Autoimmune disease

Consider These 5 Causes of Infertility

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 | 0 comments

Consider These 5 Causes of Infertility

The rates of infertility in both women and men are on the rise, affecting between 10 to 15 percent of couples. That is probably a conservative estimate. Although some causes are well known, couples should consider other important factors when trying to conceive. Some of the more common reasons include the mother’s age, obesity, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), varicose veins in the scrotum, and fallopian tube damage. However, addressing less commonly known causes of infertility not only can improve the chances of conception, but also lower the risk of...

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The Effects of GMOs in Hashimoto’s

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 | 0 comments

The Effects of GMOs in Hashimoto’s

You’ve probably been hearing about GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. What is the big deal with GMOs, and can they really be that harmful to you since they are in our food supply? If you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and are working to manage your immune and thyroid health, GMOs can have a significant impact. Therefore, a GMO-free diet should be incorporated in the support of autoimmune Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. A GMO food has had its DNA altered through the insertion of genes from another species of plant, animal, bacteria, or virus. Examples of genetic modification...

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The Relationship Between Gluten, Anxiety, and Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 | 2 comments

The Relationship Between Gluten, Anxiety, and Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

Suffering from anxiety is like being held prisoner in a place where worry infuses every thought, your heart pounds, and the world seems jarring and disorienting. With anti-anxiety medications among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States, Americans are clearly suffering. Though medications relieve the symptoms, they don’t address the cause. Some causes of anxiety are obvious: stimulants such as caffeine, weight loss pills, energy drinks, or supplements that increase energy. Psychological or emotional stressors, such as having to speak in public or prepare for a major exam,...

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Celiac disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: What do they have in common?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Celiac disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: What do they have in common?

Celiac disease is an immune-mediated enteropathy caused by a permanent sensitivity to gluten, or gluten intolerance. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition, the triggers of which are both the environmental (gluten) and the autoantigen (body’s own immune system). Celiac Disease can be associated with other conditions, disorders, or syndromes.  More often these are autoimmune disorders, including insulin-dependent diabetes, Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, Sjogren’s, and others. Major risk factors for Celiac disease are the grains, the genetic predisposition, and historically the advent and the...

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Excess hunger and Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism: Could it be leptin resistance?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Excess hunger and Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism: Could it be leptin resistance?

Carrying excess fat can actually make you hungrier thanks to a phenomenon called leptin resistance. For people with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism this is double bad news as inappropriately managed hypothyroidism promotes weight gain and makes it difficult to lose weight. What is leptin? Leptin is a “satiety” hormone secreted by fat cells that tells the brain when you have had enough to eat. Eating causes the secretion of leptin, which signals that the stomach is full and it’s time to stop eating. Between meals or during long periods without food, leptin levels drop, triggering hunger and...

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Mother’s Hashimoto’s, or autoimmune disease may raise risk of childhood asthma and allergies

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 | 0 comments

Mother’s Hashimoto’s, or autoimmune disease may raise risk of childhood asthma and allergies

Maternal autoimmunity While viral and bacterial infections have declined over the last 60 years, autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disorders are steadily climbing. Autoimmune disease dwarfs cancer and heart disease combined, now affecting about 50 million people, or 20 percent of the population. In an autoimmune response, the immune system mistakenly creates antibodies to the body’s own tissue, thereby tagging the tissue for destruction. Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism is the most common autoimmune illness today, affecting an estimated 23 million. Autoimmune diseases such as...

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