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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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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
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Rise of Autoimmune Disease Linked to Intestinal Permeability

Functional Medicine recognizes the triad of genetics, environmental triggers, and intestinal permeability as being at the forefront of autoimmune disease research, and in many ways, the Functional Medicine model is specifically designed to address these factors.

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Learn to Recognize and Reverse Immune Dysfunction

Autoimmune conditions often occur together. Why are comorbidities so common? Restoring immune function and overall health in these patients requires addressing underlying mechanisms.

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What Treatment Modalities Improve Quality of Life for Autoimmune Patients?

Up to half of rheumatoid arthritis patients leave the workforce less than 10 years after disease onset. Expanding therapeutic options can make a difference.

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Non-Celiac Immune Responses to Gluten

What are the mechanisms behind non-celiac gluten sensitivity? Research continues to highlight the role of gut permeability and its connection to autoimmunity.

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Who Is at Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Before the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, a clinically inflammatory state is detectable. What epigenetic factors predispose a patient to or trigger the onset of disease? Read More
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The Connection Between Leaky Gut and Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of several conditions where gut permeability predates symptoms, and it may be possible to prevent joint damage by treating the gut. What is the state of research on arthritis, the microbiome, and gut permeability? How can we help patients restore mucosal integrity and prevent incidental absorption of potential disease triggers?

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