How Environmental Factors Induce Autoimmune Disorders

Aristo Vojdani, Ph.D., Founder, Immunosciences Lab

A remarkable connection exists between the gut and brain, co-dependent parts of the complex immune system. Through bidirectional signaling, helped along by intestinal microbiota, the brain and gut are capable of affecting each other’s functions. Studies have shown that intestinal microbiota even play a significant role in shaping how the brain is wired and have linked these microorganisms to autoimmune diseases and brain-linked disorders such as autism, depression and anxiety. Also important: The autoantibodies triggering autoimmune disorders can be detected 5 to 10 years before the actual onset of disease. Dr. Vojdani, a distinguished immunologist, will discuss the environmental and dietary factors influencing this process and what steps you can take to maximize your health.

March 20, 2015