Archives for October 2012

Getting My Life Back After Hashimoto’s

I felt like absolute crap.  But who wouldn’t, with five kids under age 10 — including a set of twins, who were still not sleeping through the night?  Which essentially equated to being up.  All.  Night.  Long.  So as they turned 2 years old, I told my husband I could not do the night-time parenting anymore, that I had moved

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Breastfeeding Moms and Cortisone

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune condition that affects various joints, and depending on severity, it can impact a patient’s life significantly.  As a potent anti-inflammatory agent, cortisone is often injected directly into the affected joint space to combat the inflammation and relieve symptoms.  Below we consider the safety of breastfeeding while receiving cortisone treatments. Are there studies about the

No Apologies Needed: Making Space, Improving Health

Throughout ten years of clinical practice in the healthcare of women, I’ve had such a variety of experiences. Some of them were amazing, like witnessing childbirth. Others were deeply sorrowful; there’s no easy way to tell a woman she has a concerning breast mass and I’ve done that WAY too many times. Overall, though, when I look at what made

Fluoride in the Water: Any Links to Autoimmune Disease?

The issue of fluoridation and whether it should be a mandated additive to our public water system is decades old.  Its origins are rooted, believe it or not, in post-war fear of a communist takeover, ostensibly enabled by poisoning the American water supply.  While accepted as a great public health benefit by the majority of scientists and lay people, it

Dr. Ray Sahelian: Supplements for Autoimmune Conditions

What conditions is this diet best for? This is not a diet per se, but reports about supplemental nutrients are covered, which have been researched as potential treatments for autoimmune diseases. What foods are given up and what foods are eaten frequently? No recommendations on actual food are made, however Dr. Sahelian points out that there is less incidence of