Fighting an ‘invisible epidemic’ during Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month

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Faced with an increasing incidence and prevalence of autoimmune disease in the United States —approximately 23.5 million Americans are affected across the country, according to the NIH — Bonnie Feldman, MBA, DDS, says it is time to acknowledge what she calls “an invisible epidemic.”

“Looking at the bigger picture of all autoimmune diseases together, not only do we have increasing incidence and prevalence that everyone agrees is happening, but we might even say we have an unacknowledged public health crisis,” Feldman, who is founder and CEO of Your Autoimmunity Connection, a consultant and patient advocacy group focused on autoimmune disease, told Healio Rheumatology. “Unlike a disease like cancer, in which the collected data is aggregated, the data around autoimmune disease is still collected individually by each disease.”

She added: “Although there are a hundred different kinds — some rare, some more common — by not collecting data and looking at the bigger picture, we are missing this invisible epidemic of autoimmune disease.”

 In recognition of March as national Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, Feldman, joined by Chase Spurlock, PhD, founder and CEO of iQuity, a data analytics company seeking to improve the speed and accuracy of autoimmune diagnoses, each stressed the importance of early recognition.

According to Spurlock, nonspecific symptoms and tests can sometimes cause providers to be cautious of misdiagnosing a patient, leading them to wait. Recognizing these diseases early enough so that the treatment has long-term benefit is key, he said.

“Autoimmune diseases’ numbers are right up there with heart disease, diabetes and cancer,” Spurlock told Healio Rheumatology. “What we find is that patients often struggle to receive a diagnosis of autoimmune disease. It can take years because often, the symptoms can be nonspecific, and it can be very challenging to say whether or not a patient definitively has an autoimmune disease.”

This lost time can amount to a “long, costly and often frustrating journey” for patients, Spurlock added. In addition, in the event of a misdiagnosis, patients can be subjected to unnecessary treatments and costs.

“It is important to realize that although these diseases are, in many cases, incurable, they are treatable, and the best outcomes are actually the result of early recognition of the disease and early treatment,” he said. “Being able to quickly rule in or rule out certain diseases early is key, so new technologies and new tests that can come into the market and help physicians reach these answers faster can actually lead to better long-term outcomes.” – by Jason Laday

author: https://www.healio.com/rheumatology/practice-management/news/online/%7Bd5238a1f-6da1-4db3-9333-b7fb34fb867c%7D/fighting-an-invisible-epidemic-during-autoimmune-disease-awareness-month

Meditation Monday

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Are you having difficulty finding a tranquil moment on you own? Check out my top 3 apps that encourage calm and meditation.

#1

The Mindfulness App

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Meditation beginners and gurus alike will find lots of options with The Mindfulness App. A five-day guided practice and introduction to mindfulness helps you get started, and timed guided or silent meditations from 3 to 30 minutes will suit your busy lifestyle. The app also offers personalized meditation options, reminders to keep you mindful throughout the day, and statistics to track in your meditation journal.

#2

Headspace

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Find calmness, wellness, and balance in your life with this app’s guided meditation and mindfulness techniques for daytime use. Before bed, try any of its 10 new sleep music tracks or 16 nature soundscapes. The app builds personalized plans based on a little input from you, so you can learn the essentials of meditation and build from there.

#3

Calm

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 5 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

This award-winning app has calming exercises, breathing techniques to help you relax, and even a Calm Kids section with meditations for kids between 3 and 17. The new Sleep Stories section features a great mix of voice talent — you may recognize actors Matthew McConaughey or Jerome Flynn — to lull you to sleep. A recent update to the Calm app makes for a mindful experience through the Apple Watch, with three new breathing exercises, a mindful walking meditation, and calming exercises you can all access right from your watch.

It’s Meditation Monday!!

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Are you guys ready for the next step toward emotional freedom?

Step 2:

See Boundaries

If you took time to get “quiet” last week then you probably noticed a few thoughts or worries that tried to compete with your quiet space. The disturbances may have appeared as bills, tasks, people, situations… what are you supposed to do with these thoughts and feelings so that you can have a true time of quiet or peace?

 You must acknowledge the negativity, I call it “see the boundaries.”

 Follow the steps below:

–  When a thought or worry presents itself, write it down

– After you write the worry down, take a moment and think of the solution

– When you are having “quiet” time and the worry appears, tell yourself that you have already solved the problem. This gives the problem permission to leave your quiet space.

Join me next Monday as we gain more tools towards peace and tranquility.

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Meditation Monday:

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How do you begin calming your mind and uplifting your spirit?

STEP 1: You must learn how to get quiet.

Quiet means more than a lack of speaking, it’s a moment of peace, where interferences of any kind is not welcome.  You may think that you know how to be quiet, but there is a skill to being still. Look at the steps below and try this week to have a quiet moment.

Take a moment in your day to sit and be still.

  • Cut off or silence all technology
  • Dim the lights in the room you are in (or light a candle)
  • Close your eyes
  • Get in a comfortable position (sitting or lying down)
  • RELAX

This quiet moment can be 30 seconds to 5 minutes, just allow yourself to be still and uninterrupted. Let me know how the experience is for you!

Meditation Monday:

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Today I want to introduce you to true power, when you learn how to control your thoughts you learn how to control your life.

Through meditation I have learned to build my own vehicle for receiving and experiencing the situations that come into my life.  I for one didn’t want to live at the mercy of my emotions.  Being driven by your emotions is like strapping your mentality into a seat on a roller coaster that pushes your body back and forth until life decides that the ride is done. My body was worn and mentality exhausted, until I learned that I could take my power back, that I could construct my own ride for the experience called life.

Through meditation I have learned how to slow down, speed up, and control the turns in my newly constructed life. I have learned that every bump on the road doesn’t have to make me sick to my stomach or have lingering aches and pains.

This month I want to share with you some of the tools I have chosen on this journey that has helped me build a powerful and productive lifestyle. Join me!

SLiM

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