Your Skin and Autoimmune Diseases with Dr. Tom O’Bryan

Tom O’Bryan

I’ve had a lot of questions about skin conditions such as psoriasis and vitiligo and other chronic skin problems that are triggered by issues with the immune system. So, I asked my guest today to talk with us about autoimmune conditions and explain how they impact our skin and overall health and what we can do about it.

My guest today is Dr. Tom O’Bryan. He is an internationally recognized and sought after speaker specializing in the complications of Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease, and the development of Autoimmune Diseases. He is the founder of The Dr. and the visionary behind The Gluten Summit.

Dr. Tom O’Bryan holds Faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences. He has trained thousands of practitioners around the world in advanced understanding of the impact of food related disorders and the development of individual autoimmune diseases.

Today, Dr. O’Bryan is going to clear up the misbelief that autoimmune disease can’t be treated. He covers signs of autoimmune conditions, the most common triggers, and things you can start doing today to avoid your risk, or, if you already have an autoimmune condition, to start overcoming it.

So please enjoy this interview…



I hope you enjoyed this interview today with Dr. Tom O’Bryan.

Dr. Tom O’Bryan has generously offered a few free gifts for you…

2 Articles

“The Hidden Sources of Gluten Guide”

“The Conundrum of Gluten Sensitivity – Why the tests are often wrong”

Also Check out his new book The Autoimmune Fix here:

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  1. Dr O’Bryan has given an excellent description of how 2 toxic chemical elements can cause autoimmune disease. Isn’t it time to get rid of the term “autoimmune?” I say this because it describes our immune system attacking our own cells as a cause of the disorders we suffer from, as if our immune system has gone haywire and needs to be fixed. In fact it is doing what it is supposed to do, cleaning up damaged material so that repair can occur. But one thing research has shown is that immune cells are particularly sensitive to toxic chemicals. They die when exposed to them. But fibroblasts (the ones that fix the damaged tissue) are much hardier. They cannot fix much if the material they fix is constantly being attacked by toxins, and the detritus is not cleaned up.

    However, Dr. O’Bryan’s own explanation tells us that the toxic elements caused the inflammation that caused the disorder. We need to get at the inorganic chemistry to understand how our exposure to chemicals can cause major, but hidden problems. For instance, aluminum is recognized more in the research literature as a cause of a lot of disorders. It is EVERYWHERE, simply because it is found in machinery that is typical of industry. Almost all metals are greatly attracted to halogens like chlorine, fluorine, bromine, & iodine. With excess chlorine & fluorine getting into our bodies, we present an internal environment that readily grabs aluminum, with no mechanism (as mentioned, no evolutionary response that creates a mechanism) for getting rid of it. But direct attack on the thyroid is clearly also implicated.

  2. This interview really got me thinking so pardon me for the extra comments.
    Continuing from the previous post:

    1) Not mentioned in this interview is the fact that the liver does detoxify, but only organic chemicals. It breaks them down, but doesn’t get rid of exotic chemical elements like aluminum, which has absolutely no benefit to cellular activity in our bodies. Part of the detox methods used by the body, naturally, involve macrophages grabbing foreign chemical elements and carrying them to the liver and other parts of the body for storage. That entails the blood vascular system, but it doesn’t get rid of all foreign material. It has been known since the 1940’s that the skeleton is such a storage depot for metals, since they showed up on X-rays.

    No doubt other body mechanisms may involve sacs of epithellium + connective tissue (I saw thin sacs on cadavers and thought they were a natural result of the preservative, but they are also found in living, breathing, moving, and otherwise healthy people). These sacs can be very thin-walled at first but become cysts later, as the body adds more layers of connective tissue. Transplant surgeons call the process “encapsulation.” That is a normal response by the body to foreign material.

    All of these storage sacs are subject to breakage with movement or physical trauma. Furthermore, a stress hormone like estrogen (yes, it is released during stress) triggers osteoclasts to munch on bone to release more calcium, thus releasing toxins stored there. So the physical symptoms can come in waves and especially during high, continued stress. For a body that has a hard time getting rid of alien and excess required metals, it stands to reason that they will cause widespread problems for normal detoxification processes.

    Why most doctors keep ignoring the toxicology is probably more indicative of their training that doesn’t encourage free thinking. But they all get to do physiological lab exercises on live animals and/or take neurological surgical rotations where they learn metal probes, but not glass probes, irriitate nerves. So why can’t they generalize from that experience to the fact that aluminum is a metal whose molecular weight falls within the range of the most common biologically used chemical elements in our bodies?

  3. Oh, yes and then there is the problem of detox methods.

    Continuing from the previous post:

    2) This interview was more informative about the process of toxification, but short on methods for detox. That is not surprising. Because of the rotation of toxic chemical elements into different body tissues over time and organ use (a recognized process by toxicologists), the monitoring of toxins is a nightmare. Doctors who specialize in detox realize that just when they thought they got rid of all that mercury, it reappears in the blood or urine they test. That is because they have not been monitoring interstitial fluids and all the places where mercury goes. Excess chlorine intake can explain some of that problem, but the tox picture is not at all that simple. We need to understand ALL of the ways that toxic chemical elements can be grabbed by biological (e.g. O’Bryan’s discussion of cell receptors) and non-biological entities, and sequestered inside the body before we can develop truly successful detox methods.

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