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Autoimmune from a New Angle: One Problem, not Many. (3 of 5) Interwoven Wisdom Books: A blog series

When it comes to trying to understand illnesses, sometimes we isolate them and focus intensely on them. I want to focus on the imagination for a little while with the screen adaptation of a book. I hope you are familiar with the movie, ‘Edge of Tomorrow.’
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NOT Medical Advice. Informational Purposes only. 

Introduction

When it comes to trying to understand illnesses, sometimes we isolate them and focus intensely on them. If we consider How to Read a Book (1 of 5 in this series), sometimes we need to take a step back. If we consider Einstein’s perspective (2 of 5 in this series), sometimes we need to think irrationally and with our imagination. In this blog, I want to focus on the imagination for a little while with the screen adaptation of a book. I hope you are familiar with the movie, Edge of Tomorrow.

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I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Summary of Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow is a sci-fi movie set in the future where Earth has been invaded by alien creatures called mimics. The sheer quantity of these mimics was taking over Europe. Most of them were small compared to the mimic Major Cage (Tom Cruise) encountered. 

However, when Major Cage killed this alpha mimic, he had some blood from this mimic land on him. This event caused him to be stuck in a time loop, repeating the same day of battle against the aliens over and over again.

He spends a good majority of the movie trying to figure out how to win this ambush of a battle he keeps repeating-fighting all these little mimics. There were just so many of them. It was impossible to get them all. Until…(spoiler alert) he gets himself into a situation with another alpha mimic. In doing so, he realized they were all connected and there was no way he could win the battle if he focused on trying to beat the overwhelming number of minor mimics. 

His big ah-ha moment was when he realized what they really needed to do was take out the main mimic. Doing this caused all the other mimics connected to it to crumble and fall in masses. They didn’t need to battle them individually.

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Autoimmune Disease Enemy

We know there are over eighty different types of autoimmune diseases. The problem is there are so many different types and if you get one, you are more likely to get another one. 

It can virtually attack or effect any part of the body. This causes a range of complications and symptoms that leave us chasing all these types of autoimmune diseases all over the place. Many groups of people are focusing on each type of disease. Are these actually an example of these little mimics from the movie?

Even though there are so many autoimmune diseases and they are so diverse, they do tend to have a few things in common such as the belief of an underlying immune system malfunction (Is this the alpha mimic?) and the production of autoantibodies that attack healthy cells and tissue. And depending on the disease, these locations of attacks vary.

Are we trying to do what Major Cage was doing in the movie by being sidetracked trying to eliminate each individual problem? We are currently trying to correct each and every underlying problem and type of autoimmune disease. However, we do know there is a common problem with all these diseases. Is there any way we can focus on this one common problem?

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Making the Jump with Our Imagination

Just like in the movie, Major Cage didn’t even know focusing on the one mimic could fix it all until he saw it from a different ‘perspective’. Once he did know it was an option, it was still work but at least he knew what needed to be done.

Using our imagination in light of autoimmune diseases, wouldn’t it be easier to figure out the solution for 1 problem versus 80 disorders? We already know there is one main problem. This is more than Major Cage knew. But do we realize correcting it could cause a cascade effect to make all the other problems minimize or disappear. Is that even possible?

We could say we have been focusing on this, but it has been through alleviating symptoms, managing inflammation, and suppressing the immune system because we think it is malfunctioning. What if it is not malfunctioning? 

I think we are being sidetracked by all these little mimic aliens that make it difficult to see the big guy. Fighting them isn’t the solution. It would be an endless battle, just like Major Cage’s fate of waking up to the same lost day of battle over and over again.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Pointing to One Problem

I believe the real issue and solution are rooted in the main problem. Fixing the main problem will make it possible to at least start winning against all these disorders. But are we looking at the correct main problem? Are we looking at all the alpha mimics and not the big main one hidden beneath the city? (Edge of Tomorrow reference)

I believe, using our imagination, all these disorders are the small mimics from Edge of Tomorrow. But even more than that. I believe hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and chronic inflammation can also be those alpha mimics running around. We are running around after them too, trying to control them.

I believe we need to focus on the main monster sized mimic. It needs to be destroyed even though it may not even be on anyone’s radar yet.

I believe this Monster Mimic is a faulty automatic sorting system our bodies have. What if this automatic sorting system is supposed to be telling us what items are good or bad for us? I think this automatic sorting system malfunctioning could be the root cause of many illnesses involved with hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and chronic inflammation.

Logically thinking, if this is the case, correcting the faulty sorting system should significantly reduce the number of symptoms and complications. Correcting this sorting system would be the equivalent of killing the Main Mimic. Could we win the war against autoimmune disease if we redirect our focus to this possible system instead of all the other issues?

I think so. I am here to say it made a big difference for me.

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Conclusion

My hypothesis is that this automatic sorting system working properly prevents chronic inflammation, hormone imbalances, and nutritional deficiency from happening. For those whose DISH is not automatic, I believe manually making a DISH could correct many health problems. If not correct them, it would at least get us closer to being able to fix them for good.

I believe the way of correcting them is by correcting this hypothetical sorting system we aren’t currently aware of. By assuming this sorting system was there, and manually doing the sorting system’s job, I made progress in my health. Progress using the same methods that previously did not work for me.

Is the solution closer than we think if we focus on one problem instead of eighty disorders?

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Cyndi Whatif
Cyndi Whatif

I am a patient turned author and guide. I share my hypothesis of an overlooked complementary body system which I believe determines whether or not a person has the opportunity to be well.

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