Is What You’re Eating Making You Sick?

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Fewer than 25 percent of all American medical schools train future physicians in the importance of diet. As our knowledge base expands, more and more connections between what we eat and the risks of what health challenges we may face later in life is being revealed. If fact, “research into the Epigenome points to food and lifestyle as the major cause, or contributing factor, of chronic diseases; including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer,” says Dr. David Blyweiss, Dir of the Functional Medicine program at the University of Miami.

Statistics show the prevalence of obesity has been on the rise. In 1989 only 12 percent of the country was obese. In 2010, that number grew to 35.7 percent and is projected to reach 47.5 by 2018 according to an article titled Obesity and Its Economic Cost.

More than 75 percent of people are affected by food intolerances. "Identifying which food(s) are causing individuals to become ill seems like an easy enough solution," states Dr. Blyweiss.

With more people changing their eating habits, the growing popularity of eating organic foods, not to mention startling reports about hormones and other toxins in the food supply respected thought and opinion leaders in the nutrition and functional medicine world are coming together to discuss the latest medical advances in this field. And so, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine is organizing the “Gut, Brain and Autoimmune Disorders: The Role of Food” workshop, to be held November 3-4 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The keynote speaker is Dr. Alessio Fasano, world renowned for his research into the role of food, particularly gluten, in celiac and other auto immune disorders.

The understanding of the immunological differences between innate and specific immunity and how those differences manifest in disorders ranging from gluten and other food sensitivities to more severe manifestations, such as celiac disease, are the main topics that will be discussed at the workshop. Understanding the connections between the GI tract, the immune system and the nervous system will be a key focus in this event featured by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and sponsored by Cell Science Systems, Corp.