There are over a hundred known autoimmune diseases and fifty million Americans have at least one. The problem is, we think of each autoimmune separately but it’d be better if we thought of them together.
In medicine, the immune system is approached from the basic science level. Its discussed in terms of its details — T cells and macrophages, innate and adaptive immune systems, interleukins and tumor necrosis factor. Very complex stuff, not fully elucidated and hard to relate to the patient sitting in front of you. Its like talking …
Do you need another reason to stay away from processed foods? A study in Nature (Feb 2015) links a diet containing emulsifiers to microbiome changes, intestinal inflammation, obesity and autoimmune disease. So put down that Twinkie and read on.
When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. Ayurvedic Principle. I can time the moment that Caroline started getting better to the moment we decided to experiment with food as medicine.
Welcome to the Remission Edition of my perusal of the JIA abstracts at ACR 2014.
These abstracts from ACR 2014 focus on medication issues for children with JIA.
The Poster Hall at this week’s American College of Rheumatology annual meeting was the size of an aircraft carrier. How do you tackle a room like this without getting overwhelmed? I focused on the Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis abstracts and picked out a dozen that were compelling to me.
I’ve come to ACR 2014 on a mission. As both an internist and a parent of a child with JIA, I’m focused on learning everything I can about new research on the microbiome, autoimmunity and arthritis. You’ll find me rushing from one scientific session to the next, taking detailed notes and eagerly gleaning wisdom from …
This was a pre-conference course with leading researchers presenting their cutting edge work on the interplay of the microbiome, immunity and disease. I’m dog tired after sitting and concentrating for hours but I want to jot down some quick thoughts on the general themes that emerged:
You’ve just been diagnosed with celiac disease. Or maybe just made the decision to be gluten-free, for whatever reason. Let’s get practical. What do you need to know to get started?