Treating Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome as a Chronic Disease

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In 2011 the American Urological Association (AUA) provided guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Interstitial Cystitis and Bladder Pain Syndrome. The guidelines provide great insight into pharmaceutical interventions but missed out on a lot of the contributing factors. Treating any chronic disease requires discussion regarding social, environmental, dietary factors which contribute to both prevention…

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Inflammation is Controlled by Cytokines

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Contents1 What are Cytokines?1.0.1 Where are Cytokines Produced?1.0.2 Specific Types of Cytokines2 Proinflammatory Cytokines3 Anti-inflammatory Cytokines3.0.1 IL-10 a Major Anti-inflammatory3.0.2 References What are Cytokines? Cytokines are a group of proteins, peptides and glycoproteins produced by specific cells of the immune system. They are signalling molecules that control and regulate immunity, inflammation and hematopoiesis. Where are…

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Altering Our Gut Bacteria for Autoimmune Disease

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  I’ve written articles about the microflora (gut bacteria), and how the bacteria in our gut influences our immune system and autoimmunity. That article can be found here. There is strong evidence showing the bacteria in the gut affects autoimmunity, but this article will focus on how bacteria populations may change for the worst. First…

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Gut Bacteria & Autoimmunity: A Strong Connection

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The digestive tract is a major player in autoimmune disease. There are numerous factors within the gut which can individually contribute to the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease. One of those factors is the gut microbiome: the bacteria within our gut. The gut has various mechanisms to ensure beneficial intestinal microbiota, it stops microbiota overgrowth and…

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How Do You Get Vitiligo?

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Contents1 To Summarize:2 What is Vitiligo3 Vitiligo Is Multifactorial4 We Know for Certain the Melanocyte is Involved5 The Theories of Vitiligo5.1 Theory 1: Autoimmune Etiology [2]5.2 Theory 2: The Neural Hypothesis [2]5.3 Theory 3: The Biochemical Hypothesis [2]6 Convergence Theory of Vitiligo7 Summary7.0.1 About the Author To Summarize: Vitiligo is a depigmentation disorder, where white…

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Differentiating Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis

There are a lot of similarities between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Together, these two conditions are group in as Inflammatory Bowel Disease. To a degree, they look quite similar [1]: Contents1 Crohn’s Disease 2 Ulcerative Colitis 3 Age 4 Gender 5 Population Distribution 6 Ethnic Group 7 Genetic Factors 8 Risk Factors 9 Diagnosis 10…

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Acid Reflux? Could it be a Hiatal Hernia

Contents1 To Summarize:2 What Is Hiatal Hernia3 Why is Hiatal Hernia Significant?4 How Hiatal Hernia is Liked to Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease5 GERD is More Than Just Acid Reflux6 GERD Shouldn’t Be Treated Exclusively with Acid Blocking Medications7 Explore All Causative Factors of GERD8 Review8.0.1 References 8.0.2 About the Author To Summarize: GERD may be known…

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Infection as a Trigger for Autoimmune Disease

Many people are familiar with the idea autoimmune disease runs in the family; this is because there are clear genetic links connecting autoimmune disease to family members. After all, your genetics come from your parents. One thing that surprises a lot of my patients, is that genes only pay a small role in autoimmune disease!…

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Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR): Testing for Inflammation

Contents1 To Summarize:2 Testing for Inflammation3 What is ESR3.1 ESR is Non-Specific3.2 Testing ESR3.3 Interfering Factors3.4 Diseases Associated with High ESR [3] [2]3.5 Diseases Associated with Low ESR [3] [2]4 Summary4.0.1 References 4.0.2 About the Author To Summarize: Inflammation can affect and drive many diseases, including certain autoimmune disease ESR stands for Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate…

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Dietary Goitrogens

Contents1 Quick Notes2 Thyroid Function3 What are Goitrogens4 Goitrogens Found in the Diet4.0.0.1 Cassava, lima beans, linseed sorghum, sweet potato4.0.0.2 Cruciferous vegetables: cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, rapeseed4.0.0.3 Soy and soybean products4.0.0.4 Cyanogenic Plant Foods: Cauliflower, cabbage, mustard, turnip, radish, bamboo shoot, cassava4.0.0.5 Millet5 Summary5.0.1 References 5.0.2 About the Author Quick Notes Goitrogens are substances…

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