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Meet the Author: Donna Jackson Nakazawa, Mon 6/30/2008

By Bert Gambini, WBFO

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Buffalo, NY – Donna Jackson Nakazawa - Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World out of Balance - and the Cutting-Edge Science That Promises Hope

Monday, June 30th at 7 p.m.
Allen Hall Theatre, UB South Campus

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Type 1 diabetes, Crohn's disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis...all these increasingly common illnesses are autoimmune diseases in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues or nervous system. Equally alarming, as journalist Nakazawa tells us, is researchers' growing suspicion that autism may be an autoimmune disease, brought on in part by genetic predisposition, exposure of young bodies to man-made chemicals and perhaps viral triggers. Nakazawa, who herself has been diagnosed with the autoimmune Guillain-Barr syndrome, tells of a lower-income Buffalo, N.Y., neighborhood where the growing number of relatively young residents with lupus led one persistent woman to discover that a lot where children played had been a dumping ground for industrial chemicals. She also chronicles the work of researchers at Johns Hopkins and other medical centers who have been able to regrow nerves using embryonic stem cells and destroy errant T cells of the immune system that have run amok. Included are suggestions for foods that may promote healthy immune response and consumer body care products to avoid.

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