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Allergy, Sensitivity, and Mental Health

Presented by Dr. Andrea Gruszecki

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Inflammation is one common denominator in perinatal development disorders and adult mental health disorders.

Neural development in utero is affected by both the external environment (toxins, antigens, etc.) and the maternal environment (diet, infections, etc.). Prenatal programming may manifest as childhood developmental disorders such as autism or ADHD. Mental health disorders may also develop later as genetics and environment interact.

Some causes of inflammation, such as allergy, sensitivity, and mitochondrial dysfunction, can be assessed with laboratory testing. Based on laboratory results, patient supports may reduce inflammation affecting neurological development and function.

Attendees will review the associations between allergy, food/inhalant sensitivities, Celiac disease, mitochondrial dysfunction, and mental health. The clinical utility of IgE allergy testing, IgG and IgA sensitivity testing, Celiac testing, and Organic Acids evaluations will be reviewed, as will patient support based upon the laboratory results.

The webinar will Cover:

  • Increase familiarity with known perinatal risk factors for neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders.

  • Increase familiarity with different antibody classes and the types of reactions and inflammation they can cause.

  • Review interaction of genetics and environment and their effect on physiological function and (neuroinflammation).

  • Review the influence of the maternal terrain on in utero neurodevelopment.

  • Increase familiarity with the clinical utility of pre-conception and post-natal IgE/IgG4 allergy testing and IgG/IgA sensitivity testing, Celiac testing and Organic Acids assessment.


CE Accreditation provided by The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. 



About the Presenter

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Dr. Andrea Gruszecki received her Doctorate in Naturopathy from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SWCNM). As a practicing ND, she worked with a variety of patients and has pursued additional studies to ensure the skills necessary to treat the "whole person" using nutrition, physical therapies, education, and mind-body therapies. Her experiences in private practice evolved into an inclusive model of medicine for use by conventional and CAM providers, designed to allow cross-specialty communication among health care providers. She has presented continuing medical education on a variety of subjects, including the gut microbiome, methylation, neurotransmitters, and toxic exposures.

Dr. Gruszecki serves as a clinical consultant for US BioTek Laboratories, writing, researching, and presenting interpretations and information on a variety of health-related subjects. She draws upon years of experience and the latest research during her consultations and is often able to provide novel insights for clinicians.


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