AutoImmune Diseases & Allergies

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February 22, 2018

What are Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune diseases are a broad range of related conditions where the body’s own immune system attacks the tissues and organs, causing deterioration and illness.

What is an allergy?

An allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to a harmless substance (also known as an allergen) that does not bother most people. Allergens can be found in a variety of food and environmental sources such as house dust mite excretions, pets, pollen, moulds and various food and food components.

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Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity & Leaky Gut

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December 12, 2018

Episode 32 with Dr. Alessio Fasano

The Connection Between Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease

Dr. Alessio Fasano is a gastroenterologist and a world-renowned expert on intestinal permeability (aka “leaky gut) and it's connection to autoimmune disease. In order for autoimmunity to be triggered in the body, three precursors need to take place:

  1. genetic vulnerability
  2. environmental triggers
  3. leaky gut.

Then, once autoimmunity is triggered, the body attacks more than just the part associated with the diagnosis (i.e. joints in rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid in Hashimoto's disease, and skin in psoriasis). It also attacks the intestinal lining, creating a vicious cycle. Today, we'll learn more about this complex condition and how it affects our autoimmune health.

Dr. Fasano is also an expert on celiac disease, so we'll learn the difference between celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), as well as the difference between gluten cross-reaction and gluten cross-contamination.

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December 12, 2018

Cell Phones are Dangerous

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But This May Be Far Worse...

An increasingly alarmed army of international scientists have reached a controversial conclusion:

The "electrosmog" that first began developing with the rollout of the electrical grid a century ago and now envelops every inhabitant of Earth is responsible for many of the diseases that impair or kill them.

During the past 100 years, we have methodically filled in the electromagnetic spectrum far beyond what occurs in nature.

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Gym for Your Skin

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You probably think nothing of going to the gym to exercise the muscles in your arms, legs, shoulders and back. But what about the 57 muscles in your face and neck?

These muscles need attention too, and regular facial exercisers say toning and tightening the muscles in your face can lead to fewer lines and wrinkles, improved skin tone, less tension, a firmer jaw line and even fewer headaches and less eyestrain.

Facial exercises have become quite trendy in recent years. At one Manhattan pop-up boutique called Face Love Fitness, for instance, it's said that massage and purposeful movement to your facial muscles, done two to three times a week, helps with detoxification and increases oxygen and blood circulation to your skin. As reported by CNN:

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Adverse Childhood Experiences

trauma med figure1Article Written by American Academy of Pediatrics (2014)

...and the Lifelong Consequences of Trauma

Many people can identify a person in their lives who struggles with a chronic illness like heart disease, diabetes, or hypertension. Most people also know someone who struggles with mental illness, substance abuse, or relationships in general. Traditionally, the health care system would point to high-risk behaviors such as poor diet, drug use, or a sedentary lifestyle as the primary causal factors. Questions for patients have focused on “What’s wrong with you?” rather than “What happened to you?” A 1998 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente is leading to a paradigm shift in the medical community’s approach to disease. This study of more than 17,000 middle-class Americans documented quite clearly that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can contribute significantly to negative adult physical and mental health outcomes and affect more than 60% of adults.1,2 This continues to be reaffirmed with more recent studies.

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