Chair Person: Dr Durrheim
Event Type: Regional Meetings
Available Space: 200
CPD Points: 2
Cost to non Member: R500
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The common medical definition of psoriasis is that it is a skin disease that causes a rash with itchy, scaley patches, most common on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp. As such, treatment is limited to reducing skin cell growth and turnover with topical creams, immunosuppressive drugs, and light therapy. A quick search on PubMed illustrates that such interventions have a mere 24-63% patient satisfaction rating.
Viewing psoriasis through the Functional Medicine lens demystifies its root cause and increases therapeutic range beyond the skin surface to the inner workings of the gastrointestinal system and its resident microbiota.
In this presentation we
- Redefine psoriasis as an autoimmune disorder
- Consider the complex interplay between gut integrity and function, the microbiome and its effects on disease initiation and progression, immune activation, molecular mimicry, and bile salt homoeostasis
- Take a closer look at nutritional ingredients that may be harnessed as part of a therapeutic approach