QUESTION Emily, a busy young canary in NYC, asks, “I’m going in for (another) surgery next week. Don’t you have some stuff you do for bone and connective tissue healing?”
Honestly, I’m more high maintenance than I want to be. This doctor might help me change that.
In early April, I got some genetic testing done. I spit into a plastic container, mailed it off, and three weeks later found out that I’m 50% Ashkenazic 44% Western European mutt, and a tiny bit North African and Native American. Interesting, but not why I did it.
My doctor told me that, given my history of autoimmune diagnoses and chemical sensitivities, I probably had…
It’s a cycle: I talk about broth a lot, so people ask me about broth a lot. This is what I say. Broth and stock are the basis of many traditional real food preparations, including delicious sauces, soups, and stews. They’re also great food for your gut. I avoided making broth for years, but it turns out that it’s way
“What’s Wrong With Me?”: Essayist and Poet Meghan O’Rourke Talks About Her Experience With Autoimmunity
Sometimes, when I want to explain what it’s like to have an autoimmune condition to someone but I can’t quite find the words, I point them in the direction of this phenomenal personal account in The New Yorker by Meghan O’Rourke.
Want another example of the profound connection between our minds and our guts? This New York Times article explores the connection between psychological symptoms and Celiac disease.
We don’t only live in an ecosystem, WE ARE ONE. Did you know that 99% of the genetic information we carry belongs to the microbes that live in us and on us? Wanna know how our health and minds are effected by our critters? Go ahead, kick off your self-safari. Meet your menagerie. Learn why “I” is actually “we”.
An excerpt from this article about how “our bugs” (as I am fond of calling them) affect our moods and food choices: …the authors believe this diverse community of microbes, collectively known as the gut microbiome, may influence our decisions by releasing signaling molecules into our gut. Because the gut is linked to the immune system, the endocrine system and
A lot of what we talk about relates to how our conditions are not isolated to one body system (as many diagnoses and specialists might have us believe), but rather related to many systems at once. This is sometimes referred to as “woo woo.” Enter Kelly Brogan MD. Brogan is a: -Cornell-tained MD -MIT Trained MA BS in Cognitive Science
People tend to go through several doctors before getting an autoimmune diagnosis, and often, understandably, hope that the naming of what’s ailing them will be the first signpost on the road to healing. But the naming can sometimes do more damage than good.