The Autoimmune Epidemic

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 10, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 352 pages
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Hailed by Mark Hyman, MD, as “a ray of light and hope” for autoimmune sufferers, this groundbreaking book provides research and solutions for those affected by autoimmune disorders including Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

In the first book of its kind, journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa examines nearly 100 debilitating autoimmune diseases—such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis—that cause the body to destroy itself, mistakenly attacking healthy cells as the immune system fights off bacteria, viruses, and other invaders. As Nakazawa share the vivid, heartbreaking stories, including her own, of people living with these mysterious, chronic, and often hard-to-diagnose illnesses, she explores the alarming and unexpected connection between this deadly crisis and the countless environmental triggers we’re exposed to every day: heavy metals, toxins, pesticides, viruses, chemicals in the foods we eat, and more.

With the help of leading experts, Nakazawa explores revolutionary preventions, treatments, and cures emerging around the world and offers practical advice for protecting your immune system and reducing your risk of autoimmune disease in the future.

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The autoimmune epidemic: bodies gone haywire in a world out of balance-- and the cutting-edge science that promises hope

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Even though autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis impact the lives of millions of Americans, few books on the subject are aimed at general readers. Journalist Nakazawa (Does Anybody ... Read full review

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What I learned from this book: 1. autoimmune diseases have a link to environmental causes 2. autoimmune diseases have a link to what you eat high incidence of autoimmune diseases from areas where ... Read full review


Foreword by Douglas Kerr MD PhD xv
Introduction 1
The Red Flag Disease
The Cold Hard Numbers 23
Patients on the Sidelines 29
A New Plague 38
The Burden of Chemicals We All Carry in Our Bodies 44
The Danger of Tiny Doses 54
Looping Back to Vaccines 154
Blasting Our Cells 163
The Autoimmune Disease Detectives
Cooking Up a Cure for Paralysis 179
The Blood Detectives 185
Can We Predict Who Will Develop Type 1 Diabetes? 190
I Felt Like a Ticking Time Bomb 205
The Road to Regeneration 209

Different Autogen Thresholds in Us All 71
Dirty Little Secrets Cluster Epidemics
The Personal Becomes Political 89
The Strange History of 858 East Ferry Street 91
The Near Impossibility of Proving a Cluster 108
Cleaning Up the Mess Finally 113
The Lupus Hunters 126
Changing Viruses and 138
The Role of Heavy Metals 145
Shielding Your Immune System
The Rise in FactoryMade Foods 225
Choosing Organic Foods 235
Understanding the Stress Connection 248
Autoimmune and Related Diseases 263
Fibromyalgia Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Acknowledgments 319

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Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an author and lecturer who specializes in family life and health issues. She has contributed to Parade, The Washington Post, and AARP The Magazine and has been on the Today show, ABC News, and NPR radio. She is also the author of Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? She lives in Maryland with her family. Visit her website at

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