Environ. Toxins & Autoimmune Disease Robert Rountree, MD

A healthy immune system repairs the body from injury, recognizes strangers (non-self) and defends it against attack. To accomplish these tasks, it must learn to actively tolerate the presence of normal tissue (self). The loss of tolerance leads to autoimmune diseases, such as thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis. This presentation will explore the mechanisms by which toxins, infections and other environmental factors can trigger the breakdown in immune tolerance that leads to autoimmunity. Practical strategies for prevention and treatment with lifestyle changes, diet and nutraceuticals will be reviewed.