Toxins: Pathway to Autoimmunity

March 31, 2017
Hosted by Susan Downs, MD

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Up to ten percent of the population has an autoimmune disease, and this percentage is increasing. Dr. Vojdani explains the cause of the increase in autoimmune disease. Environmental conditions contribute approximately seventy percent of autoimmune conditions. Genetics account for only thirty percent. This unrelenting process starts with environmental toxins. Every year, there are 2,500 new chemicals in 6 billion different products. These toxins accumulate in our bodies and bind to our tissues forming a new antigen (that is an unrecognizable substance in the body resulting in a immune response). The immune response initiates inflammation and an autoimmunity response as the body attacks this unrecognizable substance. This sets off a storm of inflammation that can enter the brain causing neurodegeneration in the brain. This can result in depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, memory problems. Toxins in food and the toxins resulting from infection suffer a similar fate.

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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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