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Autoimmune Awareness Month: Common Threads For Us All

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The month has flown by -- and with it, Autoimmune Awareness Month 2015 is coming to a close, as winter turns to spring. I love that March – the only month of the year that “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” is the month for reflection and focus on autoimmune awareness.  It’s a poignant parallel for the season of autoimmune diagnosis

Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest 2015: 5 NEW Fantastic Products

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Favorite gluten quotes: “Gluten would be easier to live with if it wasn’t so full of itself.” “Giving up gluten is like leaving an unhealthy relationship.” -gfJules.com I attended my first “gluten free expo” event on March 1 in my hometown of Austin, Texas.  I was blown away by the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest for its depth and breadth of gluten free health providers,

Oh Sugar, Really? You’re Giving Me Joint Pain and Inflammation?

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Slavery is alive and well in our society, but it’s not what you may think.  Americans are slaves to sugar, and the bonds are tightening every year at a rate of nearly 2%.  Back in the 1700s, before the conveniences of modern industrialized life, we consumed, on average, 4 pounds of sugar per year. Nowadays, it’s more like 78 pounds per year.  This infographic puts

Repair the Gut-Brain Axis For Autoimmune Health & Happiness

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First, heal the gut. Minding the microbiome, as you may have gathered from reading this website, is a key therapeutic option for people with autoimmune disorders.  We know that the health of the GI tract (combined with genetics and environmental triggers) is a pivotal factor in the development of autoimmune disorders, although this is still under-acknowledged and under-addressed in mainstream medicine. If we take it

One Lucky Autoimmune Mom: Strength, Courage & Laughter

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“Sometimes I worry that my disease will taint their childhoods. Then I think of what my scleroderma can teach them.” Playing games on the floor, bicycle riding, swimming, boating, hiking, running, rock climbing, surfing, skiing, scuba diving, and horseback riding; all activities my kids have asked me to do with them. Oh, how I wish that I could do all these things with my son

4 Pregnancy Planning Tips For Hashimoto’s Moms-To-Be

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Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a chronic autoimmune disorder of thyroid function, where the patient has lower than normal levels of thyroid hormones (caused by misdirection of antibodies), and is therefore in a hypothyroid state.  While thyroid physiology changes quite significantly in normal pregnancies (to accommodate the changing metabolic needs of the mother and fetus), hypothyroid states such as Hashimoto’s, which are considered pathologic (not normal), demand