The 15th annual Integrative Healthcare Symposium took place in New York City in February 2019. Over 1,500 attendees from across the global attended conference which covers the latest developments in holistic and integrative healthcare.
One of the highlights was the global panel on Autoimmune Diseases, led by Dr. David Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN, IFMCP, Director of the Nutrition Institute and associate professor of clinical sciences at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. The distinguished panel included:
Nancy O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP, pediatrician at Nancy O’Hara & Associates
David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, neurologist, author, and lecturer at Empowering Neurologist
Yehuda Schoenfeld, MD, FRCP, MACR, chair for research of autoimmune diseases and head of The Mosaic of Autoimmunity Project at Tel Aviv University in Israel and Saint Petersburg University in Russia
Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, CLS, CEO and technical director of Immunosciences Lab.
Dr. Vojdani began his remarks by stating, “Studies show that 70 percent of autoimmune disease risk is associated with the person’s environment, whereas 30 percent is associated with their genetics.”
The panel outlined the basic triggers of autoimmune diseases: Dietary proteins, chemicals and infections.
“Pay attention to the environment because we cannot change our genetic makeup,” Dr. Vojdani said, “But we can change our environment.”
Overall, the panelist agreed. However, they had some differed on recommended treatment options. Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Schoenfeld both discussed the importance of Vitamin D and its relationship to autoimmune diseases and overall brain health.
Dr. Nancy O’Hara discussed the importance of diet in management of these diseases, especially overall gut health and bacteria in the digestive system.
A recent development in the study of autoimmune diseases has been the focus on the X-chromosome, since most autoimmune disease markers are on that chromosome and women have 2 of them. Acknowledging, this as the most likely explanation for the increased prevalence of disease in women versus men.
Learn more about the Symposium here: https://www.ihsymposium.com/