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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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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
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Innovations in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Functional Medicine offers an alternative to symptom suppression—by addressing the underlying mechanisms that cause autoimmunity, we can prevent, and in some cases reverse, autoimmune diseases. Read More
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Research Continues to Link Genes to Autoimmune Disease

Despite some commonalities, the genetic heritability of autoimmune diseases is exceedingly variable, ranging from very high in Crohn's disease and ankylosing spondylitis to almost negligible in systemic sclerosis. One estimate is that less than 15% of genes related to autoimmune risk have been identified. Read More