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  • How the Innate Intelligence of the Skin Maintains Homeostasis

    How the Innate Intelligence of the Skin Maintains Homeostasis

    Covering the entire body, the integumentary system is our largest organ and as such it is our interface between the inner and outer environment. It contains an ecosystem composed of a vast number of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses that are involved in the protection from pathogens as well as modulating our inflammatory immune response. Disruptions to our skin microbiome can also affect barrier integrity which has profound implications in the pathogenesis and treatment of dermatological disorders.

  • The Naturopathic Management of Interstitial Cystitis

    The Naturopathic Management of Interstitial Cystitis

    Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the urinary tract with a common clinical presentation of urinary frequency, urgency and pain. The following case study illustrates the wholistic implications in the naturopathic management of a 54-year-old woman with symptoms associated with chronic IC.

  • Mast Cell Activation Syndrome – An Underrecognised Cause of Chronic Disease

    Mast Cell Activation Syndrome – An Underrecognised Cause of Chronic Disease

    Mast cells (MCs) are specialised immune system cells that form part of the body’s initial defence system. When activated, they react to foreign bodies and injury by releasing a variety of chemical mediators such as histamine, prostaglandins, leukotrienes, cytokines and chemokines. In some people however, genetically altered MCs inappropriately release mediators which drive chronic multisystem inflammation and allergy.

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