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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

How Celiac Research Changed Estimated Prevalence Rates with Alessio Fasano, MDOver the last few decades, rates of celiac disease have grown where it is now considered a major public health problem worldwide. What are the autoimmune triggers and how can Functional Medicine affect epidemic? READ MORE
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Improve Immune Function With Diet & Lifestyle Changes

Top 4 Supplements for Immune Support with Robert Roundtree, MDExercise and other lifestyle interventions have strong effects on the innate immune system. Which immunomodulating lifestyle interventions are backed by research? 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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What Triggers an Asthma Attack?

Over the past 10 years, little improvement has been observed in allergy-related hospital admission and mortality. New assessment techniques are not being adopted and drug discovery is progressing slowly. Read More
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The Hygiene Hypothesis & Helminth Treatments With Parasitic Worms

Humans evolved with many parasites. At high doses, hookworm infection causes gastrointestinal symptoms and anemia, but in small doses, hookworms modulate the immune response, increasing immune tolerance. Read More
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Understanding Autoimmunity in the Pediatric Population

Pediatric autoimmune conditions are multifarious and affect every aspect of a patient’s life—spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. As diagnoses continue to rise, only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression for this vulnerable population. Read More
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Rise of Autoimmune Disease Linked to Intestinal Permeability

It is well known that the interaction between genes and the environment is fundamental to the immune response. Increasingly, research is validating a new model where genetic susceptibility coupled with increased intestinal permeability sets the stage for a specific environmental trigger. Read More
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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. Read More
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Fasano’s Triad and the Trajectory of Autoimmunity

Over the past 20 years, increasing evidence supports Alessio Fasano’s theory that a single protein is critical for triggering autoimmune disorders. Read More
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Functional Medicine Approaches to Ragweed Allergy

Mites are a known nuisance to animals, but clinicians can provide valuable immune education to patients by explaining their role in allergic rhinitis and immune response. Read More