It was a pleasure chatting with Christina Tidwell of Live Well with Christina Tidwell about the 5 Dimensions to Healing and my own autoimmune journey! Join us in our conversation and share any questions you may have about what it takes to start your own healing journey! Kara is a Functional Medicine Practitioner and founder […]
Stools and Tacks?Autoimmune diseases are the most prevalent form of chronic illness in this country, now affecting almost 50 million Americans. There are around 145 diseases now classified as autoimmune. Autoimmune diseases are reversible and curable if caught early before they progress and cause severe pain, disability, and even death. Reversing a chronic disease takes […]
Autoimmune DiagnosisDid you recently get a “label” aka “diagnosis from your physician? Told you have Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis or one of the other over 100 autoimmune diagnoses? Do you feel overwhelmed, scared or perhaps relieved? It is not uncommon to have had symptoms over over five years and bounced around from doctor to doctor in […]
Our immune system lives in our gut – 50 to 70% of our immune system lives there. A few years ago, connecting the gut to the immune system was a novel concept. We looked at what we ate as distinct and independent from how we felt. We assumed that every illness was externally obtained – from […]
IS SALT TO BLAME?There has been a marked increase in the incidence of autoimmune diseases in the past half-century. Autoimmune diseases are complex chronic inflammatory diseases that involve genetic and environmental factors. There has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of autoimmune diseases in the p The underlying genetic basis of autoimmunity has been […]
You’ve probably all seen this picture of an iceberg used in many different analogies. Be concerned with what you can’t see. For therein lies the truth. – Kara Dowdall, 2018 When it comes to your health, your body will produce (eventually) outward symptoms. Allergies, stomach upset, a mysterious rash near your joints that won’t go […]
Every day there seems to be some news report about how we may have gotten one (or more) autoimmune diseases. The latest report says that mononucleosis (the “kissing” disease), which is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has been associated with subsequent development of systemic lupus erythematosus and other chronic autoimmune illnesses. A computational method shows […]
I’m passionate about helping individuals with autoimmune-related diseases. There are 50 million people to help and that number grows every day. I also have three autoimmune related diseases and had I not been diagnosed myself (and learned how to heal), I’m not sure that I would have even thought to choose this helping path. What […]
Recent studies have shown that almost 85 percent of our risk of disease is not genetic but environmental. More specifically, we might say that chronic disease is primarily driven by behavior – people making choices about diet, physical activity, sleep, stress management, light exposure, etc., on a daily basis. This fact has profound implications. Sometimes […]
As we head into cold and flu season, many of us are looking for ways to prevent illness. Because while being able to play hooky from work while tucked into a warm bed and binge watch three seasons of your favorite series on Netflix sounds awesome to some, however, feeling awful simply doesn’t! Often, we […]
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