Many have heard of the compound AHCC in reference to its use in settings of anti-cancer therapies. However, AHCC, a Basidiomycetes mushroom-derived compound, is an immune modulator, and may have benefits for individuals with autoimmune disease. Learn more in my recent contribution to Naturopathic Doctors News and Reviews - http://ndnr.com/autoimmuneallergy-medicine/immune-modulator-for-autoimmune-disease/
The frustration of psoriasis, for those who experience it, ranges from mild irritation and annoyance to something which can be debilitating. Learn more about natural alternatives to support the resolution of psoriasis. https://www.clinicaleducation.org/news/psoriasis-autoimmunity-inflammation-and-the-gut-what-natural-things-can-you-do-to-heal/
Anyone who has an autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis is often looking to alternative medicine for support. Learn about the positive findings of recent research utilizing high-dose biotin for the treatment of this condition. https://www.ahcmedia.com/articles/140397-high-dose-biotin-shows-promise-for-arresting-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-disability
Supporting the immune system for prevention of illness and faster recovery from colds and respiratory infections is often on people's minds with the onset of cold and influenza season. There are supplements which have evidence for illness prevention as well as decreasing infection severity. The things which are generally safe for individuals with a healthy immune system are possibly not safe for individuals with autoimmune disease. Read Dr. Decker's discussion of some of the supplements which may be helpful for individuals with autoimmune disease as well as others including children in the discussion "Immune Supportive Agents and Considerations for Autoimmunity."
Thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are also most often due to autoimmune diseases in the United States (Hashimoto thyroiditis and Graves disease). However the actual autoimmune aspect of this is often undiagnosed, particularly with hypothyroidism. In individuals with an autoimmune thyroid disorder, the incidence of other autoimmune diseases is between 10 – 15%. This means that these individuals are more likely to have an additional autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly known as Lupus or SLE), Celiac disease, and vitiligo - http://tinyurl.com/mesq3dg. Autoimmune diseases are much more common in females, and are one of the top 10 causes of death in women up to 64 years of age (American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc).
For the health conscious among us, the term chronic inflammation is also probably something which one has heard of. But what is chronic inflammation and an inflammatory state? Does this really impact health? And if so, what can be done?