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10 Years!

It was ten years ago today I started my path to reversing my autoimmune disease. And not one day do I take for granted. Having gone through years of pain, frustration and uncertainty, I do not want to face that again. Knowing how to treat my digestive tract, I will always remain cautious about what I eat and how I’m handling my health. I was given a second chance at my health and I want to do well with it. I hope you may find some encouragement that it can be reversed. With the right doctors, the right medication, the right supplements, the right diet and the right attitude, you can beat this too!

Sick from Your Stomach: Bacterial Changes May Trigger Diseases Like Rheumatoid Arthritis

This article is stating the entire basis for Functional Medicine.  That the immune system lies primarily in the intestinal tract.  When it becomes imbalanced due to diet, antibiotics and other reasons, the body can become autoimmune.  Treat the gut – cure the autoimmune issues.  It’s that simple.  This has been around for decades yet only recently is starting to gain some ground.  Hopefully this more recent research by the Mayo Clinic will help give more credibility to Functional Medicine and help many others learn what I have already so they too can reverse their autoimmune issues.

Sick from Your Stomach?  Bacterial Changes May Trigger Diseases Like Rheumatoid Arthritis

Monday, June 11, 2012

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The billions of bugs in our guts have a newfound role: regulating the immune system and related autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis , according to researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Larger-than-normal populations of specific gut bacteria may trigger the development of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and possibly fuel disease progression in people genetically predisposed to this crippling and confounding condition, say the researchers, who are participating in the Mayo Illinois Alliance for Technology Based Healthcare .

The study is published in the April 2012 issue of PloS ONE.

“A lot of people suspected that gut flora played a role in rheumatoid arthritis, but no one had been able to prove it because they couldn’t say which came first — the bacteria or the genes,” says senior author Veena Taneja, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic immunologist. “Using genomic sequencing technologies, we have been able to show the gut microbiome may be used as a biomarker for predisposition.”

The roughly 10 trillion cells that make up the human body have neighbors: mostly bacteria that often help, training the immune system and aiding in digestion, for example. The bacteria in the intestines, in addition to a relatively small number of other microorganisms (the gut microbiome), outnumber human cells 10-to-1.

Researchers found that hormones and changes related to aging may further modulate the gut immune system and exacerbate inflammatory conditions in genetically susceptible individuals.

Nearly 1 percent of the world’s population has rheumatoid arthritis, a disease in which the immune system attacks tissues, inflaming joints and sometimes leading to deadly complications such as heart disease. Other diseases with suspected gut bacterial ties include type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Researchers with the Mayo Illinois Alliance for Technology Based Healthcare say that identifying new biomarkers in intestinal microbial populations and maintaining a balance in gut bacteria could help physicians stop rheumatoid arthritis before it starts.

“This study is an important advance in our understanding of the immune system disturbances associated with rheumatoid arthritis. While we do not yet know what the causes of this disease are, this study provides important insights into the immune system and its relationship to bacteria of the gut, and how these factors may affect people with genetic susceptibilities to disease,” says Eric Matteson, M.D., chairman of rheumatology at Mayo Clinic, who was not a study author.

Dr. Taneja and her team genetically engineered mice with the human gene HLA-DRB1*0401, a strong indicator of predisposition to rheumatoid arthritis. A set of control mice were engineered with a different variant of the DRB1 gene, known to promote resistance to rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers used these mice to compare their immune responses to different bacteria and the effect on rheumatoid arthritis.

“The gut is the largest immune organ in the body,” says co-author Bryan White, Ph.D., director of the University of Illinois’ Microbiome Program in the Division of Biomedical Sciences  and a member of the Institute for Genomic Biology . “Because it’s presented with multiple insults daily through the introduction of new bacteria, food sources and foreign antigens, the gut is continually teasing out what’s good and bad.”

The gut has several ways to do this, including the mucosal barrier that prevents organisms — even commensal or “good” bacteria — from crossing the lumen of the gut into the human body. However, when commensal bacteria breach this barrier, they can trigger autoimmune responses. The body recognizes them as out of place, and in some way this triggers the body to attack itself, he says.

These mice mimic human gender trends in rheumatoid arthritis, in that females were about three times as likely to generate autoimmune responses and contract the disease. Researchers believe these “humanized” mice could shed light on why women and other demographic groups are more vulnerable to autoimmune disorders and help guide development of new future therapies.

“The next step for us is to show if bugs in the gut can be manipulated to change the course of disease,” Dr. Taneja says.

The study was funded by the Mayo-Illinois Alliance for Technology Based Healthcare and a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Co-authors include Andres Gomez; Carl Yeoman, Ph.D.; and Margret Berg Miller, Ph.D., all of University of Illinois; David Luckey; Eric Marietta, Ph.D.; and Joseph Murray, M.D., all of Mayo Clinic.


Seventh annual Bioneers conference features NYT best selling author Dr. Mark Hyman

Seventh annual Bioneers conference features NYT best selling author Dr. Mark Hyman.


Dr. Mark Hyman, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, family physician and international leader in the field of functional medicine is scheduled to appear as a keynote speaker at the seventh annual Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference, that will take place Oct. 21-23, in downtown New Bedford.

Dr. Hyman, who you may have seen on Dr. Oz, will be speaking in New Bedford for the first time at this engagement, providing an opportunity for attendees to hear firsthand from a world-renowned leader in his field. There will also be several other speakers at the conference addressing health and wellness issues.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The solutions-based conference encompasses more than three square city blocks, with the main site at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase St.

Dr. Hyman has made a career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach known as functional medicine. Through his private practice, education efforts, writing, research, advocacy and public-policy work, Hyman strives to improve access to functional medicine, and to widen the understanding and practice of it; empowering others to stop managing symptoms and instead treat the underlying causes of illness, thereby also tackling our chronic-disease epidemic.

The Connecting for Change conference, presented by the Marion Institute, is an annual three-day, solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in our communities. This internationally acclaimed event summons environmental, industry and social justice innovators to bring focus on food and farming, health and healing, green business, indigenous knowledge, environmental and social justice, women and youth empowerment, spirituality and sustainability; all working to catalyze a movement to heal the world.

Included among the highlights of the 2011 conference are live keynote presentations by Laurie David, producer of An Inconvenient Truth and author of The Family Dinner, Satish Kumar; visionary and editor of Resurgence magazine, John Francis, Ph.D, known the world over as the “Planetwalker” and more.

“If you are interested in practical solutions to the specific challenges we face here in the Northeast and the world at-large, then this is the conference for you,” conference director Glenn Oliveira said.

Planned for the three-day conference are more than 50 afternoon workshops focusing on topics such as education, health and healing, food and farming, green business, spirituality and youth empowerment.

Other attractions include family programming, an exhibition hall featuring sustainable businesses and organizations, a film fest, music, art installations, a farmers’ market, local and organic food and an extensive Youth Initiative program.

For information or to register for the conference, visit www.connectingforchange.org

Healing breakthroughs at University of Miami Integrative Medicine Symposium – Miami Holistic Health | Examiner.com

Healing breakthroughs at University of Miami Integrative Medicine Symposium – Miami Holistic Health | Examiner.com.

article by Jed Schlackman

The University of Miami’s 4th annual Integrative Medicine Symposium kicked off Friday April 8th with opening remarks from medical school dean Pascal Goldschmidt, M.D.  Goldschmidt highlighted the increasing recognition of integrative and holistic medicine with a description of a study with rats in which rats that were genetically modified to experience rapid aging were able to reverse the effect of the implanted genes by engaging in regular exercise. After acknowledging  individuals such as director Janet Konefal, Ph.D., who helped make the event come about, Goldschmidt encouraged attendees to proceed to the day’s presentations from leaders in the integrative medicine field.

In addition to the many educational lectures, those in attendance were treated to demonstrations of diagnostic and healing methods, products, and healthy food samples from South Florida sponsors such as La Vie en Raw cafe andHippocrates Health Institute. This event continued Saturday with more in-depth workshops from acclaimed doctors such as functional medicine proponent Mark Hyman, M.D., best-selling author of The UltraMind Solution and other books.

This inquisitive Examiner joined a variety of doctors and health care practitioner along with UM medical students in hearing from expert clinicians and researchers about powerful healing methods often neglected by mainstream medicine. Chiropractor Wally Schmitt amazed the audience by facilitating instant pain relief in a medical student by having her expose her taste buds to a manganese tablet. Schmitt described the role of nutrients in the nervous system and also explained how the connections between different areas of the body and the brain can produce psychological symptoms triggered by disturbances in the body.

Researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute, shared data from many studies that have shown physical and mental health benefits for infants and mothers receiving moderate pressure massage. Studies also demonstrated benefits for children and adolescents with issues such as ADHD and autism.  Despite these consistent findings of beneficial effects Dr. Field noted that the health care system has not often implemented massage therapy as a resource to assist these populations. One great thing about this therapy is that these massage methods can be applied by anyone given basic instruction – thus, mothers can learn to massage their babies and have a cost-free therapy that is proven to help babies thrive and have optimal cognitive development.

Natalie Geary, M.D. described integrative pediatric care issues such as nutrition and food allergies and intolerances. She reported that providing just one healthy meal a day to school children has yielded significant improvements in health status and school performance. Dr. Geary also noted that foods which often need to be cut from kids’ diets include wheat and dairy, which can be difficult for many families since so much of the standard diet in our culture includes processed wheat and dairy foods.


Dr. Neil Riordan discussed research on stem cells and their role in health and longevity. He focused on how lifestyle factors can either enhance or decrease stem cell levels. Cigarette smoking and other unhealthy behaviors diminish stem cells more rapidly than normal aging does. Antioxidants, hyperbaric oxygen, and living at high altitudes can all help increase stem cell levels according to Dr. Riordan.

Research director John Lewis, Ph.D. shared about recent research carried out by UM’s Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, including research on glyconutrients. Dr. Lewis’ report was complemented by a discussion of health promotion by Reginald McDaniel, M.D., a longtime researcher of glyconutrients and their role in health. Glyconutrients include sugars found in aloe vera leaves, sugars that are important for cellular communication. Dr. McDaniel quoted Hippocrates, who said “let your food be your medicine,” as he encouraged the audience to consume organic, locally grown foods for optimal nutritional content.

One of the most intriguing presentations Friday was by Eugene Ahn, M.D., an oncologist who spoke about the vital role of consciousness in healing. Dr. Ahn began by outlining the standard mechanistic medical paradigm and then the “new” paradigm in which consciousness is primary, not a by-product of biochemical processes. He discussed the placebo and nocebo effect, describing how anything we do or are treated with is filtered by our subconscious mind. Thus, in this model, personal and cultural beliefs and attitudes and spiritual concerns are important elements to consider with any plan of treatment. Further examples of the role and nature of consciousness included near-death experiences, past-life recall, and distance healing and non-local effects in physics. Authors such as Brian GreeneDean Radin, and Lynne McTaggart were mentioned as references to learn more about this evidence. Dr. Ahn suggested that working with a model that encompasses physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of our experience is one that will let us be of greater service to patients. Examples provided of addressing these deeper levels included prayer, meditation, hypnosis, yoga, reiki, and a therapy called Evolutionary Healing, which has been developed by South Miami chiropractor Paul Canali.