WA - Seattle Support Group

11301 Pinehurst Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98125, USA

Meets: Last Tuesday Monthly, 6:30-7:45 PM

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This group meets on the last Tuesday of the month, 6:30-7:45 PM. Please sign up to receive updates about the group by clicking here or email the facilitators at ccfa.seattle@gmail.com. If you are not on the email update list, please call the CCFA office before going to a meeting, to verify the date and location: 425-451-8455, x6. 

This group will not meet over the summer in June, July or August. The next meeting will be September 27, 2016. Join us on Facebook in a closed group to allow for open discussion. 

Dr. Brian Orr, ND will speak at our September 27 meeting. Dr. Orr is a naturopathic doctor with a special interest in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Read his bio online.

Where Did IBD Come From? – What the History Tells Us About Emerging Therapies

Background: This presentation examines Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in the context of Darwinian medicine, which uses knowledge of evolution to cast light on human diseases. As hunter-gatherers our immune system co-evolved alongside microbiota from mud & soil, and alongside helminthes native to the human gut and acquired from animals. IBD and other autoimmune diseases involve disrupted immunoregulatory circuits, likely reflecting reduced exposures to “Old Friend” organisms – particularly helminthes – with which humans coevolved. Several clinical trials are testing these concepts, determining whether renewed exposures to “Old Friend” organisms can help to combat these modern-era diseases.

Objectives: The evolutionary theory and immunological mechanisms behind the Old Friends hypothesis are explore broadly and with application specifically to the disease model of IBD; including the early history of IBD, the risk factors for IBD, and the alarming acceleration of IBD in Western populations over the last 50 years. The potential exploitation of helminthes or their components in novel types of prophylaxis and disease response will also be evaluated.

Thank you to the speaker at our March 29 meeting, Trina Seligman, ND, LAc, a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist and ulcerative colitis patient. Learn more about Trina here: http://eimed.com/dr-trina-m-seligman/ 

Thank you to the speaker at our April 26 meeting Brad S. Lichtenstein, ND, BCB, Associate Professor, School of Naturopathic Medicine 

This group meets at the IBS Treatment Center at 11301 Pinehurst Way NE Seattle, WA 98125 (entrance on Pinehurst Way). Free, covered parking is available. CCFA does not endorse the IBS Treatment Center, nor does the venue or its providers sponsor this group or have any influence in content discussed. CCFA thanks the IBS Treatment Center for donating the meeting space.

Questions? Contact facilitators Nora Kozloff and Scott Malatos: ccfa.seattle@gmail.com.
Updated September 14, 2016
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