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Jun - Jul 2020

Factors That Can Impact Immunity

Many factors can impair immunity, some of which are beyond our control or the full understanding of the scientific world. However, the effectiveness of the body's defenses against disease is a spectrum that may be impacted by several key factors influenced by healthy living habits. Therefore, those who live with compromised immune systems should not sell themselves short by thinking there isn't anything they can do to stop infection. There are always things people can do to better help keep germs out and to improve the body's response to a contagion… 
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Adjusting to Life with a Chronic Illness: 3 Things to Do After Diagnosis

Shock. Despair. Worry. That's what people often feel after being diagnosed with a chronic illness. But there's hope, too, and relief. Why? Because now you know what is wrong. And, even though it might take time to realize it, there's power in knowing what it is that's been plaguing your body for such a long time. All those symptoms? All those doctor visits? All those blood tests? Now, they amount to something: a diagnosis…  full article (pdf)

Making Medications Work Best For Patients

Medicine was created to diagnose, treat, cure and prevent disease. The ultimate goal is to achieve a desired effect with as few side effects as possible. And, while many factors can affect this process, there are many ways to overcome the challenges associated with taking medications…  full article (pdf)

Understanding Combined Immunodeficiencies

As the name implies, combined immunodeficiencies (CIDs) encompass a category of immunodeficiencies in which T and B lymphocytes fail to function as normally expected. What is not clarified in the name is whether B lymphocytes fail to function due to lack of T lymphocyte assistance or whether the underlying gene mutations affect the functions and numbers of both T and B lymphocytes. Additionally, it is unclear at what point CID is severe enough to become classified as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID); what the varieties of CID are; whether some have more T lymphocyte dysfunction and less B lymphocyte dysfunction and vice versa; and how CID is diagnosed and treated… full article (pdf)

Controlling Weight with an Immune Disorder

Weight can often be a challenge for those with an immune disorder. For those carrying around excess weight, losing extra pounds can help improve health outcomes, lower the risk for certain diseases and increase energy levels. And, while getting rid of the stubborn weight can be more of a difficult task for those with immune and/or autoimmune diseases than the average dieter, it can ease symptoms and reduce inflammation in the body. "Losing just 5 percent to 7 percent of weight may reduce joint pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis by reducing overall inflammation," says Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD, owner of Sound Bites Nutrition, LLC, in Cincinnati, Ohio… full article (pdf)