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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Disorders In Cold Weather

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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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What sort of disease is a cold weather injury?

What sort of disease is a cold weather injury?

Frostbite injury: Cold weather injury is most likely known as frostbrite. It can effect any part of the body but most commonly effects extremities. Treatment is directed at gentle (not rapid) rewarming of the effected part. Observation is subsequently monitored. Pathophysiology involves vascular occlusion and necrosis. Once tissues have demarcated, debridement and reeconstruction is instituted. ...Read more

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I am pre-diabetic (AIC = 5.7) could living in the cold weather (bad bloodflow to extremities) increase my chances for neuropathy small vessel disease?

I am pre-diabetic (AIC = 5.7) could living in the cold weather (bad bloodflow to extremities) increase my chances for neuropathy small vessel disease?

A1C 5.7: You report pre-diabetic! Do you have diabetes or not? That said, cold weather should not have anything to do in cold weather, unless you wear clothing to help you If you have not or do not have diabetes - Relax!. You discuss pre-diabetes. How often do you check? Please let me know. Michael Kleerekoper ...Read more

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Is there any particular "look" to people with autoimmune disorders?

Is there any particular "look" to people with autoimmune disorders?

No: I would caution everyone against these superstitious ideas. They serve no purpose, and even if there were some basis (for example, someone with advanced cancer "looks malignant" because of cachexia), the impression is less sensitive and less specific than a scientific exam. Life's difficult enough without well-intentioned lay people frightening folks for no reason. ...Read more

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Is quinoa and sprouted grains okay for people with autoimmune disorders?

Is quinoa and sprouted grains okay for people with autoimmune disorders?

Unknown: Good question. There are no studies to support the benefits or the risks of quinoa and sprouted grains in people with autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Does the herb kalawalla (polypodium leucotamos) actually work for autoimmune disorders?

Maybe: There are some case reports (single cases) of it helping patients, but I do not know of any credible studies that have actually been done to critically answer that question. So while it might help, we can't be sure, and it might have side effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Tania Dempsey
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Autoimmune Conditions (Definition)

The body is reacting to something that is indigenous to itself. It is acting as if it is a foreign invader , and 'fighting" it. This is not ...Read more