Autoimmune disease, which turns people’s own immune systems against their bodies, affects 23.5 million Americans, 78 percent of which are women, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Autoimmune diseases, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease, are the third most common category of disease in the United States after cancer and heart disease, and are among the leading causes of death and disability in girls and women 65 years of age and younger.
From 10 to 11 a.m. and from 12 to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, Annette Schippel, DC, will lead a two-part presentation on “Going Beyond the Diagnosis: Women and Autoimmune Disease” as part of the ACA Women’s Council Women’s Health Symposium at Logan University. Dr. Schippel’s presentation will examine the factors that put women at risk for autoimmune disease and explore ways to prevent, treat, and possibly even cure these diseases.
“Women’s health challenges are not being met by traditional medicine, at least not in a way that provides real solutions,” Dr. Schippel said. “Most of the time, their health challenges are met with symptom relief, which can be helpful in the short term, but does not make the problem go away. We have to look at why a woman has a health complication, not just what health complication she has.”
Dr. Schippel earned her Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan University in 1998. She currently manages a large family practice in Springfield, Illinois, focusing on functional nutrition and phytotherapy that draws patients from all over the world.
Her passion for and expertise in functional medicine has not only contributed to the success of her practice, but has also allowed her to become a respected educator and speaker. Dr. Schippel has traveled the world teaching thousands of practitioners about functional endocrinology, written numerous manuals on the subject, and been a guest speaker at national and international conferences.
Logan University’s Department of Postgraduate Education is proud to host the first ever ACA Women’s Council Women’s Health Symposium.To learn more and register, please visit logan.edu/healthsymposium.