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Do you have pain, tenderness, swelling or stiffness in your hands, wrists or feet that has lasted for six weeks or longer? In the morning, are your joints stiff for longer than 30 minutes? Is one or both of your knees tender, warm and swollen? You may have more than arthritis — you may have rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic and often very painful autoimmune disease.   With rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the body’s immune system, which normally attacks foreign agents like bacteria and viruses, attacks the joints. This creates chronic inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints to thicken, causing swelling and sometimes excruciating pain in and around the joints.   Small joints in the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and

In general, autoimmune diseases tend to arrive unpredictably, disguised as other conditions, offering only confusing clues as to what they are.   Why Are Autoimmune Diseases So Mysterious?   One reason is that the list of what’s considered to be autoimmune is long and ranges from the very common to the extremely rare.   Did you know? The following are all autoimmune diseases:   Celiac disease Diabetes type 1 Multiple sclerosis (MS) Psoriasis Inflammatory bowel disease   While very different, all these disorders have one thing in common: they occur when a person’s immune system decides to attack healthy body cells. Instead of fighting infection with antibodies, the body produces autoantibodies. The body is essentially fighting itself.   Where and how this self-attack occurs determines the disease and its symptoms. But

What Are Adrenal Disorders?   There are many conditions that can lead to problems with the adrenal gland function. The adrenal glands are small and shaped like triangles and are located just above each kidney. They are sometimes called suprarenal glands. Their job is to make hormones that you need to keep your metabolism, blood pressure, immune system and stress response in balance.   Adrenal disorders are the result of your glands making too much or not enough of certain hormones. Hormones produced by the adrenals include hydrocortisone (also called cortisol), adrenaline and aldosterone. You can think of dominoes and how one movement by one domino sets off a chain reaction, making the next domino in line fall down. If something happens and the next

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or spastic colon is the most common reason for seeing a gastroenterologist. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, constipation and diarrhea in the absence of any detectable organic cause.    Irritable Bowel Syndrome may begin after an infection, stress, or onset of maturity without any other medical indicators. Irritable bowel syndrome may be closely related to Leaky Gut Syndrome since many of the symptoms are the same.   Traditional medicine believes that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is idiopathic…has no real cure because there is no real pathology. The most common theory is that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a miscommunication between the brain and bowels; but there is no medical research to confirm this hypothesis. Medical treatments focus

Autoimmune Research: What Do We Know So Far?   Depending on your autoimmune condition (there are thought to be 151 of them including rheumatoid arthritis and coeliac disease), autoimmune flare-up symptoms could be anything from overwhelming fatigue, joint pain and lack of coordination, to a severe rash or stomach upset.   Autoimmune diseases of all types are on the increase. They involve the body's immune system turning on itself, and the reason they happen is becoming clear. The immune system is designed to fight against infection but, since we have eradicated many of the infections that we used to encounter, our immune cells, which are programmed to fight, are bored and on the look-out for combat elsewhere.   Ironically, it's our healthy modern lifestyle that can

Increased intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut, occurs when the barrier between the gut and the bloodstream (mucosal membrane) fails to prevent potentially harmful molecules from entering the bloodstream. These molecules include large fat particles, toxins, and bacteria, which may cause bowel dysfunction and a generalized inflammation in the body, which in turn contributes to chronic health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Leaky gut is a syndrome or group of symptoms, not a disease.   The Leaky Gut Test   Testing for leaky gut is relatively new. The “lactulose mannitol ratio” test or challenge is also known as the Intestinal Permeability Assessment and is used to uncover disorders characterized by changes in gut permeability.   During the test, you will be asked