Living With Dermatomyositis, A Connective Tissue Disorder

living with dermatomyositis

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 a distinct clinical entity. While

Will Detoxing Your Liver Help Your Autoimmune Disease?

liver detox and autoimmune

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 the reader better understands the

A Great Reference Guide for Low-Glycemic Diets

A calorie isn't just a calorie

Why do calories ‘count’?  I love this infographic for its simplicity in explaining why the calories you’d eat in a low-glycemic diet are better ones than those in the Atkins diet.  And if you ever get overwhelmed like me with all of the autoimmune diets out there — and the difficulty sticking to them for the duration —  this guide is a fairly straightforward way

Rheumatic Diseases’ Impact On Women

Mom with rheumatoid disease enjoying life with kids

As immediate past president of the American College of Rheumatology, Dr. Uknis sat down with AutoimmuneMom’s friends at the Simple Tasks campaign to share her insight and discuss the impact of rheumatic diseases on women.  The Simple Tasks campaign regularly works with rheumatologists to raise awareness of rheumatic diseases and highlight the vital role a rheumatologist plays in the care of patients living with these

Is Parkinson’s An Autoimmune Disease?

Is Parkinson's an autoimmune disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition resulting from an imbalance of dopamine and acetylcholine, two chemical messengers (“neurotransmitters”) in the brain that help control movement.  Too little dopamine leads to problems with gross and fine motor coordination.  It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, in conjunction with increasing age.  More recently an immunological cause has been under investigation.