7 Tips For Balancing Rest and Activity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janice John Mitchell RN, ORRN   
Monday, 15 July 2013 08:34
taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/30087136@N00/4930552641/in/photolist-8vGnwi-cZfXLb-6o5KYd-cZfWD7-cZfSs1-d5rQD5-EgRX4-9GMZhP-mfumv-8vbsbv-d9Qm2F-8sVoXZ-cZfVqh-8pQxEF-8pQEiT-8pQBTF-8pTKPw-8pTPc3-8pQvu8-8pTGpC-8pQyVF-9d8v2D-aefPB3-aefMGh-aecZA2-aefMf5-aefNQ5-aefPeb-aefPZd-6zCSE2-8Cbk3M-54rJy7-54no8T-54rDCy-54rEA7-54npdn-bfy8Yz-4hPKsX-xgtC-3hnrkw-5BDsKs-9W3eW-2iskRT-kL8ez-bBRqHZ-cDyhxC-8D799q-7HAW2s-7Viphc-dbXikC-bfy9sr via creative commonsI wanted to help patients and my friends by sharing some helpful tips about Scleroderma, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks itself by destroying its own cells and functions. The effects of Scleroderma are quite severe and can affect a patient’s daily activity and living, both severely and abruptly.

Many people do take for granted the ability to do every day activities. For some patients, it has become a task. Having observed someone I have come to know recently with Scleroderma, it has made me more aware that we need to balance rest and activity, more so when our body
 
7 Tips For Maintaining Healthier Skin In Scleroderma PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 October 2012 22:07
Scleroderma is a rare, connective tissue disease in which the body’s normal tissue is replaced with thick, dense tissue, due to the overproduction of collagen. Although Scleroderma can affect other parts of the body including the kidneys, hearts, and muscles, the more common symptom associated with Scleroderma is the thickening and hardening of the skin, particularly in the hands and face.

Scleroderma can also make worse, problems of dry and irritated skin, increase damage due to a lack of blood and oxygen, and make your skin prone to
 
What's Your Scleroderma Action Plan? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 August 2012 17:28
Living with any serious disease or condition like Scleroderma, is without a doubt, difficult. It is not hard to understand either, that we often can lose sight of what is important, including our way. We may also fall into to a false sense of security about our condition, worsened by ignorance of the facts and the reality of our situation.

Today, we would like to encourage you ultimately have Faith and never lose hope. Faith and hope though, are meaningless without action.
 
Health Tip: Substitute Avocado for Butter PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 20:11

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In an earlier article on eating well and addressing your nutritional needs in Scleroderma, it was recommended that you avoid fatty and greasy foods. Foods with high fat content stay in the stomach longer than lower-fat foods, increasing the likelihood of the food backing up into the esophagus - which can be particularly undesirable if you're struggling with GERD. Today, we'd like to share a helpful baking tip if you're definitely watching your intake of fat: substitute Avocado for butter!
 
Understanding More About Your Rheumatoid Arthritis PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 May 2012 22:40
Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsens with age. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is usually caused by normal wear and tear, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder (a condition where the body actually attacks itself). Other types of arthritis include gout, infectious arthritis and joint problems
 
Too Many Sugary Drinks, Definitely A Bad Thing PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 April 2012 23:27
Bad news cola lovers: Soda isn't the healthiest thirst-quencher in the cooler. In fact, health risks surrounding sugary drinks are increasingly well-documented. Rates of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes are higher among people who sip them regularly.

In one strange case, experts suspect cola overload may have helped to kill a 30-year-old New Zealand woman who died of a heart attack in February 2010. Natasha Harris reportedly drank 8 to 10 liters of cola per day, according to the Associated Press.
 
10 Tips For Getting A Good Night's Rest PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 April 2012 07:58
taken from If you don't get enough sleep, you're not alone; 70 percent of adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep or rest at least once each month, and 11 percent report insufficient sleep or rest every day of the month. Like eating well and being physically active, getting a good night's sleep is vital to your well-being. Here are 10 tips to help you get a good night's sleep...
 
Dealing With Chronic Pain PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:36
Pain—it’s something we’ve all experienced. From our first skinned knee to the headaches, back pain and creaky joints as we age, pain is something we encounter many times. Most pain is acute and goes away quickly. But in some cases, when pain develops slowly or persists for months or even years, then it’s called chronic pain, and it can be tricky to treat. Chronic pain is a huge problem.

NIH-funded scientists are working to better understand and treat chronic pain. They’re uncovering the intricate pathways that lead to long-term pain.
 
Unite Against Scleroderma 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 March 2012 21:13

For our second year running, the Scleroderma Care Foundation will be hosting its “Unite Against Scleroderma” Awareness Walk around the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. Scheduled to start from 3:00pm, the Walk would be held on Sunday May 6th 2012 and cover one full lap.

The Walk ultimately aims to raise the profile of Scleroderma in the public consciousness - aligned with our ongoing mission to assist Scleroderma patients, their families, and respective communities through mutual social and financial support, educational initiatives, the stimulation of research, and bringing forth a greater awareness of Scleroderma.
 
Dealing With Your Insomnia PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 19:06
taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/alyssafilmmaker/3628914665/sizes/z/in/photostream/ via creative commonsDifficulty sleeping, also called insomnia, is a common and frustrating problem. If you are not sleeping well at night, it can be difficult to feel well during the daytime. Insomnia makes everything worse; it can lead to fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability, poor memory and poor concentration. It can also impair the immune system and other bodily functions, leading to medical problems. If people are sleep deprived for several days, they can even develop hallucinations, paranoid thoughts and other kinds of psychoses.
 
Autoimmune Disease Symptoms To Look Out For PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 February 2012 00:03
We have understood for  a long time that the detection and subsequent diagnoses of autoimmune diseases are difficult. However, there are key rheumatic and physical indicators such as joint pain and fatigue, fevers, increasing skin conditions, inflammation, and much more. Kathleen McGowan of SELF magazine put together a useful list of things one can look for, in symptoms of autoimmune diseases.

If you have… A distinctive red butterfly-shaped rash on the nose or cheeks
 
Systemic Sclerosis: An Update on the Aberrant Immune System and Clinical Features PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 February 2012 20:42
Systemic sclerosis (SSc), or often referred to as Scleroderma (tight skin), is characterized by an exaggerated formation of collagen fibers in the skin, which leads to fibrosis. Accumulating evidence now points toward three pathological hallmarks that are implicated in Ssc, the order of which has yet to be determined: endothelial dysfunction, autoantibody formation, and activation of fibroblasts.

This current book, edited by Timothy Radstake, provides current information on the pathogenesis and clinical features of Scleroderma. We, at the Scleroderma Care Foundation, share the hope that this book will aid both clinicians and researchers in dealing with patients with this clinical syndrome. In addition, we hope through its distribution, to shed more light on this rare and severely disabling syndrome, ultimately leading to better research and
 
Food Really Is The Best Medicine PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 23:30
While many foods taste great, they are also powerful healers in a vibrant multicolor disguise. The best healing remedies also taste fabulous (I can’t say that about any prescription medications). Plus, foods won’t cause the nasty common side effects that most drugs cause.

1. Cherries
Muraleedharan Nair, PhD, professor of natural products and chemistry at Michigan State University, found that tart cherry extract is ten times more
 
Alternative Strategies for Maintaining A Balanced Lifestyle PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 January 2012 08:08
Research shows that a holistic lifestyle is beneficial to those with autoimmune disease. But let’s be honest: it can be difficult for anyone to keep up a perfectly balanced lifestyle — let alone someone with an autoimmune disease. It’s great to take steps to find more balance in your life, but sometimes you need to compromise — and that’s okay! Try using one of these three trade-offs that will help you to compensate when you can’t balance it all.

Stressed? Get your nutrition together!
 
Nutrition Is Key To Combatting Your Autoimmune Disease PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 11:37
Every day, your immune system protects you by attacking invaders such as bacteria and viruses. But when something goes awry with the body's immune system, immune cells may attack and damage tissues they were designed to protect, resulting in an autoimmune disease. Either the immune system mistakenly identifies healthy tissue as an invader and attacks it, or the immune system is unable to regulate its response.

About 8 percent of the U.S. population (three-quarters of this group are women
 
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