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Do hydrolysed infant formulas reduce the risk of allergic disease?

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1143 (Published 08 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1143

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

11 March 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA