I woke up one morning 6 years ago and could barely speak. I knew what I wanted to say, but I couldn't get the words out of my mouth as fast as I could think them. In the emergency room, a tired-looking resident whispered in my ear, "Have you taken any illegal drugs?" "Of course not!" I answered slowly. "I didn't do anything. I just woke up and couldn't talk." But my mind was chattering faster than ever. "What if it's a brain tumor? Did I have a stroke? But I'm only 32!" Tests did nothing to allay my fears. Doctors appeared to be stumped by my symptoms. "Possible multiple sclerosis," said a neurologist, who later ruled it out. "Have you traveled recently to a foreign country?" asked an infectious diseases doctor. When results from both a spinal tap and a brain biopsy came back as inconclusive, I was afraid I'd never find out what was wrong with me. Finally An Answer As time went on, I became more alarmed. Though my speech was slowly returning to normal, I was having other scary … [Read more...] about What’s Wrong With Me?
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Your immune system puts up a pretty good fight against germs and infections, but sometimes your inner warrior mistakenly starts picking on the good guys. When your own defense system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in your body, you end up with an autoimmune disease. Close to 24 million Americans have some type of autoimmune condition, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes, to name just a few. (There are hundreds!) With no surefire test for most of them, doctors usually look at your symptoms, health history, and risk factors before attempting to make a diagnosis. Getting it right isn’t easy. A survey from the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) found that most patients see five different doctors over a span of 5 years before finally learning what’s wrong. Being aware of these key risk factors may put you one step closer to a faster diagnosis and treatment. (Heal your whole body with Rodale's 12-day liver detox for total … [Read more...] about 5 Things That Up Your Risk For Autoimmune Disease
Adult (18+)Graves' disease is a disorder of the immune system that causes the thyroid gland to become overactive. It is an autoimmune disorder, which means the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own cells instead of protecting them from outside invaders. In Graves' disease, the body's immune system makes abnormal chemicals called immunoglobulins that stimulate the thyroid gland to make too much thyroid hormone. This overactive thyroid state is called hyperthyroidism.Doctors don't know what causes Graves' disease, but the fact that it tends to run in families indicates that the disease may have a genetic (inherited) component. It is possible that the abnormal production of immunoglobulins is triggered by some unknown factor in the environment, and the immune system fails to stop this overproduction because of an inherited defect. Graves' disease affects women more than men. It most frequently strikes between the ages of 20 and 40 but can occur at any age. SymptomsGraves' … [Read more...] about Graves’ Disease
Adapted with permission from The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution by Arthur Agatston, MD, on sale now wherever books and e-books are sold. Not all gluten-related problems are created equal.A key source of gluten confusion is the failure to distinguish between the two most common gluten-related disorders—celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. This is understandable, because much of what we know about celiac disease has only been learned in the last decade, and the recognition of gluten sensitivity as a separate disorder is only a few years old.The distinction, however, is very important. For people with celiac disease, gluten must be treated as a potentially deadly enemy. All gluten must be banned. For the gluten sensitive, gluten is a troublemaker but not likely life threatening. Still, to experience relief from symptoms, these people must limit gluten or avoid it entirely depending on their degree of sensitivity.Most symptoms are similar in gluten-related disorders, making them … [Read more...] about Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity?
(Natural News) A new warning has emerged about the use of Gardasil, a vaccine for the human papilloma virus (HPV).Gardasil (a four-strain HPV vaccine, or HPV4), is typically administered to both boys and girls as young as age 11 to prevent the sexually transmitted disease.Developed by Merck, Gardasil received FDA approval in 2006. The disease did not become of concern until the 1980s, when research first suggested that there may be a connection between HPV and cervical cancer. However, whether this link actually exists has been a major point of contention. (RELATED: Learn more about the science fraud behind vaccine marketing at Vaccines.news)As Natural News previously explained, the vaccine has reportedly been linked to severe complications such as cervical cysts, autoimmune diseases, and harm to women’s ovaries. Natural News has also detailed how one of the developers of the HPV vaccine has now disavowed the inoculation, given that that cervical cancer risk is extremely low in … [Read more...] about American College of Pediatricians warns: HPV vaccine causes ovarian failure
(Natural News) In the largest cohort study to date, a team of British nutrition experts confirmed just how powerful omega-3 fatty acids are for optimum health. Their research, published in Scientific Reports, observed more than 800 middle-aged to older women to see how a balanced diet consisting of foods rich in omega-3, probiotics, and fibrous items affected the gut microbiome. The team found that omega-3 in particular positively influenced the trillions of bacteria and fungi that live in our gut. Participants who consumed omega-3 in adequate quantities every day had a dramatically decreased risk of developing conditions related to inflammation. Additionally, omega-3s impacted just how diverse the gut microbiome became. Medical science has already proven that this diversity lowers the risk of obesity, type-2 diabetes, and related conditions such as Crohn’s disease or colitis. Trials on these women included measuring the amount of “good” bacteria in the gut … [Read more...] about New research confirms that omega-3s improve gut health, helping prevent obesity, inflammation, and autoimmune disorders
Exposure to high levels of mercury is known to cause damage to the nervous system, and it is believed to be particularly harmful for the developing fetus. But a new study by researchers from the University of Michigan claims that even at levels considered to be safe, mercury exposure may be hazardous to health; it may be a risk factor for autoimmune disorders among women of childbearing age. The research team, led by Dr. Emily Somers - an associate professor in the departments of Internal Medicine, Environmental Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical and Public Health Schools - publishes its findings in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Mercury is a naturally occurring metal that comes in various forms. When mercury enters the environment, it combines with other elements to create inorganic or organic compounds that, if ingested at high levels, may be harmful to human health. When mercury enters water or soil, for example, … [Read more...] about Mercury exposure may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases in women
According to a new study the prevalence and incidence of autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, celiac disease, and type 1 diabetes, is on the rise and researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are unsure why. Between 2001 and 2009, the incidence of type 1 diabetes increased by 23%, according to The American Diabetes Association. Finland also showed a similar increase. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body's own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, while Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or cannot use the insulin adequately. Earlier studies have shown that genetics and environmental factors cause autoimmune diseases. The researchers discovered that children and teenagers suffering from type 1 diabetes have complications, such as nerve damage, that could lead to amputations. Furthermore, the team found that early signs of cardiovascular damage increase the risk … [Read more...] about Autoimmune Disease Rates Increasing
FRIENDLY FIRE OR SILENT KILLER? What do you think of when you hear the work” inflammation”? If you are like most people you will recall a time when you sprained an ankle or strained a muscle. You may have experienced swelling and pain and were told by your doctor or therapist to take an anti-inflammatory medication, use ice and elevation. This is a relatively common, and self-limiting reaction that eventually leads to healing. Inflammation is the body’s natural, normal defensive response to a tissue injury. A typical inflammatory response has recognizable hallmark characteristics of redness, heat, swelling and pain. While the mechanisms are a bit complex, It is important to understand the basic processes involved, or the cascade of events that occur when the body is in this state we term “inflammation”. I will simplify the explanation with just some essential facts. The inflammatory response is the body’s elaborate … [Read more...] about Inflammation and Disease: Friendly Fire or Silent Killer? Taking back control.
Autoimmune disease affects up to 50 million Americans, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). Autoimmune diseases are considered a top 10 leading cause of death in women under the age of 65. They come in many different varieties, including rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and more, and can cause many different types of symptoms all over the body that range from mild to severe in nature. Symptoms Autoimmune diseases affect many parts of the body. The most common organs and tissue affected are: joints 12 Symptoms Of Autoimmune Disease Low Blood Sugar Blood Pressure Changes Muscle and Joint Pain Swollen Glands Susceptibility to Infections Extreme Fatigue Memory Problems Inflammation Allergies Digestive Problems Thyroid Problems Pr-menstrual Syndrome Home Remedies For Autoimmune Disease Spirulina Peony roots … [Read more...] about How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 12 Sign Of Autoimmune Disease!