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about me

Ali Le Vere, Empowered Autoimmune
my personal story

My own personal story with chronic illness and autoimmunity is what initially got me into this space.

For the first quarter century of my life, I was the perpetual patient—endlessly scoped, scanned, poked, prodded, and saddled with an ever-expanding inventory of diagnoses. I suffered from dysautonomia symptoms most of my life, but my health really deteriorated around the time I went to college. I pursued the Western medicine route I was raised to believe in...and was referred through a revolving door of reputed specialists at some of the most prestigious medical institutions, only to get worse and worse.


My intuition told me there had to be a better way. So I immersed myself in research, became my own health advocate, and began self-experimenting with different natural medicine therapies, implementing strategies in the realms of integrative, functional, and naturopathic medicine as well as nutritional therapy and restoring my connection to nature.


I began to experience tangible improvements and eventually tapered off of the symptom suppressive pharmaceutical drugs recommended by my allopathic doctors, replacing the deleterious pill-for-every-ill approach that predominates in the biomedical system with the bio-individualized, root-cause resolution paradigm embraced by what is often deemed "alternative" medicine.


Addressing my chronic symptoms through nutrition and lifestyle interventions and in particular, by identifying the functional medicine antecedents, triggers, and mediators of illness (the root causes!) led to such a metamorphosis in my own life that I became motivated to educate on a larger scale--in order to help others re-claim agency in their own health journeys and recapture the vitality we all deserve.

Instead of surrendering your power to a medical establishment often frought with gaslighting and iatrogenesis, I aspire to encourage others to reconnect to their OWN intuition, return to ancestral pillars of wellness, and to heed the wisdom embodied in the traditional medical systems that espouse connection to nature and approach health from a whole body--mind, body, spirit--perspective.


Health happens when we correct the divorce from nature that is ultimately the root of debility, dysfunction, and dis-ease.

While there IS a time and place for conventional medicine, and while we can integrate the best of both worlds, our medical system as a whole is broken and in need of a total revisioning.


There is immense power in preventative lifestyle strategies, honing our intuition about what works best for our bodies, and low risk, non-invasive, biocompatible approaches practices that can help the body re-establish harmony and homeostasis.

Though I started my page focused on autoimmunity, it's expanded far beyond that realm.


My mission is to educate others on evidence-based, empirically rooted holistic healing modalities, the power of food-as-medicine, and how basic (and often free!) foundations of wellness can move the needle toward health.

I am a proponent of the healing power of nature, a low toxic lifestyle, and the essential truth that our bodies are fundamentally powerful vessels of repair, renewal, and regeneration when we correct the evolutionary mismatch that plagues modern society. As touted by naturopathic medicine, healing is oftentimes merely matter of providing the ingredients for wellness and removing the obstacles and impediments to health.

graduate-level courses completed

  • Nutritional Biochemistry

  • Principles of Functional Medicine

  • Botanical Medicine

  • Whole Foods Nutrition and Supplementation

  • Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism

  • Evidence-Based Nutrition

  • Gastrointestinal Imbalances

  • Detoxification and Biotransformation Pathways and Imbalances

  • Immune Imbalances and Inflammation

  • Functional Medicine for Autoimmune Disease

  • Functional Medicine for Chronic Hypertension and Metabolic Syndrome

  • Oxidative and Reductive Dynamics

  • Nutritional Epidemiology and Clinical Research

  • Capstone-Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

functional medicine modules

  • Institute for Functional Medicine Advanced Practices Module – Detoxification

  • Institute for Functional Medicine Advanced Practices Module – Immune

  • Institute for Functional Medicine Advanced Practices Module – Hormones

  • Institute for Functional Medicine Advanced Practices Module – Gastrointestinal

  • Institute for Functional Medicine Advanced Practices Module – Energy

  • Institute for Functional Medicine Advanced Practices Module – Cardiometabolic

collegiate-level courses completed

  • Gross Anatomy and Structural Biology

  • Cellular and Molecular biology and lab

  • Organismal Biology and lab

  • Microbiology and lab

  • Eukaryotic Cell Biology

  • Prokaryotic Cell Physiology

  • Immunology

  • Pharmacology

  • Fundamental Genetics

  • Physics I and II with labs

  • Statistics for Scientists

  • Inorganic Chemistry I and II with labs

  • Organic Chemistry I and II with labs

  • Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I and II

  • Advanced Human Physiology I and II

  • Advanced Calculus I and II

  • Human Health and Global Environmental Change

  • Brain and Behavior

  • Cognitive Psychology

  • Personality Psychology

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Abnormal Psychology

  • Health Psychology

  • Social Psychology

  • The Psychology of Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination

  • Cross-Cultural Psychology

  • Culture, Health, and Illness

  • Sociocultural Anthropology

  • Medical Anthropology

  • The History of Medicine

  • The History of Sexuality

  • Topics in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science

  • Certificate of Achievement, EdX, Harvard University: Human Health and Global Environmental Chang

  • Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction, Coursera, Wesleyan University: Social Psychology

  • Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction, Coursera, University of Copenhagen: An Introduction to Global Health

  • Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction, Coursera, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: A Brief History of Humankind

+ many others!

honors, distinctions & degrees
  • Honors College graduate - admission reserved for top 5% of class and entails completion of 10 advanced Honors courses or honors-caliber study projects in addition to standard curricular requirements

  • Graduate of Lyman Briggs College, specialized rigorous humanities-science college within the university

  • Four year Dean's List recipient

  • Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, High Honors

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, with High Honor (top 6% of class)

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with High Honor (top 6% of class)

  • Interdisciplinary Minor in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society 

  • Interdisciplinary Minor in Health Promotion

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