Monthly Archives: April 2015

More fodder for the hygiene hypothesis

An interesting study was released recently that shows that Yanomami tribespeople have more than double the diversity of gut bacteria as people who live in more sanitary environments. (Actual study here). According to the hygiene hypothesis, exposure to a range … Continue reading

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The devil I know

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that the number of days I spend too tired to work has increased. I also find that I can work fewer hours per day on average than I used to. This past winter … Continue reading

Posted in arthritis, biologics, fatigue, finances, friendship, frustration, gut problems, immune suppression, mania, mobility impairment, mortality, relationships with family, Remicade, social life, steroids, treatment guidelines, virus, withdrawal, work | 1 Comment

Sick leave: just do it, America!

OK, I live in Canada, but I like the trend toward mandating employers to provide decent sick leave, even for contract workers, that’s gathering momentum in the USA. Several large companies, including Microsoft, are in favour of it. People are … Continue reading

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Welcome to my normal

I was at a family event this past weekend while I was having steroid withdrawal. There’s nothing quite like looking dazed and then falling asleep on the floor in front of relatives you haven’t seen in a year — and … Continue reading

Posted in coping skills, difficulty concentrating, disability, fatigue, hidden disability, organization, planning ahead, relationships, relationships with family, side effects, steroids, symptoms, withdrawal | 1 Comment