Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Rip Van Winkle - what I missed while I was sleeping

I'm waking up from my Remicade daze and greeting the world again, and I'm realizing how much I've missed in the last few days. I don't have time to pontificate on all of these bits and bobs, but I wanted to share some news and some links, in case any of you find them as fascinating as I do. Here they are:
  • A study at Stanford just found that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease. Check it out
  • Another study just got us one step closer to proving that Epstein-Barr virus can cause multiple sclerosis, another autoimmune disease. Check it out. (I have written about EBV in the past, here)
  • And finally - here's a study that shows that in the average age of breast development has fallen by one year in the last 15 years. So in the early 1990s, European girls were getting their breasts a year later than they are now. Researchers think this is due to environmental triggers. Check it out.
Why are these three articles interesting? To sum up: more and more diseases are now thought to be autoimmune (like psoriatic arthritis), we can now prove that environmental triggers (like EBV) might cause autoimmune diseases, and we can now start guessing that environmental toxins are increasingly affecting our bodies, and our children's bodies.

Ok, have fun with that bedtime reading.

I'm gonna go have a glass of organic milk.


  1. Gotta ask Jenny -- what made you decide to go the remicade route instead of enbrel? From your account - it sure seems like a lot more work and worry.

  2. Heytrout... I went Remicade because my rheumatologist has found that it is better for PsA than Embrel, in her clinical experience. I've done the shot thing, (with Humira) and was ready for a change... I hate the needles. And I trust her!