Today's Landscape:
It is estimated that over 23 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases. Nearly 100 different diseases have been classified as autoimmune in nature, with 40 more suspected. However, while these conditions tend to be viewed as separate entities, a broader perspective may reveal that shared mechanisms are the underlying cause of these maladies. It is abundantly clear that environmental factors have important parts to play in the underlying etiology. In rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, genetic factors have been shown to be responsible for less than 50 percent of the risk. This means that environmental factors—and gene-environment interactions—must play a significant role. Despite this understanding, less attention has been focused on determining these other important causal factors. Functional medicine suggests that immune imbalance, while often resulting from a genetic disposition, will generally arise in the context of one or more of the following: the habitual consumption of a proinflammatory diet; food allergies and intolerances; microbial infections; hormonal imbalances; nutritional insufficiencies; and xenobiotic exposure.

IFM's Immune Advanced Practice Module:
This Advanced Practice Module™ will focus on chronic inflammation, systemic influences on the immune system, and the consequent dysfunction that may ensue. This program will provide a unique, hands-on, case-based, integrated approach that will provide clinicians with the means necessary to apply a comprehensive functional medicine approach to patients. Clinicians will gain the foundational background, tools, and in-depth clinical thinking to confidently work-up and treat patients who present with these complex imbalances. The goal of this module is to make the numerous and multifaceted connections between immune dysregulation, inflammation, and overall health and disease clear and understandable, but most importantly, clinically applicable.

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