Autoimmune Series

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR): Testing for Inflammation

To Summarize: Inflammation can affect and drive many diseases, including certain autoimmune disease ESR stands for Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate ESR is a marker of systemic inflammation It represents how sticky our Red blood cells are ESR will identify the presence of inflammation, but will not tell what specifically is causing the inflammation Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate…

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Dietary Goitrogens

Quick Notes Goitrogens are substances which interfere with thyroid function They can work on the thyroid gland or the hormones themselves Certain otherwise healthy foods can act as goitrogens, so anyone with low functioning thyroid function may want to be weary Thyroid Function Proper thyroid gland function and hormone metabolism is key for optimal health.…

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C-Reactive Protein (CRP): Testing for Inflammation

To Summarize: CRP stands for C-Reactive Protein CRP is an inexpensive, useful way to assess for inflammation in your body it is quick to respond – meaning in the early stages of inflammation (or infection), CRP will increase CRP will confirm the presence of inflammation, but not it’s source – further investigation will always be…

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Autoimmune Testing: Factors That Interfere With ANA

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 here for more about ANA and how we use this test to assess for autoimmune disease. Have a…

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What Is Multiple Sclerosis: The Basics

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 body, we also see symptoms of fatigue, digestive changes and more. Epidemiology (Statistics) Top disabling condition of young adults (U.S.)…

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Autoimmune Testing: Anti-Nuclear Antibodies (ANA)

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 or ‘brain’ of our cells. ANA is associated with many autoimmune diseases, but has a very close relationship to the disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Anti-Nuclear Antibodies…

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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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