Allergies and Autoimmunity – What is the Connection?
The long-term risk of developing an autoimmune disorder is significantly higher in patients with allergies, which may explain why the prevalence of both diseases is increasing in parallel. But why is it that Th2- and Th1-mediated autoimmune diseases can occur concurrently when, in theory, they should balance and even counteract each other?
This article explores recent evidence in allergy and autoimmunity, and discusses herbal medicines and nutritionals that help target underlying immune mechanisms.
Avoiding the Trap of Restrictive Diets: Rebuilding Tolerance in Food Allergies
Food intolerances and allergies are becoming a more common and complex trend in clinical practice. Unfortunately for many patients, the only solution is a restrictive diet. While avoiding dietary triggers can offer relief, an overly restrictive diet can produce further complications to digestive health long-term. Many of the commonly eliminated foods in these kinds of diets are important to maintain healthy diversity of the gut microbiome. Therefore, long term dietary restrictions can end up worsening gut health for the patient. Elimination should only be the first step to a broader treatment for food allergies, and this case demonstrates the benefits of gradually improving gut health to reduce symptoms and increase tolerance.
Understanding an Undetected and Unexplainable Acute Coronary Event
Considering that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Australia, as practitioners, we need to look beyond the current accepted risk factors and acknowledge that serum cholesterol is not the only viable marker. In this particularly interesting case study, we follow the clinical progress of a healthy, fit and active man in his 50’s who had an acute myocardial infarction due to atherosclerosis. He did not present with any traditional risk factors or familial history of CVD.