By Bonnie Feldman, Ellen M. Martin Sometimes I find the answers I am looking for in the most unlikely places! Listening to the Lonely Voices of Autoimmune Disease led me on a hunt to find emerging companies using data and digital tools to help the large and growing needs of the autoimmunity community. To my… Continue reading Crossing the Autoimmune Abyss – The Open Medicine Institute and Foundation
In hopes to raise awareness, we have donned our curiosity caps and constructed this forum to educate you on everything you need to know about autoimmune diseases. After surveying and landscaping a combination of scientific literature, audience blog posts, and Ted Talks, we have selected some of the best autoimmune research for you to peruse. As both citizens… Continue reading Exploring Autoimmunity
By Bonnie Feldman and Ellen M Martin Digital health is filled with promise, but for autoimmune patients many gaps persist. With an eye to bridging those gaps, I recently attended two very different conferences: The Interdisciplinary Autoimmune Summit was a continuing education meeting to help practicing physicians better treat complex autoimmune patients using a multidisciplinary,… Continue reading Bridging the Autoimmune Abyss – Exploring the Connection between Food and Digestive Diseases with MyGiHealth
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
At Stanford Medicine X 2014, I presented my vision of future care which included shared decision making and collaboration between the patient and three types of care teams- a food as medicine team, a musculoskeletal integrity team and a well-being team. Could my vision be coming true? Recently, there have been several articles describing the… Continue reading Complementary Medicine Coming to the Forefront
By Bonnie Feldman and Tiffany Simms There are no clear diet recommendations for treating autoimmune disease. This lack of clarity is confusing, with books and scientists of integrative medicine recommending all manner of options. Two examples of the differences within the field are exemplified in the books The Inside Tract andThe Immune System Recovery Plan. While these… Continue reading One Size Does NOT Fit All
By Bonnie Feldman, Tiffany Simms, and Ellen M Martin Does diet experimentation play in the treatment and management of autoimmunity? Evidence that Diet Could Increase Autoimmune Disease Susceptibility Changes in diet have been shown to cause susceptibility in autoimmune diseases. To test this theory, scientists conducted an experiment that examined the disease progression of osteomyelitis… Continue reading Are We What We Eat?
Today we discuss the microbiome and how it functions as an immune organ in the body. You can click on the above Nature animation to learn more about mucosal immunology. Balanced vs Unbalanced Gut Scientists examine the effects the gut microbiome has on the immune and mucosal system. A healthy microbiome is shown to regulate… Continue reading Is Your Gut Destroying You?
Did you know there is a mouth-body connection? Research has demonstrated a link between periodontal (gum) disease and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. Although oral health and joint pain may seem unrelated, as we learn more about the oral microbiome, they may be closer than we imagined. Mysteries of the Mouth The oral microbiome is… Continue reading Rheumatoid Arthritis Starts in the Mouth?
A Pioneering Blueprint By Bonnie G. Feldman, Ellen M. Martin, and Tiffany Simms In researching the state of autoimmune disease from a patient perspective, I have uncovered multiple gaps across the care continuum. Despite the fact that at least 24-50 million1 Americans are living with autoimmune diseases and they are among the top ten causes… Continue reading Bridging the Autoimmune Abyss