Parasites: Friend AND Foe

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Parasites: Friend and Foe

Mike Ash has spent the last two decades deeply immersed in the ever-changing landscape of integrative immunology. He has amassed an impressive reading, writing and publishing repertoire in his career and yet he applies his knowledge in a wholistic and considered way both through clinical practice and in educational capacities to his peers.

Today on FX Medicine Mike speaks to Andrew about the pathological and positive immunological paradigms of parasitic infection and parasite therapy. This emerging area of immunology has some fascinating possibilities for the future of medicine.

Michael Ash received his training in osteopathy and naturopathy at the College of Osteopaths in London, UK. For 25 years, he was the founder and principal clinician at the Eldon Health Clinic; one of the largest integrated medicine clinics in the south west of England where he employed the principles and practises of functional medicine from 1991 until he sold the practice in 2007.

Mr Ash remains in private practice, offering specialist care for patients with complex mucosal-immune related conditions that require functional medicine planning to resolve their health needs. He also lectures internationally and is an adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a USA-based educational group using education, research and collaboration to train clinicians in the strategic objective of managing and reversing chronic illness. Experienced in managing the needs of thousands of patients, he is able to convert complex mechanisms and immunology into real life experiences and strategies that ensure you will be better equipped to manage the needs of your clients and patients. Mr Ash has written hundreds of articles for mainstream, peer reviewed and technical journals. In addition, he has written chapters for textbooks, presented at many conferences over five continents and taught thousands of clinicians how to mediate and resolve mucosal-immune driven dysfunctions with an emphasis on the interconnectedness of energy systems and the role of ‘hormesis’ and mitochondrial fitness.

Mr Ash remains involved in research and development in the food and supplement industries and sits on a number of consultancy panels as well as lending his time to research projects. He contributes to the education of students undertaking MSc training in nutritional medicine and promotes and organises conferences for the Institute for Functional Medicine in the UK and EU.

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