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Ashley Martson: Lupus and Kidney Failure Inspiration 

Ashley Martson Hospitalized with Kidney Failure from Lupus

We recently posted about 90 Day Fiance star Ashely Martson opening up about her struggles with lupus.  On January 13, 2019 she was hospitalized again because of lupus.  According to her newly created GoFund Me account,  Ashley was found unresponsive at her home sometime on January 12, 2019. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital where it was determined that she is in kidney failure.  She will reportedly begin dialysis soon and be placed on the donor list for a kidney transplant.     We are sending prayers and good…

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Power Yogurt Recipe Diet 

Power Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Recipe

For the New Year, I wanted to come up with a New Year’s resolution that I would be able to actually sustain past the first week of the year.  I decided instead of creating a very specific resolution, I would create a broad one that would help me enjoy each success.  I am really trying hard to be more conscious about the foods that I eat and how they may affect my lupus. I am interested in learning more about the AIP diet, but right now, it is just too…

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet Diet 

The Best Anti-Inflammatory Food

  Inflammation is a protective response by the body against the foreign agents and microorganisms. The body releases certain chemicals and cells that engulf the offending agent.  It heals the body from injuries and infections. The protective response elicited by the body through the WBCs and several chemicals in response to foreign particles is known as inflammation. The body is protected from damaging agents like bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms in this way.   For a person dealing with an autoimmune disease like lupus, reducing inflammation within the body is something…

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is lupus genetic Health More 

Is Lupus Genetic?

Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease that plagues millions of people around the world.  While lupus was first discovered and named in the thirteenth century by a physician named Rogerius.  He coined the term ‘lupus’ because it is the latin word for ‘wolf’ because he believed the malar rash resembled that of a wolf bite.  Over the years, many researchers and physicians have made great scientific stride in learning about lupus. Although lupus was medically discovered generations ago, it is still lagging behind many other diseases in terms of research…

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Lupus Genetic Markers Health More 

Lupus Genetic Markers

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation and destruction of multiple body organs. The antibodies get activated against its body organs and start destroying them. It has clinical heterogeneity which means that it has a variety of disease manifestations. It may involve one body organ in one person and multiple organ systems in the other. It shares its signs and symptoms with other autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Same is true regarding its severity.   Lupus and Genetics Lupus is a multifactorial disorder with an elusive etiology; it…

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beginners yoga for lupus and fibromyalgia Health 

Best Youtube Videos for Beginners Yoga for Lupus and Fibromyalgia

One of my favorite and sometimes only way to stay active, is to do yoga.  Most people have heard of yoga and may think it is just some kind of health fad that does not provide any real benefit.  The truth is, if I do not do some sort of yoga or stretching daily, my body will get ‘stuck’ and it becomes a lot harder to get my body moving again.  I started looking on Youtube for various yoga videos aimed at those with fibromyalgia and other diseases with chronic…

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Lupus Body Rash Health More 

Lupus Body Rash

Most of us are aware of the Malar rash and rashes we may get when exposed to the sun or even UV lights.  I experienced rashes after the sun that looked similar to “sun poisoning” (and was told that is what it was for many years).  Just recently, I have begun to develop wheals of incredibly itchy and burning spots that resemble hives (urticaria).  These spots pop up when I start flaring and are quickly resolved once I start on a high Prednisone taper.  The thing about these lupus hives…

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Blue Green Algae and Autoimmune Diseases Health 

Blue Green Algae and Autoimmune Disease

“Blue-green algae” consists of a group of bacteria that produce blue-green pigments. Blue Green algae grows in salt water and sometimes, large fresh water lakes.  Blue-green algae is commonly used in various food over the past few centuries in Mexico and some African countries. Since the 1970s, blue green algae supplements have also emerged in the US market.   Should People with Autoimmune Diseases Take Blue Green Algae Supplements? In recent years, the theory of “Leaky Gut” has caused an increase in blue green algae supplements and usage.  Many people are…

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The New Lupus Drug that Could Replace Plaquenil Health More 

The New Lupus Drug That Could Replace Plaquenil

According to the Lupus Research Institute,  a new study by Target Identification in Lupus grantee Keith Elkon, MD, of the University of Washington, Seattle, and colleagues has given hope that a new drug they designed could possibly work better than the most common anti-malaria drug currently prescribed to lupus patients.     Plaquenil is the brand name of Hydroxychloroquine.  Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malarial drug that has been used for a long time in rheumatic diseases like lupus and arthritis.  It was originally created as an anti malarial drug, but was found to help…

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