejection is a Th17 immune response resulting in damage to tissue with foreign DNA. The baby is 50% foreign DNA. Normally, the Th17 immune response is quickly suppressed by the increased production of progesterone and estriol. The Th17 immune response is responsible for the breaking away of the placenta at the end of the pregnancy. If a woman suffers prolong activation of Th17 response at low levels will have morning sickness, while an uncontrolled response will cause miscarriages, or pre-mature delivery. All the while, the immune messengers are crossing the placenta, activating the child’s immune system. Making the child more at risk for vaccine-related damage or born with sensitivities or illness.

Exposure to Childhood traumatic stress, either in-utero (pregnancy – not the album by Nirvana) and/or early childhood increases the likelihood of being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease decades later in adulthood.  There is a link between childhood abuse and long-term changes in immune response. Childhood abuse/trauma is associated with elevated markers of inflammation 20 years later in life.,

The response I often receive is, “Well, that doesn’t apply to me. My childhood was good.” What about your parents or your parents parents? What was their life experiences? In the 1900s, there was a history of natural phenomenon like the Dust Bowl, and the man-made events of the Great Depression, and two World Wars providing unescapable exposure to traumatic stress. Did any of them move to better their lives to another country? Mine moved to escape being conscripted into the Prussian army. Most ancestors choose to forget about what went on over in Europe, focusing on their new lives, not what they left.

The information summarized here clearly demonstrates that exposure to stress before adulthood can result in persistent effects on both mental and physical health. Even before birth, children are particularly sensitive to the effects of stress, and this sensitivity continues after birth and throughout puberty.

Exposure to violence and abuse can alter the function of the Neuro-Endo-Immune Supersystem throughout one’s life. These changes are accompanied by an increased incidence and severity of depressive, anxiety disorders and medical disorders. Even though you may not have experienced any severe trauma personally. Your parents, grand parents and or your great grand parents may have. If you have experienced life threatening events, violence, abuse or stressful events, you add to transgenerational transmission and further deplete you NEI Supersystem. To break this cycle of Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma requires minimizing ELS, restoring the NEI Supersystem and stop the transgenerational cycle of pathology.

History of Transgenerational Trauma

Both survivors and immediate witnesses of traumatic events in family history have traditionally been treated for imbalances of their NEI Supersystem, diagnosed as whatever the popular meme is. The first-generation experiences of combat veterans, hostages, prisoners of war, and the civil population who was victimized at the hands of war criminals from genocidal organizations such as the German Nazi Party, Italian Fascist party, or Imperial Japan and more recently Drug Cartels, Juntas of South and Central America and their para-military arms, have suffered from ill effects on their health, however the descendants of both immediate witnesses and victims of genocide, colonial suppression, slavery, political totalitarian control, clerical abuse in religious organizations, and many survivors of terrorism had to deal with the victimization symptoms themselves, without the transfer of original trauma being recognized or help offered. Civil and domestic violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse, and extreme poverty are also sources of trauma that can be transferred to subsequent generations.

This phenomenon has been reported in the descendants of students at American Indian boarding schools, who were removed from their parents and extended family and lacked models for parenting as a result. Being punished for speaking their native language and forbidden from practicing traditional rituals had a traumatic effect on many students, and child abuse was rampant in the schools as well.,,, Now days children are being voluntarily put into day care and schools where nurturing contact, i.e. hugging is expressly forbidden. While not as severe as that experienced by those in boarding schools, the lack of nurturing contact has an effect on a child’s exposure to stress and their resiliency to recover as adults.

Influence of Environment Prior to Conception

The prenatal period is a time of rapid growth and development of the fetus and thus a period of heightened development of the gland and organs of the NEI Supersystem. As such, adverse experiences during this time can induce significant effects on neurobiology, metabolism, and physiology that can persist throughout life.,,  The potential influence of the pregnant mother on her baby’s immune system extends… (READ MORE)

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