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Autoimmune diseases arise when the immune system attacks one or more of the body's normal constituents as if they were invaders. When the immune system fails to recognize "self" it may produce immune cells or antibodies (called autoantibodies) that target its own cells, tissues, and/or organs. Those attacks cause inflammation and tissue damage that lead to autoimmune disorders.

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Recommended Books on Autoimmune Diseases

The Autoimmune Epidemic

Donna Jackson Nakazawa (2009) 

Hailed by Mark Hyman, MD, as “a ray of light and hope” for autoimmune sufferers, this groundbreaking book provides research and solutions for those affected by autoimmune disorders including Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend!
Rosalind Joffe, Joan Friedlander (2008) 

Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease is a book for women who live with chronic illness, encouraging them to stay employed to preserve their independence and sense of self. 

Lupus: A Patient's Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Lifestyle
Iris Quintero Del Rio MD (2007)

The stigma and misinformation that often accompanies a diagnosis of lupus are exposed in this medical reference intended to alleviate fears and correct misconceptions by providing facts about diagnosis and treatment. 

Women and Autoimmune Disease: The Mysterious Ways Your Body Betrays Itself
Robert G. Lahita, Ina L. Yalof (2005)

A cutting-edge examination of the mysterious world of autoimmune disease—and the new discoveries made daily that may save women's lives

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