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Introducing Autoimmunity: A Functional Medicine Guide

Produced by IFM in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic, a first-of-its-kind eBook details a comprehensive Functional Medicine approach to evaluating and treating patients with autoimmune conditions. Autoimmunity: A Functional Medicine Guide is available now for only $95, with access to the content provided immediately.

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Understanding the Psychoemotional Roots of Immune Disease

For centuries, people have contemplated the connection between the mind and body; the interplay is deep-rooted and complex, calling into question whether different mental states can positively or negatively affect biological functioning. What stress-reducing interventions may positively affect the immune system and potentially prevent immune imbalance?

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Supporting the Gut: A Rheumatoid Arthritis Case

In this detailed case presentation, Rajka Galbraith, MD, shares how she approached a patient presenting with rheumatoid arthritis. The successful resolution of the case is partially credited to intestinal support.

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Food, Lifestyle, and Autoimmune Conditions

Helen Messier, MD, describes when and how food reactions are present in her patients with autoimmune disease. Underlying intestinal permeability influences not only food reactions, but the immune activation characterizing autoimmune conditions.

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Controlling Pain in Autoimmune Patients

Intestinal permeability is highly implicated in the onset and progression of autoimmune conditions.

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Video: The Role of Mitochondria in MS-Related Fatigue

Over 80% of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) report fatigue, and most prescription medications have been reported to have low efficacy in changing that number.

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Defying All Odds: Documentary on Terry Wahls, MD

“And what a story it is: plagued by an incurable disease, this incredible woman, herself a medical doctor, found a way to effectively treat her illness and recover from a disease no one thought one could recover from.” – Caroleen Moise, producer/director of Defying All Odds, a documentary about Dr. Terry Wahls’ journey with multiple sclerosis.

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Immunology and the Microbiome

The intricate relationship of the human microbiome to health and wellness continues to drive new therapeutic options. Research is making inroads for treating a host of autoimmune conditions.

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The Role of the Microbiome in Immune-Related Diseases

How does the microbiome interact with the immune system, and how do these interactions help determine a state of health or disease in the body? In this article, Kara Fitzgerald, ND, and Romilly Hodges, CNS, discuss how cross-talk between the microbiome and cells in the intestinal mucosal immune system is important for immune system maturation and modulation across all developmental stages.

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Rates of Celiac Disease Continue to Rise Worldwide

In addition to rising diagnoses, the prevalence of undiagnosed celiac disease seems to have increased dramatically in the US in the last 50 years. In an IFM interview, renowned celiac researcher Alessio Fasano, MD, speaks with Patrick Hanaway, MD, on how research has impacted the estimated prevalence rates of celiac disease in the US.

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Improve Immune Function With Diet & Lifestyle Changes

Recent research has helped us understand that the innate immune system is the gatekeeper for coordinating the body’s entire immune response. How can dietary and lifestyle modifications work together to support the health of this sophisticated system?

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How Do Gut Bacteria Migrate Throughout the Body?

How do bacteria and antigens migrate from their normal gut environment to trigger autoimmune responses in joints, the brain, the heart, and other organs? Read More