In today’s functional medicine practice, practitioners like myself are confronted with a myriad of chronic inflammatory conditions and autoimmune diseases. Functional medicine is often referred to as "systems medicine" as it understands the importance of assessing and treating all systems individually, while also keeping the interconnectedness of these systems in mind. When dealing with autoimmunity however, one system in particular, the gastrointestinal system, appears to have more and more clinical relevance with autoimmunity, especially with a condition called leaky gut.
In my practice I see every day the detrimental effects our modern diet, consisting mainly of low fat, high sugar and highly processed foods, has on our bodies. In a recent newsletter from Selene River Press, Patrick Earvolino wrote a short but to the point article on obesity and refined carbohydrates. Enjoy!