We’ve all seen those little paint bubbles on a car which, when peeled away, reveal the nasty blight of rust. When left untreated, the rust spot slowly creeps across the entire metal surface and breaks down the metal until all that’s left is a browny-orange pile of dust. This process of oxidation and accelerated ageing is not limited to cars and bicycles though; it is a natural process of corrosion which occurs within our own bodies. This battle against […]
Have you ever been told to grab a bottle of vitamin C supplements at the first signs of a cold? There is a certain method in the madness of these “old wives’ tales” which is definitely worth exploring. Indeed, vitamin C is one of the superstars of the vitamin kingdom and dabbles effectively in several systems within our bodies.
Vitamin C – Why an Essential Vitamin?
We know that the word ‘essential’ means vital, critical or indispensable, and this is true […]
We’ve all heard the term, “Busy as a bee” but we’re going to use it a little differently today. The vitamin B group make up more than half of the 13 known vitamins that our bodies need to stay happy and healthy. They form part of so many repair and maintenance processes that we really can say that they are “busy Bs”!
The B group is made up of 8 different classes, each with their own names and unique functions:
Were you told by your parents to eat your carrots so that you can see in the dark? Well, you’d be happy to know that the folks were pretty much on the button. We know that our bodies need a complex array of vitamins and minerals to function properly, to ward off illness, and to give us the zest and vitality that we all desire. However, our modern lives are just so full, that it’s all too easy for […]
Tired? Losing hair? Sore joints? These are just a few of the symptoms associated with lupus. This autoimmune disease has proven tricky to diagnose because it presents many of the symptoms that we see in so many other common ailments. How do we know if we have developed lupus, and what can we do about it?
What is Lupus?
As an autoimmune disease, lupus affects each person differently and manifests itself in different ways. This is a chronic illness in which […]
While we may associate rheumatoid arthritis with old age, you may be surprised to learn that this is actually an autoimmune disorder and can affect people at any age. Are you at risk of rheumatoid arthritis? What treatments are available for those who are currently suffering from this debilitating illness?
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – What is It?
RA is a chronic disorder in which the body attacks its own tissues, notably the synovial membrane, or protective lining of your joints. However, […]
Understanding Faulty Immune Responses – Autoimmune Disease Versus CVID (Common-Variable-Immune-DeficiencyJason Siddall
Autos, in Greek, encompasses the meaning of “same” or “self” so, aptly, autoimmune disease relates to the unhappy state when one’s own bodily immune response, designed to recognise and neutralise foreign invaders, attacks its own tissues, cells or molecules instead. Common variable immune deficiency (CVID) however, refers to an impairment of one of the vital immune system functions, which is to manufacture antibodies after foreign invaders have been identified.
With either impediment, autoimmune or CVID, vulnerability to infections is present […]
If there was ever a disease that could be accused of kicking a man when he’s down, it’s shingles!
The strip of itchy and painful blisters, often accompanied by a fever and fatigue, cause significant pain and discomfort. Shingles will most often appear when you are at your lowest ebb; either suffering with intense and ongoing stress, undergoing treatments for cancer or suffering from a compromised immune system.
What exactly is shingles, and how can you deal with this illness?
What Causes […]
Your thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system. When it works as it should, it produces and releases thyroid hormones into your bloodstream that regulate your metabolic rate, muscle control, heart and digestive function, bone maintenance, brain development and mood. Sometimes, however, often as a result of an autoimmune disease, our thyroids can become overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism).
When the thyroid becomes damaged from an immune system attack, it can no longer produce the hormone thyroxine. This can […]
How often have you had a decadent dessert at a restaurant, and jokingly referred to it as “diabetes on a plate?” The thing is, diabetes – or Diabetes Mellitus, to give it its full medical name – isn’t something we should be joking about. It is actually second only to tuberculosis when it comes to disease-related deaths in South Africa, killing more people than cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS. That’s a sobering statistic, and one that makes diabetes an […]