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The Allegheny Health Network Autoimmunity Institute — How my Crazy Adventure Found New Optimism

Written by Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Ellen M. Martin, and Hailey Motooka Do you have a passion project that sometimes drives you to do unexpected things?  For many years I have been dreaming of improving research, diagnosis and care for autoimmunity by bringing the best of conventional, integrative and digital medicine to autoimmune patients. And… Continue reading The Allegheny Health Network Autoimmunity Institute — How my Crazy Adventure Found New Optimism

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Halloween with an Autoimmune Disease

Written by: Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Hailey Motooka, BS, Becca Malizia, BS Halloween is an exciting time of year for children of all ages who look forward to dressing up in costumes and parading around neighborhoods to see who can collect the most candy. Walking from doorstep to doorstep, receiving handfuls of candy is both a… Continue reading Halloween with an Autoimmune Disease

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Spotlight on Celiac Disease

Written by: Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Anna Simon, Ellen M. Martin Autoimmune disease is an “invisible epidemic.” Despite affecting roughly 16% of the US population, autoimmunity remains under-recognized, under-researched and under-served. To combat this lack of awareness, as well as to connect patients, families, and caregivers with useful resources, we at Your Autoimmunity Connection are publishing… Continue reading Spotlight on Celiac Disease

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Food Spotlight on Lupus

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

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The Rising Culture of Probiotics, Pills, and Fruity Tea to Reduce Oral Pathogens

Written by: Hailey Motooka, Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Ellen M. Martin (Yes, the pun in the title was intended.) A new culture is coming, and it has nothing to do with the Kardashians or a sudden spike in kale consumption, but everything to do with the oral microbiome and health. Today’s demand for a straighter… Continue reading The Rising Culture of Probiotics, Pills, and Fruity Tea to Reduce Oral Pathogens

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The Oral Microbiome’s Role in Heart Disease, Lung Disease, and Cancer

Written by: Hailey Motooka, Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Ellen M. Martin Long before anyone knew about the existence of the oral microbiome, or even about the existence of microbes themselves, Hippocrates reportedly cured systemic conditions, such as arthritis, by pulling infected teeth (1). Sound crazy to you? Well it sounds crazy to a lot of… Continue reading The Oral Microbiome’s Role in Heart Disease, Lung Disease, and Cancer

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The Mouth: Fun, Flirty, and Full of Bacteria

Written by: Hailey Motooka, Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Ellen M. Martin Most people have personal reasons to practice good oral hygiene, whether to get a whiter smile, have minty fresh breath to impress a date, or just to prevent cavities that require an unfun visit to the dentist. But most people are unaware that good… Continue reading The Mouth: Fun, Flirty, and Full of Bacteria

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How to be the CEO of Your Own Health: A Patient Guide

As a chronic disease patient, navigating the healthcare system can feel like fending for yourself in an unfamiliar big city - most other people seem to know their way around while you stand by, lost and confused. You are not alone. Some 117 million people, or about half of all US adults, are living with… Continue reading How to be the CEO of Your Own Health: A Patient Guide

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The Oral Microbiome: Critical for Understanding Oral Health and Disease

By Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA and Ellen M. Martin As a dentist trained in the 1980s, I am happy to report that much of what I learned in dental school so many years ago may no longer apply.  New understanding of the microbiome is changing our ideas about health and disease, and is pertinent to… Continue reading The Oral Microbiome: Critical for Understanding Oral Health and Disease

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Decoding Autoimmunity

By Bonnie Feldman, Ellen M Martin, and Tiffany Simms What Do We Mean by the Autoimmune Abyss? More than 50M patients in the US are living with 100+ different kinds of autoimmune diseases. In “The Lonely Voices of Autoimmune Disease” young adults talk about the challenges of living with chronic disease in the prime of… Continue reading Decoding Autoimmunity