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!
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!