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Tag: autoimmune

New Study Links Diet and Microbiome with Multiple Sclerosis

A new study out of Brigham and Woman’s hospital in Boston and published in the Journal of Nature Medicine, relays exciting news that validates much of what I’ve been seeing in patients enrolled in the Fight MS with Food Project and our approach to managing autoimmune disorders like MS.

MS and diet and flora bacteria.
Manage Multiple Sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases through what you eat and how you digest your food.

Here is the link to a more detailed article about the study linking diet with MS, but below are some of what I find to be the most exciting points:

…the team found evidence that dietary changes and intestinal flora can influence astrocyte cell, a type of cerebral and consequently neurodegeneration.

Francisco Quintana, Spanish researcher who led the work, told SINC: “we have demonstrated for the first time that diet and intestinal bacteria collaborate to produce metabolites that travel through the circulation to the central nervous system to regulate inflammation and neurodegeneration.”

Or put another way, the food has some sort of role in the central nervous system through inflammation.  “What we eat influences the ability of intestinal bacteria to produce small molecules, some of which are able to travel to the brain. This opens an unknown area so far. How the intestine controls inflammation of the brain,” he added.

According to the authors, dietary supplements and probiotics may be useful to control processes that contribute to the pathology of neurological diseases. “Our studies were initially focused on multiple sclerosis, but also have implications for other diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” said Quintana.

If you’re interested in learning more about tailoring your diet and colonizing your own intestinal bacteria to best manage your autoimmune issues, please contact me for a free initial phone consultation to see if you would be a good candidate for this approach.

Nutrition and Autoimmunity: The Diet Connection

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease?

Have you been told that no one knows why people develop autoimmune issues and that the only treatments are with heavy-duty toxic drugs or, as with Crohn’s Disease, extractive surgeries to remove the offending body parts?

Have you been following your doctor’s orders yet still feeling worse and worse?

The Weston A. Price Foundation for Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts.

Then this new approach to dealing with autoimmunity is something you need to hear.

I will be giving a talk about Nutrition and Autoimmunity this Saturday for the Weston A. Price Foundation, Boulder chapter. New research is showing how simple dietary changes can reduce the rogue T-cell activity that leads to autoimmune disorders. Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and other inflammatory conditions can improve from eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones.

If you want to take back control over your health, you should plan to attend this transformative talk.

Of course, all are always welcome to contact me directly for a free phone consultation to learn all I know about how to manage autoimmune diseases through dietary changes.

Here is the information for the event on Saturday: Hope to see you there!

Nutrition and Autoimmunity: The Diet Connection

Weston A. Price Foundation: Boulder Chapter Meeting

Saturday, December 6  10am – 1pm
St. Ambrose Episcopal Church
7520 S. Boulder Rd, Boulder, CO 80303
Entrance on Barcelona Drive


9:45am Volunteers needed to set up
10-10:45am WAPF friendly vendors
10:45am Announcements, Green Pasture product raffle, and giveaways! Must be present to win.
Potluck & social time to follow.
11:45am-1:00pm Elizabeth Yarnell’s Presentation

1:00pm Please stay to help clean up if you can!

 Potluck info:

Please bring a dish to share with everyone made from whole, natural foods. This is a great place to showcase your favorite organ meat dish, fermented veggies/beverages, and soaked grain dishes. Please, no unfermented soy (when in doubt, leave it out), and no artificial flavorings, colorings, or preservatives. Avoid modern oils. Traditional oils including animal fats, butter/ghee, extra virgin olive oil, expeller expressed sesame and flax oil, and coconut and palm oil are all ok. See Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon for recipe ideas. If you are new, bring a salad of organic fruits or veggies (with olive oil as a dressing). Please label your dish to indicate ingredients, allergens, grains, dairy, organic, etc.


Children are welcome! There is a playground just outside our meeting for them.

Please forward this information to anyone you know who might be interested!

Chronic Inflammation Behind Most Diseases

When the Wall St. Journal asked the question, “What do heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke and cancer have in common?” would you have guessed the answer would be “chronic inflammation?”

To this list of inflammatory diseases, I would add multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and so many more.

As the WSJ suggests, science is realizing that chronic inflammation is found at the core of most, if not all, chronic conditions and auto-immune disorders.

Inflammation is the culprit.

The secret to healing from these disorders? Get rid of the inflammation and the physical manifestations of the inflammation will disappear.

How do you get rid of inflammation? Well, you can use drugs like steroids and NSAIDs designed to decrease inflammation and bring relief, but they come with their own risks and side effects, particularly with long-term, chronic usage.

Customized anti-inflammatory dietary therapies can be incredibly effective at reducing and avoiding inflammation, and may be used alongside any other medications – i.e., you don’t have to stop taking your meds just because you are changing your diet, too.

Therapeutic dietary strategies are empowering: choosing what you put in your mouth is one thing you can do to control the disease that is controlling your life.