Help make a difference in the lives of those with autoimmune disease.
Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy cells. There are over 80 known autoimmune diseases and counting, affecting more than 14 million Americans.
Find national and international organizations focused on specific autoimmune diseases, from alopecia areata to vitiligo.
Information, health-related articles, and resources to help you navigate living well with autoimmune disease.
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Managing Mental Health with Autoimmune Disease
Living with chronic illness takes a toll emotionally and socially. How can we take care of our mental health?
Browse our resource lists and information via the links below.
Find Medical Institutions Focused on Your Autoimmune Disease
An extensive list of centers, clinics, and hospitals across the United States that specialize in diagnosing and treating various autoimmune diseases.
We support autoimmune disease education and research by funding grants for scientific investigations, holding live talks with experts, and partnering with the Celiac Disease Program to create educational resources.
Comprehensive Educational Resources for Those Living with Celiac Disease
Our celiac-focused resources are a product of GAI’s partnership with the Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Visit our Celiac Education page to find information on Gluten Free Education Day, expert celiac talks, podcasts, a gluten-free diet app, and cooking and nutrition videos.
Join Us for Our Next Autoimmune Support Group, July 31st, 10-11:30am PT
Our aim is to help each other live well and feel heard, while not letting disease define us. We encourage members to come as they are, with an open mind and the willingness to nurture a positive atmosphere.
The Global Autoimmune Institute is empowering solutions in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disease (AD) through research, education, and community, while supporting multidisciplinary approaches to wellness.
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Living with chronic illness takes a toll emotionally and socially. How do we take care of our mental health?
We ran a 31-day social media campaign for Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month! Find out what our community said.
Why women experience more COVID-19 vaccine side effects and autoimmune disease, and the purpose behind two doses
A comparative look at the overlap between COVID-19 infection and autoimmunity, and the science behind it
The latest info on COVID-19 high risk outcomes, vaccine recommendations, and adverse reactions as it pertains to AD
Influential Black Americans who have impacted medicine and disability justice
Public health and immunology expert, Dr. Fauci, outlines current challenges and successes in the coronavirus pandemic
A new mRNA vaccine technology demonstrates the possibility of treating diseases like multiple sclerosis
The differences between holistic medicine and modern Western or conventional medicine, and what each approach excels in
What we know about long COVID, and the link between the post-viral syndrome, ME/CFS, and autoimmune disease
A brief overview of the connection between gratitude and well-being, and the science behind it
As we contend with a new normal, both doctors and chronic illness patients are benefitting from telehealth
A compilation of the most recent information out there on the relationship between COVID-19 and autoimmune disease
Bacteria and other microbes throughout our bodies create a diverse ecosystem that is an essential part of human health
Learn to tell them apart, as many people with autoimmune disease experience these confusing, adverse food reactions
By shifting expectations and self-advocating, you can find middle ground and rebuild trust in medicine
Study suggests that autoimmune patients with coronavirus have same hospitalization rate as the general population
Want to tell your story but don’t know how to get started? Let these unique tips and prompts be your guide
A cocktail of supplements recommended by medical professionals may have a role in addressing COVID-19
How to cope with coronavirus anxieties and using chronic illness as a tool to navigate the uncertainties
Up-to-date info about the coronavirus pandemic as it relates to chronic conditions, plus self-care tips and practical…
Understand why certain comments can be hurtful, and what to say instead
What is the difference between organic and conventional produce? Are organics better for our health?
Practical tips for those moments when moving forward feels impossible
These articles are written by Global Autoimmune Institute writers and staff. Below is a collection of all GAI articles, listed in alphabetical order in the following categories:
About Autoimmune Disease, Autoimmune Stories, Book Reviews, Coronavirus, Environmental Health, Healthcare, Managing Your Health, Microbiome, New Research, Nutrition, and Specific Disorders.
7 Risk Factors for Autoimmune Disease
Autoimmune Disease List
“Controversies in Rheumatology & Autoimmunity” Conference in Florence, Italy
“Digestive Disease Week (DDW)” Conference in San Diego, California
Four Figures to Know This Black History Month
Chronic Illness, Pregnancy, Motherhood and Healing (Emotional Autoimmunity podcast)
How to Tell Your Chronic Illness Story
When Food Sensitivities Catch You Off Guard
The Chronic Search for Relief in the Medical System: A Book Review of “Ask Me About My Uterus” by Abby Norman
Autoimmune Disease May Not Put You At Higher Risk For COVID-19 Complications
Certain Supplements May Help Prevent and Mitigate Coronavirus
COVID-19 & Autoimmune Disease
COVID-19 & Autoimmune Disease: What We Know Now
COVID Vaccine & Autoimmune Disease FAQ
COVID-19 News and Research Updates
COVID Vaccine: Side Effects in Women & the Purpose of Two Doses
Is SARS-CoV-2 an Autoimmune Virus? Is Long COVID an AD?
Understanding Long COVID
Vaccines, COVID-19, & Autoimmune Disease: New Developments
Food Sensitivity, Intolerance, or Allergy: What’s the Difference?
What Does Organic Really Mean? Part One
What Is Processed Food?
Explained: Holistic vs Modern Western Medicine
Navigating Healthcare Through the Practical Lens of Telehealth
Chronic Illness: When You Feel Like Giving Up
Finding Balance in Uncertain Times
Managing Mental Health with an Autoimmune Disease
What Is Gratitude?
What Not to Say to Someone with a Chronic Illness
When You’ve Lost Trust in Doctors
What is the Microbiome and Why Study it?
“Microbes within the Host” Conference at Salk Institute in San Diego, California
“Microbiome: Therapeutic Implications” Conference in Killarney, Ireland
Potential mRNA Treatment for Autoimmune Disease
Unexpected Discovery in RA May Lead to New Treatment
“International Celiac Disease Symposium” Conference in Paris, France
Symptoms and Signs of Celiac Disease