Ep. 28 - The Connection Between Environment and Autoimmunity



Episode 28

The latest figures show that autoimmune diseases globally cost $149 billion to the economy – which is a huge problem for our society. Autoimmune diseases are growing at a rate of around 3-12% a year and studies have now proven that genetics play a much smaller role than we may have initially thought.

In this episode, Nicole discusses the increasing rate of autoimmune diseases, exploring the environmental factors that can trigger these diseases, including chemical compounds, various infections and also the role that diet and nutrition plays. Tune in to find out how we can take control of the environmental factors to prevent autoimmune diseases and enhance our longevity.

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Episode Timestamps


Understanding autoimmunity and its global impact


Role of genetics and environment in autoimmunity


How environmental factors contribute to autoimmunity


The role of infections in autoimmune diseases


Impact of diet and nutrition on autoimmune diseases


Taking control: altering our environment to improve health

“We have rapidly growing rates of autoimmune conditions that are heavily linked, not to genetics, but to our environment. The positive news with this is that we can alter our environment.”


Essential learnings from this episode…

Chemical compounds and how they can impact our bodies

10% of the global population now have a diagnosed autoimmune condition

Genetics now play a smaller role in autoimmune diseases than initially thought

What changes we can be making to prevent autoimmunity

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Hey there, I´m Nicole


Functional Medicine Practitioner
Registered Nutritional Therapist BANT CNHC
Registered Nutritionist BANT
Podcast Host – The Goode Health Podcast
Media Contributor – Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Thrive Global
Tatler Approved Nutritionist
Founder of The Goode Health Clinic – WINNER Best Functional Medicine Clinic UK 2023 

Nicole is one of the UK’s leading voices on immune health and optimal health, a specialist in autoimmune diseases, further specialised into thyroid, brain and fatigue conditions and optimising health for ambitious high achiever’s. Providing bespoke, personalised functional medicine programmes for clients worldwide.

Nicole has partnerships with worldwide global leaders in functional medicine including practitioner only supplement companies, testing laboratories (inc. from USA), to assess health, discover underlying imbalances and root causes of sub optimal health. In doing so Nicole works with clients on their own personal health history, root causes and genetics to achieve long lasting, effective results, providing optimal health status.