Autoimmune Diseases and Their Environmental Triggers

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Autoimmune Disease (AD) refers to any of a number of disorders caused by an immune system defect that allows the body to attack its own tissues. Some say 20 percent of the population is susceptible to Autoimmune Disease. According to current theory, individuals who develop AD do so because they are exposed to certain environmental triggers.

This work is a comprehensive resource for patients with autoimmune disease. The primary focus is on the specific environmental factors, ...

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Overview

Autoimmune Disease (AD) refers to any of a number of disorders caused by an immune system defect that allows the body to attack its own tissues. Some say 20 percent of the population is susceptible to Autoimmune Disease. According to current theory, individuals who develop AD do so because they are exposed to certain environmental triggers.

This work is a comprehensive resource for patients with autoimmune disease. The primary focus is on the specific environmental factors, including heavy metals, hormones, organic solvents, medications, and infectious agents, that lead to autoimmune disease and that make the symptoms worse in genetically susceptible individuals.

Sections of this work describe the immune system, the natural courses of disease for the various system-wide and organ-specific autoimmune disorders, and genetic factors and lifestyle influences associated with AD. Diagnostic concerns, conventional and alternative treatment options for AD, current research paths, and laboratory tests are also covered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786413225
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/29/2002
  • Series: McFarland Health Topics
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine A. Moore has worked in hospital laboratories for more than 30 years, primarily in immunohematology and toxicology. She is a freelance medical writer and laboratory consultant. For more information, visit her website at www.elaine-moore.com . She lives in Sedalia, Colorado. The illustrator, Marvin G. Miller, is a clinical chemist. He lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 Health vs. Environment 5
2 What Are Autoimmune Diseases? 17
3 What Went Wrong? The Players in Autoimmune Disease 32
4 Why Me? Genetic Factors 62
5 Environmental Triggers of Autoimmune Disease 72
6 Tricky Business, Diagnosing Autoimmune Disease 98
7 The Autoimmune Disease Spectrum 121
8 Conventional Treatment Options 155
9 Alternative Medical Treatment Options 168
10 Current Research Trends 179
11 Resources 189
Glossary 203
Notes 215
Index 223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2002

    Everyone Should Read This Book

    Elaine Moore has written the Silent Spring of Autoimmune Diseases. She has taken the leap to show us how vaccines, mercury, estrogens and others harm our immune systems, causing autoimmune disease. While other books skim the subject and rattle off symptoms, this books opens the doors and explains exactly how autoimmune diseases develop. Even better, this powerful book explains, in simple words, how to prevent disease flare-ups and thereby prevent a progressive worsening of symptoms. Autoimmune Diseases and their Environmental Triggers is a wonderful educational resource that will benefit anyone with an autoimmune disorder and also their family members.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2002

    Everyone with an AD should read this!!!

    Finally, I've found a book that clearly explains how autoimmune diseases happen. When I was diagnosed with lupus, I was terrified. Elaine has replaced my fear with a sense of empowerment. Within 1 week of avoiding aspartame and foods high in mercury, my inflammation has subsided and all my aches and pains are gone. I also appreciated learning about drug related lupus. My doctor is now running the right tests to see if my lupus was caused by antibiotics. Everyone with an autoimmune disease needs to read this book.

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