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.
The biological basis and the symptoms that accompany autoimmune disorders may not be linked to a specific infection, but rather occur when it attacks the body.
CAN VITAMIN D KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY?
Vitamin D supports a healthy immune system and helps suppress excessive inflammation and may be helpful in treating infections.
Chronic inflammation results from myriad factors that hamper the body’s ability to squelch inflammation and leads to autoimmune disorders and other diseases.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that prevents the pancreas from producing enough insulin. This type of diabetes is a lifelong condition.
Endometriosis is a fairly common but poorly understood disease that is frequently undetected, untreated, and misdiagnosed.
Learn more about endometriosis in this interview with Mary Lou Ballweg, founder of and Executive Director for the Endometriosis Association.
ENDOMETRIOSIS, YEAST, AND HORMONES
Endometriosis symptoms often diminish with anti-yeast treatment, which of course includes eliminating sugar from the diet.
More than one million adults may be affected by chronic fatigue in the US, and over five million may suffer from chronic fatigue associated with fibromyalgia.
BOOK REVIEW – HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is considered an autoimmune disease and is the leading cause of hypothyroidism.
Listen to this Natural Nurse Podcast, featuring Women’s International Pharmacy’s Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP discuss the topic of hormones and chronic pain.
HORMONES AND CHRONIC LYME DISEASE
Lyme disease can mimic other autoimmune disorders. Understanding its impact on hormones (and vice versa) may help in developing successful treatments.
Hydrocortisone has been shown to help in treating Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid.
BOOK REVIEW – THE LDN BOOK
The LDN Book compiles information from various practitioners and researchers who have used low-dose naltrexone in treating various ailments.
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.
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.
THE LYME DISEASE MERRY-GO-ROUND
Chronic Lyme disease weakens the immune system. 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. The condition may becomes a continuous struggle to restore health.
MS, LUPUS, LDN, AND THE HORMONE CONNECTION
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.
With adequate and sensible sun exposure, dietary sources, and supplements as needed, optimizing vitamin D levels appears to offer real health benefits.