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Archives for April 2014

Autoimmune In The Family: Don’t Dismiss Your “Mom Radar”

I’m sure many of you reading this will understand when I say I feel like a detective with an honorary medical degree desperately trying to put together the pieces of this autoimmune puzzle.  To say this challenge is exhausting mentally, as well as physically, is an understatement. My diagnosis of Antiphospholipid Syndrome came after my second miscarriage.  As fate would

Slow Down, Be Proactive With Doctors… and Take Care of You

January 2013, I turned 40. I had planned on celebrating, but I was too sick. One month later I finally learned what caused the dizziness, severe sudden fatigue, joint stiffness and pain, losing my upper teeth and a few of the bottom teeth, hair loss, light sensitivity, dry nose and eyes and my severe multiple food allergies that came on

Living With Dermatomyositis, A Connective Tissue Disorder

Dermatomyositis is an inflammatory autoimmune connective tissue disorder primarily affecting the skeletal muscles (-myo) and skin (derm-).  It is part of a larger class of disorders known as inflammatory myopathies, which as it sounds, indicates an inflammatory process taking place within the muscle tissue.  When myositis presents with associated skin manifestations, it is known as dermatomyositis, which is recognized as

Will Detoxing Your Liver Help Your Autoimmune Disease?

Just as it sounds, autoimmune liver disease, formally known as autoimmune hepatitis, describes a physiological state where the immune system turns against and attacks certain tissues in the liver, one of our absolutely essential organs.  Here we explore some facets of autoimmune liver disease and questions about whether toxins in the liver could be related to autoimmune disease, so that