Autoimmune Diseases and Their Environmental Triggers

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McFarland, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 227 pages
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Autoimmune Disease (AD) refers to any of a number of disorders caused by an immune system defect that allows the body to attack its own tissues. Some say 20 percent of the population is susceptible to Autoimmune Disease. According to current theory, individuals who develop AD do so because they are exposed to certain environmental triggers. This work is a comprehensive resource for patients with autoimmune disease. The primary focus is on the specific environmental factors, including heavy metals, hormones, organic solvents, medications, and infectious agents, that lead to autoimmune disease and that make the symptoms worse in genetically susceptible individuals. Sections of this work describe the immune system, the natural courses of disease for the various system-wide and organ-specific autoimmune disorders, and genetic factors and lifestyle influences associated with AD. Diagnostic concerns, conventional and alternative treatment options for AD, current research paths, and laboratory tests are also covered.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Basic Human Cell
6
Health vs Environment
7
What Are Autoimmune Diseases?
19
What Went Wrong? The Players in Autoimmune
32
The MindBody Connection
35
Immune System Organs
41
Lymphocyte Development
47
Tricky Business Diagnosing Autoimmune Disease
99
The Autoimmune Disease Spectrum
121
Kidney Structure
130
Conventional Treatment Options
157
Alternative Medical Treatment Qptions
169
Current Research Trends
179
Resources
189
Glossary
203

The Immune Response
54
Why Me? Genetic Factors
62
Antigen Presenting T Cell
68
Environmental Triggers of Autoimmune Disease
72
Notes
215
Index
223
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About the author (2002)

Elaine A. Moore has worked in hospital laboratories for more than 30 years, primarily in immunohematology and toxicology. She is a freelance medical writer and laboratory consultant. For more information, visit her website at www.elaine-moore.com. She lives in Sedalia, Colorado. The illustrator, Marvin G. Miller, is a clinical chemist. He lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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