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Autoimmune Disease: Treatments and Outcomes

Medications manage autoimmune diseases by attempting to control disease flares, limit inflammatory damage, and extend periods of remission; however, consistent results may not be seen in each patient, and there may be potentially serious side effects. What other treatment options are available for patients living with autoimmune disease that may improve their quality of life?

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Terry Wahls, MD, on New Research Into Diet and Lifestyle Treatments for Autoimmunity and Beyond

IFM recently interviewed Dr. Wahls about the latest research coming out of her lab and the new additions to the latest version of her book.

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Good Sleep Hygiene May Help Protect Against Infectious Diseases

Public health concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in local communities is causing anxiety on a global scale. It may even be affecting your sleep at night. Sleep is your body’s first line of defense against infectious disease. You can support your sleep and your health just by making positive changes in your daily routine.

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Top 6 Strategies for Managing Stress Around Infectious Disease

Staying informed about the spread of COVID-19 and the measures that you can take to protect your health and the health of your loved ones is critical. However, spending too much time researching coronavirus can negatively impact your sense of wellbeing and compromise your physical health. Reducing stress can improve your overall health, especially during these uncertain times.

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Controlling Pain in Autoimmune Patients

Reducing side effects from pain medications in autoimmune patients may be possible by supporting gut health. Helen Messier, MD, shares ways to support gut and immune health while also addressing pain related to autoimmunity.

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Autoimmune Disorders: Driving Forces, the Inflamed Brain, and Taking the High Road

In this audio recording, Dan Lukaczer, ND, IFMCP, interviews Samuel Yanuck, DC, FACFN, FIAMA. Dr. Yanuck shares his clinical insights on assessment perspectives, systemic and neurological inflammation, and cellular regulation in relation to autoimmune disorders.

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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

Inflammation in the joints may be triggered by a variety of factors, including gut dysbiosis. In this case presentation, Rajka Galbraith, MD, uses dietary interventions to support microbiome health in a patient with RA to decrease inflammatory burden and improve quality of life

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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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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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