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Ginger as Anti-inflammatory in Lupus

Many herbal medicines offer autoimmune sufferers opportunities to find relief without risking unwanted side effects.  Those of us in the functional medicine world see patients daily benefiting from these natural options, yet conventional medicine demands mechanisms and explanations.  Researchers continue to provide our functional world …

Immune Barrier Protects Fetus from Viral Attack Follow- Up #2

While my recent post about a placental estrogen receptor pointed to the mechanisms by which mom’s systems can protect a developing fetus from inflammation, immune changes during pregnancy can also benefit mom.  Medical scientists have long recognized that mothers tend to have milder autoimmune disease …

Immune Barrier Protects Fetus from Viral Attack Follow-Up #1

My recent post described a newly identified mechanism by which mom’s placenta protected the developing fetus from mom’s viral infections. Here you can read about how the unhindered interferon pathway leads to major damage during Zika virus infection.  This virus creates life altering brain damage …