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Turkey and all the organs that come with it make the base of the Thanksgiving meal. As long as you eat the organs and you find a turkey that has not been fed corn or soy, you can’t go wrong. This does mean that you have to ask the butcher or the store if they know what the turkey was fed. This is often easier to accomplish at a butcher shop. If the turkey was pasture raised and fed a diet free of corn and soy then eat to your heart’s content.
Raw dairy is also another great addition to a Thanksgiving Day meal. With our pumpkin pie this year, we are going to enjoy some vanilla ice cream made by yours truly. You could also have sour cream (fermented cream) and add it to pretty much anything because what doesn’t go with sour cream?
Molecular mimicry is when you are exposed to some foreign protein, your immune system reacts to it, and there is a protein in your system that looks similar. This sets the groundwork for your immune system to then attack yourself. This is most commonly believed to occur when someone has intestinal permeability leading your immune system to attack many proteins that look foreign in your gut. Some of these proteins may look molecularly similar to proteins in your body and this results in your body mistakenly attacking itself. The key to fixing this problem is to fix the intestinal permeability. The most common offender of causing this is gluten, but other lectins from plants can induce this as well. A very interesting study found that antibodies that react with wheat germ agglutinin also have high reactivity to thyroid peroxidase. So if you have a leaky gut caused by lectin induced permeability and this results in your immune system reacting to wheat germ agglutinin in the bread products you eat, there is potential for you to develop an autoimmune response directed at your thyroid.
Viruses inducing inflammation and ultimately an autoimmune response isn’t really something within our control and I think if we are healthy a process like this should be short lived as our immune system will eventually figure it out.Ultimately, if we give our body what it needs and remove what it doesn’t, then our immune system will function at a high enough level and things like this will be a major contributor to autoimmune processes long term. Control what you can control. Unfortunately, viruses you come into contact with isn’t something you can control.