What Are Autoimmune Disorders?

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Immune system disorders cause abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system. In cases of immune system over activity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases). Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections.

In response to an unknown trigger, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack the body’s own tissues. Treatment for autoimmune diseases generally focuses on reducing immune system activity. Examples of autoimmune diseases include:

 

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  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus). People with lupus develop autoimmune antibodies that can attach to tissues throughout the body. The joints, lungs, blood cells, nerves, and kidneys are commonly affected in lupus. Treatment often requires daily oral prednisone, a steroid that reduces immune system function.

 

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  • Guillain-Barre syndrome. The immune system attacks the nerves controlling muscles in the legs and sometimes the arms and upper body. Weakness results, which can sometimes be severe. Filtering the blood with a procedure called plasmapheresis is the main treatment for Guillain-Barre syndrome.

 

  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. Similar to Guillian-Barre, the immune system also attacks the nerves in CIDP, but symptoms last much longer. About 30% of patients can become confined to a wheelchair if not diagnosed and treated early. Treatment for CIDP and GBS are essentially the same.

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  • Psoriasis. In psoriasis, overactive immune system blood cells called T-cells collect in the skin. The immune system activity stimulates skin cells to reproduce rapidly, producing silvery, scaly plaques on the skin.

 

 

  • Graves’ disease. The immune system produces antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland to release excess amounts of thyroid hormone into the blood (hyperthyroidism). Symptoms of Graves’ disease can include bulging eyes as well as weight loss, nervousness, irritability, rapid heart rate, weakness, and brittle hair. Destruction or removal of the thyroid gland, using medicines or surgery, is usually required to treat Graves’ disease.

 

 

 

  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Antibodies produced by the immune system attack the thyroid gland, slowly destroying the cells that produce thyroid hormone. Low levels of thyroid hormone develop (hypothyroidism), usually over months to years. Symptoms include fatigue, constipation, weight gain, depression, dry skin, and sensitivity to cold. Taking a daily oral synthetic thyroid hormone pill restores normal body functions.

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  • Myasthenia gravis. Antibodies bind to nerves and make them unable to stimulate muscles properly. Weakness that gets worse with activity is the main symptom of myasthenia gravis. Mestinon (pyridostigmine) is the main medicine used to treat myasthenia gravis.

 

 

  • Vasculitis. The immune system attacks and damages blood vessels in this group of autoimmune diseases. Vasculitis can affect any organ, so symptoms vary widely and can occur almost anywhere in the body. Treatment includes reducing immune system activity, usually with prednisone or another corticosteroid.

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Stuck in a rut!!

Hello everyone have you ever felt stuck in a rut where you just try or do anything and everything to get out of it and it just does not seem posssible? weather it be spiritual, financially or just having a better way of life for you or your immediate family. in those moments that you feel hopeless and almost like you have your hands tied behind your back or perhaps mental fog has set in your mind or way of thinking.

most of the time is that we are trying way to hard to accoplish those goals or task at hand. but we have to realised that we must take a step back and relax take a breather let our minds take a mental break in the process becuase you will bet burned out if not.

Here are afew things that you can do to give your mind a break.

 

  1. Listen to soothing music or sounds that stimulate your brain into relaxing.mind waves

 

2. Go out for a walk weather it be with friends just around the block maybe to a park were they might have a track field. Going to the beach and taking in the sounds of the waves and the sounds of the seagulls and just the ambient noise that is soothing and calming to the soul..

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3. Going hiking enjoying the great outdoors sothing that will lift your spirits and will give you a sense of hope a sense of accomplishment.

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4. Get together with friends that will make you happy and will give you hope that will encourage you to accomplish whatever itr is that you are trying to do. friends that are in the same mental level as you or higher sos that your thincking or your brainstorming gerts challenged and find results to issues that you might not be capable at all by yourself.

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5. Staying in good health is possibly the biggest challenges amongs everyone. We have so many temptations as far as foods this is were our will really gets tested. we must make those choices now because in the long run that will catch up with us and we will definitely pay for it..

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Please leave a comment below i would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

How worried should we be that glyphosate was found in our Cheerios?

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An environmental advocacy group found traces of controversial herbicides on popular breakfast cereals like Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Quaker Oats, according to their report published Aug. 15. The weed killer in question—glyphosate—has long been the subject of controversy and confusion, especially when it comes to whether it’s associated with cancer.

Recently, a California jury decided that Monsanto, the agrochemical giant that produces a weed killer called Roundup, must pay a former groundskeeper with terminal non-Hodgkin lymphoma $289 million in damages for failing to warn him of glyphosate’s cancer risks. Dewayne Johnson, the plaintiff, testified that he sprayed large amounts of weed killer on the job and was accidentally doused with the product on two occasions.

But juries are not necessarily making their decisions based on science alone, and sometimes shoddy science can make its way into the courtroom.

Glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide that indiscriminately kills crops and weeds, is commonly sprayed in fields prior to planting or on crops genetically modified to resist glyphosate. The Johnson case is the first of hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto and its weed-killer to go to trial.

In response, Monsanto released a statement saying that glyphosate does not cause cancer and that they would appeal the verdict.

So what does the science say?

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm, classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Although the IARC working group said the evidence was limited, they found a positive association between the herbicide and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that develops from certain white blood cells, or lymphocytes. Glyphosate also damages DNA in cultured human cells and in animal studies, the IARC concluded, prompting an influx of lawsuits after the report came out.

However, that same year, the European Food Safety Authority also evaluated glyphosate and deemed that it wasn’t likely to pose a cancer threat. The European Union committee explained that they reached a different conclusion because they only looked at glyphosate, whereas the IARC included glyphosate-based formulations in their review and also considered additional routes of exposure, such as on the job or from the environment.

Similarly, a joint May 2016 report from the World Health Organization and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization contradicted WHO’s earlier position, concluding that glyphosate exposure through diet was unlikely to pose a cancer risk. Instead, the report acknowledged some evidence of a positive correlation between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but noted that the majority of animal studies didn’t show any damage to the genetic material in cells, even at doses as high as two grams per kilogram of body weight. Scaled linearly for a 154-lb person, that amount of glyphosate would equal the weight of about 35 sugar cubes.

The 2017 draft risk assessment from the Environmental Protection Agency looking at exposure through food and drink or accidental ingestion from work-related applications also concluded that glyphosate was unlikely to cause cancer in people. This draft didn’t include a dietary reference dose, but an EPA report from 1993proposed a reference dose of 140 milligrams per day for a 154-pound person.

California, which is usually extra cautious when it comes to cancer risk, says that glyphosate exposure below 1.1 milligrams per day doesn’t pose a significant risk. The Environmental Working Group, in their report on breakfast cereals, used a limit 100 times more conservative than California’s already cautious one.

Of course, nobody likes the idea of eating weed killer with their breakfast. But if it’s any consolation, you’d have to eat about 12 servings of the breakfast cereal flavored with the most Roundup (Quaker Old Fashioned Oats) to reach California’s already conservative limit for glyphosate exposure.

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