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Sneaky Sodium and Low-Sodium Swaps

Jessica Goldman Foung | Posted 06.17.2016 | Books
Jessica Goldman Foung

Just because it's important to avoid high sodium foods doesn't mean you have to miss out on the meals you love. That's because a successful low-sodium diet requires one not to remove foods, but replace them. And with this list, you'll learn about the sneakiest sodium contributors in your life. As well as these savvy swaps to help keep the recipes you love on your table.

The Color Purple: Biological, Sorority, and Lupy Sisters

Kesha Morant Williams | Posted 05.26.2016 | Women
Kesha Morant Williams

In Alice Walker's novel, the color purple is reflective of God's love, beauty, and hope for a better tomorrow. Like Takisha and Amy, those living with lupus embrace the color purple as they battle the illness, strive to enhance awareness, and increase funding for a cure.

Dancer Refuses To Let Lupus Stop Her Gift

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 05.24.2016 | Women
Stephanie R. Caudle

Imagine moving across the country with no family and no friends in sight. Imagine suddenly having to navigate a new world with no crutch to hold onto....

Fight Like A Girl: A Call for Lupus Awareness

Kesha Morant Williams | Posted 05.17.2016 | Black Voices
Kesha Morant Williams

In honor of lupus awareness month this piece pays tribute to Kimberly Flynt Willis, a beautiful wife, mother, daughter, and friend who earned her angel wings on Saturday May 14, 2016.

Where CDC Guidelines Fail, Leading Lyme Doctor Succeeds (Part 1)

Dana Parish | Posted 03.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Dana Parish

A lot of medicine is dogmatic. Doctors are not taught to think as they go along; they're taught to read guidelines and they just practice but they're not investigating the processes themselves.

Nick Cannon Looks Back On His 'Super Scary' Lupus Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.24.2016 | Healthy Living

Nick Cannon didn't know anything about lupus nephritis when he was first diagnosed in 2012, so hearing that some of his other health complications wer...

Lyme: The Infectious Disease Equivalent of Cancer, Says Top Duke Oncologist

Dana Parish | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Dana Parish

Dr. Neil Spector is a leader in applying translational research to the clinical development of molecularly targeted personalized cancer therapies. Here, he shares his story, explains what Lyme and cancer have in common, and encourages us with his vision for the future.

Chemotherapy Isn't Only for Cancer Patients

Chanel White | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

Upon hearing the word 'chemotherapy,' most people jump to the same conclusions, with the same general consensus on how chemo works, who receives it and what side effects it has on the body. The truth is chemotherapy isn't only for cancer patients, and affects each patient differently depending on how it is used.

Your Health Is Not Something To Be Earned

Bridget Cooney | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Bridget Cooney

If we cannot agree that access to care is a foundational human right and not something to be restricted for the privileged few -- that access is not something to be earned -- then we have lost half of the battle already.

Why The Media Needs To Stop Judging Celebrities As Addicts And Screw Ups

Unwritten | Posted 10.20.2015 | Entertainment
Unwritten

Originally published on Unwritten by Aurora McCausland. In 2013, Selena Gomez cancelled part of her tour. Obviously, this was met with lots of confus...

In The Amazon, Scientists Seek A Cure For Autoimmune Disease

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.17.2015 | Science

Ten years ago, Mark Pischea, then a 42-year-old political consultant and father of five from Williamston, Michigan, was rushed to the hospital with se...

Selena Gomez Takes The Plunge During 'Today' Performance

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 10.12.2015 | Entertainment

Selena Gomez dropped her new album last week, and now she is everywhere. The 23-year-old is working hard to promote "Revival" and didn't disappoint d...

Lupus, Selena Gomez's Autoimmune Disease, Explained

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living

In an interview with Billboard magazine this week, Selena Gomez confirmed she's been struggling with an autoimmune disease that forced her to take a s...

How to Stop Your Body From Attacking Itself

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

The immune system is your body's first line of defense against illness. It sends out cells to destroy invaders like bacteria and viruses. But for some people, this system turns on them, attacking healthy tissues and organs.

After They Died, I Found My Purpose

Jill Sullivan Grueter | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Jill Sullivan Grueter

Right now, I have six applications on my desk from animal rescue organizations in desperate need of help. Each one of them is unique -- yet, the urgency is the same. Their facilities are on the verge of collapse or closure. And, without the buildings -- what happens to the animals they rescue and save?

This Is What Chronic Illness Really Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living

Allie Cashel and Erica Lupinacci no longer want to suffer in silence. After dealing chronic illness for the majority of their lives -- Cashel with Lym...

Are Your Hands Almost Always Cold? You Might Have Raynaud's Syndrome

Jill S. Brown | Posted 08.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jill S. Brown

If you have severe Raynaud's you can talk to your doctor about medical treatments. Some medications can help widen the blood vessels like vasodilators and calcium channel blockers, while others medications may aggravate the situation.

My Daughter's Mysterious Illness -- And My Own

TueNight | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
TueNight

I'd spent years of my adult life wishing I could have my own moment of clarity so I could eliminate all the crap from my life, to no avail. But in the very moment I made the difficult choice to live, I was able to look so clearly at my life and see the simplest, most important path, and how to get there.

Who Did I Need to Impress?

Chanel White | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

When you must face the weathered look of chronic illness day in and day out those fleeting glances in the reflection can become quite unpleasant. The ...

On That Tiny Spot of Blood That Created Huge Headlines

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I can't begin to put into words exactly how this situation has made me feel, not only about my own womanhood, but about our freedom of expression, discrimination and censorship.

4 Tips on Celebrating a Holiday Alone

Jessica Gimeno | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica Gimeno

I have a neuromuscular autoimmune disease called myasthenia gravis. Like other friends of mine with MG, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and other illnesses, I have to weigh the joys of being with loved ones against the risks of getting a cold or the flu, which can lead to relapses, hospitalization, and weeks (or months) bedridden.

7 Empowerment Tips From a 'Professional Patient'

Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana

If you live with a chronic disease, you may be able to relate to me. Everyone wants to feel good. After all, it's hard to check off our bucket list and accomplish life goals if we can't get ourselves out of bed. So how can we obtain our best health and health care when battling a chronic and/or incurable illness?

Nutrition for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

When you think about rheumatoid arthritis, you should look at it from the perspective of what you should take in or eat and what you should remove from your life and diet in regards to helping your body become healthier.

Gender-Based Medicine: The Path to Better Health for Women

Luise Meyer | Posted 11.08.2014 | Science
Luise Meyer

Gender-based medicine is a budding 21st-century concept. New and fascinating findings are frequent in this field of study. However, the full extent of gender differences in medicine is still to be seen, and for that we rely entirely on research in gender biology and the forward push to ensure proper gender representation in clinical trials.

Rebel With a Cause: How to Break the Rules and Live a Limitless Low-Sodium Life

Nancy Brown | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Jessica Goldman Foung fought back. Her most powerful tools were the love and support of family and friends, medicines and a new diet. Within a few years, she went off that waiting list. Then she went off dialysis. Then she went off many of those medicines.