October 19, 2017

Mystery symptoms autoimmune? How to find out

Do you have mysterious health symptoms — such as fatigue, pain, brain fog, unexplained weight gain — that rob you of your quality of life, but lab tests and doctors keep saying nothing is wrong? Or maybe doctors tell you your chronic symptoms are depression and you need an antidepressant. Maybe you’ve even been accused of complaining too much. Most people know when something is wrong with them, even if lab tests come back normal and doctors say you’re fine. This is because the standard health … [Read more...]

Study confirms autoimmune paleo (AIP) diet works

A recent study confirmed what functional medicine has long since known — the autoimmune paleo (AIP) diet is highly successful for managing chronic health disorders. The first-of-its-kind study showed the majority of participants quickly achieved and maintained remission of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis on the AIP diet. A number of participants were even able to discontinue drug therapies. Many people follow the AIP diet to manage not just Crohn’s but also chronic pain, Hashimoto’s … [Read more...]

Handling store receipts raises levels of toxic BPA

A new study that had subjects handle store receipts showed BPA absorbed through the skin stays in the body much longer than ingested BPA. The study had subjects handle common store receipts for five minutes, then wear gloves for two hours before washing their hands. BPA measurements in the subjects’ urine showed BPA levels highest for the first two days after handling the receipts. After one week, three of the six volunteers still showed BPA in their urine. However, when the subjects ate a … [Read more...]

Positive Thinking Helpful in Coping with Chronic Illness

When a chronic health issue has you feeling like crud, few things are more insulting than someone telling you to “keep your chin up,” or “think positive.” Such advice sounds like a brush-off from someone who has no idea what it is to struggle with pain, fatigue, depression, and other frightening, life-altering symptoms. Today, one in two people suffer from a chronic health condition in the United States. Although researchers point to the more well-known illnesses of diabetes, arthritis, … [Read more...]

Autism Risk Factors and Autoimmune Disease

The rate of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased 78 percent in the last decade, with autism now affecting a staggering 1 in 88 children. While parents scramble for answers, researchers increasingly find a common denominator: inflammation affecting brain function. While some children withstand the assaults of modern life relatively unscathed, the child with autism has neurologically-based reactions to foods, vaccines, viruses, environmental chemicals, or other immune triggers. Some … [Read more...]

Baywatch Beauty Brings Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism out of the Closet

Talk to a group of women with Hashimoto’s , and they’ll likely all share the same frustrating story. Frequently dismissed, misdiagnosed, or ignored by doctors, Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism is finally getting the recognition it deserves thanks to former Baywatch beauty and Playboy cover girl Gena Nolin. Struggling with Hashimoto's on the Baywatch Set Nolin struggled through marathon days on the set of Baywatch in a tiny red tank while battling symptoms of Hashimoto’s: fatigue, depression, hair … [Read more...]

Can Gluten Intolerance Cause Infertility?

Couples trying to conceive may want to add a gluten-free diet to their regimen. Research shows a clear link between celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and infertility in both women and men. Infertility affects about 10 percent of couples wanting to have children, or more than 6 million Americans. Several studies have shown the prevalence of celiac disease is higher in women with unexplained infertility. Also, women with celiac disease are three times more likely to miscarry and four times … [Read more...]

Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism Can Lead to more Autoimmune Disease

Failing to manage your  could lead to future autoimmune diseases. A recent study revealed that roughly one in six patients with Hashimoto’s has another autoimmune disease, most commonly: atrophic gastritis, a condition in which the lining of the stomach is constantly inflamed vitiligo antiphospholipids syndrome, which may cause blood clots, miscarriages, or stillbirths, and multiple sclerosis. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease that attacks and damages the thyroid gland, … [Read more...]