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Gut Health, Lyme Disease Are CHEO Topics

Naomi Reinich, a certified nutritional consultant and naturopathic doctor, will discuss gut health and Lyme disease at the July 15 meeting of the Complementary Health Education Organization, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. in the yoga/speaker room of Nutrition World in Chattanooga. The event will include a 15-minute meet and greet and a Q&A.

“Hippocrates believed ‘all disease begins in the gut,’ and this age-old wisdom has only recently begun to be understood,” Reinich says. “Up to 75 or 80 percent of our immune system is in our gut. Intestinal health plays a very important role in many issues, including autoimmune disease, skin issues, allergies, psychological health, hormone balance and much more.”

Reinich says she healed her own “leaky gut,” and her presentation will include recognizing the symptoms of this problem and how to heal from it. She will explain what intestinal permeability is and how it can occur, and the role of probiotics, including fermented foods, in healing.

She will also discuss the “quiet epidemic” of Lyme disease, which is controversial and often misunderstood. “Instead of 20,000 to 30,000 new cases, it was recently reported that the number is closer to 300,000 new cases a year, yet there is still much misdiagnosis and under-reporting,” she says. Her presentation will cover co-infections to Lyme and how to protect against it.

Reinich can be reached at 423-280-7458 or


CHEO meets the third Saturday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. in the building behind Nutrition World, 6201 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga. CHEO’s monthly educational programs are free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, visit

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