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Women And Autoimmune Disease : The Mysterious Ways Your Body Betrays Itself - Robert Lahita

Women And Autoimmune Disease

The Mysterious Ways Your Body Betrays Itself

Paperback Published: 1st July 2005
ISBN: 9780060081508
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

Introductionp. xi
What is an Autoimmune Disease?
The Immune System: First Line of Defensep. 3
Autoimmune Diseasesp. 18
The Autoimmune Diseases
The Antiphospholipid Syndrome: Sticky Bloodp. 37
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Murder in the Village: The Case of the Homicidal Antibodyp. 51
Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes: When Sweetness Falls from Gracep. 61
Multiple Sclerosis: Electricity without Insulationp. 74
Pandas: The Jekyll and Hyde Syndromep. 88
Streptococcal Infection and Rheumatic Fever: A Bacterial Mimep. 97
Vasculitis: Destroyed Pipesp. 105
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: The Red Wolfp. 116
Alopecia Universalis: Bald All Overp. 132
Sjogren's Syndrome: Dry as a Desertp. 143
Autoimmune Thyroid Disease: Disabling the Body's Nuclear Reactorp. 155
Autoimmune Disease of the Liver: Lucky Woman Thrown by a Horsep. 161
Scleroderma: The Woman with Thick Skinp. 168
Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis: Ragged Fibersp. 182
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Like Swimming through a Bowl of Jell-Op. 190
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Silicone Implant Syndrome: The Mystery Diseasesp. 203
Treatments
Drugs and Other Therapies: Harnessing the Immune Systemp. 215
Alternative and Complementary Therapies: From Acupuncture to Zincp. 236
Glossaryp. 257
Suggested Readingp. 267
Helpful Organizationsp. 273
Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9780060081508
ISBN-10: 0060081503
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st July 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.42

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