Immune Processes and Brain Health

An interview with Heather Zwickey, PhD

By Natural Medicine Journal

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This is part of the October 2016 Special Issue on Immunology. Read the full issue or download it.

Heather Zwickey, PhD, is the dean of research and graduate studies and professor of immunology at the National College of Medicine, as well as the director of the Helfgott Research Institute. In this interview with Natural Medicine Journal's Editor-in-Chief, Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, Zwickey explains how immune processes can influence brain health—including in Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and depressive disorders. She discusses nutrition, supplements, and the complicated ways gut health and immunity interact with cognitive function.


Approximate listening time: 20 minutes

About the Expert

Heather Zwickey, PhD, is dean of research and graduate studies and a professor of immunology at the National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon, as well as director of Helfgott Research Institute. Currently, she heads several pilot studies looking at the effects of botanicals, hydrotherapy, energy medicine, and diet on immunological parameters. Zwickey trained at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colorado. She received her doctorate in immunology and microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University.

About the Author

Natural Medicine Journal is an electronic peer-reviewed journal and open access website dedicated to the field of integrative medicine.