Various root causes can lead to gut problems

Functional medicine has long been aware that gut health is foundational to overall health. Although the reason wasn’t fully understood for decades, it was clear that the gut was the seat of the immune system and chronic inflammation. Recent research has paved the way for understanding just how integral gut bacteria is to health. Improving…

The evolving epidemic of autoimmune disease

Research now shows that autoimmune disease – a condition in which the immune system attacks the body – impacts more people than heart disease and cancer combined. Unfortunately, few medical doctors know how to help patients who are suffering from this modern epidemic because they may not be able to identify its symptoms, properly screen…

Pregnancy or postpartum can trigger hypothyroidism

For many women, the onset of their hypothyroid symptoms began either during pregnancy or just after. Most of these women went on to be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. Pregnancy often triggers Hashimoto’s due to normal shifts in immunity that cause an already beleaguered immune system to…

Nitric oxide for autoimmune and chronic disorders

When it comes to autoimmune disease and other chronic health conditions, taming inflammation is the name of the game. This can be difficult because the body creates vicious cycles where inflammation keeps feeding more inflammation. This makes halting the progression of autoimmune disease and chronic health issues difficult…but not impossible. However, we now know about…

Did childhood trauma play a role in your autoimmunity?

Autoimmune patients expend considerable effort finding the right diet, supplements, lifestyle, and practitioner to manage their autoimmunity. But did you know your experiences from childhood could be provoking your autoimmunity as an adult? Abuse, belittlement, insults, neglect, loss of loved ones, parental acrimony… the traumas children weather unfortunately become a lifelong “operating system” that has profound influences…

Five little-known things that make autoimmunity worse

If you are managing your autoimmune disease through diet and lifestyle, then you probably know about the autoimmune diet  supplements, non-toxic home and body products, and getting enough rest. But are you aware of hidden sources of stress that may be triggering autoimmune flares? Common autoimmune diseases today include Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes,…