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New food sensitivity issues on AIP? The oral tolerance protocol

Sensitive to multiple foods and not getting better? Here’s why If you’re managing your autoimmune disease, chronic health disorder, or brain health, then you’re probably familiar with the autoimmune paleo (AIP) diet, also known as the leaky gut diet or autoimmune paleo protocol. Prior to its rebranding online, functional medicine practitioners called it the “elimination/provocation…

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Hormonal imbalances? Estrogen clearance is vital to healthy hormone function

Estrogen dominance is a common hormonal imbalance in industrialized countries that plays a role in PMS, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), cystic breast disease, uterine fibroids, and breast cancer in women. In men, it contributes to larger hips, male breasts, crying, low testosterone, and more. Estrogen clearance is the body’s ability to break down estrogens…

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Stabilizing low blood sugar is key to many autoimmune, inflammatory, and brain-based disorders

One of the most common health issues I see in new patients is unstable blood sugar. Unstable blood sugar underlies many of the symptoms that autoimmune patients cope with, including exhaustion, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and brain fog. This is a relatively simple issue to remedy, and many patients don’t realize how deeply it impacts their…

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Beyond erectile dysfunction: Male hormones and autoimmunity, inflammation, and brain health

While male hormone imbalance is not a topic that gets as much press as female hormone imbalance, it is nevertheless vital to men’s health and well-being. It is important for practitioners and patients to understand the factors that underlie male hormone imbalances so the root caused can be addressed, instead of routing patients automatically to…

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Protect your brain and body from stress: Adrenal adaptogens and phosphatidylserine

Stress is one of the most potent contributors to autoimmune and chronic disease. While it’s important to address sources of stress in your life, whether they are psychological, dietary, chemical, or personal — we can never be completely free of stress. However, we can support the body’s stress-management systems to better manage autoimmune, chronic inflammatory,…

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Vitamin D is a powerful tool in taming autoimmunity and inflammation

Vitamin D deficiency is commonly associated with autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and type 1 diabetes, as well as muscle pain, neurodegenerative disorders, osteoporosis, impaired wound healing, depression, constant fatigue, and more. Understanding the role of vitamin D and how to maintain proper testing, supplementation, and cofactors will go a long way in fostering…

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Dampen inflammation by supporting regulatory T cells

Reducing inflammation is integral to managing autoimmune disease and other chronic disorders. To be effective in reducing inflammation, it’s important to understand some basics. One great way to minimize inflammation is to support the immune system’s regulatory T cell function with simple dietary and lifestyle habits. These daily strategies can profoundly impact how you feel…

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How low SIgA promotes loss of oral tolerance and can create false negatives on lab testing

Are you becoming sensitive to an ever growing list of foods? Do you do lab testing only to have everything come back negative, despite clear and obvious reactions to foods. If so, you may have low SIgA levels. SIgA refers to secretory immunoglobulin antibodies. The immune system makes antibodies to tag proteins to be destroyed…

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Liver function plays a key role in functional medicine protocols

Did you know your liver can play a role in inflammation, leaky gut, food sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, and autoimmunity? Tending to liver function and liver detoxification is a vital part of functional medicine protocols to address chronic health issues. Liver detoxification involves making fat-soluble compounds water-soluble so they can be eliminated in urine, feces, or…

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Leaky gut, or intestinal permeability, and lab testing

Many people with gluten sensitivity and gastrointestinal inflammation develop intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut.” Leaky gut happens when the lining of the digestive tract becomes over-porous and allows toxins, undigested food, and other pathogens into the bloodstream. These pathogens trigger an immune cascade that results in systemic inflammation, increasing the risk for food sensitivities, inflammation,…

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Unwinding leaky gut

Before reading about how to unwind leaky gut, it’s important to understand what causes it so you can identify the best strategies to improve your gut and brain health. Unwinding leaky gut is a multi-faceted approach that consists of following a restricted diet, taking nutritional compounds that help reduce intestinal inflammation and repair the intestinal…

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Dr. Kharrazian receives Researcher of the Year award

Dr. Kharrazian received a Researcher of the Year award at the 7th Annual International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation (IAFNR) conference. IAFNR represents more than a thousand members from around the world. Its members include various doctors, health care professionals, and researchers who are interested in improving brain function. IAFNR presented the award to Dr. Kharrazian…

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Dr. Kharrazian’s new research links BPA with multiple sclerosis; neurological autoimmunity

A new study by Dr. Kharrazian shows a link between bisphenol-A (BPA) in plastics and autoimmunity to brain and nerve tissue. The paper was published with Aristo Vojdani, PhD. BPA is a chemical found in plastic products such as water bottles, plastic utensils, and plastic bags. The paper shows two important ways BPA impacts the…

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Do you have a family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia?

Commonly mistaken for each other, Alzheimer’s and dementia are related, but not the same thing. Understanding the distinction between the two and Do you suffer from the following symptoms of brain fog? Perpetual mental fog Trouble concentrating or remembering things Life always seem difficult and tiring Depression Fatigue Lack of motivation If so, you may have…

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Video: Free talk on underlying cause of depression and brain fog with Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD and Dr. Datis Kharrazian

Please join Kelly Brogan, MD and me for a recorded joint talk about the underlying causes of depression and brain fog. Click on the video above to watch the conversation. One of the most wonderful things about functional medicine is applying research findings clinically with often amazing results. And one of the most frustrating things…

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Video: Hashimoto’s accelerates brain degeneration — what to do

Hashimoto’s and accelerated brain degeneration In this seven-minute video, Dr. Kharrazian talks about how Hashimoto’s can accelerate brain degeneration. Many Hashimoto’s-related factors affect brain health: Gluten sensitivity often manifests as brain disorders The thyroid antibodies that cause attack of the thyroid gland can also bind to brain tissue and accelerate degeneration The brain needs sufficient…

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Free Brain Fog webinar with Sean Croxton

Watch the webinar replay from Wednesday, March 23, during which I discussed Brain Fog with Sean Croxton. Do you experience any of these brain fog symptoms? Your brain operates in slow motion. It’s difficult to do your job, take care of family, or enjoy things in life that used to make you happy. You’re fatigued, sluggish, depressed, and sapped…

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Poor Brain Function: One of the Most Common Causes of Persistent Thyroid Symptoms in Hashimoto’s

How brain health determines the progression of your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism Hashimoto’s is more than an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. It creates inflammation that impacts the entire body, but especially the brain, the tissue most sensitive to inflammation. The autoimmunity of Hashimoto’s keeps the brain in a constant state of inflammation that impairs brain…

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New research shows spinach, tomatoes, soy, and corn may be an immune trigger for multiple sclerosis

With immunologist Dr. Aristo Vojdani, PhD, I co-authored a study that found statistically significant associations between multiple sclerosis and spinach tomatoes, soy, and corn. We studied these food proteins because they share a similar protein with an autoimmune target site of nerve tissue called aquaporin. To read more about this research, visit this study. These…

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Autoimmunity podcast with Phoenix Helix

When you look at Dr. Datis Kharrazian’s list of credentials, it’s almost overwhelming. He has three graduate degrees in the fields of nutrition, chiropractics and health sciences, and is currently pursuing his fourth doctorate in autoimmunity and immunology. He is a research scholar at Harvard Medical School, and a professor at three other universities. He also…

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Hashimoto’s patients turn struggles into helping others

Hashimoto’s Awareness is a new non-profit organization created by two Hashimoto’s patients to raise awareness about the condition, connect people with the right information, and advocate for advancing research and better patient care. They’ve got leading Hashimoto’s and autoimmune authors and experts on their advisory board (myself included) and are raising money to bring Hashimoto’s awareness…

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What you need to know about chelation, chemicals, and heavy metals when you have autoimmunity

Science has reliably proven that environmental pollutants, chemicals, and toxins can trigger autoimmunity. These chemicals include mercury, lead, benzene, solvents, and other compounds found in our everyday environment — carpets, mattresses, plastic utensils, plastic water bottles, fire retardants found in furniture and children’s pajamas, etc. Many people mistakenly believe the best thing to do in…

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The Effect of Plastic Products on Autoimmune Disease and Thyroid Function: Stop Using Plastic Coffee Lids!

When managing Hashimoto’s or any autoimmune disease, one goal is to avoid triggers that cause flare ups. Although avoiding dietary triggers — such as gluten, grains, dairy, GMOs, lectins, etc. — is foundational, did you know environmental triggers can cause flare ups too? For example, one of the most common and most overlooked autoimmune triggers…

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When thyroid hormones don’t relieve depression

Also: Amazon reviews, recent podcast interviews, and the functional neurology conference (bottom of post) Depression is a common symptom of hypothyroidism, yet many people become frustrated when their thyroid hormone medication does not relieve depression. This is because the effects of hypothyroidism on the brain are more complicated than people realize and thyroid hormone medication…

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Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism immune basics

About 90 percent of hypothyroidism cases in the United States are due to Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. It’s important to identify Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism because you then know it is the immune system you must address, although thyroid hormone medication may still be necessary. How to test for Hashimoto’s…

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Preventing and treating autism, ADHD, Tourette’s, OCD

New book talks about preventing and treating childhood brain disorders Does your child have ADHD, autism, Tourette’s, OCD, dyslexia, learning disabilities, or another brain-based disorder? Or perhaps you’re having second thoughts about conceiving because the risks of giving birth to a child who develops autism, ADHD, or other brain development disorders is so much higher…

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Eating gluten increases the need for thyroid hormones

A new study shows Hashimoto’s patients with symptomless celiac disease (i.e., no digestive complaints) require 49 percent more T4 to achieve the same TSH levels as non-celiac Hashimoto’s patients. After the patients followed a gluten-free diet for 11 months their TSH levels came down with the same T4 requirement as the non-celiac Hashimoto’s patients. Gluten…

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What type of gluten intolerance do you have?

Gluten intolerance not as black-and-white as once thought Testing for gluten-intolerance incomplete until now — New lab offers breakthrough Gluten intolerance has been linked in the literature to 55 diseases so far, most of them autoimmune. The effect of gluten on brain and nervous tissue is significantly worse and more far-reaching than researchers realized. Yet…

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When Hashimoto’s is misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder

After a bipolar diagnosis, this patient was prescribed eight different psychotropic medications and received a dozen electroconvulsive treatments. After six months of support for Hashimoto’s, her symptoms resolved and she is now drug-free, with the exception of thyroid hormone medication. Was her bipolar disorder simply misdiagnosed Hashimoto’s? I receive many amazing stories from people around…

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Changing your diet is the first step in addressing Hashimoto’s

When it comes to addressing hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, certain nutritional and herbal compounds are invaluable. All the supplements in the world, however, will fall short if you fail to make the necessary dietary changes to support your condition. Americans are infatuated with pills, thanks to decades of conditioning from the pharmaceutical industry. It doesn’t matter…

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Iodine and Autoimmune Thyroid — References

If you’re interested in some of the research that has been done on iodine and autoimmune thyroid diseases, this post is for you. Although adequate iodine consumption is important for thyroid hormone production and iodine deficiency is the most common cause of hypothyroidism worldwide, its supplemental use in autoimmune thyroids is contraindicated. Iodine is the…

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Dr. Kharrazian On Video

It’s Never Just Depression

I hope you can make time to listen to my talk on depression during the online Depression Sessions event, hosted by Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness.

It is currently available for early bird viewing and downloading.

The two-week Depression Sessions runs from June 14 through June 27 and features almost two dozen natural health experts speaking on the topic of depression and anxiety.

Dr. Kharrazian in the Lab

Brain degeneration affects millions of Americans of all ages. The destruction sets in years or even decades before Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, or other serious neurological diseases can be diagnosed.

Why Isn’t My Brain Working? will teach you easy-to-understand strategies to improve your brain function. You will learn how simple diet and lifestyle changes and nutritional therapy can profoundly impact your brain health and your quality of life.

One-To-One With Dr. Kharrazian

5 Things They Never Told You About Depression

5 Things They Never Told You About Depression
Did you know of the top 10 most prescribed medications, half of those are antidepressants? Even then, many people don’t respond to these medications.

When addressing this epidemic of chronic depression, we have to look at which mechanisms to address.

The first thing to know is that depression is caused when certain areas of the brain associated with mood are not firing. It’s that simple. The key is to understand why they’re not firing. It could be a neurotransmitter problem, such as serotonin, but it’s usually more than that.

For instance, it could be lack of sufficient circulation to the brain, blood sugar issues, leaky gut, or chronic inflammation. Hormonal imbalance, a thyroid problem, or other metabolic issue can play into these factors.

The bottom line is depression is caused not by a lack of antidepressants but by an underlying mechanism. Identifying symptoms that are occurring in addition to depression gives us an idea of what else to consider.

For more information on the One-To-One series, please GO HERE

Save Your Brain: The Six-Week Rescue Plan

One-To-One With Dr. Kharrazian
Do you suffer from brain fog, loss of focus, loss of memory, or depression? Do you fatigue easily from reading, driving, or working?

These could be signs you have poor brain health. Brain degeneration is a serious problem that goes largely unaddressed until it’s in the end stages and too late to rescue.

One of the first things we see that indicates brain degeneration is fatigue due to reading, driving, working, deep conversation with friends, or other activities that require you to use your brain.

Typically, brain degeneration is not caused by a single nutrient deficiency or corrected by taking an isolated supplement. Instead, you have to identify what part of your brain is degenerating.

Health care practitioners are not trained to identify early signs of brain degeneration. Patients are on their own when it comes to brain health and it’s up to you to learn what to do.

In Save Your Brain: The Six-Week Rescue Plan, I take you through the same steps I take my patients through. I show you how to identify symptoms of brain degeneration, how to change those symptoms, and then how to monitor your brain health.