Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Dr. Tom O’Bryan

Fire in The Hole: Intestinal Permeability, the Development of Autoimmune Disease, and a Comprehensive Approach to Healing the Gut

Autoimmune diseases are a primary cause of morbidity and mortality in the industrialized world. That means it’s in our offices every day. The number of people diagnosed with an autoimmune disease is increasing exponentially in our country. Estimates are that anywhere from 3 to 7 out of every 10 new patients coming into your office are suffering from an autoimmune mechanism (whether it has been recognized and diagnosed or not). The volume of information now of the underlying mechanisms that set the stage and contribute to the development of autoimmune disease is overwhelming.

Dr. O’Bryan is considered a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for chronic disease and teaches that recognizing and addressing the underlying mechanisms that activate an immune response is the map to the highway towards better health. He holds teaching Faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences. He has trained and certified tens of thousands of practitioners around the world in advanced understanding of the impact of wheat sensitivity and the development of individual autoimmune diseases.

In humans, insulin resistance is associated with increased rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This talk will examine the mechanisms behind ‘feeding the brain’ appropriate amounts of its primary fuel (glucose) to enhance and optimize brain cognitive function