How Does Anxiety Relate To Autoimmune? In So Many Ways…

There is almost always some level of anxiety when dealing with any illness (from the common cold to cancer, and everything in between).  But autoimmune diseases are particularly vexing and frequently quite vague in presentation, which means that autoimmune patients are especially susceptible to the power of stressors and the effects that the resultant anxiety can bring. And as most

4 Pregnancy Planning Tips For Hashimoto’s Moms-To-Be

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a chronic autoimmune disorder of thyroid function, where the patient has lower than normal levels of thyroid hormones (caused by misdirection of antibodies), and is therefore in a hypothyroid state.  While thyroid physiology changes quite significantly in normal pregnancies (to accommodate the changing metabolic needs of the mother and fetus), hypothyroid states such as Hashimoto’s, which are

Epstein Barr (HHV-4) Links to Autoimmune Disease

The Epstein-Barr virus is a member of the herpes virus family – hence the designation HHV-4 – which also includes herpes simplex I and II, chicken pox virus (Varicella zoster, or VZV), and others. Herpes viruses are generally quite adept at attacking and then retreating, sometimes lying dormant for weeks, months, years or even decades, before sometimes rearing their ugly

The Troubling Connection Between Antibiotics, Your Gut and Autoimmune Conditions

In recent years, antibiotic use in both human beings and animals has become a hot topic of discussion, and rightfully, an area of great concern, for those in the medical profession and laypeople alike.  Here we examine a small aspect of their impact on the global population, and whether there is any connection between autoimmune disease and human or animal

Did My Genes Cause My Autoimmune Conditions?

As we are rapidly learning, autoimmune diseases appear to be a result of an unclear combination of genetics, environment and immune regulatory problems.  While we don’t completely understand the contribution of each in terms of proportions and impact, researchers have been somewhat successful in starting to put the pieces of the genetic puzzle together.  (This is also occurring regarding environmental