Why Did My Body Decide To Attack Itself?

If you have an autoimmune disease, knowing your immune type (Th1, Th2 or Th17) is fundamental to putting autoimmune disease into remission.

Our body is always sending us signals. We often think these symptoms are “normal” long before we get an actual disease diagnosis. Examples include acid reflux, allergies, IBS, constipation, skin rashes, headaches, heavy periods, fatigue after meals and so on.

If we heed these signs, then we can most certainly prevent an autoimmune process, or prevent becoming stuck in a chronic illness state.

Don't Kill The Messenger.

Allergies and fever are two different types of responses by the immune system. This lets us know that we are dealing with an immune situation in the form of an infection or something we have an allergic reaction to. They are the “messengers”, not the message, and they are NORMAL responses to abnormal situations.

We spend a fortune on anti-febrile and anti-allergy medications, but in doing so, we are killing the messenger and not the message these symptoms are trying to tell us.

We always want our immune system to be able to adapt to threats and then find balance. It’s loss of adaptability that leads to chronic disease, not lack of homeostasis.

To understand what’s happening, we first have to accept that the symptoms of fever and allergies are different types of immune responses. Knowing your “immune type” (Th1, Th2 or Th17) is fundamental to understanding what is going on inside our bodies.


What Are the Immune Types?


Put simply, the immune system is split into four parts (but new research is occurring daily). Each part has its own subset of cells known as T-helper cells. “Th” is an abbreviation for T-helper, the cells of the immune system that recognise and destroy foreign organisms that can cause disease. These subsets all have a different symptom or response that we feel. Therefore the symptoms that we get when we are mounting an immune response can tell us what part of the immune system we are engaging.


Th1 cells typically deal with infections from viruses and bacteria. It’s a fast-acting response that is catabolic in nature, as it is trying to break down and destroy pathogens. We often get a fever with this immune response.


Th2 cells are highly allergic-type cells. Hence we get allergies with this immune response. They also deal with intracellular bacteria, toxins, and allergens and produce antibodies.

What’s The Difference?

Knowing the difference between Th1 and Th2 allows us to understand why some people get allergies all the time and are always taking anti-histamines, while some are not, even though both groups are getting sick and having immune responses.


Th17 is the newest member of the family that we see a lot with inflammatory bowel conditions and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease.

Treg or Th3

The last of the four immune types is T regulation cells. These are the mediators of the immune system; they can suppress the entire immune system to bring balance when we are getting out of control responses. This branch of the immune system is gaining steam as a possible role for calming autoimmune diseases and even cancer. However, if we continue only to have immune suppression, it can leave us at a disadvantage, as latent infections may surface.

It’s All About Balance

All sides of the immune system work together, and there are checks and balances for each other to create a balanced immune system (homeostasis). Depending on the perceived threat, sometimes Th1 does more of the work, especially with acute infections where a fast response is needed, and Th2 may play a lesser role. As the threats change, the roles are quickly switched, and the immune system remains highly adaptable. For example, when we mount a fever in a Th1 response to an infection, this is a normal immune response that we then need to balance after a few hours-days with an anti-fever Th2 response in order to come back to homeostasis. Once the threat is over, the brain feels calmer, the two stand down, and we return to equal balance. If we lose these adaptations, that is when we can become “stuck”, this is what is called Th1/Th2/Th17 dominance.

Are You Stuck?

In an ideal situation, you want immune responses; they are there to protect you. What you do not want is Th1 or Th2 displaying a more dominant position, as your body is not able to switch easily. When a stuck pattern of either Th1 or Th2 dominance occurs, this is where health problems begin. This happens when we are dealing with an infection that is stubborn and evades the immune system. Or if we keep eating something that we are allergic to, and we just take medication for the allergies rather than removing the offensive food from our diet.

Not All Supplements Are Good For You

Knowing your immune type, Th1 or Th2 or Th17 dominance plays an integral role in your health and is fundamental to resolution of your symptoms. As 80% of your immune system is in the gut, quite often it is what we take OUT (diet and supplements) rather than what we put in that plays an important part of the healing process. Certain foods and supplements are going to stimulate the immune system. The trouble is when we take something that stimulates our immune system in the wrong direction. We feel worse. This is the reason why some people can feel terrible with green tea, or why some people get no relief with fish oil for their pain. The reason is likely because you’re taking the wrong supplement for your immune type.

Our Approach:

  1. Find out your immune type (Th1, Th2, Th17).
  2. Understand WHY your immune system is stuck (ie. what is it fighting?). The answer is often in your past.
  3. Remove supplements and foods that might be making you worse (for 14 days).
  4. Introduce 1-2 supplements that will help your immune system return back to balance.

When you do the right thing by the immune system, you can often feel better in DAYS – not weeks or months.

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