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… on ORGENTEC’s Autoimmunity Blog. No information provided by both the authors and the commentors should be relied on as medical advice.

We are writers, not medical doctors. Neither posts nor comments must not be the replacement for full-fledged medical advice. Don’t take our word as medical counsel or recommendation of any treatment or interpretation of any test results. If you are suffering from an autoimmune disease or think you might be, seek medical attention and rely on your doctor’s advice and your own research.

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