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Archives for December 2012

Depression, Autoimmune Disease and What You Can Do

Our culture has recently made strides in learning how to better discuss mental health and emotional well-being in ways that our parents and grandparents could never have done. And yet, as individuals, many of us remain far away from a place of deep understanding and acceptance of what it means to be emotionally healthy, safe and proactive. Depression remains one

Leaky Gut: A Contributor to Autoimmune Condition Onset

Autoimmunity is a mysterious creature. So many highly variable conditions fall under its umbrella. In autoimmunity, the immune system’s white blood cells cannot tell the difference between healthy body tissues and harmful antigens and end up attacking and eventually destroying the tissues and organs being attacked.  It’s no wonder it has taken so long to figure out that all of

Celiac Disease – What is the Latest Research for Symptoms and Treatment?

Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy (GSE) is an autoimmune condition in which any food containing gluten – including wheat, barley, rye and many others – provokes an immune reaction.  This reaction produces a toxin that damages the wall of the small intestine, where solid food is absorbed, thus leading to a malabsorption syndrome. The

3 Months Postpartum with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

On Labor Day Monday my husband and I welcomed our baby daughter into the world!  As appropriate as it was to deliver on this national holiday, it also began my journey into postpartum.  Since then my thyroid levels have continued to sway from one side of the spectrum to the other. Prior to my due date I had a routine