Terri McDowell

Occupational Therapist , Integrative Nutritionist and Gut Health Coach

 Presentation Summary:

Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease

"Leaky gut" is a condition that many people are beginning to hear more about and is sometimes called intestinal permeability.  Autoimmune disorders are now affecting one out of seven Americans and include conditions such as arthritis, thyroid diseases, skin conditions like psoriasis, and degenerative neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and many, many more. But did you know that these conditions are very closely connected?


This lecture focuses on how autoimmune diseases can be reversed by healing our gut, eliminating specific foods from our diets and limiting our exposure to certain environmental toxins. Many are surprised to learn that their gut health needs to be repaired even when there is an absence of “obvious” gut symptoms. This lecture highlights the upstream thinking of Functional Medicine, focusing on root causes and lifestyle changes that help support the body’s ability to heal itself.


Terri McDowell is a Licensed Occupational Therapist and Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach. She is passionate about helping people get healthy and stay healthy and combines her medical background with Health Coaching strategies. Her company, Elemental Health, was developed to help you address illness by focusing on root causes so you can return to your best wellness and happiness. Additionally she has studied at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and many herbal medicine conferences.


She loves lecturing, teaching cooking classes, 1:1 counseling and creating specific programs for your group's individual needs. For more information please go to www.ElementalHealth.info.


Terri participates in organizations for animal welfare and spiritual awareness. She leads the RVA Joseph Campbell Meet-up group and co-leads the Richmond Body Mind Spirit meet-up group here in Richmond. Terri loves travel, nature, cooking, creating and is passionate about the health of our environment, kindness to animals and each other.