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Episode 18: Evaluating Your Risk And Preventing Autoimmune Disease

Every day, more and more people are getting diagnosed with autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, Crohn’s and celiac. What gives? These diseases were largely extinct for most of human history, and yet, they’re growing in epic proportions year after year. 


In fact, shocking estimates by the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association now say that 20 percent of Americans – that’s 1 in 5 – have an autoimmune disease. The number is only expected to grow exponentially. Twenty-five percent of people who’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease are also at risk for developing additional autoimmune diseases. 


On today’s episode, Andrea sits down with clinical nutritionist Josh Gitalis to talk about what autoimmune disease is, why we’re seeing increases across the board, and how we can prevent autoimmune disease before it takes hold. 


To learn more from Josh, head to his website at joshgitalis.com. As a special offer for listeners, Josh is also offering 5% off his Functional Nutrition Certification program or the stand alone course Therapeutic Nutrition and Supplements in Practice. Use coupon code microbiomefnc2019 to redeem before August 22, 2019.



On this show, you’ll learn: 


  • The most common autoimmune diseases (2:52)
  • Why has there been an increase in autoimmune disease? (4:04)
  • Contributing factors to autoimmune disease (9:01)
  • How the microbiome influences these diseases (10:46)
  • Organisms that are protective against leaky gut (17:36)
  • How long it takes an autoimmune disease to develop (21:08)
  • Options available to fast track the healing process (25:42)
  • Where to get tested and what tests to ask for (29:22)


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