C-Reactive Protein (CRP): Testing for Inflammation

Contents1 To Summarize:2 Testing for Inflammation3 What is CRP3.1 CRP is Non-Specific3.2 Testing CRP3.3 Where Does CRP Come From?3.4 Interfering Factors3.5 Diseases Associated with High CRP [2] [3]4 Summary4.0.1 References 4.0.2 About the Author To Summarize: CRP stands for C-Reactive Protein CRP is an inexpensive, useful way to assess for inflammation in your body it is…

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Autoimmune Testing: Factors That Interfere With ANA

Contents1 What is ANA?2 Have a High ANA?3 Factors Affecting the ANA Test3.0.1 References 3.0.2 About the Author What is ANA? ANA stands for Anti-nuclear antibody. ANA is a great screening test for many common autoimmune diseases. Testing for autoimmune disease can be confusing, where multiple autoantibodies can be present in one autoimmune disease. Click…

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What Is Multiple Sclerosis: The Basics

Contents1 Overview2 Epidemiology (Statistics)3 Types4 Pathophysiology5 Risk Factors6 Prognosis7 Clinical Findings8 Signs the Doctor May Find on Physical Examination8.0.1 References Overview Multiple Sclerosis or M.S., is a chronic autoimmune disease. MS is known to affect the nervous system, which results in problems with vision, balance and muscle control. Since the nervous system affects the whole…

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Autoimmune Testing: Anti-Nuclear Antibodies (ANA)

Contents1 Quick Notes2 Testing in Autoimmune Disease3 What is an Anti-Nuclear Antibody or ANA4 The ANA Test5 ANA and Lupus6 Summary6.0.1 References 6.0.2 About the Author Quick Notes ANA stands for Anti-Nuclear Antibodies ANA represents a group of various antibodies – all of which attack certain parts of our nuclei (the nucleus is the center…

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Testing Accuracy: Understanding Specificity and Sensitivity

Contents1 Quick Notes2 Why We Test3 Tests are Not Perfect3.1 A Few Terms To Know4 Sensitivity and Specificity4.1 Specificity4.2 SnOut and SpIN5 Examples to Explain Sensitivity and Specificity6 Why Does This Matter?6.0.1 References 6.0.2 About the Author Quick Notes Diagnoses are made by signs and symptoms, physical exams and often times LABORATORY WORK lab work…

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Testing Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid Factor and Anti-CPP

Contents1 Quick Notes2 Rheumatoid Factor (RF)2.1 Rheumatoid Factor and Rheumatoid Arthritis2.2 Quantifying RF2.3 Confirming a Diagnosis3 Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide (CPP)4 Anti CPP and Rheumatoid Arthritis5 Timing is Important6 Anti-CPP is Very Accurate7 Who is this Test Useful for?8 Testing for Rheumatoid Arthritis? Test RF and Anti-CPP Together9 Summary9.0.1 References 9.0.2 About the Author Quick Notes…

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Environmental Factors: The Basics

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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Genetic Susceptibilities of Autoimmune Disease

As you read this blog, you’ll see many contributing factors linked to autoimmune disease. The one common trend is these factors especially affect those that are “genetically susceptible”. All that means, is certain individuals are born with genetic abnormalities that interfere with our normal built-in protect mechanism and leave them more predisposed to autoimmune disease.…

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What Is Autoimmune Disease: The Basics

My clinical practice focuses on autoimmune disease. My website will also serve as a large resource for anyone suffering from autoimmune disease. This post is just an introduction into what Autoimmune disease is, a very basic introduction at that. For more information and in depth analysis please click here. Contents1 What is Autoimmune Disease?2 How…

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Leaky Gut Is Real

For decades, Leaky gut was considered a theory, something people thought was going on but couldn’t prove. Now, after many years, we have a lot of evidence leaky gut is real, and contributes to a wide range of conditions, including autoimmune disease. The research into leaky gut is growing at an alarming rate, which proves…

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