A former National Merit Scholar at Yale University, Mark Holterman, MD leverages decades of clinical experience as a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois. Also a researcher, Dr. Mark Holterman holds a particular interest in regenerative medicine, stem cell therapies, obesity, innovative cancer treatments, and autoimmunity.
Autoimmunity refers to a condition in which the body’s immune system begins to attack the body itself. Some form of autoimmunity is present in everyone, but when serious it can lead to a range of autoimmune diseases that include type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. Although it is not known what causes autoimmune disease, genetic history, infections, diet, and chemical exposure are all thought to play a role.
Many autoimmune disorders have unique symptoms. However, the early symptoms are often quite similar. In addition to fatigue and muscle aches, individuals with autoimmune disorders may experience swelling, inflammation, and a fever. Hair loss, hand and foot numbness, and rashes on the skin may also be present. Lastly, autoimmune disorders often make it difficult for individuals to concentrate.