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Archives for September 2012

Addison’s Disease and Pregnancy

What are some implications for pregnancy with Addison’s disease? Among the many autoimmune diseases, Addison’s stands out as one with an often delayed diagnosis and an explanation that may not be entirely clear to patients. This is because its symptoms are sometimes vague (fatigue, weakness, weight loss, nausea) and it is relatively rare. Also, it affects an unfamiliar but essential

Effects of Alcohol on Autoimmune Conditions

It’s widely acknowledged that alcohol consumption causes damage to your pancreas, liver and other organs, but it also has a variety of effects on your natural defenses. For example, alcohol reduces cough and mucociliary clearance from your lungs, which increases the risk of pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions. Alcohol also suppresses inflammatory mediators that help fight infection, making such

Restful Sleep and Improving Autoimmune Symptoms

Fatigue and non-restful sleep are a common and often debilitating components of autoimmune disease and fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome. In fact, sleeping problems are considered reliable warning signs for a variety of autoimmune conditions. Some researchers believe that long-term disruption of normal sleep cycles (for many weeks or months) may actually trigger autoimmune conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome

Thyroid Hormone Levels: T4, T3, T2, and T1

Your thyroid gland, which is situated in the lower front part of your neck, produces hormones that play a role in a variety of functions throughout the body, and impact many other hormones outside the thyroid. The two main states of dysfunction seen in thyroid conditions are called hyperthyroidism (too much hormone) and hypothyroidism (too little), and can be induced

Reducing Gluten and Lectins to Calm Autoimmune Symptoms

Gluten and lectins are plant compounds found in wheat, barley, rye, (gluten) legumes and potatoes (lectins).  In some people, and perhaps many people, gluten and lectins cause intestinal damage and inflammation, which can eventually lead to celiac disease.  While gluten has long been implicated in celiac, the theory of lectin-induced damage is in its infancy.  Nonetheless, some speculate that damage