Written by: Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Becca Malizia, BS, Ellen M. Martin As our knowledge about nutrition and food as medicine expands, using foods as health enhancers and therapy agents has become increasingly popular. Many patients, including autoimmune, are following dietary guidelines to help mitigate symptoms, based on the growing understanding that diet and nutrition can… Continue reading Food Spotlight on Lupus
Briane has fibromyalgia and is currently a UCLA student who started up a community group called You Are Not Alone. Her story chronicles the challenges of an invisible disease; if she had known about fibromyalgia earlier, perhaps she could’ve prevented the intensity. Yet, despite all the pain and cut backs from fibromyalgia, her perspective became… Continue reading Forced to Slow Down: Living with an Invisible Disease in College
-How has your life been since having multiple autoimmune diseases?- Like many autoimmune patients, I have my ups and downs, but I have been very fortunate to be able to lead an active life, in many senses of the word. I am able to get outside into nature almost every week, I am able to… Continue reading Finding Resilience in Adversity
[Will on the far right] I had never heard of psoriasis previous to my diagnosis. I had no indication of the coming onset of my autoimmune disease. However, my mother is diagnosed with mild Crohn’s Disease, and I had digestion issues as a child, so there was concern as to this being an issue. My grandfather also has mild psoriasis that I… Continue reading Some Men Suffer Silently
With the growing incidence of autoimmunity in young adults and the formation of new patient communities, we are taking a moment to give you a crash course on the biology behind the immune system. Here is a handpicked glossary that will enhance your personal research surrounding autoimmunity. Innate vs Adaptive Immunity Innate immunity is your… Continue reading A Delicate Balancing Act
Like heart disease, diabetes, and many other chronic diseases, autoimmune disease is an invisible disease. –Any memorable moments while being tested?– “The most memorable and frustrating time for me was before I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I was in and out of the ER three times in one weekend because the doctors kept… Continue reading How Do You See The Invisible?
By Tiffany Simms and Bonnie Feldman “My doctors really didn’t have an answer” “The entire time my family doctor had no answer as to what was wrong with me” “No one in 7 years had ever thought to test me for an autoimmune disease” “The hospital staff thought I was faking it” “‘It’s different for… Continue reading Becoming Visible