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Day-to-Day Living

Positive Affirmations and Lupus

Exercises

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Chronic Pain

Many Lupus Warriors are familiar with chronic pain -- the kind that lasts for...

Living with Lupus

Vitamin C, the Immune System, and Lupus

Vitamin C has many vital functions in the body, but how does it effect...

Living with Lupus

Kratom, Pain Management, and Lupus

Some Lupus Warriors use kratom, an herbal supplement, to relieve pain, anxiety, and get through the day. However, the risks may not outweigh the benefits. Kratom (Mytragyna speciose) is a plant native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Paupua New Guinea. The "leaves contain compounds...

Living with Lupus

Reflexology, Massage, and Lupus

Reflexology is a type of special massage used by Lupus Warriors to combat pain and fatigue. When other medications fail, is reflexology a valid option? In reflexology, different parts of the body are “mapped” to different areas of the hands and feet (and sometimes the tongue). Practitioners focus...

Diet

Gluten, Genetic Risk Factors, and Lupus

"Is there gluten in this?" People with celiac disease have 3x the risk of developing lupus, too. But, it can be hard to tell the conditions apart. Gluten is a group of proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye, spelt, and barley....

Living with Lupus

Home Remedies & OTC Treatments for Lupus

Do Lupus Warriors turn to home remedies or over-the-counter solutions to help manage the fatigue, pain, and other symptoms of lupus? Despite the fact that only 1 lupus medication has been approved in the last 60 years, there are many reasons to be optimistic. Anifrolumab, made by AstraZeneca, just met...

Day-to-Day Living

Leaky Gut, Increased Intestinal Permeability, & Lupus

Known colloquially as "leaky gut," increased intestinal permeability may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases, including lupus. The lining of your intestines acts as a 4000 square foot barrier that walls the gut off from the bloodstream. It only lets small...

Day-to-Day Living

Pets, Health Benefits of Animals, & Lupus

“Sometimes it feels like my pet is the only one that understands me,” is a common refrain for many Lupus Warriors. Beyond being good listeners and friends, pets may also offer some health benefits for people with lupus. You’ll see videos of animals being...

Diet

Bone Broth For Lupus – Where is the Evidence?

Rich, delicious foods that are also immune system boosters? Does bone broth fit the description? Lupus is a disease that modern science is still trying to figure out. In fact, it can seem like there are more questions than answers. Why doesn’t this medication work for me when it works...

Living with Lupus

Acupuncture, Pain Reduction, & Lupus

Looking for strategies to help battle pain and fatigue without more medications? Alternative treatments like acupuncture may offer support to Lupus Warriors. The goal of lupus treatment can vary between clinicians and people living with lupus. A recent study found that...

Day-to-Day Living

Expressive Writing Therapy: Lupus Benefits

A good story can transport us to a new world. And, research suggests that writing therapy, directed writing on specific topics, can help battle the stress & symptoms of lupus. At times, it can feel as though your brain is running wild. Many people, if not most, experience intrusive thoughts and replay troubling moments over...