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The Myers Way Episode 33: Autoimmunity with Dr. David Brady

July 9th, 2020

 The Myers Way Episode 33: Autoimmunity with Dr. David Brady


 David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN

Dr. David M. Brady has 22-years of experience as an integrative physician and over 18 years in health sciences academia. He is a licensed naturopathic medical physician in CT and VT, a board certified clinical nutritionist and received his original clinical training as a chiropractic physician. He currently serves as the Vice Provost for the Division of Health Sciences, Interim Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Director of the Human Nutrition Institute at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He maintains a private practice, Whole Body Medicine, in Trumbull, CT.  Dr. Brady is also the Chief Medical Officer for Designs for Health, Inc. He is an internationally sought-after presenter on nutritional, naturopathic and integrative medicine. He has appeared on the plenary speaking panel of some of the largest and most prestigious conferences in the field including; IFM, ACAM, A4M, IHS, and many more. Dr. Brady has published a multitude of peer-reviewed scientific papers and textbooks related to chronic pain, autoimmunity and functional gastroenterology and is a featured contributing author in the medical textbooks;  Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients, Integrative Gastroenterology, and Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine.

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The Myers Way Episode 33: Autoimmunity with Dr. David Brady

1. Dr. Brady, you have emphasized the topic of autoimmune disorders in many of your publications, your professional lectures and your private practice. What developed your interest in this topic so keenly?

2. You published a paper in the Open Journal of Rheumatology & Autoimmunity in 2013 which garnered a lot of attention titled: Molecular Mimicry, the Hygiene Hypothesis, Stealth Infections and Other Examples of Disconnect Between Medical Research and the Practice of Clinical Medicine in Autoimmune Disease. That is quite a title. Why did this paper stimulate such a buzz?

3. You suggest that autoimmune disease is a “modern epidemic” and that rates of autoimmune disease have quadrupled int he last fifty years. What are some of the reasons for that?

4. In your publications, including the one mentioned above, you bring up several specific hypotheses related to why autoimmune diseases have become so prevalent in the Western industrialized countries. I would like to ask you specifically a about some of them, including:

  • Molecular mimicry
  • Hygiene Hypothesis
  • Stealth Infections

5. My understanding is that some people are being diagnosed with celiac disease that do not have the genes. Are we seeing a turn in the tide? Are people without some sort of genes toward autoimmunity now becoming autoimmune?

6. Do you use soil-based probiotics in your autoimmune patients?

7. On the topic of stealth infections, why aren’t more doctors testing for and picking up on these infections?

8. Do you empirically put your autoimmune patients on antibiotics for infections you know are associated with these diseases, or do you first treat them with the standard functional medicine approach (an elimination diet, healing the gut, dealing with toxins, and treating any obvious infections)?

9. A few months ago a paper was circulating that pointed to salt as a stimulant for autoimmune disease. Is sea salt a concern, or is it simply salt from packaged foods that is a problem? Or is the problem caused by an imbalance in sodium and potassium?

10. Finally, where do you practice? How can people find more information about you and this fascinating topic?

Connect with Dr. Brady

W: www.DrDavidBrady.com

One Response

  1. deanna says:

    this is an amazing podcast interview! I have listened to so many about autoimmunity and this one has taught me so many new things. I keep listening to it over and over again. The reasons why Yersinia can elevate tsh levels make sense now. I do have Hashimotos but my antibodies are only 80, I have no symptoms yet (which is why I want to figure myself out- to avoid any symptoms in the future), but my tsh has been as high as 13 in the past and still high even though going gluten free for two years has made me feel so much better. Probably because I sleep now, once going to gluten free I really started sleeping again. Sleep in amazing! :) The fix for Yersinia is a antibiotic though which is confusing for me. Won’t the antibiotic wipe out all the good gut bacteria and leave me in a worse state than before? is it important to take a certain probiotic after being on the antibiotic? Thank you so much, can’t wait to read your book too.

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