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autoimmune disease

Because women make up about 75 percent of autoimmune disease diagnoses, this means many sufferers of chronic illness are also raising children. It’s common for women to feel disappointed or inferior because they are not the kind of mom they had envisioned. But the perfect mom is an unattainable myth, and it’s possible your illness [...]

If you are managing your autoimmune disease through diet and lifestyle, then you probably know about the  autoimmune diet   supplements, non-toxic home and body products, and getting enough rest. But are you aware of hidden sources of stress that may be triggering autoimmune flares? Common autoimmune diseases today include Hashimoto's hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, [...]

When it comes to battling inflammation and autoimmunity, research shows resveratrol and curcumin work better when taken together than separately. Supplemental resveratrol is derived from Japanese knotweed and the compound is also found in the skin of red grapes. Curcumin is derived from the curry spice turmeric. Both are well known for their antioxidant, inflammation-quenching [...]

Why getting high on life is good for your immune system

We all like things that make us high on life — that feel-good rush after exercising, a good belly laugh, playful activities with friends, meditation, a good massage, or a loved one's touch. These are examples of things that release endorphins, the body's chemicals that give us a natural high. But endorphins do more that [...]

Valentine’s gift ideas for a loved one with a chronic illness

With Valentine's Day around the corner, have you thought about how to express your affection for someone you love who lives with a chronic illness?  Chronic illness  is at an all-time high in the United States, with 75 percent of our health care dollars going to treat such chronic illnesses as heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions. [...]

When heart disease is autoimmune

Heart disease  is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting about 11 percent of the population. For the majority of people, heart disease is driven by diet and lifestyle factors, however research shows an increasing number of heart disease cases can also have an autoimmune component. This means the immune system is mistakenly [...]

Do you have chronic pain, chronic fatigue, or other mysterious symptoms that make you miserable? But does your doctor say your lab tests are fine and you're perfectly healthy? It could be you have an autoimmune reaction and don't know it. People can develop an autoimmune reaction to virtually any tissue, enzyme, or protein in [...]

Can pregnancy cause hypothyroidism?

Question Why did pregnancy trigger my hypothyroidism? Answer Natural immune shifts during pregnancy, together with a genetic tendency and other predisposing factors, can trigger hypothyroidism in some women. Hypothyroidism is an immune disease for most For 90 percent of Americans, hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto's, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and [...]

While practitioners of functional medicine have long understood the link between the health of a mother's immune system and the risk of giving birth to a child with autism, asthma, allergies, and other disorders, it is validating to see this information in the New York Times: An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism. In [...]

If you have an autoimmune disease or other chronic inflammatory condition, you may have noticed it can be tough to tame the inflammation. This is because the body can get stuck in vicious inflammatory cycles that may be difficult to stop. Luckily, researchers have pinpointed what feeds these cycles and developed ways to bring a [...]

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