Written by: Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Mariella Lodi, Ellen M. Martin As 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 now following dietary guidelines to help mitigate symptoms, based on a growing understanding that diet and nutrition can either… Continue reading Food Spotlight on Rheumatoid Arthritis
“It took 10 years to diagnose my RA. I had repeated episodes of joint swelling and terrible pain. It wasn't until a colleague suggested RA as a possibility for a particularly painful flare in my knee that I specifically asked a practitioner at urgent care about it and she ran some blood work” - anonymous… Continue reading Spotlight on Rheumatoid Arthritis
Written by: Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Ellen M. Martin, Kelsey O’Donoghue Imagine attending a workout class in which you warm up with stretching…seems pretty normal, right? Now imagine continuing to stretch for the whole class. Studios selling this concept are popping up around the nation - classes composed entirely of stretching are becoming more and… Continue reading Stretching: More than just a warm-up?
Does this photograph look familiar to you? Chances are high that it may - it features Michael Phelps in his natural habitat, an olympic pool, at the Rio Olympics last year. What may be less familiar are the circular bruises on his right shoulder. These peculiar markings are the result of an alternative medical practice called… Continue reading How Fascia is Linked to Your Chronic Pain
DrBonnie360 returns to Cambridge HealthTech Institute’s 2nd Annual Targeting the Microbiome Conference in Boston, MA on September 20. Highlighting the influence of the microbiome on autoimmune disease, DrBonnie360 will be presenting the latest in how the microbiome affects IBD, Celiac, MS, RA, and Lupus, as well as pioneering companies working in this sphere. Here is… Continue reading Trust Your Gut – the Microbiome & Autoimmunity
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?
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
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
What are Autoimmune Diseases? Over 50 million American’s suffer from autoimmune diseases, making it the third most common disease, after heart disease and cancer. There are over 80 types of autoimmune disorders targeting women 75% of the time, as the graph above shows. Autoimmune Diseases are the set of diseases that are caused by autoimmunity: when the body’s immune system… Continue reading Why Has Big Data Forgotten Autoimmune Diseases?