Food Sensitivities: Do they Matter?

March 17, 2017
Hosted by Susan Downs, MD

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One diet does not fit all. Each person may have unique food sensitivities that lead to inflammation and set off a long chain of adverse reactions leading to chronic illnesses. Foods need to be broken down for the body to use. When foods are not broken down and when the gut is permeable to allow undigested proteins into the blood stream, the body produces antibodies against the undigested protein that seep out of the gut. Through cross mimicry, these antibodies may also attack different parts of the body. Through this process, food sensitivities can lead to chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes and dementia. Dr. Smith will discuss the how to detect food sensitivities, their health consequences and how to avoid adverse health effects. The importance of the microbiome, digestive enzymes, sufficient stomach acid will be addressed so that the listener can live with his unique response to foods in his diet.

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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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