The Detective Work of Autoimmune Disease

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October 31, 2014

Angela Crowley, MD, is up-front about it. Accurately diagnosing an autoimmune disease can be tricky.

“People on average see six doctors over a period of 4 years before they get a diagnosis.”

This is because, in general, autoimmune diseases tend to arrive unpredictably, disguised as other conditions, offering only confusing clues as to what they are.

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There are more than 100 Autoimmune Diseases

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Autoimmune Disease List

One of the functions of the immune system is to protect the body by responding to invading microorganisms, such as viruses or bacteria, by producing antibodies or sensitized lymphocytes (types of white blood cells). Under normal conditions, an immune response cannot be triggered against the cells of one's own body. In some cases, however, immune cells make a mistake and attack the very cells that they are meant to protect. This can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases. They encompass a broad category of related diseases in which the person's immune system attacks his or her own tissue.

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Crohn's Disease

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What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease, sometimes called ileitis, ileocolitis or regional enteritis, is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is a serious condition – chronic inflammation can harm the whole wall of the colon, not just the superficial lining (as in another IBD, ulcerative colitis). Crohn’s disease can involve any part of the digestive tract, including the lower end of the small intestine. Sections of normal healthy bowel may be found between areas of diseased bowel, a presentation known as “skip lesions.”

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Brain "Gut" Debate

Created by Joel Crandall

A few things to think about

  • In College our Professor used the Analogy of the Thermostat and the Heating Unit. The Person Sets the Temp on the Thermostat (Perception of Hot/Cold)
  • The Thermostat being the Brain. Controls the Balance of the Temp.
  • Heater - The Body/Gut. Lets Brain know if too cold or too hot

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NAET: A Breakthrough Treatment for Allergies

breakthrough allergiesDr Teitelbaum is an integrative physician and one of my favorites.  In this article he discusses NAET, which is an approach I use regularly to manage my autoimmune illnesses and Crohn's disease

Article written by Jacob Teitelbaum MD
October 2, 2009 Psychology Today

Stay free of allergies with NAET

STAY FREE OF ALLERGIES FOR LIFE! I couldn't believe my eyes when I read those words. They were my introduction to Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques, or "NAET" — a dramatic new treatment for the cure of allergies (and sensitivities).

I am one of the 35 million Americans who know they have allergies and who want and pray for relief. The discovery of NAET treatment came as incredible, welcomed news. For the 50% of Americans (128 million people) suffering from various health problems caused by allergies not yet known to them, NAET will come as an astonishing surprise.

For we, the allergic (and sensitivities), there is the possibility of an attack any time we introduce anything into our body or environment. I define an allergy to be an unusual or exaggerated response of sensitive individuals to certain substances. This type of biological hypersensitivity occurs in sensitive individuals, while remaining innocuous in similar amounts and circumstances in others. (Note: Be aware that this definition of "allergy" is quite different than the medical definition. I prefer to use the term "sensitivities." I have seen NAET effectively treat both allergies and sensitivities.)

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October 2, 2009 Psychology Today

'The Mind-Gut Connection':

mind gutArticle Written by Carey Goldberg September 16, 2016

Could Your Gut Microbes Be Affecting How You Feel?

I’d just gotten used to the idea that I’m a walking mountain of microbes. The sizzling field of research into the microbiome — our full complement of bugs — is casting new light on our role as homes to the trillions of bacteria that inhabit each of us. At least most of them are friendly, I figured.

But now comes the next microbial shift in my self-image, courtesy of the new book “The Mind-Gut Connection.” My trillions of gut microbes, it seems, are in constant communication with my brain, and there’s mounting evidence that they may affect how I feel — not just physically but emotionally.

Does this mean — gulp — that maybe our bugs are driving the bus? I spoke with the book’s author, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and psychiatry at UCLA, executive director of the Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience and expert in brain-gut microbiome interactions. Edited excerpts:

So we’re not only packed with trillions of gut microbes but they’re in constant cross-talk with our brains — that’s the picture?

First of all, you have to realize that these are invisible creatures. So even though there are 100 trillion of them living in our gut, you wouldn’t be able to see them with the naked eye. It’s not like something tangible sitting inside of you, like another organ.

These minuscule creatures live in different parts of your gut, most of them sitting at the mucus layer that is just on top of your gut surface. That allows them to be just microns away from receptors and sensors with which your gut records the chatter that goes on between them and measures what goes on inside.

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