Inflammation and Autoimmune Conditions

Ep 80
This week on ReInvent Healthcare, I talk about the connection between inflammation and autoimmune conditions. I also highlight the role of genetic factors, diagnostic markers as well as dietary and lifestyle interventions to address inflammation and autoimmunity. Make sure to listen to the full episode to learn more.


Genetic Influence on Inflammation and Autoimmunity
We as functional practitioners should understand the role of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in influencing inflammation and autoimmune conditions. Genetic imbalances, especially in genes related to human histocompatibility leukocyte antigens (HLA), can predispose individuals to autoimmune diseases. It’s crucial to identify specific SNPs associated with inflammation and autoimmunity and consider them in personalized treatment plans.


Functional Approaches and Biomarkers
Comprehensive questioning and testing approaches for assessing inflammation and autoimmune conditions should be utilized. This includes not only patient history but also the measurement of inflammatory markers such as highly sensitive C-reactive protein, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and homocysteine. These markers indicate the presence of inflammation and guide lifestyle and dietarystrategies. Genetic testing and specialized autoimmune-related tests like gluten sensitivity assessments and fatty acid profiles can provide valuable insights into an individual’s condition.


Nutritional Interventions and Lifestyle Modifications
Functional practitioners play a pivotal role in addressing inflammation and autoimmune conditions through nutritional interventions and lifestyle modifications. Recommending an anti-inflammatory diet rich in foods like ginger, turmeric, and omega-3 fatty acids can help manage inflammation. Moreover, identifying and addressing triggers like gluten intolerance and imbalanced omega-6 to omega-3 ratios is essential. Practitioners should also consider individual responses to certain foods, incorporating anti-inflammatory herbs, and promoting gut health to support the immune system and reduce autoimmune symptoms.



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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.