Course Overview

Trauma, Autoimmunity, and Novel Solutions

Examine the intricate link between adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and autoimmune diseases, exploring novel solutions such as holotropic breathwork, meditation, low-dose naltrexone, natural immunomodulators, and psychedelic medicine for inducing a healing state of consciousness.
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2023 Annual Conference

October 6-8, 2023

Required Lessons

1 lesson with video, quiz, and evaluation

Time to Complete

52 minutes

CME Eligible*

.75 credit(s)

Detailed Course Info

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Course Description
Learning Objectives

Course Description

Adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and toxic stress can rewire the network of the body leading to psychological dysregulation, hormone disruption, and autoimmune diseases. While it’s true that not all people with autoimmunity have a significant history of trauma, many do. Then they struggle because the average person with autoimmune disease sees four doctors over three years before receiving a correct diagnosis. That’s a long time to suffer without clarity. Autoimmunity is the root cause of one hundred chronic illnesses experienced by men and women alike, though women suffer at disproportionately higher rates. In this talk, we will explore the connection between trauma and autoimmunity in a case-based approach. Novel solutions will be reviewed, including holotropic breathwork and meditation, low-dose naltrexone, natural immunomodulators and psychedelic medicine to induce a healing state of consciousness. 


Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All other healthcare professionals completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. 
To successfully earn credit, participants must review the content, complete a quiz with a score of 75% or higher, and submit an evaluation. This course is CME-eligible ending on October 5, 2024. After this date, you will continue to have access to your purchased content, however you will no longer be able to claim CME credits for your participation in the course.

California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241, which require CME activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency & implicit bias. It is the intent of AB 1195 and AB 241 to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population and reduce health disparities through appropriate professional development. Please see the CME website,, for AB 1195 and AB 241 resources.
For questions about CME credit, please contact us at The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.
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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
  • Understand the root causes and network dysregulations of autoimmunity.
  • Define the mechanism of action and evidence supporting natural immunomodulators, such as polyphenols, antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, DHEA, low-dose naltrexone, and mushrooms.
  • Review the indications for use of healing states of consciousness including psychedelic medicines.

What's included in this course?

This course includes the following:
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  • Video Recording
  • Downloadable Audio
  • Speaker Handout(s)
  • Quiz
  • Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion
  • CME/CEUs

Course Outline

Meet Your Faculty

Sara Gottfried, MD

Sara Gottfried, MD is a physician, researcher, and educator. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and MIT, and completed residency at UCSF, but is more likely to prescribe a CGM and personalized nutrition plan than the latest pharmaceutical. Dr. Gottfried is a global keynote speaker and the author of four New York Times bestselling books about trauma, hormones, and health. She is Clinical Assistant Professor in Dept. of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University, and Director of Precision Medicine at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health. Her focus is at the interface of mental and physical health, N-of-1 trial design, personalized molecular profiling, use of wearables, and how to leverage these tools to improve health outcomes.


No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.