A cutting-edge examination of the mysterious world of autoimmune disease—and the new discoveries made daily that may save women's lives
Autoimmune diseases—including chronic fatigue syndrome, vasculitis, juvenile diabetes, alopecia, Graves' disease, Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis—are among the most devastating conditions afflicting women today and the most resistant to diagnosis and treatment. In all of them, the body's immune system begins to attack healthy and normally functioning cells. And one of the biggest puzzles is why 80 percent of autoimmune disease sufferers are women. In this groundbreaking book, world-class immunologist Dr. Robert Lahita brings years of intensive research, patient care, and diagnostics to shed light on the mysteries of these conditions, with a particular focus on how they affect—and how he treats—women.
Through case studies, he reveals the early warning signs, symptoms, diagnostic processes, and the most innovative treatments for all the most common—and many of the less well known—autoimmune diseases. He offers a scientifically sound and sensitive work that is the best resource available to help understand these perplexing and debilitating diseases.
What is an Autoimmune Disease? -- The Immune System: First Line of Defense -- Autoimmune Diseases -- The Autoimmune Diseases -- The Antiphospholipid Syndrome: Sticky Blood -- Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Murder in the Village: The Case of the Homicidal Antibody -- Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes: When Sweetness Falls from Grace -- Multiple Sclerosis: Electricity without Insulation -- Pandas: The Jekyll and Hyde Syndrome -- Streptococcal Infection and Rheumatic Fever: A Bacterial Mime -- Vasculitis: Destroyed Pipes -- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: The Red Wolf -- Alopecia Universalis: Bald All Over -- Sjogren's Syndrome: Dry as a Desert -- Autoimmune Thyroid Disease: Disabling the Body's Nuclear Reactor -- Autoimmune Disease of the Liver: Lucky Woman Thrown by a Horse -- Scleroderma: The Woman with Thick Skin -- Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis: Ragged Fibers -- Rheumatoid Arthritis: Like Swimming through a Bowl of Jell-O -- Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Silicone Implant Syndrome: The Mystery Diseases -- Treatments -- Drugs and Other Therapies: Harnessing the Immune System -- Alternative and Complementary Therapies: From Acupuncture to Zinc.