Immune Health Resources

Autoimmune disorders present in a variety of diseases, including Hashimoto’s disease, lupus, chronic inflammation and fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and endometriosis. On this resource page, we focus on the various autoimmune diseases that may cause–or be affected by–hormone imbalances.

Autoimmune Disease

The biological basis and the symptoms that accompany autoimmune disorders may not be linked to a specific infection. Rather, autoimmune disorders occur when our own immune system—a complex system to begin with—begins to attack our body.

Beyond Fatigue

The Centers for Disease Control believe that more than one million American adults may be affected by chronic fatigue, as well as over five million adults who may suffer from chronic fatigue associated with fibromyalgia.

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Can Vitamin D Keep the Doctor Away?

Vitamin D supports a healthy immune system and helps suppress excessive inflammation. If you suffer from multiple infections or inflammatory symptoms, checking your vitamin D level might be just what the doctor ordered.

Chronic Inflammation

Nicolas V. Perricone, MD Dr. Perricone is among a growing number of researchers who believe that chronic inflammation results from a combination of genetics, diet, and lifestyle choices that hamper the body’s ability to squelch the inflammatory response and lead to autoimmune disorders and other diseases.

Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that prevents the pancreas from producing enough insulin. This type of diabetes is typically diagnosed during adolescence, which is why it is also sometimes called “juvenile diabetes” even though it is a lifelong condition.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a fairly common but poorly understood disease that is frequently undetected, untreated, and misdiagnosed. No one is certain what causes endometriosis, although researchers believe that genetics, a dysfunctional immune system, hormones, and environmental factors may all play a part in it.

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Endometriosis Q&A

Learn more about endometriosis in this interview with Mary Lou Ballweg, founder of and Executive Director for the Endometriosis Association.

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Endometriosis, Yeast, and Hormones

Learn more about endometriosis in this interview with Mary Lou Ballweg, founder of and Executive Director for the Endometriosis Association.

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Book Review – Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is considered an autoimmune disease and is the leading cause of hypothyroidism. Current medical ideology takes a simplistic approach, which falls short of providing adequate treatment. Izabella Wentz details the reasons this disease develops and identifies steps to rebuild the body’s resources.

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Hormone Podcast

Listen to this Natural Nurse Podcast, featuring Women’s International Pharmacy’s Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP discuss the topic of hormones and chronic pain.

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Hormones and Chronic Lyme Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that approximately 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease occur yearly in the US–possibly more, as the symptoms can mimic other autoimmune disorders. Understanding Lyme disease’s impact on hormones (and vice versa) may help in developing successful treatments.

Hydrocortisone

Dr. William Jefferies reported successfully using hydrocortisone to treat Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid. His research also predicted that low-dose hydrocortisone might be beneficial in multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease of the nervous system.

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Book Review – The LDN Book

Editor Linda Elsegood’s mission is to help others learn about low-dose naltrexone and promote research into how it may be used to treat a variety of diseases. The LDN Book compiles information from various practitioners who have used LDN to treat various ailments.

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Book Review – Living Well with Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism

Mary J. Shomon’s book points out having too much thyroid hormone isn’t simply malfunctioning glands. Autoimmunity is more likely the underlying cause.

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LDN: Treating Pain and More

Low-dose naltrexone is used to treat pain, fibromyalgia, MS, autoimmune diseases, cancer, Crohn’s disease, autism, AIDS, and other disorders. This article describes the work of Dr. Bernard Bihari, who discovered and developed the therapeutic use of LDN for his patients with autoimmune diseases.

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The Lyme Disease Merry-Go-Round

Chronic Lyme disease weakens the immune system, which may allow intestinal yeast to overgrow. Antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease destroy the gut bacteria which keeps yeast in check. Yeast, in turn, further depresses the immune system. Thus patients may get sicker due to a compromised immune system, hormone imbalance, and yeast overgrowth.

Lyme Disease Research Update

Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic other diseases. Individuals with Lyme disease may find themselves in a situation where the condition becomes chronic and they are in a continuous struggle to restore their health.

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MS, Lupus, LDN, and the Hormone Connection

Multiple sclerosis (MS) and lupus are the most common of the more than 100 different autoimmune diseases. Research suggests that low-dose naltrexone—and its potential effects on hormone imbalance—may prove a positive treatment option for MS and lupus.

Treating MS with Sex Hormones

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by inflammation and nervous system degeneration.  Both estrogen and testosterone exhibited anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective effects when administered to MS patients in studies.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D contributes to overall health throughout the stages of life. With adequate and sensible sun exposure, dietary sources, and supplements as needed, optimizing vitamin D levels appears to offer real health benefits.

A Connection with Yeast

A growing consensus among healthcare practitioners is that disorders such as fibromyalgia and endometriosis may be yeast-related. These disorders often result from a weakened immune system, in which viruses are activated, yeasts multiply, food and chemical allergies become activated, and nutritional deficiencies develop.