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Drug treatments for rheumatoid arthritis: looking backwards to move forwards

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 13 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1192

Autoimmune Disease

Prolific and protean, but idiopathic, autoimmune diseases are pandemic and increasing exponentially. Curiously, the exponential increase of autoimmune diseases parallels the exponential increase of vaccines. Since autoimmune diseases and vaccines both relate directly to immunity, it’s reasonable to wonder if vaccines play a causative role in the prevalence and severity of autoimmune diseases. Is autoimmune disease pharmacogenic and iatrogenic?
 Is autoimmune disease a synonym (euphemism) for vaccinosis?*

*Autoimmune disease, in which our immune system rejects our own body, affects every cell, tissue, organ, and system in our body. Here's a partial list of autoimmune diseases: allergy, anemia, arthritis, asthma, cancer, carditis, celiac, colitis, diabetes, encephalitis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis, ileitis, iritis, nephritis, pancreatitis, thyroiditis, and vasculitis.

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 March 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, USA