Nutrition and Toxicants in Autoimmune Disease: Implications for Prevention and Treatment
3:00 pm US Eastern Time
Speaker presentation slides:
Dr. Cynthia Li - Download slides (PDF)
Dr. Ted Schettler - Download slides (PDF)
Additional resources of interest:
Paper: Maternal nutrient supplementation counteracts bisphenol A-induced DNA hypomethylation in early development
Paper: Epidemiology of environmental exposures and human autoimmune diseases: findings from a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Expert Panel Workshop
Paper: Metabolic control of the epigenome in systemic Lupus erythematosus
PubMed Collection of studies on environmental chemicals and autoimmunity focusing on type 1 diabetes: All chemicals and type 1 diabetes and autoimmunity
To see PubMed Collections on other environmental factors linked to type 1, see: http://www.diabetesandenvironment.org/home/references
A large number of autoimmune diseases are recognized. They are the third most common category of disease after cancer and heart disease and are a leading cause of death and disability. They are complex diseases, caused by interactions among genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors over time. Conventional treatments generally involve immune suppression, which does not address the root causes of immune dysfunction. Emerging evidence and clinical experience demonstrate that nutrition and lifestyle factors may reduce incidence, enhance resilience, or assist in recovery. On this call three distinguished CHE Partners offered perspectives on this important subject.
Ted Schettler, MD, is Science Director for CHE and the Science and Environmental Health Network. He is author of The Ecology of Breast Cancer. His work focuses on ecological approaches to health and illness.
Cynthia Li, MD, is a Bay Area clinician with a practice in functional medicine who treats many patients with complex chronic conditions, integrating internal medicine with lifestyle medicine.
Rebecca Katz, MS, is Director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal and author of three best-selling cookbooks including The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen and The Longevity Kitchen.
The conversation was facilitated by Michael Lerner, president of Commonweal and co-founder of CHE. The call lasted for one hour and was recorded for archival purposes.