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Your immune system is everything

Part 1 in a 7 part series: For king and country – tend to your immune system

This article was originally published as a guest editor post at foodpharmacy.se

By: Graeme Jones, clinical physiologist and CEO at Nordic Clinic Stockholm.

Published: 10/04/2020

The immune system is all over the news these days. Its antiviral functions get all the attention but there are good reasons to consider the entire immune system, with its full range of functions. Its condition is one of the most important factors determining health and disease overall. Now’s the time to appreciate the importance of nurturing our immune systems, not only to withstand acute infections but also some of the most dreaded diseases of the modern world.

The often ignored causes of autoimmune disease

While infections bring to mind runny noses, fevers and sore throats, you may be surprised to learn that they  can cause a vast number of conditions. Autoimmune disease happens when the immune system attacks our own tissues by mistake. Researchers are well aware that autoimmune conditions like lupus (1), rheumatoid arthritis (2), multiple sclerosis (3), inflammatory bowel disease (4), thyroid disease (5), ankylosing spondylitis (6), OCD and PANDAS (7) and many more can be triggered by viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites (8). In other words, a well functioning anti-infectious immune system also protects us against autoimmune disease. Neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and psychosis, thought by some to have an autoimmune component, can also be triggered by infections, sometimes maternal infections while in the womb (9-12).

Uncontrolled immune cells can also take part in the development of autoimmune disorders, even when there seems to be no infection. This happens when failsafe mechanisms and built-in immune suppression don’t work, and when inflammation is too high which might result from any or several out of a wide range of lifestyle and environmental factors. (13)

Cancer – when immune function fails

Unknown to many, infections can cause cancer. It’s a well established fact that the human papillomavirus can cause cervical cancer, but this is not the only infection-cancer connection. In fact, examples are numerous. (14) Moreover, immune cells are normally able to recognise and destroy cancerous cells; tumor growth and metastases is what happens when they fail. Immunotherapy is already highly successful in treating some cancers. Immunotherapy means stimulating the immune system to enhance its inborn ability to detect and destroy cancerous cells. (15) However, an even more successful strategy might hypothetically be to optimise normal immune function, even before cancer grows and spreads. 

Depression is caused by inflammation

Depression is highly associated with inflammation. There are many possible reasons we might be inflamed, and one of them is infection. When researchers inject lipopolysaccharides (bacterial toxins) into mice, or interferon gamma (a protein which helps the immune system deal with infections) into human study participants, mimicking an infection, the rodents and participants often develop symptoms of depression, and rather rapidly. (16, 17, 18)

A proinflammatory diet, sedentary lifestyle and excessive stress all increase inflammation as well, which affects the brain and the immune system: where there’s inflammation, the immune system is always involved one way or the other. (19)

ME/CFS – immune dysfunction in every sense

The devastating condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (often called chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS for short) has multiple potential causes but often starts with an infection. (20) Researchers have also observed immune dysfunction in these patients. Some of them fail to mount an appropriate immune response, meaning they have a hard time fighting off infections.

Does everything come down to the immune system in the end?

Even type 1 diabetes (21), IBS (22), Alzheimer’s disease (23), and cardiovascular disease (24) ‒ while multifactorial, of course ‒ have been connected to infection and/or to immune dysfunction. And when a clear infection isn’t involved in the pathogenic course, an imbalanced or overgrown gut flora is often implicated, which plays an intricate game with the immune system and may exert a central impact on the conditions listed above of a magnitude equal to infections. 

That’s an impressive list of conditions, covering the majority of health conditions known to mankind. 

To sum up, the anti-infectious and self-regulating operations of our immune system may be critical to protect ourselves from diseases that surround us every day. Diseases that dramatically decrease our quality of life, but may be preventable.

It all makes one wonder. Why do some people develop ME/CFS or lifelong autoimmune disorders from an infection that we’re supposed to be able to clear, or at least bounce back from once it’s been treated? What distinguishes those who catch every infection that comes along from those who sail through life with little more than the occasional bout of the sniffles? Why do cancerous tumours dissolve in some while they grow, and spread, in others?

I’m going to stick my neck out: if you have a well-functioning immune system, supported by a healthy lifestyle, most infections are not supposed to cause lifelong disease. The system is supposed to do its job and then sit right down again. If it does not, something is wrong, and the evidence that the status of our immune system means everything in terms of disease prevention mounts to levels that we can’t (and shouldn’t) ignore. 

Genetic susceptibility does play some part (25), that much is undeniable. However, as we shall see in this seven part series, environmental, behavioural and lifestyle factors all have a massive impact on immune function.

This is paramount. The largest part of our health care budget is spent on pharmaceutical management of chronic disease. That strategy is expensive, ridden with side-effects and shockingly underwhelming in terms of health outcomes. By taking to heart that immune function and lifestyle choices are at the very centre of our well-being, and adapting medical interventions thereafter, we can free national economic resources so large that anyone would gasp at the insight.

So how you and I care for our immune systems affects not only our own quality of life, our happiness and longevity, but society as a whole.

In the upcoming article series I’ll guide you through the most important ways the immune system is strengthened or burdened, and how to adjust your lifestyle to help it work as well as it possibly can. I’ll address the profound effects of stress, sleep, physical activity and diet on immune function. Furthermore, we’ll learn about the surprising links between joy, humour, sun exposure, gut flora and optimal immune health.

The good news is that most interventions are free of both cost and side effects. By reversing chronic disease or reducing its likelihood, you also reduce your own expenses for medication, doctor’s visits and sick leave. This is what’s known as a “win-win-win situation”. We all win – your health and happiness, your wallet and your fellow human beings. 

So for yourself, your neighbour, your king and country – tend to your immune system!


References

1. Connie C. Qiu, Roberto Caricchio, and Stefania Gallucci. Front Immunol. 2019; 10: 2608. Triggers of Autoimmunity: The Role of Bacterial Infections in the Extracellular Exposure of Lupus Nuclear Autoantigens

2. Song Li, Yangsheng Yu, Yinshi Yue, Zhixin Zhang, and Kaihong Su. Microbial Infection and Rheumatoid Arthritis. J Clin Cell Immunol. 2013 Dec; 4(6): 174.

3. Mariano Marrodan, Lucas Alessandro, Mauricio F Farez, Jorge Correale. Mult Scler, 25 (7), 891-901 Jun 2019 The Role of Infections in Multiple Sclerosis

4. Mann EA, Saeed SA. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2012 Jan;28 (1):24-9. Gastrointestinal infection as a trigger for inflammatory bowel disease.

5. Deirdre Cocks Eschler, Alia Hasham, and Yaron Tomer. Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. 2011 Oct; 41(2): 190–197. CUTTING EDGE: THE ETIOLOGY OF AUTOIMMUNE THYROID DISEASES

6. Li Zhang, Yan-Jie Zhang, Jin Chen, Xiao-Lei Huang, Gong-Si Fang, Li-Juan Yang, Yu Duan, Jing Wang. Microb Pathog 117, 49-54 Apr 2018. The Association of HLA-B27 and Klebsiella Pneumoniae in Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Systematic Review

7. Kyle A Williams, Susan E Swedo, Brain Res, 1617, 144-54, 2015 Aug 18. Post-infectious Autoimmune Disorders: Sydenham’s Chorea, PANDAS and Beyond

8. Ercolini AM, Miller SD. Clin Exp Immunol. 2009 Jan;155 (1):1-15. The role of infections in autoimmune disease.

9. Rose Jeppesen and Michael Eriksen Benros. Front Psychiatry. 2019; 10: 131. Autoimmune Diseases and Psychotic Disorders

10. Benros ME, Mortensen PB. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2020;44:141-159. Role of Infection, Autoimmunity, Atopic Disorders, and the Immune System in Schizophrenia: Evidence from Epidemiological and Genetic Studies.

11. Paul H. Patterson. Trends Mol Med. 2011 Jul; 17(7): 389–394. MATERNAL INFECTION AND IMMUNE INVOLVEMENT IN AUTISM

12. Estes ML, McAllister AK. Science. 2016 Aug 19;353(6301):772-7. Maternal immune activation: Implications for neuropsychiatric disorders.

13. Mousumi Chakraborty, Elena Shashkova, Anna Cline-Smith and Rajeev Aurora. Disruption of self-tolerance in autoimmune diseases and therapeutic modulation to restore immune balance. J Immunol May 1, 2018, 200 (1 Supplement) 175.12

14. David H. Persing, Franklyn G. Prendergast. INFECTION, CANCER, AND THE IMMUNE RESPONSE.  National Academies Press

15. Pankita H. Pandya, Mary E. Murray, Karen E. Pollok, and Jamie L. Renbarger  J Immunol Res. 2016: 4273943. The Immune System in Cancer Pathogenesis: Potential Therapeutic Approaches

16. Andrew H. Miller and Charles L. Raison. Nat Rev Immunol. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2017 Aug 3. Nat Rev Immunol. 2016 Jan; 16(1): 22–34. The role of inflammation in depression: from evolutionary imperative to modern treatment target

17. Udina M, et al. Interferon-induced depression in chronic hepatitis C: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Psychiatry. 2012;73:1128–1138.

18. Rodrigues FTS, de Souza MRM, Lima CNC, da Silva FER, Costa DVDS, Dos Santos CC, Miyajima F, de Sousa FCF, Vasconcelos SMM, Barichello T, Quevedo J, Maes M, de Lucena DF, Macedo D. J Psychiatr Res. 2018 Dec;107:57-67. Major depression model induced by repeated and intermittent lipopolysaccharide administration: Long-lasting behavioral, neuroimmune and neuroprogressive alterations.

19. Berk M, Williams LJ, Jacka FN, O’Neil A, Pasco JA, Moylan S, Allen NB, Stuart AL, Hayley AC, Byrne ML, Maes M. BMC Med. 2013 Sep 12;11:200. So depression is an inflammatory disease, but where does the inflammation come from?

20. Blomberg J, Gottfries CG, Elfaitouri A, Rizwan M, Rosén A. Front Immunol. 2018 Feb 15;9:229. Infection Elicited Autoimmunity and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Explanatory Model.

21. Tremblay J, Hamet P. Metabolism. 2019 Nov;100S:153952. Environmental and genetic contributions to diabetes. 

22. Shariati A, Fallah F, Pormohammad A, Taghipour A, Safari H, Chirani AS, Sabour S, Alizadeh-Sani M, Azimi T. J Cell Physiol. 2019 Jun;234(6):8550-8569. The possible role of bacteria, viruses, and parasites in initiation and exacerbation of irritable bowel syndrome.

23. Sochocka M, Zwolińska K, Leszek J. The Infectious Etiology of Alzheimer’s Disease. Curr Neuropharmacol. 2017;15(7):996-1009.

24. Campbell LA, Rosenfeld ME. Arch Med Res. 2015 Jul;46(5):339-50. Infection and Atherosclerosis Development. 

25. Fulvia Ceccarelli, Nancy Agmon-Levin, and Carlo Perricone. J Immunol Res. 2017; 2017: 2789242. Genetic Factors of Autoimmune Diseases

Address lifestyle as first line defence in the fight against COVID-19

This article was originally published as a guest editor post at foodpharmacy.se

By: Graeme Jones, clinical physiologist and CEO at Nordic Clinic Stockholm.

Published: 08/04/2020

COVID-19, the highly infectious novel coronavirus spreading throughout the world, is leaving a path of destruction in its wake and shutting down entire societies. As I write this on March 28, it’s currently responsible for over 30,000 deaths around the world and 18,000 deaths in the EU1. Initially, age was considered the biggest factor based on data from Wuhan, China, where the virus started2.

Due to its older population, Italy has been hit hard. Currently, more than 10,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Italy. Early data in Italy indicates that the average age of those infected with COVID-19 is 63 years old, and the average age of those who have died is 78.5 years old3.

Much of the early data focused on age as the predominant factor in poor COVID-19 outcomes. This is consistent with the general trend of decreasing viral immunity with age (our immune system becomes less effective and therefore risk of complications becomes worse as we age). But what has been very interesting to me, is that further data outlines that age isn’t the only important factor predicting death of COVID-19.

Data out of Italy indicates that 98.8% of those who died of COVID-19 had a pre-existing condition that contributed to their death. Furthermore, over 75% had 2 or more comorbidities3 (a comorbidity is one or more diseases or condition/s that exist with other conditions e.g. high blood pressure with COVID-19). This should be a massive wake-up call to everyone and governments in the realm of chronic disease prevention.  

Table: Most common comorbidities observed in COVID-19 positive deceased patients3

As you can see from the image, the top 3 comorbidities for death from COVID-19 are hypertension, ischemic heart disease, and diabetes. Conspicuously, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which in most cases is caused by chronic smoking, is 7th. How can a progressive and chronic inflammatory lung disease be so far down the list? COVID-19 is a lower respiratory infection that becomes fatal most often due to respiratory failure. As we shall see, systemic inflammation seems ‒ somewhat surprisingly ‒ to play an even bigger part in COVID-19 mortality than COPD.

Metabolic health and COVID-19 outcomes

As we get older, several changes increase our risk and severity of viral infections. One in particular is a gradual increase in systemic inflammation often referred to as inflamm-aging4. Interestingly, changes in the gut and microbiome are considered important drivers of this chronic inflammation.

Obesity promotes a chronic inflammatory state similar to that seen with aging. Again, the microbiome is considered a primary driver of this effect5. Recent evidence indicates that the western lifestyle may be the cause of this inflammatory state by promoting an inflammatory microbiome6.  

As a result of chronic inflammation, our risk for chronic disease increases as we age. That’s why chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease are often referred to as the chronic disease of aging. However, age is not a prerequisite for chronic disease. It’s becoming more and more common for younger people to become afflicted with the chronic diseases of aging. 

As such, people with chronic metabolic diseases are at an increased risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19 infection, regardless of age. Thus, addressing specific aspects of the Western Lifestyle is important for reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection and improving outcomes. This includes:

  • Consuming a diet high in vegetables and fiber
  • Addressing circadian rhythms (our evolutionary preferred wake/sleep patterns)
  • Being active/exercising
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Prioritizing sleep
  • Managing stress
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Not smoking

These are all areas that currently our healthcare system is terrible at giving advice on. I have seen thousands of patients at Nordic Clinic Stockholm and I can barely count on one hand patients that have reported to me that their doctor is providing them with any substantial advice in any of these areas.  

While age is a factor that you have no control over, lifestyle is not. Thus, a healthy lifestyle may be your biggest weapon against death from COVID-19 infection. Considering this information, I am now becoming very worried to see the impact of COVID-19 on the US, UK and even Sweden’s population. The US has extremely high rates of obesity and the UK and Sweden are not far behind. As it stands, although I am sure there will be some outliers, I believe we will continue to see the people most affected by this pandemic as having some sort of underlying chronic health condition.  

Functional medicine, the model we follow at Nordic Clinic, is not a model for acute care. Luckily, those that have COVID-19 and that are in acute trouble could not be under better care with our standard healthcare system in Sweden. But the same healthcare system is failing miserably at preventing chronic disease and needs to do better to test and educate the population for risk of chronic disease. Doctors are given close to zero training in nutrition, exercise, sleep and other lifestyle factors that undoubtedly are the cause of poor cardiometabolic health. At the heart of Functional Medicine we measure, track and advise patients on their currently chronic disease risk, preventing it before it has a chance to happen. 

Lifestyle and preventative health need to be taken more seriously

Initial reports out of both China and Italy indicate that COVID-19 will hit older populations hard. Unfortunately, in the EU, this gives young people a false sense of security. Looking at all the data, it’s clear that, while age is one important factor, established metabolic disease is another.

Therefore, it becomes increasingly important for people of all ages to maintain metabolic health. Hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease seem to be particularly harmful and predict poor outcomes from COVID-19 infection. Addressing lifestyle should be a first line of defense in the fight against COVID-19 infection and people and governments need to take preventative health more seriously. 

We need to utilize measurement tools and more sophisticated testing of lifestyle, and have doctors who are better equipped to understand that data and give evidence-based advice. It is out there, but Sweden continually refuses to embrace it, deciding to try and manage chronic disease once it has happened.  

Functional Medicine is a system that could fill this void and work alongside the current acute care system, and it is about time our politicians take this more seriously.  

References

  1. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1093256/novel-coronavirus-2019ncov-deaths-worldwide-by-country/
  2. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-age-sex-demographics/
  3. https://www.epicentro.iss.it/coronavirus/bollettino/Report-COVID-2019_20_marzo_eng.pdf
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30046148
  5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1568163719302880
  6. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41577-019-0156-1?fbclid=IwAR3jEVbq918MMVcGfT5pvJ71CJcLDCBfZg4acaL9tasYS1jCHACBIZcxlv8#citeas

Are we worrying ourselves sick in these uncertain times of the current pandemic?

By: Graeme Jones, clinical physiologist and CEO at Nordic Clinic Stockholm

Published: 03/04/2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the world, doom and despair dominate the news around the clock. We fear for the health and livelihood of ourselves and our loved ones. In times like these it’s important that we maintain perspective.

Given the current situation I’d like to contemplate the pandemic from another point of view. Let me start by saying that chronic disease is THE leading cause of death and disability throughout the developed world. This is completely different to our grandparents and previous generations who primarily dealt with infectious disease and diseases of nutritional deficiency. Now as such, modern healthcare systems are well-equipped to address these acute conditions. 

With the arrival of better hygiene, antibiotics, and identification and manufacture of essential nutrients, we have these conditions mostly under control. Get a bacterial infection, take an antibiotic. Have a B12 deficiency, take a supplement. But now there’s a new threat to our health, and it’s growing. Surprisingly you might wonder, this threat is not COVID-19, but rather the possible implications that COVID-19 is having on our society. 

With the current COVID-19 situation and the huge economic and social impact being enforced on our populations, I dare ask myself this question:  although the political actions taken may save lives within the “at risk groups” and reduce burden on the healthcare systems, what could be the larger potential fallout from these stringent measures? I cannot help but recognize how all of this is causing so much stress, worry and anxiety.  I encounter mood and anxiety disorders in my everyday work of seeing clients, and I follow research on the topic closely, noting a jump in the prevalence of these conditions throughout populations world-wide. Mood and anxiety disorders are becoming increasingly common forms of chronic disease.  Furthermore, stress, mood and anxiety disorders predispose and associate with other forms of chronic disease. For example, there is a well-studied relationship between functional gastrointestinal disorders and mood disorders1. Insomnia and depression are also linked2, as are depression and chronic pain3.  

Chronic disease is nothing like acute infection or nutritional deficiency. While you can use the term “cure” to describe what happens when you treat acute infection effectively, chronic disease is more about management. This is not to say that chronic disease cannot be cured, just that it cannot be approached like acute infection/nutritional deficiency. In fact, some common chronic diseases, like type II diabetes can be cured and many can at least be effectively managed through lifestyle changes. 

Addressing chronic disease successfully requires a recipe that uses a “personalized overview” sort of approach, as we use in Functional Medicine. It needs a large dose of lifestyle intervention accompanied by a targeted medical and detective approach that addresses and understands underlying causes. But let’s make no mistake, the lifestyle portion is crucial, and stress plays a huge role in it all.

Stress and chronic disease: Predisposing factors, acute stressors, and perpetuating habits

A recently published paper put forth an interesting paradigm for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)4. It’s such an elegant paradigm that it likely applies to how stress exacerbates and perpetuates most chronic disease. The infographic below details the model:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder model

In this model, there are three categories of factors that promote susceptibility:

  • Genetic predisposition ‒ genes that set the tone for your sensitivity to stress
  • Cacostatic load ‒ the cumulative amount of stress your body is under
  • Early environment ‒ early life experiences that set your stress “tone”. Things such as fetal stressors (smoking, premature birth), the environment you were raised in, socioeconomic status, and early life trauma

Traumatic stress refers to the triggering event that tips a person into chronic disease. In PTSD this may be combat, loss of a loved one, major financial loss, tragic accident, or major illness. But in a condition like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it may be an initial food poisoning leading to post-infectious IBS. The stress need not be psychological; anything that stresses the body will do.

The combination of susceptibility and a traumatic stressor can lead to a disruption of our circadian rhythm; our evolutionary preferred wake/sleep patterns. This is especially likely in those with genes that predispose to it. In PTSD this leads to alterations in glucocorticoid signaling (stress hormones, such as cortisol). In type 2 diabetes it may lead to improper glycemic (blood sugar) control.  In functional gut disorders, it could lead to alterations in bile output (which helps to break down fat), gut motility (which helps to protect against IBS), or pancreatic insufficiency (lack of enzymes to break down food).

This puts the patient at a pivotal point. If they correct the circadian disruption, symptoms are transient and the patient recovers. However, if the circadian disruption persists and becomes chronic, this traps the patient into a state of chronic disease. Since chronic disease tends to beget chronic disease, comorbidities accumulate.

Addressing excessive and cumulative stress

Most of the factors in this paradigm are constants. Stressful events are going to happen no matter how hard you try to control for them. At the top level, you have no control over your genes or your early life environment; those things are set in stone. You can, however, adjust your cacostatic load and work to prevent chronic circadian disruption after the triggering event.

Cacostatic load simply refers to the cumulative amount of stress your body is under, including disease states. Genetic susceptibility and early environmental stress regulate how your body responds to stress. They also play a role in the amount and types of stress you can deal with. Be that as it may, lifestyle is a big factor as well.

Many lifestyle factors regulate our sensitivity to stress as well as our capacity to deal with it, including:

  • Sleep ‒ maintain a consistent schedule and good sleep hygiene
  • Circadian rhythms ‒ pay attention to your light environment & feeding/fasting cycle
  • Exercise ‒ get adequate moderate to vigorous physical activity every week (>150 minutes)
  • Being active ‒ walk more, sit less
  • Weight ‒ maintain a healthy weight
  • Diet ‒ follow a nutrient dense, unprocessed diet with a high of variety of different foods
  • Stress ‒ reduce stress exposure and/or manage stress using tools such as meditation and yoga

Building resilience by prioritising these behaviors lowers cacostatic load and increases the amount of stress you can experience before hitting the tipping point. It also ensures that the acute circadian disruption after a traumatic event is acute, and transient.

Take action – resilience is key

Many face – or have already faced – major personal or financial loss due to COVID-19. We return to the question at hand; may the soaring anxiety levels make more damage to our health than the pandemic itself? In my experience of working with stress-related illness, it may well be. Indeed, science provides robust support to the stress-disease hypothesis.

Stress is a major contributor to the chronic disease burden in the developed world. Whereas our ancestors were intermittently exposed to acute stressors, most of us are under chronic stress. Our cumulative exposure to stress can place a burden on us that is represented by cacostatic load. Other factors such as genetics and early life environment play a role in susceptibility, too.

Building a strong foundation of resilience is key to preventing stress from pushing yourself past the tipping point. It’s also critical to being able to bounce back when a strong enough triggering event knocks you down. Sleep well, keep a schedule, exercise, eat a healthy diet, manage your stress and remove the stressors you can. It could make the difference between being happy and healthy or sick and depressed. This is even more pertinent in the current times. 

References

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28087404

2. https://bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12888-016-1075-3

3.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0165032717308364?via%3Dihub

4. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.01003/full?fbclid=IwAR3tY-fER9ItPOJ38xPtdcywHOJ6DlFL2fbWkxRAPGOiwODaI0gVlK8chuw

Sanna Törsleff Berglund

Sanna är delaktig i Nordic Clinics externa forskningsstudie på IBS som startar i början av 2020 och kommer att löpa under 12 månader. Under denna period tar Sanna emot patienter på kliniken som ingår i studien.

Sannas starka intresse för hur livsstil och miljö påverkar vår hälsa, både fysiskt och mentalt, startade 1999 med en cancerdiagnos på en nära familjemedlem. Sedan dess har hon studerat kroppen och hur allt är sammankopplat. Hon fascineras ständigt av hur fantastiskt vår kropp fungerar med alla samverkande system – både på cellnivå och med naturen/miljön omkring oss.

Under perioden 2006-2017 drev Sanna egen klinisk verksamhet i enlighet med den funktionsmedicinska modellen. Parallellt har hon jobbat som kursförfattare/-hållare och support åt verksamma terapeuter för ett företag inom kunskaps- och kosttillskottsförmedling. Hon är också del i ett bolag och en förening med målsättning att få den funktionsmedicinska modellen till en valbar integrerad del i morgondagens sjuk- och friskvård vid kroniska tillstånd. Sanna fick sin psykologexamen vid Stockholms Universitet i slutet av 1980-talet och utbildade sig till näringsterapeut 2004-2006. Sedan dess har hon fördjupat sina kunskaper med en IFM-utbildning i USA.

Det funktionsmedicinska inskrivningsformuläret – En personlig start på hälsoresan

Hur uppfattas det funktionsmedicinska angreppssättet när man upplever det för första gången? Vi har pratat med Sam, en patient som har tagit hjälp av en av Nordic Clinics rådgivare för sina hälsoutmaningar.

Vad var det som fick dig att söka dig till funktionsmedicin?

Det är svårt att sätta fingret på en enskild sak. Under en tid hade jag dragit på mig allt fler hälsoutmaningar, som var och en var helt okej att hantera, men som tillsammans började kännas betungande; matsmältningsproblem, stress, sömnsvårigheter, trötthet och oro. Ett par vänner hade alla haft goda erfarenheter av att lösa sina hälsoutmaningar med funktionsmedicinsk hjälp. Ingenting fick mig dock att agera, utan jag accepterade mitt tillstånd som det var. Men så drabbades min pappa av en stroke och demens, vilket skrämde mig. Emotionellt blev jag mycket påverkad av pappas tillstånd och jag började fundera på min egen framtida hälsa. Min farfar och farbror hade båda dött i hjärtattacker i unga år. Tanken på att det så småningom kunde bli min sexåriga dotters öde, fick mig att börja tänka på att ta tag i mina egna utmaningar.

Hur upplevde du det första besöket?

Min upplevelse började faktiskt redan innan första besöket. Något som verkligen imponerade på mig var hur mycket rådgivaren visste om mig innan vi riktigt hade kommit igång med vårt samtal. Inför min konsultation hade jag fått ett omfattande inskrivningsformulär skickat till mig. Det tog jättelång tid att fylla i! De frågade om allt, som tex min hälsa historiskt och nu, min medicinska historia, sjukdomar i släkten, vad jag äter, hur jag tränar och så vidare. 

Inskrivningsformuläret – var det användbart eller överflödigt?

Som jag sa var formuläret tidskrävande att fylla i. När jag senare kom till kliniken och förstod att min rådgivare redan hade gjort så mycket “hemläxa” kring mig och mina utmaningar, förstod jag att det var grunden för hela processen som vi hade framför oss. Jag var van vid besök på vårdcentraler där läkarna ägnar 10 minuter åt att ställa några frågor och därefter skickar iväg dig med ett läkemedelsrecept. Detta var något helt annat, så personligt i jämförelse! Min rådgivare kändes som en detektiv med siktet inställt på att ta reda på hur just min kropp fungerar och hur vi kan få den att fungera bättre. Och formuläret var verkligen utgångspunkten för det. Hon visste redan så mycket om mig. I slutändan kändes det som ett väldigt tidseffektivt tillvägagångssätt. Att få reda på all informationen i formuläret genom ett samtal hade tagit åratal och hon behövde ha informationen direkt vid uppstarten. 

Kändes formuläret som en viktig del i vad som gör funktionsmedicinen individanpassad?

Ja, det tycker jag. Ett mycket effektivt sätt att lära känna just mig och min historia på djupet.

Fanns det något annat som inledningsvis var hjälpsamt?

Första konsultationen var jättebra och det kändes verkligen som en viktig grund för att min rådgivare skulle lära känna mig. Men vad som verkligen imponerade på mig var när jag fick se testresultaten från det första testet jag gjorde, ett DNA test. Det avslöjade flera saker om mig själv som jag inte kände till. En av de mest kraftfulla sakerna var att min genetiska profil bekräftade att jag bär på APOE3/4 genen, som innebär att jag har förhöjd risk att drabbas av hjärt- kärlsjukdom och demens, troligen precis som min pappa. Jag hade visserligen misstänkt att jag min risk att drabbas av dessa sjukdomar var förhöjd, men att se det i mina egna gener var en stark motivationsfaktor till att vilja göra nödvändiga livsstilsförändringar för att motverka att jag drabbas av sjukdom i framtiden. 

Utöver inskrivningsformuläret hjälpte det verkligen att känna att alla rekommendationer från min rådgivare verkligen var anpassade till just mig och mina genetiska förutsättningar. 

För att läsa mer om hur funktionsmedicin kan hjälpa dig som patient, läs mer här.

The Power of Poo – Vår avföring har mycket att berätta om vår hälsa

Vissa patienter höjer på ögonbrynen när vi nämner att vi skulle vilja göra ett avföringstest. Ett avföringsprov är dock ett kraftfullt verktyg för att skapa förståelse för vad som faktiskt pågår i mag- tarmkanalen.

För att kroppen ska kunna dra nytta av maten vi äter, måste näringsämnen först brytas ner korrekt och därefter effektivt absorberas genom tarmslemhinnan. Vi är inte vad vi äter, som man brukar säga, utan vi är vad vi absorberar. Bristande förmåga att både smälta och absorbera vitala näringsämnen kan bidra till degenerativa sjukdomar, nedsatt immunförsvar och näringsbrister. Ett nedsatt näringsupptag eller försvagad funktion av tarmbarriären (så kallad “läckande tarm”), kan vara resultatet av tex; låg saltsyraproduktion, nedsatt nedbrytningsförmåga, olika allergeners påverkan på tarmslemhinnans absorptionsförmåga, obalans eller överväxt av bakterier, parasiter eller svampar i tarmen (dysbios), patogena bakterier, antibiotika och användning av NSAID-preparat (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

Avföringstest är icke-invasiva diagnostiska tester som hjälper funktionsmedicinska rådgivare att objektivt utvärdera statusen i våra tarmar. De testar tarmens mikroflora, inklusive förekomst av parasiter och patogener. Man kan få indikationer på balans mellan olika grupper av mikrooganismer, inflammation, immunfunktion, matsmältning, antibiotikaresistens med mera. Testerna kan alltså ge mycket värdefull input för att skapa förståelse för vad som pågår i mag-tarmkanalen, för att sedan kunna skräddarsy åtgärder för patienterna. En individanpassad plan kan tex inkludera eliminering av patogener eller irriterande ämnen, tillskott av saltsyra, matsmältningsenzymer, kostrekommendationer, pre- och probiotika, tillskott för reparation av tarmslemhinnans barriärfunktion, och råd om stresshantering. På Nordic Clinic Stockholm använder vi oss av flera olika avföringstester som har något olika användningsområden och därför väljs ut specifikt för varje patient.

Tarmhälsa – GI Map och SIBO

FÖR FUNKTIONSMEDICINSKA RÅDGIVARE // En kunskapsspäckad utbildningsdag med Graeme Jones, 6 mars 2020, Stockholm

Tarmhälsa – GI Map och SIBO

Nu erbjuder Nordic Laboratories ett nytt utbildningstillfälle för denna populära utbildning

Tarmhälsa är centralt inom funktionsmedicinen och tester med fokus på tarmen är därför viktiga verktyg att använda och förstå vid funktionsmedicinska utredningar. Hur resultaten ska tolkas är inte alltid helt enkelt. För att ge funktionsmedicinska utövare fördjupad kunskap kring två av våra vanligaste tester för att se status på tarmen – GI Map och SIBO – bjuder vi nu in till en kunskapsspäckad utbildningsdag där dessa båda tester gås igenom på detaljerad nivå. 

Föreläsare under dagen är Graeme Jones, VD på Nordic Clinic Stockholm. Graeme är klinisk fysiolog med 15 års erfarenhet från medicin, klinisk forskning, rehabilitering, näring, och fitness. Läs mer om Graeme här.

Program:

  • Fysiologi och grundorsak till dysbios och SIBO
  • Hur man använder och tolkar SIBO och avföringsprovet GI Map ur ett kliniskt perspektiv
  • Hur man skräddarsyr interventioner för SIBO, dysbios, svampöverväxt mm genom livsstil, kost och tillskott
  • Genomgång av kliniska klientfall

Praktisk information:

  • När: Fredag 6 mars 2020
  • Plats: Nordic Clinic, Nybrogatan 56, 114 40 Stockholm
  • Tid: 9:30-17:00
  • Pris: 1 300 SEK* (ex moms)
  • Tester: GI Map och SIBO-test kan köpas till mycket förmånliga priser vid anmälan** eller på plats under utbildningsdagen. 
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Anmälan: Du anmäler dig genom att klicka på knappen nedan och fylla i formuläret.

*En faktura kommer efter anmälan att skickas till din mejladress och din plats är garanterad när fakturan är betald. Vänligen notera att kostnadsfri avbokning kan göras fram till den 21/2 2020. Efter detta datum återbetalas inte anmälningsavgiften på 1300 kr (ex moms). 

**Ange vilket/vilka tester du vill beställa vid anmälan. Efter erlagd betalning skickas testerna hem till den adress du har angivit i vårt system. 

Observera att antalet platser är begränsat och först till kvarn gäller. 

Varmt välkommen!

Graeme Jones

VD & Klinisk Fysiolog

Graeme är Stockholmsklinikens grundare och VD. Han har gedigen klinisk erfarenhet från eget patientarbete, men brinner även för att undervisa och coacha medicinsk personal och hälsoterapeuter inom funktionsmedicin och näringsvetenskap. Han är också en mycket uppskattad föreläsare – både i Sverige och internationellt. 

Graeme har under de senaste 15 åren samlat på sig gedigna erfarenheter från det medicinska fältet, fitness, rehabilitering, näring och klinisk forskning. Han har flera utbildningar bakom sig inom bland annat näringsfysiologi, näringsgenomik och har en BA i Sport Health & Exercise. Innan flytten till Sverige drev han en av Storbritanniens största enheter för preventiv medicin på Nuffieldsjukhuset och har även arbetat tillsammans med några av Europas ledande specialister inom neurologi, ryggkirurgi, smärta, psykologi och sjukgymnastik på Bowskillkliniken i London. Graeme har också arbetat för den privata kliniken London General Practice och som konsult åt Parasitology Centre Inc. i Arizona, olika försäkringsbolag samt ett antal större internationella bolag. Han har även arbetat med många professionella elitidrottare i Europa. 

Fawz Hani Butrus

Underläkare

Fawz läser sista året på Läkarprogrammet på Karolinska Institutet. Tidigt under utbildningen fann han ett intresse för den funktionsmedicinska aspekten som ett medel för att befrämja patienternas hälsa. Som ett alternativ till läkemedelsbehandlingar, började han se allt starkare evidens för att behandla svåra kroniska sjukdomar – av både autoimmun och annan karaktär – genom livsstilsförändringar och andra metoder. Med hjälp av en rad olika vetenskapliga studier som grund har han idag författat boken “The Autoimmune Code”, som beskriver hur funktionsmedicin kan motverka och behandla autoimmunitet.

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