The Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World Out of Balance--and the Cutting-Edge Science that Promises Hope
"The Autoimmune Epidemic by Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an astounding book....It is the kind of book that will rivet you and scare you. It will make you angry. It will amaze you with the courage of some of the people described in the book...The Autoimmune Epidemic is every bit as co...more
The number of people in the USA who have an autoimmune disease outnumber Cancer patients, or Heart disease patients. Research has confirmed that chemicals - industrial, man-made chemicals - are causing many if not all autoimmunity. I worked around a solvent that (as I found out later), that has been shown to trigger my disease.
A co-worker has the same disease (Maybe more, I'm not in touch).
But this sa ...more
This book needs editing, but contains some good facts. I wouldn't call it light reading, because the subject matter is not light... I recommend for people who don't mind overuse of bad metaphors, but want a very superficial understanding of autoimmune disease.
I fear its emphasis on medical research, especially genetics, detracts from the larger message that we have created a world full of plastic and chem ...more
As someone with an autoimmune disease, I was intrigued. At the age of 25, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (the result of an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto's thyroiditis) after suffering with extreme symptoms for over a year. At the time, I was in grad school, studying to become a physical therapist. I was tired, chronically cold, and dare I ...more
1 the wrong genes
2 to be female
3 to be exposed to chemicals
4 to be exposed to certain viruses
5. more stuff...
If Mr Occam was alive today, he'd take his razor to this pile of babel.
The one thing the author is sure doesn't cause AI disease,
is the Hygiene Hypothesis.
In a recent book: An epidemic of absence,
that author make a very compelling case that overly hygienic conditions in the 20th century is the main cause.
To discredi ...more
What is causing the unprecedented and alarming increase in the number of people with autoimmune diseases in recent years? What is causing the frightening rise in the number of children with autism? In this painstakingly researched and thoroughly documented book, Donna Jackson Nakazawa makes the case that pollution is the culprit. She argues convincingly that levels of pollution below those allowed by government standards enter our bodies and confuse o ...more
This book was exactly what I needed to read at the right time. I've been fighting with autoimmune issues for several years and can especially relate to the author's stories of bizarre symptoms (especially for my age) and the seemingly neverending appointments with new specialists but coming home with no answers except useless suggestions to get more sleep (I had 3 children four and younger at the time!), have less stress and get a better bra! I even had one Rheumatologist who'd rather d ...more
But compared to another book I read on the same topic, as I began doing more research into my autoimmune condition(s), this one was much more researched-based. The narrative journalism style also made it much more of an engaging read --though not a fun one. I have to admit I skipped/skimmed several parts, too. But unlike other authors, this one actually convinced me to consider the possibility that diet, environmental toxins, and stress could poss ...more
It was actually quite well researched. However, the footnotes are not annotated within the text, so while I was reading along, it SEEMED like an awful lot of generalities and assumptions and made-up statistics with no studies to back it up. Only after I finished did I find the footnotes, many of which do provide hard data to back up the somewhat esoteric claim ...more
With that said, I was interested very much in thi ...more
Donna Jackson Nakazawa's own experience suddenly becoming partially paralyzed (luckily for her it only lasted a couple months) and being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, led her to follow her journalistic instincts and training and delve into the murky and messy world of autoimmune disease, which now affects 24 million Americans (more t ...more
Later, in college, she joined the staff of Duk ...more