THE AUTOIMMUNE REPORT
From Patient Advocate Mary Shomon, November 2002
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Author: Mary J. Shomon
ISBN number: 0060938196
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Welcome to the second issue of The Autoimmune Report, my news and information report on autoimmune disease. This newsletter is copyrighted by Mary Shomon, and cannot be legally reproduced without permission. Feel free, however, to forward a single copy to someone who might be interested in reading the newsletter or subscribing to it in the future.
|I am not going to pretend that this in an inexpensive product. I wish I could afford to use it every day or every other day (which is suggested for healthy people, to improve immune function) -- to see how I feel on it! But right now, I save it for when I’m feeling like I’m coming down with something, or fighting off viral symptoms. Then I take 2-3 packets a day, and so far, I’ve been able to beat several fall viruses without a typical multi-day viral attack, followed by additional days of post-viral fatigue. |
You might want to get one box, and the next time you feel like you’re getting a cold or flu, try it and see if it works for you.
You can get it thymic protein at health food stores (but be prepared to pay as much as $75 or more for a box of 30 packets). Some websites have it for $53 to $72, but the best bargain I’ve found is at my favorite online store, Iherb.com. Iherb sells a 30 packet box for $48.00
"It is likely that the current upper limit of the population reference range is skewed by the inclusion of persons with occult thyroid dysfunction."The complete text of the guidelines are available online at http://www.nacb.org/lmpg/thyroid_LMPG_PDF.stm.
"In the future, it is likely that the upper limit of the serum TSH euthyroid reference range will be reduced to 2.5 mIU/L because >95% of rigorously screened normal euthyroid volunteers have serum TSH values between 0.4 and 2.5 mIU/L."
"A serum TSH result between 0.5 and 2.0 mIU/L is generally considered the therapeutic target for a standard L-T4 replacement dose for primary hypothyroidism."
"Thyroxine requirements increase during pregnancy. Thyroid status should be checked with TSH + FT4 during each trimester of pregnancy. The L-T4 dose should be increased (usually by 50 micrograms/day) to maintain a serum TSH between 0.5 and 2.0 mIU/L and a serum FT4 in the upper third of the normal reference interval."
Photo: National MS Society
In October of 2002, actress Teri Garr, 52, revealed that she has been dealing with multiple sclerosis for almost 20 years.
Garr is best known for her roles in the films “Tootsie” and “Young Frankenstein,” and was also featured in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "The Black Stallion" and "Dumb and Dumber,” among many other films.
As is the case with many MS patients, Garr did not know she had the disease for several years. She first noticed symptoms in 1983, when he had a bit of a tremor and weakness in her leg. Garr, who has kept her condition from the public eye all these years, told USA Today, ''I didn't feel like it was anybody's beeswax. ''I was afraid I wouldn't get work. People hear 'MS' and think, 'Oh, my God, the person has two days to live.' ''
Garr has gone public, because she started on the drug Rebif in June of 2002, and has now become a paid “ambassador” to talk about how Rebif is working for her.
|After looking at various products, I've agreed with a number of practitioners I've talked to in deciding that the best product on the market is "Acidophilus Pearls," from Enzymatic Therapy. Each tiny pearl - they come in a punch out pack of 30 -- is easy to swallow, no refrigeration required, no messy powders. The technology protects the live bacteria, and each pearl delivers millions of live bacteria, including both Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum. All you need is one per day - no need to take them all day long, or pills and powders with each meal. I've been trying for years to regularly take probiotics, and have never been good about it because of the refrigeration issue. Now, I keep it with my thyroid medicine, and take it every morning. Can you tell I LOVE this product!?|
|“The author of this book, Mary J. Shomon, was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition in 1995 and has since become a lay expert on the subject... Shomon devotes several chapters to alternative medical approaches. Rather than simply treating the symptoms of an autoimmune disease, a holistic approach seeks to mitigate the disease itself by removing toxins from the body, treating food allergies, strengthening tissues, and regulating immunity. The author offers specific recommendations from a wide range of therapies...Living Well with Autoimmune Disease should not only prove inspirational for those afflicted with these mysterious conditions, but also offers solid, practical advice for getting your health back on track."|
Should be required reading for anyone with an autoimmune disease. In Living Well With Autoimmune Disease, Mary shows the reader how to successfully take charge of their autoimmune condition. Mary empowers her readers by showing how the best of both conventional and alternative medicine can be incorporated into a lifestyle plan. She not only teaches us about cutting-edge therapies, she explains how lifestyle changes contribute to healing. Showing us how diet, stress, and environmental toxins affect immune system health, she invites the reader to take charge and reduce their symptoms. By including anecdotes, symptom lists, and recommendations from a wide array of medical practitioners, Mary makes this book very user friendly and a welcome addition to any personal library.More information on Living Well With Autoimmune Disease and ordering information is available at http://www.autoimmunebook.com
|For more information about this worthwhile group, see www.aarda.org. |