The immune system plays an important role in decision making preferences

  Among the variables that impact the risks and costs associated with waiting for later rewards is the internal, physical condition of the body. When healthy, we are less in need of immediate resources to manage a metabolically costly response to infection, injury, or disease. We are more likely to survive into the future to realize delayed rewards. Though, when sick, current energy demands are higher, and the future is relatively less certain. When having[…]

Removing tonsils and an increased risk of autoimmune disease

                              Tonsils play an important role in our immune system. Tonsils are a pair of lymphoid tissues located at the rear of the throat and function as the first defence against bacteria and virus. The underlying component of B cells in the germinal centers of the tonsil is activated when a pathogen is present. Studies show that the pre-existing antigen-specific IgA[…]

Highly sensitive person, sensory processing sensitivity are associated with type 1 diabetes

                          Highly Sensitive Person is a scientific term. The scientific term is ‘sensory-processing sensitivity’. Sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) is a recently proposed construct that refers to a genetically influenced tendency to more strongly and deeply process a variety of information including the arts, caffeine, other peoples’ moods, hunger, and pain. Highly Sensitive Persons are born that way. These processing differences are genetically based,[…]

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Chronic pain and autoimmunity

                              Typically,  Hashimoto thyroiditis also called autoimmune thyroiditis is viewed as a single organ autoimmune disease. However, we should not forget that it is part of an autoimmune family diseases. Hashimoto thyroiditis is frequently found in association with other autoimmune conditions and well-differentiated connective tissue diseases. Non-endocrine associations of hypothyroidism and Hashimoto thyroiditis have  been  described  including  rheumatic  manifestations  such  as […]

What does coffee mean for a person with Hashimoto’s?

  What does coffee mean for a person with a chronic condition as Hashimoto’s? We love coffee, need it for its taste and stimulating qualities. It brings us energy and helps us keep going when we are tired. Though, coffee can be bad for Hashimoto’s because it: Influences the absorption of thyroid medication Food can impair the absorption of thyroid hormones. This is the reason why it is recommended to take thyroid medication on an[…]

Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) and how to manage them

  Today’s question is – TPOAb please explain what this test stands for and all about it, please! What are your top tips for Antibody reduction? I managed to reduce mine by 75% by cutting out gluten but I am struggling to get TPOAb below 550. Antibodies and autoimmunity Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system to fight bacteria, viruses, and toxins. Antibodies even make cancer therapies. Thus, normally antibodies are a good thing. An[…]

Hair loss and Hashimoto thyroiditis

  Hair is an unique character for all mammals but not on other animals. It has several functions: protection of the skin,  sensory function: sexual and social communication. Human hair could be classified as: – androgen-independent hair (i.e., eyebrows and lashes); – hair on hormone-dependent body regions (e.g. scalp, beard, chest, axilla, and pubic region), which consist of terminal hair shafts. Hair shaft can be used for diagnostic purpose and, in particular, for testing psychoactive[…]

Autoimmune diseases are sharing a common origin.

  Autoimmune  diseases  are  chronic  conditions that are caused by the loss of immunological tolerance to self-antigens. When we look at autoimmune diseases separately, most of them individually are rare. Thought collectively they are affecting many people and are a leading cause of death among young and middle-aged women. The group of autoimmune diseases is a heterogeneous group of disorders. Different  changes in the immune system lead to a range of syndromes that either target[…]

Autoimmune thyroiditis and psychiatric disorders

Recently, the connection between autoimmunity and psychiatric disorders has been discovered for various autoimmune diseases. Evidence is accumulating that some psychiatric disorders have an autoimmune basis. Study of German researchers team published this month at JAMA Psychiatry uses a sample of 36 174 participants, equally distributed between depression and anxiety. Patients with autoimmune thyroiditis, Hashimoto thyroiditis, or subclinical or overt hypothyroidism had an increased risk of developing symptoms of depression and anxiety or of receiving[…]

Baking soda can have a beneficial effect on your autoimmune condition

  Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is used in different areas of life: from cleaning your home, to mouth hygiene, and skin care. Do you know that baking soda can have an beneficial effect on your health? It can: relieve minor skin irritation and itching help to relieve heartburn, indigestion by neutralizing stomach acid help fight colds and flu lessen chemotherapy side effects Moreover, researchers at Augusta University show that drinking baking soda daily may[…]

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