May is Lupus Awareness Month

Lupus awareness purpleWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW

What is Lupus:

Lupus--an autoimmune illness--affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans; 90 percent are estimated to be women.

The AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RHEUMATOLOGY has listed the following as criteria for a diagnosis:
A diagnosis of 4 or more of the 11 symptoms in a patient's history are required:

• Malar rash: Butterfly rash or facial erythema (red skin rash)
• Discoid rash
• Photosensitivity
• Oral or nasopharyngeal ulcerations
• Nonerosive arthritis
• Serositis (pleuritis or pericarditis)
• Renal disorder (persistent proteinuria or cellular casts)
• Neurologic disorder (seizures or psychosis)
• Hematologic or blood disorder (hemolytic anemia, or leukopenia, or lymphopenia, or thrombocytopenia must be detected on two or more occasions; thrombocytopenia must be detected in the absence of drugs known to induce it)
• Immunologic disorder (anti-double stranded anti-DNA test; positive anti-Sm test; false-positive syphilis test)
• Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) titer (in the absence of drugs known to induce it)

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Light Your Sparkle's approach to autoimmune illnesses

Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW

Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., interviews Casey Hersch, LCSW--founder of LightYourSparkle.life.  Dr Hobbs is an herbalist, author, botanist, mycologist & research scientist.  Together they explore many topics at the heart of illness and healing.  Casey Hersch shares her experiences with childhood illness, Crohn's disease, and how she copes with a disease process while embracing a quality life.

 Topics covered include:

The origins of Light Your Sparkle.life
Overcoming labels associated with diagnoses
History of childhood illness
Coping with the mystery of autoimmune illness
Navigating the medical system
Be empowered over illness--NOT a victim of illness
Transforming fear into hope
Living with Crohn's disease
Holistic approaches to healing
The healing wheel-emotional, physical, and passion
The importance of an open-mind
Resiliency: how to build it
Mind, body, spirit and healing
Tips for people with autoimmune
The influence of mental health on illness
Stress and Diet
Self esteem and confidence
How to create an integrative health team for your needs

For more information visit:

https://www.christopherhobbs.com/

 

 

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Dr Jacob Teitelbaum talks about autoimmune illnesses and chronic pain

Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW

Dr Teitelbaum discusses autoimmune illnesses with Light Your Sparkle:

I had the privilege to interview Dr Jacob Teitelbaum, world renowned integrative physician, author, and expert on autoimmune illnesses and chronic pain.  I have followed his work for many years, using it to support my own struggles with autoimmune illness and I learned so much from our time together.  Following our interview, I began implementing some of his recommendations.  He stressed the importance of using him and other physicians as a "guide" rather than a boss and to choose treatments that "feel right" based on the educated information received.  

Topics covered include:

The autoimmune illness epidemic
Factors overwhelming the immune system
The psyche and how perceptions drive the immune system
Empowerment--how to make decisions for your health
Crohn's disease
Nambudripad's allergy elimination technique (NAET)
Autism
Fibromyalgia overview and treatment
Thyroid
Mind-body connection
Food allergies
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Navigating information in the media and internet
SHINE protocol
Resetting the autonomic system
Emotions and illness
Stress and the immune system
Treating chronic pain
Nutrition and supplementation

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The Intersection of Autoimmune Disease and Social Work: An Effective Partnership for Health

socialwork partnership healArticle Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
The New Social Worker Magazine
Spring/Summer 2019, Vol. 26, No. 2 April 19, 2019

The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc., estimates as many as fifty million Americans suffer from autoimmune related diseases; 80 to 100 diseases fit into these categories (2018). Social workers offer services in diverse community sectors such as schools, mental health agencies, hospitals and medical clinics, nonprofits, and private practices. Clients are not often referred for mental health services following a diagnosis of autoimmune disease. It is more common that social workers will learn of other stressors—such as a diagnosis of autoimmune disease—through assessment or ongoing interactions with their clients. Autoimmune disease may not come up in conversation, as clients can be unclear about how their illness overlaps with mental health. They may not see how a social worker can help. As an LCSW who lives with Crohn’s disease—an autoimmune disease also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease—I learned the nuances in treatment from my own personal experiences. Social workers are an integral part of the treatment team and contribute significantly to helping patients manage symptoms and heal. Therefore, understanding how to approach these patients in an ethical and diligent manner is critical.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

laughter is the best mediciWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW

Laughing makes illness more bearable

Sometimes life can seem so terrible that the only way through it is to laugh about it. Have you ever had such a terrible experience happen and then months later when you tell the story, you end up laughing about it with friends? Laughter is a release from tension and stress. It also lifts your mood almost instantly. Needless to say, humor has been an incredible asset in dealing with my illness and stressors. Looking back at my childhood, it was tough--not much to laugh about. However, my mom and I managed to find humor in life which took the edge off and made us feel as though things would be ok after all. Sometimes when my mom and I reflect on the hundreds of physicians I have seen and the numerous times I had an emergency as a result of illness, we find humor in our lives; we find a way to laugh about our endurance and it makes things so much easier.

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Eating With Crohn's Disease

food for crohns diseaseWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW

Diet matters and it heals

When I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, I immersed myself in online research, checking books out at the library, talking to others with similar or the same condition. I expected I would find a solution that I could proceed with easily and swiftly. My inquiries and research opened a Pandora's box as there was so much information I hardly knew where to start. There were plenty of articles about the condition and a number of people who were proposing dietary plans for helping the symptoms. Some people claimed changing the diet would cure the condition. I asked my GI doctor at the time if dietary changes would help Crohn's disease. He said, "Crohns disease is a genetic condition. Food has no impact on the condition. You can eat whatever you want and it won't change the progression of the disease." Now, grant it, this was over 10 years ago, much has changed in the research and understanding of Crohn's disease, but I was baffled; How can a condition that involves digestion not be impacted by the foods I eat? Fortunately I quickly realized that what we eat has a profound impact on the disease process and the gut. I made changes to my diet and saw immediate improvements. Today, diet is at the core of my healing regimen.

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I can take ownership of my mind, stress, and pain!

take ownershipWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW

Neurobehavioral programs 

As you know, I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in autoimmune disease and trauma. It is important for me to understand and learn new ways to reduce trauma, stress, and negative emotions. This is a critical component to healing. Not only do I need this support in my personal life, but it is very important in my clinical work helping others.

I recently started working with John Leonard, Ph.D. the developer of a unique educational program that teaches people how to directly control their mood states, stress and pain using language commands. Once the process is learned over the phone the work is done at home by the client producing both state changes leading to trait changes, even changes in charged memories that can be erased with a single command.

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