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Julie Greenberg, ND, RH(AHG), MBA - Addressing the Root Cause of Psoriasis: the Gut Microbiome (1 General CE Credit)

2023 Thaena Microbiome Symposium - The Rise of Oxidative Stress + Chronic Inflammation: An Ecosystem Approach.


Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease which affects over 125 million people worldwide. Psoriasis is much more than just a skin disease: it is a systemic inflammatory disease that puts people at increased risk for several comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, depression, cancer, and increased mortality. While the pathophysiology of psoriasis is complicated, it is well understood that an overactive Th17 cell response lies at the heart of the disease. Most conventional psoriasis medications focus on immune system suppression. But there is abundant evidence that a large part of the underlying root cause of psoriasis stems from gut microbiome dysfunction which drives an elevated systemic immune response. This presentation will present the latest published research on the gut-skin connection in psoriasis, as well as training on how to use functional medicine tests like stool tests and organic acid tests (OATs) to treat the root cause of psoriasis. Evidence-based research on which botanicals and supplements have clinically proven results for treating psoriasis will also be reviewed. Case studies with before and after photos will be presented showing how addressing the gut microbiome can lead to clearance of all types of psoriasis. This session will provide attendees with the tools they need to run these functional medicine labs and treat even the toughest psoriasis cases. 



  1. Understand the scope of Psoriasis:  Learn that psoriasis is not solely a skin condition but a systemic inflammatory disease associated with various comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, depression, and cancer.
  2. Explore the Gut-Skin Connection:  Discover the role of gut microbiome dysfunction in © 2022 American Association of Naturopathic Physicians All Rights Reserved 13 driving an elevated systemic immune response in psoriasis, and understand the link between gut health and the disease.
  3. Learn Functional Medicine Approaches:  Gain insights into using functional medicine tests like stool tests and organic acid tests (OATs) to identify and address the root cause of psoriasis, as well as exploring evidence-based botanicals and supplements for effective treatment.



Dr. Julie Greenberg is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Registered Herbalist RH(AHG) who specializes in integrative dermatology. She is the founder of The Center for Integrative & Naturopathic Dermatology Inc, a holistic clinic that approaches skin and hair problems by finding and treating the root cause. She is also the founder of, a medical education website that trains functional medicine practitioners on how to treat dermatological conditions using her cutting-edge approach. Dr. Greenberg holds degrees from Northwestern University (BA), Stanford University (MBA) and Bastyr University (ND). Her research on the gut microbiome of acne patients has been published and presented at multiple conferences. She teaches dermatology classes at naturopathic medical schools and is a highly sought after speaker at conferences across the U.S. 



1 General CE Credit - American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)

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