Archives for May 2012

Psoriasis and Pregnancy

As with many conditions, psoriasis presents special challenges to the patient and clinician when a woman becomes pregnant.  While the extent of these challenges is beyond the scope of this article, we will consider a few important issues surrounding this scenario, leaving the remainder for another time.  It should be noted that regardless of the information presented below, any woman

Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis & Pregnancy

How are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis similar? What sets them apart? Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (colitis) are inflammatory bowel diseases characterized by an autoimmune response that damages the mucosa, or inner lining, of your intestine.  In ulcerative colitis, inflammation is limited to the colon and rectum, while Crohn’s disease can involve any portion of the gastrointestinal tract, from

Geographic Clustering and Autoimmune Disease

There are many diseases and conditions that have been putatively linked to living or working in certain locations, which is known as geographic clustering, or geo-clustering. Today we will examine a few important facets of this phenomenon, in general as well as for specific disorders What is geographic clustering in general? As stated above, geographic clustering can be broadly defined

Dr. Andrew Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Dr. Andrew Weil is a Harvard-trained MD and a recognized pioneer in the field of integrative medicine.  Dr. Weil markets his anti-inflammatory diet through his website,  Subscribers pay $2.99 per week for diet tips, recipes, advice, and other content prepared by Dr. Weil or one of 30 contributors.  Dr. Weil first introduced his anti-inflammatory diet in his 2007 book,

Starting a New Diet to Help Autoimmune Symptoms

By now, most researchers agree that traditional Western diets promote obesity and inflammation, factors that exacerbate autoimmune disease.  If you have autoimmune disease, changing your diet and lifestyle is an important part of symptom control.  For moms, it’s also a great way to model healthy habits for your children. Should I do a detox, juice, or other fast to prepare