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Phoenix Helix: Autoimmune Health
70 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Episode 176: Navigating Uncertainty with Dr. Damon Silas
We all know that life is uncertain and many things are beyond our control, but that doesn't mean we like it. The flare-based nature of autoimmune disease embodies uncertainty. When will the next flare come? Can it be prevented? How can I love my body when it's so unpredictable? That's health uncertainty, but there are other types of uncertainty as well – economic, political, societal. During the pandemic, we've been faced with all of these things at once. Now, it's 2021, and there's a new type of uncertainty as we approach the world opening up again. How do we balance enjoying new freedoms while continuing to make safe decisions? How do we move forward in an uncertain world? My guest is Dr. Damon Silas, a psychologist who specializes in anxiety, grief and trauma. He'll be sharing techniques for staying grounded when the world around us shifts.
56 minutes | May 14, 2021
Episode 174: Health Benefits of Nature with Dr. Austin Perlmutter
Have you ever been under a huge amount of stress and then stepped outside for a minute, and almost immediately felt your heart rate slow down, your breath deepen, and your mind start to calm? If you answered yes, you're not alone. There is a growing body of research into nature's impact on the human body. One of the problems of modern life is that it's possible to spend our entire day and night indoors, with no exposure to nature at all. What are the benefits of nature? Can regular time in nature improve our autoimmune health? If we live in the city, can we still access those benefits? What about people who are homebound? We'll be discussing all possibilities in today's episode. My guest is Dr. Austin Perlmutter, an internal medicine physician with a passion for holistic health. He's also the co-author of the bestselling book, Brain Wash.
62 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Episode 173: Cardiac Risk and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Millie Lee
Research shows that people with autoimmune disease have a higher risk of developing heart disease than the general population, and heart disease is already the number one killer worldwide. What's the cause of this connection? How can we minimize the risk? And if we already have cardiac problems, are they reversible? These are the questions we'll be answering in today's podcast. My guest is Dr. Millie Lee, an Integrative Cardiologist who believes preventing and reversing heart disease is possible. She's also the author of the book, Your Heart Is In Your Hands.
53 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Episode 172: Stool Testing with Dr. Lucy Mailing
Stool testing is one of the first tests run by functional medicine practitioners, because gut health and autoimmune health are intimately connected. However, not all tests are the same. What are the different types? Which are the most accurate? What can and can't they tell us? What are some stool testing myths? And how can they help us on our health journeys? We answer these questions in today's podcast. My guest is Dr. Lucy Mailing, a research scientist specializing in gut health, the microbiome, and nutrition science.
64 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Episode 171: The Art of Letting Go with Courtney Carver
Releasing a burden we've been carrying too long can lighten both body and soul. Yet this can be one of the hardest things to do, even when we want to do it. Why is letting go so hard? Are there things we can do to make it easier? In this episode, we talk about fostering a letting go mindset, goals for letting go, techniques for doing that successfully, and knowing when NOT to let go. My guest is Courtney Carver, the woman behind the website Be More with Less and the author of the book Soulful Simplicity. She's one of the leading voices in the minimalist community, but today we're not talking about letting go of material things. Courtney has a lot of wisdom to share about letting go in general.
73 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Episode 170: Gut Health Superfoods with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne
Gut health and autoimmune health are intimately connected. So, focusing on foods that promote gut health makes sense. What qualifies as a gut health superfood? How can we incorporate more of these foods into our diet? Can a healthy food for one person be unhealthy for someone else? How do we determine the best "superfoods" for us? My guest is Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, bestselling author and leader in the paleo autoimmune community. She's spent the last six years deeply researching gut health and shares her findings with us today.
58 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Episode 169: Primal Play with Darryl Edwards
There are health benefits to play and health benefits to exercise, and there's a special power in the combination. Children know this naturally, but adults rarely combine the two. How can we incorporate more playful movement into our lives? With autoimmune disease, a playful spirit can be hard to feel sometimes, and when we're in pain, movement may feel impossible. Yet play and movement are still available even in those moments. It even has the potential to reduce pain and autoimmune symptoms. My guest is Darryl Edwards, an expert in this area and founder of the Primal Play method.
60 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Episode 168: Oxalates, Sulfur, and Salicylate Sensitivities with Heidi Turner, RD
In this podcast episode, we learn about some food sensitivities beyond the paleo autoimmune protocol: oxalates, sulfur, and salicylates. How common are these sensitivities? How do you know if you have them? And how are they treated? This is a tricky conversation, because orthorexia and food fear are common in our community. I don't want to encourage anyone to restrict their diet unnecessarily. However, for some people, one of these sensitivities might be a missing puzzle piece to their health. My guest is Heidi Turner, an integrative dietitian trained in both western and naturopathic nutrition. She has 15 years experience working with people with autoimmune disease. She excels at helping people identify food sensitivities, treat root causes, and expand their diets again.
54 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Episode 167: Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail with Dr. Shainna Ali
With autoimmune disease, habits have a big impact on our health, yet 80% of New Year's resolutions fail. Why is this so? Should we give up? Or are there things we can do to make us more likely to succeed, whether we make a resolution on January 1st or any other day of the year? That's the topic of our podcast today. My guest is Dr. Shainna Ali, a mental health counselor, educator, and advocate. She's an expert at helping people make positive changes in their lives, and be compassionate with themselves while they do it.
55 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Episode 166: Autoimmunity 101 with Dr. Douglas Pucci
Most people listening to this podcast have autoimmune disease, but it can be confusing to understand what exactly is happening within our bodies. That changes today! In this episode, we take a deep dive into the immune system. How does a healthy immune system work? What changes with autoimmune disease? How do diet and lifestyle choices calm down (or ramp up) the autoimmune response? My guest is Dr. Douglas Pucci, a functional medicine doctor with over 30 years clinical experience. He has a gift for describing medical information in a way that's easy to understand.
79 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
Episode 165: Healing Stories 8
If you’re a regular listener of my podcast, you know that I often start my shows with personal stories, where my guests share their health journeys from rock bottom to reclaiming a vital life. But at a least once a year, I dedicate an episode to back-to-back healing stories, and I make an effort to speak to people with different autoimmune diagnoses each time. In this episode, we talk about Ulcerative Colitis, Multiple Sclerosis, CRMO, Graves' Disease, and also Autoimmunity in general. And if you want to hear the prior Healing Stories podcasts, check out episodes 1, 14, 30, 43, 61, 87, 113, and 139. Let’s inspire each other!
73 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
Episode 164: Best Of – AIP FAQ
This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! One of my goals is to make the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol as simple to follow as possible. In this episode, I dedicate an entire podcast to the most frequently asked questions I've received: Will the AIP work for my diagnosis? Is it helpful if you don't have autoimmune disease? Does it replace medication? How does it differ from the Wahls Protocol? Why can't I just do an allergy test? Can you do the AIP as a vegetarian? Why isn't coffee allowed? Can you have sugar on the AIP? I'm constantly hungry - what do I do? Tune in to get answers to these questions, and many more.
63 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Episode 163: Best Of – DNRS with Annie Hopper
This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! If you're experiencing symptoms without a diagnosis, or symptoms that remain in spite of all the interventions you’ve tried, this episode is for you. DNRS is a therapy based on neuroplasticity. With chronic illness, symptoms can actually become wired into our brains, even when the triggers for those symptoms are removed. DNRS is a therapy done at home, that rewires the brain (and body) for health. What types of conditions have been helped? Post-COVID syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, multiple chemical sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome, mold toxicity, chronic inflammatory response syndrome, mast cell activation, food sensitivities, chronic pain, mental health issues, and more. In this podcast, I speak with Annie Hopper, the creator of DNRS. She explains what this program is and how it works.
55 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Episode 162: AIP Celebrations
One of the joys of living is celebrating special occasions with those we love, and food often ends up being a central part of that celebration. What happens when your diet has changed and you're no longer eating traditional celebration foods? The answer isn't to give up on celebrations. Life is meant to be enjoyed! It just takes a little creativity to adapt the food piece in a way that's delicious, special, and supports your healing at the same time. In this episode, two AIP experts share their favorite ways to do that. We'll be talking about year-round holidays, birthdays, and parties in general. Whether it's an anniversary, a graduation, or a retirement celebration, you can serve AIP food so delicious everyone will enjoy it!
55 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
Episode 161: Perfectionism with Dr. Judy Tsafrir
Often, perfectionism is seen as a positive trait. What's wrong with striving for excellence? Nothing, but there's a difference between healthy striving and perfectionism. Healthy striving is a self-compassionate mindset that allows for mistakes, learns from them, sets challenging but achievable goals, and adapts as needed. Perfectionism fears failure, despises mistakes, sets unattainable goals, and feels shame and self-judgement when those impossible goals aren't met. When you apply perfectionism to autoimmune disease, your diagnosis may feel like your fault, and every flare may feel like a failure. You may believe that if you just lived your life perfectly, you could cure yourself. I am a recovering perfectionist, so I have felt all of these things. Don't judge yourself if you have felt this way, too. In this podcast, we explore the connection between autoimmune disease and perfectionism. My guest is Dr. Judy Tsafrir, a holistic psychiatrist who approaches mental health from a functional medicine perspective. She strives to treat root causes in her practice, rather than just symptoms.
64 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
Episode 160: Insomnia & CBT-I with Dr. Jade Wu
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia is more effective than sleeping pills, and doesn't come with side effects. How compelling is that? We talk a lot about the importance of sleep on this podcast. Lack of sleep can lead to autoimmune flares, which in turn can interfere with sleep, creating a vicious cycle. This happens to everyone once in a while, and there are some basic interventions we can do to support our ability to sleep well. But what if you've tried all the basics, and nothing seems to work? That's called chronic insomnia, and that's the focus of our podcast today. CBT-I is specifically designed to help you overcome chronic insomnia. My guest is Dr. Jade Wu, a clinical psychologist and behavioral sleep medicine researcher. The focus of her research is treating sleep disorders in people with chronic illness.
64 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
Episode 159: Graves’ Disease with Dr. Abbi Lulsegged
Most of my podcast episodes focus on autoimmune health in general, with information that can help all of us regardless of diagnosis. But I also enjoy doing occasional diagnosis spotlights. This is where we take a detailed look at one particular autoimmune disease. Today, we’re focusing on Graves' Disease. When it comes to thyroid autoimmune disorders, we hear a lot more about Hashimoto's in the paleo autoimmune community. Yet Graves' Disease is also one of the top five autoimmune diagnoses. It affects millions of people around the world. My guest is Dr. Abbi Lulsegged, a functional endocrinologist practicing in London, UK with over 25 years of clinical experience. He believes strongly in investigating the root causes of a patient's problems and treating people holistically.
61 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
Episode 158: Inflammation with Dr. Will Cole
Inflammation is a natural part of being human - in fact, it can save our lives, but when it gets out of control, it can also cause damage. People with autoimmune disease know that very well. Every time we have an autoimmune flare, inflammation is part of that process. The higher the inflammation, the worse the flare. Not only that, but chronic inflammation is both a symptom of autoimmune disease and a root cause. How do we interrupt that cycle? How do we manage acute inflammation in the moment, and reduce chronic inflammation long-term? My guest for this podcast is Dr. Will Cole, a leading functional medicine expert and author of the book, The Inflammation Spectrum. He specializes in identifying and treating the root causes of chronic illness.
56 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
Episode 157: The Healing Power of Journaling with Olwen Wilson
In the research, they call it expressive writing or art therapy. At home, we call it journaling. This simple practice is an amazing stress management and self-awareness tool. It helps release emotions that are difficult to let go, gain clarity to make difficult decisions, uncover hidden parts of yourself, express gratitude, discover playfulness, and simply honor and accept where you are in the moment. You don't have to be a writer or an artist to keep a journal and gain these benefits. In this podcast, we'll be focusing on using creative journals for autoimmune health. My guest is Olwen Wilson, a woman with autoimmune disease herself who also teaches the art of journaling.
63 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
Episode 156: Cultural Foods and the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol
We all come from cultural backgrounds where food is part of our family heritage. Did you grieve lost food traditions when you went paleo or AIP? Did you find AIP versions that came close? Or did you find new ways to celebrate those traditions? These are the questions I'm asking my guests today.
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