“Isabel, a cute 10-year-old girl from Texas who loved riding horses, walked into my office a year and a half ago with one of the most severe cases of autoimmune disease I had ever seen. Her face was swollen, her skin was inflamed, her joints were swollen, her immune system was attacking her entire body–her muscles, her skin, her joints, her blood vessels, her liver, and her white and red blood cells. Isabel couldn’t squeeze her hand or make a fist. The tips of her fingers and toes were always cold from Raynaud’s disease that inflammed her blood vessels. She was tired and miserable and was losing her hair. Isabel was on elephant doses of intravenous steroids every three weeks just to keep her alive, and she was taking prednisone, aspirin, acid blockers, and methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug used to shut down the immune system daily . . .”
So begins an article in the October 10, 2010 Huffington Post: “Is There a Cure for Autoimmune Disease,” by Mark Hyman, M.D. Many members here will find this article interesting, thought-provoking and –depending on who reads it–anything from frustrating to inspiring.
If you scroll down after the article, there are a number of Huffington readers’ posts in response to the piece. You might find these of use, too.
What are your thoughts on this article? Do you have links to other articles of interest you’d like to share? When you have a moment, please share you thoughts with us here.
My thoughts: Dr. Hyman can be quite a marketer at times, but he also has interesting information that’s worth referencing if only to lead you on a journey to other articles and information. Dr. Hyman is also an author and has written many books on health, one of the most popular being The UltraMind Solution: The Simple Way to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind. Suggestion: Read them from the library before purchasing.
More great information and thoughtful discussions: If you haven’t already, be sure to join our Ravelry Discussion Group at here: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/knitting-is-gluten-free/topics OH MY GOSH, just wait until you see all the outstanding recipes posted there. Thanks to members’ talents, we have everything from chicken pot pie to onion rings. (Special thanks to FireBear for these two and more.)
UPDATE: Congratulations to AnnaMarie, winner of the contest posted in the last blog. Her name was drawn to win her choice of a Nenah Galati Knitting Korner DVD. AnnaMarie: I’ve emailed you with the details. Thank you (and everyone here) for your comments!
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