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The Autoimmune Connection : Essential Information for Women on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Getting On with Your Life Hardcover – March 13, 2003

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"...provides valuable information on managing one's own disorder and lists treatments and possible new ways to alter immune responses." -- New York Times, July 1, 2003

"These disorders pose unique treatment challenges, and this up-to-date information provided will be welcome in women's health collections." -- Library Journal, February 2003

...delivers a comprehensive picture of the disease... -- Associated Press, 2003 Health & Fitness Book Feature

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"I'm particularly impressed with the fact that this book unifies the entire field of autoimmunity and explains the common thread running through everything from Graves' disease to endometriosis."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"A truly remarkable book that covers the full spectrum of autoimmunity, and the myriad of ways it influences the lives of women."
--John H. Klippel, M.D., Medical Director, Arthritis Foundation

Autoimmune diseases affect some fifty million Americans, 75 percent of whom are women. In the first-ever book of its kind, Jill P. Buyon, M.D., and women's-health specialist Rita Baron-Faust teach us what we need to know to identify, understand, and treat what they call "the intimate enemy."

You'll learn:

  • Which tests you might need and how to obtain a correct diagnosis
  • Early signs and symptoms and how to sort out vague and unrelated symptoms
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about fertility and pregnancy
  • How autoimmune disorders and their treatments can affect you at different stages of life
  • Expert advice on getting the latest treatments, finding a specialist, and navigating the health-care system
  • What science and medicine have to offer for treatments, new therapies, and more

With The Autoimmune Connection, you'll be armed with the expertise of two of the field's most qualified authorities and the latest from the medical specialists at the institutions leading the way in investigating these diseases.

"The common threads that connect the autoimmune diseases are woven throughout this important book, enabling readers to obtain a greater understanding of these illnesses individually and collectively. Together with new information contained in this volume about diagnostic and treatment advances, patients (and their families) will be better able to cope with these diseases and . . . get on with their lives."
--From the Introduction

Many people have struggled with various chronic illnesses, going to doctor after doctor and being diagnosed with a wide variety of ailments. But all too often the symptoms remain elusive and don't lend themselves to a clear diagnosis.

These symptoms often point to a set of diseases known as autoimmune disorders. A wide array of conditions, these disorders create a state where the body's defense system, originally designed to kill germs and disease, attack healthy tissue. The resulting conditions cover a wide range of illnesses, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, Graves' disease, and multiple sclerosis, among many others.

Seventy-five percent of autoimmune disease sufferers are women. But although these diseases represent the third largest cause of chronic illness among American women and are among the top ten leading causes of death in American women sixty-five and under, the true nature of these illnesses has long been shrouded in misunderstandings and ignorance on the part of the medical community. Until now.

Now there is hope, with The Autoimmune Connection. In this invaluable text, Jill M. Buyon, M.D., and Rita Baron-Faust explain the nature of the various autoimmune disorders. With help from a host of medical experts, they provide vital information in the fight for better health. They explore the genetic predisposition many families have towards these disorders and how early knowledge can facilitate treatment. They also explain the intricacies of the immune system and how they can go awry, as well as going into important detail on the specific kinds of autoimmune disorders.

Sources, self-help, special treatment centers, and other important resources are also provided to give support and paths to more efficient treatment. With expert information and compassionate guidance, the authors give you the information to help you take more control of these sometimes-mysterious illnesses and create a life of optimal health.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 411 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies; 1 edition (March 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0658021311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0658021312
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is a must-read for all who have or suspect they or family members or friends have an autoimmune disorder. It is presented in a very organized and efficent manner and is helpful to the patient as well as the health care professional.
It is obvious that the authors have throughly researched all the materials necessary to present accurate, unbiased and essential information. The book is well organized, cross-referenced and covers autoimmune disorders from A to Z.
In addition to the book itself, the resources listed in it are priceless!
Even after being a Myasthenia Gravis patient and coping with the disorder for years, I learned more about Myasthenia by reading this book. I also gave my doctor a copy! Those of us with autoimmune disorders should make it priority read!
The interviews with patients were especially helpful and those with health care professionals were excellent. The possibility of a female having an autoimmune disorder is much higher than that of a male, so the book's main focus is on women. However, it is extremely helpful to men, also.
My family and friends now understand much more about my disease. Congratulations to the authors on a much awaited and much needed book.
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I found this book quite helpful in sorting through the maze of symptoms of various autoimmune disorders. It even helped me to self-diagnose one I did not know I had. The information is well laid out; it is comprehensive and current while not overly scientific. The cross reference of other automimmune diseases is particularly useful.
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This book is well presented and full of interesting facts. Although aimed at the layman it uses rather a lot of medical terminology and certainly hits hard. If you have the misfortune to have one or more auto immune diseases and want to be informed about the course of your illness, the medication available and the research into new medication and possible cures, I would certainly recommend this book. However it is not for the faint hearted!

Pam Newman
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I'm so grateful for this book. It is well layed out, well documented, well researched, easy to read, and easy to understand. Having had this book when I was in the process of getting multiple diagnoses would have been extremely helpful, but it is STILL extremely helpful even now. As new individual symptoms crop up, I am able to quickly turn to any number of sections to see if that symptom profile fits anything I'm dealing with - very helpful in reducing anxiety levels and unnecessary trips to doctors. The index is very helpful - you can find what you're looking for by symptom, by diagnosis, by warning signs, by medication, etc. Treatment options are discussed. The authors include helpful listings for websites, support groups, foundations, and the most current and widely accepted 'definitive' books on the individual diseases covered in this book. Of the books on my shelves, this is the book I would be least likely to part with.
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This is an excellent and unusual book, written in 2002. There will be a new edition published in July of this year. It is very scholarly, they express gratitude to 50 professionals who provided "insight, information and peer review" for the book but there are no footnotes and only a short bibliography. They cover all of the major autoimmune diseases -- an ambitious undertaking, they include Crohn's Disease which is not technically an autoimmune disease but is similar to ulcerative colitis which is. In this edition, they do not attempt to deal with alternative medicine but they do look at conventional medicine fairly comprehensively. For anyone interested in autoimmune disease, this is a very worthwhile book. Other books on the immune system worth looking at:

Blaser, Martin J., Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues, Picador; Reprint edition, 2015

Crawford, Dorothy H., Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped Our History, Oxford University Press; Reprint edition, 2009

Fuhrman, Joel, Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body's Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free, HarperOne; Reprint edition, 2013

Gallagher, Jason C. and Conan MacDougall, Antibiotics Simplified, Jones & Bartlett Learning; 3 edition, 2013

Garrett, Laurie, The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, Penguin Books; Reprint edition, 1995

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I bought this book when I was first diagnosed with autoimmune disease. It is easy to read and understand. There is so much valuable information that I go back and refer to it several times. I attended a seminar last year on autoimmune diseases where the author was one of the key speakers and it was so informative. The author is educated and very knowledgable in the field of autoimmune disease. One of the best purchases I have ever made.
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