Datis Kharrazian, Phd, DC
Clinical Research Scientist
Presentation: Breast Implants as a Potential Trigger for Autoimmunity
Loss of immune tolerance is an important consideration when it comes to implants in the body, including breast implants. Environmental toxins, modern diets, high stress levels, hidden and chronic infections, and other factors can cause the immune system to become hyper zealous to the environment around it, foods, and the body tissue it was designed to protect. Many people unknowingly already have immune function that is near the tipping point of loss of immune tolerance. Breast implants, and especially breast implants that develop leaks or mold, can push someone over that line into loss of immune tolerance and ever worsening chronic health symptoms and systemic inflammation. In this talk, Dr. Kharrazian explains the mechanisms of loss of immune tolerance and strategies for recovery.
Datis Kharrazian, PhD, DHSc, DC, MS, MMSc, FACN is a Harvard Medical School trained and award-winning clinical research scientist, academic professor, and world-renowned functional medicine health care provider. He develops evidence-based models to treat autoimmune, neurological, and unidentified chronic diseases with non-pharmaceutical applications. His clinical models of evidence-based medicine are used by several academic institutions and thousands of health care providers throughout the world. Dr. Kharrazian is an Associate Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
As a researcher, Dr. Kharrazian earned a PhD degree in Health Science with concentrations in immunology and toxicology and a Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) degree from the Department of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. He completed his post-doctoral research training as a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and worked as a researcher at the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, where his research focus was in autoimmunity and neuroimmunology. Dr. Kharrazian also earned a Master of Medical Science degree (MMSc) in Clinical Investigation from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kharrazian is an active member of the Harvard Medical Alumni Association and the American Association of Immunologists.
As a health care provider, Dr. Kharrazian earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. He has completed board certifications in nutrition and neurological rehabilitation. Dr. Kharrazian’s clinical expertise is in developing personalized lifestyle medicine approaches to autoimmunity and neurological disorders.
Dr. Kharrazian is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a Diplomate of the Board of Nutrition Specialists, a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, and a member of the American Society for Nutrition.
He has published scientific papers in the fields of nutrition, neurology, autoimmunity, and toxicology. He is currently conducting research in autoimmune molecular mimicry and environmentally induced immune reactivity. He is on the scientific editorial board for the Journal of Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation and Ergonomics and Alternative Medicine Therapies in Health and Medicine.
Dr. Kharrazian has received many awards for his work as a researcher, clinician, and educator. The American College of Nutrition honored Dr. Kharrazian with the Alexander and Mildred Seelig Award, which recognizes highly esteemed scientists for their outstanding contributions to the scientific field of nutrition. He has been a two-time recipient of the Researcher of the Year award by the International Association of Functional Neurology for his breakthrough research on neurological autoimmunity. He received an Award of Recognition by the Institute for Clinical Ergonomics and Applied Neuroscience for his outstanding contributions as an educator in the field of neurological therapeutics. He was also the recipient of the Clinical Trailblazer Award by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation for his contributions in evolving clinical therapeutic strategies used to treat patients suffering from neurological diseases.
Dr. Kharrazian was an adjunct professor at Bastyr University, where he taught neuroscience and human brain dissection for several years. He also serves as an adjunct professor at National University of Health Sciences, where he has developed several post-graduate programs in neurological disease diagnosis and clinical management. He has developed a Neuroendocrine-Immune Series and a Mastering Brain Chemistry course that has been that has been approved for postgraduate education by the University of Bridgeport.
As a medical educator, Dr. Kharrazian has developed many post-graduate courses in blood chemistry analysis, hormone and endocrine management, complex immunology testing, gastrointestinal management, and various topics in functional medicine. Dr. Kharrazian has trained a team of educators to teach his clinical models in managing chronic disease throughout the United States. Dr. Kharrazian’s clinical approaches are taught at more than 200 locations annually.
Due to the growing demand from healthcare professionals to learn Dr. Kharrazian’s clinical models to manage chronic diseases directly from him, he developed the Kharrazian Institute. The courses at the Kharrazian Institute are attended by a worldwide audience of more than a thousand physicians and healthcare providers.
In 2010, Dr. Kharrazian’s book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests are Normal?, completely changed the paradigm of how thyroid disorders are managed. He was the first author to describe how thyroid dysfunction treatment needs to emphasize an autoimmune approach. His book became an international bestseller and led to the development of the largest Facebook Hashimoto’s community (Hashimoto’s 411), which supports thyroid patients from around the world.
Dr. Kharrazian is the author of the best-selling book, Why Isn’t My Brain Working? a well-reviewed and an exhaustively referenced book that illustrates Dr. Kharrazian’s model for supporting the brain. Based on the inability to meet the overwhelming demands for patient appointment requests, Dr. Kharrazian also created an online course called, Save Your Brain: The Six Week Brain Rescue Plan, to provide a resource for many patients that needed guidance in finding ways to support their brain.
He also created the online course The 3D Immune Tolerance Program: Build a More Resilient, Less Reactive Immune System. This course was developed to help people suffering from multiple food sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, and autoimmunity.
Dr. Kharrazian has been a consultant to the nutrition industry and has formulated more than one-hundred products that are used by thousands of healthcare professionals. He also serves as a consultant to immunological laboratories, providing expert clinical opinions in the development of complex immunology profiles.
Dr. Kharrazian has a private practice in San Diego, California. He consults with patients from all over the world who are seeking non-pharmaceutical applications. His practice is focused on developing a personalized medical approach using diet, nutrition, and lifestyle approaches. Most of Dr. Kharrazian’s patients are referrals from other health care providers who require his unique skills in dissecting the patient’s case and implementing personalized strategic approaches.