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Author: Elaine Moore's Blog Created: 8/6/2008
Topics, tips, general information, controversies and commentaries on a variety of health topics, by Elaine Moore.

When the Immune System is Weak in Autoimmune Disease

By Elaine Moore on 5/3/2016
Special considerations must be made in autoimmune disease patients with common variable immunodeficiency

A Nutrient Rich Diet for Autoimmune Diseases

By Elaine Moore on 4/20/2016

Autoimmune diseases are caused when genetically predisposed individuals are exposed to one or more environmental factors. A nutritional approach to managing autoimmune disorders is two-fold:  1) avoiding harmful pesticides in GMO foods, farm-raised fish, contaminated poultry and meats, and some non-organic fruits and vegetables (celery, strawberries, apples, etc.) 2) avoiding sugar, nuts, grains (trigger autoimmunity and leaky gut syndrome) and processed foods; and eating foods that are rich in nutrients and free of contaminants and correcting nutrient deficiencies with vitamin and mineral supplements.  This is especially important in autoimmune disease because many medications that are used deplete the body of nutrients.

Alternative medicine
Autoimmune diseases
diet
dietary supplements
environmental triggers
nutrition
pesticides
powerhouse foods

Autoimmune Disease Treatment with Fewer Drugs

By Elaine Moore on 3/7/2016

A fascinating article, "Healing Without Drugs," in the March 11, 2016 issue of The Week describes inducing a Pavlovian type response to reduce drug dosages while deriving the same benefits as a higher drug dose. The article is excerpted from an article that originally appeared in MosaicScience.com

Research News
drug treatment
healing without drugs
Pavlovian response
toxic drugs

Leaky Gut Syndrome and Autoimmune Disease

By Elaine Moore on 2/23/2016

Pertinent to a recent discussion in the Q&A, I've found more information on leaky gut from a patient, Jesse Thomson, who describes his remission from the autoimmune disease ankylosing spondylitis in an ebook, Reversing Autoimmune Disease: A Personal Success Story.This book is available on Amazon.

Autoimmune diseases
ankylosing spondylitis
leaky gut

Autoimmune Disease Patients Needed for Research Study

By Elaine Moore on 2/2/2016

Virginia Glass, Donor Recruiter for Plasma Services Group, is in need of patients with autoimmune diseases, including Graves' disease, to participate in a new study in which they would donate a sample of blood. The goal of this research is to help isolate and identify new disease-associated autoantibodies and to isolate proteins that might be used as diagnostic disease markers. 

Research News
Autoimmune patients wanted
Research study

New Allergies to Fruit Can Develop in Pollen Allergies

By Elaine Moore on 2/1/2016

In a Dec 10, 2015 Medscape article, Oral Allergy Syndrome: When an Apple a Day is Not Advised, Gary Stadtmauer, MD, describes the association between various pollen and food allergies. 

allergies
food allergies
IgE
oral allergy syndrome
pollen

Epidemic of Hypothyroidism

By Elaine Moore on 1/27/2016

In an article, "The epidemic of low thyroid disease, in the 25th Anniversary Edition of AntiAgingMatters, (Dec 2015) Doctor Rick Wilkinson explains how every cell in the body depends on adequate thyroid hormone to carry out its intended functions. For instance, muscle cells without adequate thyroid hormone might feel tired or weak and painful. Many of the common symptoms of hypothyroidism occur in so many other conditions that they're overlooked and typically include elevated lipid levels, depression, weight gain, high levels of homocyseine, high blood pressure, ad anxiety. In contrast, Wilkinson discusses the debate surrounding Mona Lisa's presumed hyperthyroidism based on her brilliant stare based on comments made by the cardiologist Dr. Levine who found hyperthyroid patients to be bright and quick.

Hypothyroidism
hypothyroidism in Graves' disease
TSH vs thyroid hormone levels

New MS Treatment Resets the Immune System

By Elaine Moore on 7/9/2015

German researchers have developed a new therapy that reduces myelin destruction in patients with MS.  It's encouraging to see how this simple application works. Treatment addressing the causes of autoimmune disease is the true goal and this study shows that researchers are now moving in the right direction. Read about the study at http://www.healthline.com/health-news/ms-breakthrough-treatment-resets-immune-system-stops-myelin-attacks-060513

Autoimmune diseases
Research News
MS
Multiple sclerosis
Myelin
T-cells

Mercury as an Autoimmune Disease Risk Factor

By Elaine Moore on 4/19/2015

Mercury may trigger autoimmune disease in women

Autoimmune diseases
Research News
environmental
fish
Mercury
triggers

Graves' Ophthalmopathy (GO) vs. Dry Eye Syndrome

By Elaine Moore on 1/30/2015

Dry eye syndrome can occur in Graves' disease patients as a separate condition from Graves' ophthalmopathy.

dry eye syndrome
Graves' ophthalmopathy

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