My name is Christina L. Graves. Welcome to my blog. I am currently a doctoral student conducting research towards my doctoral degree in Immunology.
My current research focuses on the interaction between gut homeostasis, intestinal inflammation, and the development of systemic autoimmune disease. You can learn more about my professional career at www.clgraves.com.
I was diagnosed with narcolepsy in 2008, while a sophomore in college at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I attempted symptom management according to conventional treatments with little success. Out of a fundamental desperation and desire to stay awake, I immersed myself in scientific literature and connected with other persons with narcolepsy (PWN) online. Over the course of about a year, I became determined that underlying intestinal inflammation and specific food intolerances could contribute to narcolepsy symptoms and poorer patient outcomes. Over time, I have developed a plan of living and made a nearly complete recovery (~90%) from narcolepsy symptoms using a wheat-free, low carbohydrate diet and exercise. I also routinely self-experiment with other nutritional and environmental modifications in my quest to attain optimal wakefulness and health. In addition to narcolepsy, I have also been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and lichen planus.
In addition to research and writing, I enjoy Paleo/Primal cooking, playing classical guitar, and running.