Sjogren’s syndrome is a disorder in which the immune system attacks the body’s moisture producing glands, leading to chronic dryness of the eyes, mouth, skin and other tissues.
(Date published: 22/10/2012)
Lupus is an auto immune disorder where the immune system attacks its own cells, targeting cells of the skin, joints, kidney, heart and lungs.
(Date published: 25/09/2012)
Fibromyalgia is characterised by long term pain felt in the joints, muscles and tendons, varying from mild, to severe and in some cases even debilitating.
(Date published: 18/09/2012)
Research suggests diet plays a role in migraine sufferers. It is linked to foods causing overstimulation of the arteries in the head, leading to pain.
(Date published: 7/06/2012)
There has recently been a lot of interest in the possible dietary causes of AMD, particularly in the media. AMD refers to degenerative changes in the macular region (the centre of the retina) of the eye, leading to a loss of detailed, fine central vision. It is the leading cause of loss of vision on Australia and other developed nations.
(Date published: 17/01/2005 9:20:00 AM)
Migraines can be debilitating in many people. It is often difficult to predict cause and effect. There are some who know specific triggers. These can be related to airborne allergens, food, hormonal changes, stress, illness, eyestrain, alcohol, irregular eating and dehydration. If individuals can understand and correct specific triggers, migraines can be reduced or eliminated.
(Date published: 8/01/2004 1:48:00 PM)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) could be called the mystery illness of this age. It is a common problem seen in medical practice that is not a progressive or degenerative disease. It may be an autoimmune disease resulting from a combination of viruses, allergies or hormone imbalances or a dysfunction of the immune system. CFS mainly affects young people and about twice as many women as men. This debilitating illness can last for weeks, months or years. Not everyone will respond in the same way.
(Date published: 12/04/2000)
This is National Arthritis week. There are two million Australians affected with this debilitating disease causing symptoms of persistent pain, fatigue, swelling and stiffness in one or more joints.
Arthritis is a general name for over 100 different diseases that affect the joints of the body. The most common examples include gout, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis affects people of any age but is most common between the ages of 15 to 65 years.
Research is being carried out on arthritis but at present there is no magical cure. Being physically active and maintaining an ideal weight is important.
(Date published: 5/04/2000)
Do you have an inflamed big toe? If so, you may have gout.
It is most common in middle age men and is frequently found in combination with obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
Gout is a disease caused by having too much uric acid and is the most common medical disorder associated with arthritis.
(Date published: 8/03/2000)
Lupus can be a debilitating autoimmune disease. It is sometimes found in fairly mild forms and at other times it is quite severe.
Although there is not a dietary intervention that will significantly change the outlook for Lupus, there are considerations that should be made. Seek the help of an acredited practising dietitian for support and help in controlling weight, boosting the immune system, preventing vitamin deficiencies and osteoporosis.