Call for Support: Help Us Fund an Eczema/Psoriasis AIP Medical Study!

We have a very exciting announcement for the AIP community today! In January of 2018 we ran an enormous survey asking Autoimmune Wellness fans all sorts of questions, not only about your experiences with us, our site, and our social media channels, but also about your challenges, questions, and what you wanted to see more of in the future. We had thousands and thousands of responses (we are still so grateful to everyone who took the survey!), but one answer we saw frequently was, “I want to see more studies and a strong push for research.”

We heard that loud and clear! Today we are announcing that we’ve once again teamed up with a researcher, MD/PhD student Lucy Mailing, to conduct a small pilot medical study and will soon have our application approved by an institutional review board.

The study is entitled, “Effects of an anti-inflammatory diet on the gut microbiome and gut barrier function in eczema and psoriasis patients.” That’s right! Lucy’s expertise in microbiome research and deep understanding of how diet and lifestyle impact gut and skin health lead us to focus on skin-related chronic and autoimmune conditions.

Our hope is that the results of this study will allow us to move even further beyond the anecdotal evidence of AIP’s impact on skin-related autoimmune diseases, so we can make AIP a bigger part of the conversation in the conventional medicine world.

We Need Your Help!

Doctor’s Data, in a partnership led by Dr. David Quig, has generously offered to supply discounted intestinal permeability and short-chain fatty acid laboratory testing. This specialized testing by such a cutting-edge clinical laboratory greatly strengthens the team.

The cost of this testing alone is well into the thousands of dollars and will provide so much insight into how AIP can impact the health of those with autoimmune disease. Additionally, we’ve secured grants and other forms of funding beyond the generosity of Doctor’s Data, however, there are still other costs associated with the study that will need to be covered.

That’s where you come in! We are crowdfunding the remaining money needed to conduct this research. We have a goal of $8,000 and our hope is that this supportive community is ready to pitch in and help us pull this off.

To put this number in perspective, most research studies of this scale if conducted at a major academic institution would easily cost $25-50,000, and we’re attempting to pull it off for $20,000 total (with just that $8,000 left to hit our goal)! We feel that more research is an important investment in the AIP movement and the team at Autoimmune Wellness is beyond dedicated to doing everything in our power to advance the future of autoimmune treatment and we know you are too!

CLICK RIGHT HERE to be taken to our IndieGoGo campaign page. You can contribute and learn about perks for helping!

How Will This Study Be Conducted?

This study will be very similar to the study of AIP for inflammatory bowel disease that we were privileged to be a part of in 2016 and the study of AIP for Hashimoto’s in 2018. You can read about those studies and their awesome results here and here. Lucy will be heading up the medical side of the study, using laboratory testing, and dietary assessments to gather data about the outcomes for the small group of participants.

On the health coaching side, Angie and her team of nutritional therapists will use the SAD to AIP in SIX program to walk participants with eczema or psoriasis through the transition to AIP and then help them during a maintenance period.

When Can We See the Results?

If we are able to raise the money needed and find suitable participants in time, Lucy hopes to begin statistical evaluation by the end of this year and make a submission to a peer reviewed journal by early 2020. Our past experience is that it can take roughly one year until publication, so everyone be patient with us!

Thank You!

In answer to your call for more research we are yet again offering this tangible way for you to take an active role in the grassroots effort to push for the study process. We are hopeful that it will produce solid, scientific, peer-reviewed data and help us form stronger partnerships with the conventional medical community. We believe this style of collaboration will spark the paradigm shift we are all working toward in the AIP movement. This is an exciting step and we are thrilled to take it with your support! Thank you!

Click here to contribute to the IndieGoGo fundraiser!

About Angie Alt

Angie Alt is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness. She helps others take charge of their health the same way she took charge of her own after suffering with celiac disease, endometriosis, and lichen sclerosis; one nutritious step at a time. Her special focus is on mixing “data with soul” by looking at the honest heart of the autoimmune journey (which sometimes includes curse words). She is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy Consultant through The Nutritional Therapy Association and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for All Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. You can also find her on Instagram.


  • Caitlin Hetzel says

    I’m so excited about this research! I have Psoriasis and hypothyroidism and AIP has done a 180 with my health! So thankful for all you guys have done and for supporting this new research!

    I have a friend who is suffering from Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN). She going to try AIP to see if it brings any relief. I was wondering if you knew anything about PHN and your thoughts on AIP helping her.

    • Angie Alt says

      Caitlin we are so happy about your progress & renewed health. Thank you for the support! As to PHN, we haven’t encountered this much, but as we always say, “Give it a shot!” The downside is that you eat more nutrient dense foods. The upside is that it may have a positive impact for your friend.

  • […] The next study will focus on Psoriasis and Eczema. They are currently fundraising. Learn more here. […]

  • Kelsey Davis says

    Hello, I have had chronic eczema since I was a few months old. Up until a year ago I was using topical steroid cream, prednisone, or steroid shots. Last year I switched to using a lingonberry product from Sweden which works but seems to be losing its effectiveness. I am planning to try the elimination diet in November. Are there any opportunities to participate in the study? Are there any specific suggestions you have for immune rather than autoimmune issues?

    • Angie Alt says

      Thanks so much for reaching out, but the recruitment for study participants has actually ended. We are wishing you luck w/ your next steps attempting the protocol. As to specific suggestions, we’d actually say start w/ AIP as laid out & from there begin tweak w/ the help of careful food & symptom journaling to see what works best for you. If you reach 90-days of full elimination phase w/out improvements, involve a functional medicine specialist or other healthcare provider to dig deeper into testing & treatment for underlying issues that cannot be corrected w/ diet & lifestyle adjustments alone.

  • […] The eczema/psoriasis study is currently fundraising and seeking participants. Click here to learn more or apply. […]

  • Amy Holland says

    How could I find info on participating in this type of study?

    Knowing I was impacting science would make a big changing in eating a little more… motivational… 😂

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Amy! Unfortunately the study has been run already. We totally understand how motivational it would be! I recommend signing up for the waiting list for one of Angie’s SAD to AIP groups, you can find that here:

  • Krystal says

    Hi Mickey and Angie,
    Is it possible to get some researchers and clinicians to donate their time?
    I have a feeling many patients would even do an online survey/observational study for free.
    Especially, those of us who are both researchers and patients for these diseases. May be volunteer some of our time? Or get some of the Associations of the diseases to provide a grant, or even work with both of the associations together.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Krystal! We are open to partnering with doctors and researchers, and both of the head researchers on the last two studies have donated their time. This study has already been funded and run, we are just waiting on the results to be published. Stay tuned! -M

  • Alex E says

    I was recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and have mild psoriasis and am intending to attempt the AIP plan to feel better. Meds have gotten me part of the way there, but not all the way. I would LOVE to be part of this study. How do I get information on participating?

    • Angie Alt says

      Hi Alex! The study has already been completed. We’ll share the results as soon as they are published.

  • Leslie says

    Hello, I have been on an AIP program since June and I have a patch of eczema on my left wrist and a bit on my right wrist under the palm. So far the eczema has not done anything except change color. It has gone from what a friend described as a dirty looking patch to a lighter patch. The area affected is about a 2×1 area and was diagnosed by my Dr as exzema.

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