12 Super Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease

12 autoimmune super symptoms

Close to 100 diseases can be classified as autoimmune-related. And while each has specific symptoms associated with it, there are some “super symptoms” that are common to a great number of autoimmune diseases. Super Symptoms List Inflammation:  This is at the root of autoimmune disease.  Your body attacks itself and then responds with

What Is The Human Microbiome Project? A Visual Explanation

Human Microbiome Project

The National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project began in 2008, studying 250 healthy people’s microbiome (the microbiome counterpart to the Human Genome Project).  The first phase of the project completed in 2012 with the primary goal to identify and develop a reference set of the complete human microbiome based on the 250 healthy people’s samples.  The microbiome is made up of trillions of microbes in and

How + Why to Start the GAPS Diet

How and Who Should Try a GAPS Diet

What conditions is this diet best for? Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD,  author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS),  lists the following conditions as GAPS conditions: ADD/ADHD Allergies Asthma Autism Bipolar Disorder Depression Dyslexia Dyspraxia Eating disorders Eczema Obsessive-Compulsive disorder Schizophrenia Autoimmune disease Dr. McBride also discusses treatment of epilepsy and seizures with the GAPS Nutritional Program. The purpose of the GAPS Diet is to heal

Should I Breastfeed As An Autoimmune Mom?

Three babies sitting indoors holding hands

Breastfeeding offers many benefits, for both mother and child.  New moms get to experience the undeniable bonding that occurs between themselves and their newborns during each session; and their babies receive breast milk, a natural product that delivers not only sustenance, but also important vitamins, minerals and immune factors. For expectant mothers who carry one or more autoimmune disease diagnoses, there is often concern, understandably,

Hashimoto’s Treatment: Safety and Controversy Over Desiccated Thyroid Hormone :: Part 2

Doctors and nurses

In Part 1 of our examination of natural thyroid hormone replacement as the treatment for Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, we reviewed the history of natural thyroid hormones (desiccated thyroid hormones such as Armour and NatureThroid, which include T4, T3, T2 and T1). We then looked at the reasons for the development of synthetic thyroid hormones (T4 and T3 are separate synthetic replacement hormones; T4 converts to T3

18 Months Postpartum: Hashimoto’s Seesaw Starts Stabilizing

Hashimoto's mom 18 months postpartum

At a year and a half postpartum I’m feeling more optimistic about balancing life as the mother of a toddler and coping with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I remember last year coping with this condition wasn’t exactly a walk in the park.  My thyroid levels were staying stubbornly stagnant – on the high end of the normal range.  I was dealing with symptoms like fatigue, brain fog,

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