The Cortisol Awakening Response and Thymocyte Selection: an unlikely duo in reducing autoimmunity

The cortisol awakening response (CAR) naturally occurs first thing in the morning upon waking regardless of the fight/flight system. It has a huge impact on autoimmunity and those thymocytes that fail central tolerance potentially leading to an increase in circulating autoimmune T-cells if the CAR is not appropriate. Thankfully, the CAR is easily influenced by our naturopathic therapeutic order! This presentation focuses on the details of the CAR, how it impacts autoimmunity and what practitioners can immediately begin implementing on Monday morning with their patients to improve outcomes.