Healing Diets

Since I wrote a couple of posts on autoimmunity and its link to gastrointestinal health, I’ve had a few readers contact me and ask what kinds of diets are good for healing the gut and reducing the development of autoimmune disease.  I figured it might be helpful to do a post on the subject, since I’m sure there are more people out there wondering the same thing. Continue reading

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What Causes Autoimmunity?

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My last post listed some of the more common autoimmune diseases and the three main factors that are thought to contribute to autoimmune disease: genetic predisposition, triggering factors, and a leaky gut.  Today I’d like to talk more in depth about these contributing factors and how they lead to misdirection of the immune system and the development of disease. Continue reading

What is Autoimmunity?

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These days, it seems like more and more people are being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases.  Whether its multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or Hashimoto’s disease, these autoimmune conditions are becoming more common.  Why is that?  How are all these seemingly unrelated diseases all occurring with increasing frequency, and what can we do to stop this alarming trend? Continue reading