jimmylegs wrote:all right so i went looking for academic research on molecular mimicry and three scholarly results came up on the google search. i chose to read the abstract of the paper with the most citations (132). here's a quote from the abstract:
Molecular mimicry in autoimmune disease
"The term “molecular mimicry” was used in the 1970s to explain persistent viral infections. It was suggested that the MHC and viruses encoded similar peptide sequences, which allowed the host to regard an infecting virus as “self” and forego an immune response. More recently, it has been used as a hypothesis to explain autoimmune disease."
my gut feeling is that this is a flawed hypothesis. there's so much research on nutritional bases for susceptibilty to infection, both bacterial and viral. i don't have good enough access to get into things in detail but on the surface it really doesn't look like there's actual research measuring knowns about molecular mimicry in patients.
mmpetunia wrote:i have been gluten and dairy free for over a year now, but this holiday season i fell off the bandwagon. i figured, since i am already eating gluten i may as well get the testing done. i have actually felt pretty good, no noticeable reaction to the reintroduction of gluten to my diet at all. if the test shows that i do not have a negative reaction to gluten do i still need to exclude it from my diet? i can manage with no dairy pretty easily but the gluten has always been a challenge. if its necessary i'm willing but if it isn't then i'd rather keep it for quality of life's sake.
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