I was recently on a Dublin Radio Show promoting my talks on Auto-Immune Disease and Gut-Barrier Function. Autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system becomes dysregulatied and attacks cells of the body, mistaken them for foreign invaders. Common types of autoimmune disease include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel disease, Hashimoto’s, Type 1 Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis.

At certain times the immune system will flare up and it’s during these times that it will mount its attack on various tissues of the body. While there is no ‘cure’ for autoimmune disease, flare ups can be set off by the food we eat as well as various toxins in the body.

70% of the immune system is in the gut and it’s the first place our immune systems comes into contact with foreign substances. It’s imperative then that our guts function well in order to avoid unnecessarily triggering of our immune system. Dr. Allesio Fasano discovered that the gut can become porous or leaky and allow substances such as undigested food particles to enter the body, which can trigger the immune system to flare up. His research also points out that if we strengthen the gut barrier we can prevent triggering antigens from entering the body and thus reduce or prevent auto-immune flare ups.

Presenter: Ciarán, I came across you on Facebook there the other day and unfortunately I didn’t get to talk to you last week because you were giving a talk yesterday on health. Do you want to start off telling us a little bit about it? I know the talk is over, but what an interesting subject that you have to talk about. I was just absolutely overwhelmed when I read the article about it.

Ciarán: Okay, brilliant, yeah. The talk last night was basically on auto-immunities. S0 just in case anyone’s wondering there, an auto-immunity’s something like multiple-sclerosis, hashimotos, coeliac, arthritis, diabetes type Presenter. It’s basically about when the body attacks itself- when the immune system attacks itself, that’s an auto-immune disease. And what I was looking at specifically was how the gut and your digestion is actually related to that. So, what’s basically the idea, this researcher called Alessio Fasano, he came up with this idea that in order for you to have an auto-immune disease you’ve got to have some sort of genetic susceptibility, you’ve got to have some sort of trigger. So there’d have to be something in the environment that’s actually triggering your immune system to actually react in that way- it might be some food that you eat, it might be that you have some heavy metals in your system, it could be something else- and he also said you have to have this thing called intestinal permeability.