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Archives for July 2012

Pregnancy Complications and Lupus

In a separate post, we looked at some of the main considerations for a woman diagnosed with lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, or SLE) who desires to become pregnant. Here we continue that discussion, focusing on how a pregnant woman and her baby might be impacted under these circumstances.  It’s crucial that all women suffering from lupus understand that the chance

Gluten OK for Those Without Autoimmune Disease? Please Stop This Nonsense.

Gosh- I apologize for beating the proverbial dead horse (what an awful expression) but today I received yet another ill informed health-related newsletter, this one from IDEA Health & Fitness Association, discussing how and why only those with autoimmune disease should omit gluten. A few quotes of particular interest: “The average healthy person has no problem digesting and absorbing the

Hauser Diet and Optimal Glucose Metabolism

What conditions is this diet best for? No specific conditions are named. The diet aims to promote optimal glucose metabolism, and if this is true, then it would help to decrease systemic inflammation, which is a corner stone of autoimmunity. The authors promote testing for food allergies, along with the diet typing, so this is another aspect of autoimmunity that

Pregnancy, Post-Partum and Lupus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), commonly referred to as lupus, is an autoimmune disease that overwhelmingly affects women, which means there are certain considerations for patients who are or are looking to become pregnant.  Below we discuss some aspects of this disease during this very specific state of health in women of childbearing age. What are some considerations for planning to become

Hair Loss and Autoimmune Diseases

What is the medical definition of hair loss beyond normal hair loss on a daily basis? Hair loss, (also termed alopecia) may affect men and women of all ages.  The most common form of hair loss is Androgenetic alopecia, or hair specific pattern baldness. The temporal loss of hair for men and central thinning of hair for women are the