Dr. Tom O’Bryan

HEALCon 2024

Dr. Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DABCN, CIFM 

The Enigma of Holistic Diet Recommendations
Reduced Symptomatology, yet (unintended) Weakened
Immune System and Increased Mortality

Time:  2:00 – 3:30 pm

Date: Saturday, April 27

Speaker Bio

Dr. Tom O’Bryan is a recognized world expert on gluten and its impact on health. He is an internationally recognized and sought after speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease, and the development of Autoimmune Diseases, as they occur inside and outside of the intestines.

Dr. O’Bryan is considered the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for chronic disease and metabolic disorders. He is a clinician par excellence in treating chronic disease and metabolic disorders from a Functional Medicine Perspective.

He holds teaching Faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences. He has trained and certified tens of thousands of practitioners around the world in advanced understanding of the impact of wheat sensitivity and the development of individual autoimmune diseases.


Holistic-oriented dietary recommendations often bring quick results. But short term benefits do not equate with long-term Quality of Life.
For example, how is it possible that the higher the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, the higher the risk of failed implantation and increased miscarriages?

What? Increasing fruits and vegetables reduces fertility and increases
miscarriages? Yes. That’s an enigma. It’s difficult to understand how we would avoid this conversation with every man and woman of child-bearing age.

We know that a high-fat diet (such as Ketogenic, Paleo, Adkins,…), with all of their benefits, are diets rich in choline and L-carnitine, and can induce long-term, a decrease in cardiac function, systemic endotoxemia, and inflammation with an increase in cardiac fibrosis and cardiac remodeling. Short-term benefits do not equate with long-term thriving.

The ketogenic diet (KD) has shown significant success and gained favorable attention due to its antitumor benefits and its potential to reduce (epileptic) seizures. But it has also been shown to increase cognitive impairment, disturb hippocampal physiology, promotes higher inflammation, higher intestinal barrier dysfunction and higher bile acid dysmetabolism, leading to higher glucose dysmetabolism and hepatic steatosis. Short-term benefits do not equate with long-term thriving.

The numbers of Clients presenting with Wheat-Related Disorders (WRD) is rising exponentially. A gluten-free diet (GFD) is often the corner pin of many of our recommendations. We’ve all heard of its potential value and necessity. And how quickly people ‘feel better’ on a GFD. But numerous studies tell us mortality is increased after diagnosis of CD. Short-term benefits do not equate with long-term thriving.

The good news is with proper monitoring, these diets not only eliminate
unwanted health dangers, but can be used as the cornerstone guiding our patients into a balanced lifestyle that, enhances health, reduces inflammation and increases quality of life.