Like most of us, you wake up in the morning, you feel fully energized and refreshed, but then you start to realize not everyone gets to feel like this. Imagine waking up each day feeling fatigued and pain throughout your body. Well a lot of people that have autoimmune disease goes through these symptoms every day. As I was scrolling through the internet about theses illness, I saw an interesting article from the National Institute of Environmental Health about the association of autoimmune disease and the environment that I would like to share with you guys.

The environment can have an impact on autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases are when the immune system is not functioning properly by causing antibodies in the body to attack healthy cells, tissues, and organs. It can impact any parts of the body and there are more than 32 million people that have an autoimmune disease. The autoimmune antibodies can start to form years before the symptoms of autoimmune disease appear. Autoimmune disease can develop through the sunlight and low socioeconomic status.

As I was reading, I saw that the author mentioned the environmental triggers that can initiate autoimmune disease. Some of the triggers include exposure to paint thinners, cleaning supplies, and nail polish. Another trigger is exposure to fine particles of crystalline silica and eating gluten. After reading this article, I realized that this topic is important and there should be more research to be done on this issue. Identifying solutions to this problem can help people not experience the symptoms of autoimmune disease and live a healthier life.

You can learn more about your health and how you can protect and improve your health. For more information, take a look at what the Global Health and Education Projects (GHEP) and volunteers are doing at the Health, Environmental Education and Awareness (HEEA) program. At the HEEA day, we educate members of our community on the relationship between the environment and public health. Experts share nuggets of life-saving health and environment information in a joyful and entertaining atmosphere.

I can tell you that human health is truly complex. But there is hope. Obtaining and empowering ourselves with the latest information and research on different health conditions is important for protecting your health. There are a lot of valuable information published by health care providers, researchers and other experts from around the world. You can read free and updated information on health issues affecting mothers, women, children and families and other health issues such as HIV/AIDS at GHEP’s global health journal on maternal and child health and aids. You can also read other interesting articles on public health, medical research, and how research is changing our lives at the journal of translational medical research and public health known as IJTRansmed. Finally, you can also write and share your comments on any health issue that you’d like to share. You never know who might be saved by reading that little piece of information that you write.

By: Kanisha Blake, BS, MPH (C). Ms. Blake  is a Master of Public Health candidate at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA with a concentration in Epidemiology. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Wesley College, Delaware. She is an intern with the Global Health and Education Projects Inc. (GHEP) where she works closely with GHEP leadership in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs, participates in supervised research, manages social media, and writes impactful blogs on public health issues.