The purpose of this Web Site is to address the issues of three autoimmune diseases: Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR), Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu’s Arteritis (TA). These are extremely painful and debilitating diseases that affect millions of patients, world wide, yet are relatively unknown.
PMR and GCA strike the over 50 age group. In the United States alone there are 135 million “at risk” – the “baby boomer” population of some 76 million and the retired population of some 59 million. One in 143 over the age of 50 will be stricken by PMR, GCA or both (NIH statistic); both PMR and GCA can take one out of the job market, overnight, with little or no warning; GCA can lead to irreversible blindness. PMR and GCA strike twice as many women as men. There is no known cure and they are often misdiagnosed.
TA usually strikes those from 15 to 40 years of age. It strikes 8 or 9 times as many women as men and is most prevalent in women of Asian decent. It is often referred to as the “pulse less disease” as it is difficult to detect any pulse in patients. It is often misdiagnosed.
These autoimmune diseases have been known to the medical/scientific world since the first scientific article on PMR was published by Burk in 1888, followed by an article an GCA published by Hutchinson in 1890. TA came along in 1908 described by Mikito Takaysau. Since their discovery, we find little evidence of any serious research toward finding a cure. Over the years they have received very little publicity.
WHY HAVE THESE DISEASES BEEN IGNORED BY THE MEDICAL/SCIENTIFIC WORLD?
WHY HAS MOST OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC NEVER HEARD OF THEM?
National Medical Research Foundation has accepted an awesome challenge – Your support will fuel our mission:
Fund research to find a cure, a reliable diagnostic tool and alternative medications
Fund Clinical Trials on medications showing positive treatment potential
Disseminate awareness to an uninformed public
Establish Support Groups, nation wide
Build a large philanthropist base to provide a “loud” voice that demands to be heard in the medical/scientific world, including the hallowed halls of medical education.
WITH THE “GRASS ROOTS” HELP OF “CARING AMERICA’ SUCCESS IS ASSURED!!!
BE A “CACKLER” OR A “LAYER” IN THE AUTOIMMUNE SOLUTIONS CHALLENGE!!!
We hope that a review of this Web Site will be a rewarding experience resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship
Joan L. Reiter, Co-Founder, CEO
Edward C. Reiter, Co-Founder, President