Autoimmune Disease: A Gut-based Approach

An estimated 23.5 million people in the United States are living with an autoimmune disease, such as Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, lupus, hypothyroid/Hashimoto’s disease, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or myasthenia gravis. Side effects from some of the medications to treat them can be harsh, so those living with these conditions may look for natural and less invasive ways to manage these diseases.

The trillions of microbes that share our digestive tract, known collectively as the gut microbiome, may hold the key to what causes autoimmune diseases. A growing body of research has implicated a disturbed gut microbiome in numerous autoimmune conditions, including lupus, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In this GW Office of Integrative Medicine & Health webinar, you will learn how improving the health of your gut microbiome may help you manage some of these conditions

The expert panel was comprised of:

Leigh Frame, PhD, MHS, CERT`20, an assistant professor, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, director, Integrative Medicine Programs, and executive director, Office of Integrative Medicine and Health.

Susan LeLacheur, DrPH, MPH, PA-C, BS, is a professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is the section director for the GW PA Program’s Foundations of Medicine course and the Gastroenterology Section of the Clinical Medicine course.

Lara Zakaria, RPh, MS CNS IFMCP, is a nutritionist, pharmacist and public health professional. She combines evidence-based nutrition and complementary medicine, including positive psychology, to inspire patients to use whole food, herbs and lifestyle modification to optimize their health.
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