Gluten: Fad or Health Risk?

February 17, 2017
Hosted by Susan Downs, MD

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There has been a lot of talk recently about gluten, but a gluten free diet is more than a fad. According to Dr. Tom O’Bryan, the human body cannot digest gluten and even a small amount of gluten will set off a cascade leading to intestinal inflammation and permeability, resulting in systemic inflammation and autoimmune reactions. This cascade towards a chronic illness goes unnoticed as there may be no symptoms. Like previous programs on heart health, diabetes and cognitive decline, the disease process starts long before the doctor can measure it. Tune in to learn how gluten affects your body, and even a little gluten can set the body on fire.

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Susan Downs, MD

Susan Downs, MD

Dr. Susan is boarded in Integrative Medicine and in Psychiatry, is a certified IFM practitioner and certified in the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine. She works at the University of California, San Francisco and is on the Psychiatry Consultant Registry (UK). She has Masters Degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford and a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda Medical Center.

Based between San Francisco and Bloomsbury (London), she is the president of the cutting edge, Silicon Valley Health Institute (SVHI), has worked in ten countries and studied many healing modalities. Previously, she worked for the NHS in the UK, was an assistant professor at INSEAD (European School for Business Administration), and was a foreign service officer managing alternative energy projects in Asia. She is also a film-maker with two multi award winning films on health. Her interests include medicine, economics, spirituality and making the world a better place.

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