The intestinal barrier plays a critical role human health and disease. It allows for the absorption of nutrients from the food we eat, while at the same time, it protects against the entry of allergens, as well as bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Essentially, it plays the role of a gatekeeper. When this barrier malfunctions, it can cause allergies and autoimmune disorders. This is a condition we call “leaky gut.” But how do you know if you have it? Read on to find out.
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Immunity & Autoimmune Disease
Catchy media headlines often poke fun at gluten sensitivity, and a considerable percentage of the population, including many doctors, still do not believe that non-celiac gluten sensitivity is real. Yet many people without celiac disease feel better with a gluten-free diet. A recent study may have settled the debate once and for all.
Do you have an autoimmune disease? Do starchy foods tend to make your symptoms worse? Mounting evidence suggests that individuals who have autoimmunity related to a particular set of genes called HLA-B27 may benefit from reducing their starch intake. Read on to learn why this is and if a low-starch diet is right for you.
If you’ve been listening to my podcast for a while or following my email list, you’ll know that the topic of chronic inflammatory response syndrome, or CIRS, is of great interest to me both professionally and personally. Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker is one of the pioneers in the field of low-dose biotoxin exposure, and today we discuss a new type of genomic testing that may quite dramatically improve our ability to diagnose CIRS and get a lot more specific about how to treat it. This could be a major breakthrough for anyone dealing with a mysterious undiagnosed chronic disease—not only chronic inflammatory response syndrome, but also post-Lyme syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Every mucosal surface on your body is colonized by a distinct group of microbes, including your gut, lungs, and nasal passages. Far from causing harm, these microbes “teach” your immune system to tolerate dietary proteins and other harmless allergens in the environment. Read on to learn how disruption of your resident microbes might be associated with your allergies, and learn what steps you can take to alleviate your worst symptoms.
Dr. Shoemaker is a pioneer in understanding how low-dose biotoxin exposure, including toxic mold and algae, impacts our health and contributes to disease. Find out what chronic inflammatory response syndrome is, how people get exposed, and who is susceptible.