11 Theory 3: Autoimmune Theory

  • The autoimmune theory proposes that the immune system is programmed so that it is no longer able to faultlessly distinguish foreign proteins from the body’s own proteins.
    • If this happens the body’s immune system will attack and destroy its own cells.
  • It is well documented that the effectiveness of the immune system peaks at puberty and gradually declines thereafter with advance in age.

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