Tag: autoimmune

Leaky Gut in Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that involves an immune system attack of the protective sheath (myelin sheath) that covers nerves. This destruction has a damaging effect on the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. The disease process varies widely per person, ranging from symptoms of weakness, tingling, numbness, blurred vision, muscle stiffness, and difficult thinking…

Is Alzheimer’s the Result of Living in a Too-Clean World?

Modern life in all its cleanliness—clean buildings, sanitizer, antibacterial everything and a “don’t touch that” attitude—is thought to be contributing to the increased prevalence of allergic and autoimmune diseases found in developed countries. (This concept is known as the hygiene hypothesis.) Contrast this with developing countries where children still play in the dirt, antibacterial soap is reserved for medical use,…

Early Infections May Increase Risk of Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive condition in which the body’s immune system damages the villi (fingerlike projections) of the small intestine in response to the presence of gluten, found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. This intestinal damage prevents the absorption of key nutrients important to health, eventually leading to malnourishment in untreated individuals. One in every 133 people…

Gut Bacteria of Ancient Human Ancestors Nothing Like the Gut Residents of Today

A group of researchers from the University of Oklahoma are trying to understand the relationship between gut bacteria of ancient people (as preserved from archeological sites dating over 1000 years ago) to modern man. “The results support the hypothesis that ancient human gut microbiomes are more similar to those of non-human primates and rural non-western communities than to those of…

Celiac Disease in the United States

Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive condition in which the body’s immune system damages the villi (fingerlike projections) of the small intestine in response to the presence of gluten, found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. This intestinal damage prevents the absorption of key nutrients important to health, eventually leading to malnourishment in untreated individuals. Some people with celiac disease…

Vitamin D—Are You Taking the Right Form?

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for support of…

Mineral Toxins and Autoimmunity—What Can We Do?

A recent article from the Journal of Environment International showed a significant connection between elevated blood mercury levels and autoimmune antibodies to parts of the thyroid gland, specifically thyroglobulin.1 Thyroglobulin is a protein made in the thyroid gland that is essential for the production of thyroid hormones. With mercury in the thyroid gland, antibodies develop and attach to thyroglobulin, producing…

Food Allergy and Sensitivities—A Growing Problem

A recent study to be published in the journal Pediatrics found that the prevalence of food allergy in children is higher than previously thought.1 It turns out that 8 percent of children—that’s about 1 in every 13 children—are affected by food allergy. Food allergies and sensitivities are far-reaching problems contributing to many autoimmune conditions like type 1 diabetes, arthritis and…

Celiac Increasing in Elderly

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease involving a reaction in the gut to gliadin, the gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye. This gut reaction destroys the body’s own intestinal lining cells, a process known as autoimmunity. The treatment of celiac disease is complete avoidance of gluten and gluten-containing foods. If not treated properly, the autoimmunity can manifest in…