ARFID: When Food Trigger Avoidance Causes Trouble

By Erik Goldman

ARFID is defined as a severe limitation on the number, types, and quantity of foods consumed, driven by a desire to avoid triggering gastrointestinal symptom flares. Over time, it can lead to significant weight loss, and nutritional deficiency. (Image: Bethany Doerfler, RD)

People living with chronic digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel disease often figure out the hard way—by trial and error—which food groups trigger their symptom flares.

And since many go for years without competent medical and nutritional guidance, they rely on their own experience, the advice of friends, or online information to create their own elimination diets.

All too often, this means they end up avoiding so many different foods that they become seriously under-nourished.

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Diet, Inflammation, and Immunity: Modern & Traditional Perspectives

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Ayurveda–India’s 4,000-year-old system of medicine–can provide modern healthcare professions with many time-tested, lifestyle-based approaches to mitigate the burden of chronic inflammatory diseases that affect so many of our patients.

In this free webinar, the core faculty members of the Maharishi International University (MIU)–the leading US ayurvedic training center–share their experience applying ayurvedic principles for improving digestion, strengthening immunity, and balancing inflammation.

The session also serves as an introduction to MIU’s new Fellowship and Master of Science in Integrative Medicine and Ayurveda for Medical Professionals.

In this free webinar, we’ll cover:

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  • Practical Ayurvedic tips for promoting balanced digestion.


Arti Prasad, MD, FACP, ABOIM
Fellowship Director, Adjunct Professor, Maharishi International University;

Chief Strategic Development Officer, Hennepin Healthcare, MN

Charles Elder, MD, MPH, FACP,
Fellowship Executive Director, Adjunct Associate Professor,

Maharishi International University

Sankari Wegman, PhD, Fellowship Assistant Director, Assistant Professor,
Maharishi International University

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