Episode 54: Thyroid Health with Elle Russ

Episode 54 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Thyroid Health with Elle Russ

Why Is the Thyroid So Important?

A small butterfly-shaped gland located at the front our neck, the thyroid regulates the metabolism of every organ and cell in our body. That’s why there’s such a long and varied list of symptoms that can indicate a thyroid problem. Hashimoto’s and Graves disease are autoimmune diseases which attack the thyroid, but thyroid issues are on the rise from other causes as well. In today’s show, I speak with expert Elle Russ, author of The Paleo Thyroid Solution. We discuss why thyroid problems are becoming commonplace, how to test your thyroid function, what avenues are available for treatment, and the importance of self-advocacy.

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Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #137

Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #137 | Phoenix Helix

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl

Welcome to the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable!

If you’re not familiar with the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP), check out my series of articles. In a nutshell, it’s an elimination diet, designed to help people with autoimmune disease identify food intolerances. When you’re on the protocol, it can be hard to find recipes, because so many food groups are excluded. This recipe roundtable is here to help! Continue reading

Is DNA Testing Worthwhile?

Is DNA Testing Worthwhile? | Phoenix Helix

“Knowledge is proud that he has learn’d so much.
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.”
~ William Cowper

The Price vs. the True Cost

For $199, you can get your genome sequenced by 23andMe, and for just a little more money, you can get it computer-analyzed. The question is – when is this a good idea, and when is ignorance bliss? Continue reading

Episode 53: The Food as Medicine Documentary

Episode 53 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: The Food As Medicine Documentary

Using the Power of Film to Change the Definition of Medicine

Each and every one of us in the healing diet community is part of a grassroots movement, changing the way we treat chronic illness. When we see the connection between the choices we make and how we feel, we’re no longer victims to our illness but rather partners in our healing. This documentary is sharing this information with the masses.

Lenore and Mark Eklund both have careers in film and actually met working at FOX animation. When Lenore found that her Crohn’s disease medication made her feel worse instead of better, her husband encouraged her to try the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). The results were so dramatic that it inspired this film. However, the documentary isn’t about her personal journey. Instead, it follows the lives of three people just beginning to embark on a healing diet. One tries the paleo autoimmune protocol, one tries SCD, and another tries 80/20 paleo. We see the dramatic positive impact these dietary changes have, but also the great challenges they face as they try to eat healthily in today’s food culture. As we all know, it’s not easy.

Mark and Lenore Eklund, Producer and Director

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Episode 52: Heart Health with Dr. Jack Wolfson

Episode 52 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Heart Health with Dr. Jack Wolfson

Q&A with a Paleo Cardiologist

While my podcast usually focuses on autoimmune disease, I frequently get questions from people new to the paleo lifestyle, who are concerned about the effect of the paleo diet on their heart health. We’ve been taught in our lifetimes to fear fat, cholesterol and red meat, all of which are part of the paleo diet. And if we’re not afraid of these foods ourselves, our families often are. So, I thought it would be great to have an expert on the show to separate fact from fiction.

Dr. Jack Wolfson is a cardiologist who follow the paleo diet and lifestyle himself, and recommends it to his patients. He’s also the author of the book, The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health.

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Simple Guide to the AIP Audiobook Celebration Giveaway!

Simple Guide to the AIP Audiobook Celebration Giveaway! | Phoenix Helix

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared.”
~ Audre Lorde

Update ~ the Giveaway has Ended

The winners were chosen with a random number generator on 8/27/2016. Congratulations to Tonya, Amanda, Janice, Anne and Lorraine! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. You can buy a copy of the audiobook through Amazon.com, Audible.com or iTunes. 

Why An Audiobook?

It was actually my husband‘s idea. He mentioned that audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the book market. As a life-long reader, I was surprised at first, but then I thought about it a little more. The truth is – life’s busy, and multi-tasking is one of the ways we handle it. Sitting down with a book takes dedicated time, but we can listen to audiobooks while we run errands, clean the house, commute to work, chauffeur the kids, take the dog for a walk, prepare dinner….the list goes on. This is one of the reasons I love podcasts, and being a podcast host also inspired this audiobook. I like having conversations with this community, and I actually wrote my book like a conversation between friends. Why not actually record that conversation? Continue reading

Episode 51: Marriage and Autoimmune Disease

Episode 51 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Marriage and Autoimmune Disease

For Better or For Worse

Autoimmune disease doesn’t exist in a bubble. Its onset changes our own lives dramatically, but it also impacts our relationships. In this episode, I interview three spouses of people with autoimmune disease, including my own husband Tom. We talk about what it’s like to be married to someone with chronic illness, how they try to support the person they love, and how they also make sure they don’t get lost in the equation.

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50+ Paleo AIP Spiralizer Recipes

50+ Paleo AIP Spiralizer Recipes | Phoenix Helix

“For me, it’s the unexpected and surprising combinations of produce that are the most exciting and lure me into the kitchen for a little bit of experimenting.” ~ Marlo Thomas

Zoodle Love

I was paleo for a couple of years before finally buying myself a spiralizer, and I don’t know why I waited so long! It simply makes meals fun. It’s a great way to get kids to eat their veggies, and adults are always impressed with a spiralized presentation – like the meal just went “gourmet.”  Above all, vegetable noodles are more nutritious and delicious than their bland store-bought counterparts. I don’t miss traditional pasta at all! Continue reading

Episode 50: Can Hypnotherapy Treat Autoimmune Symptoms? With Kerry Jeffery

Episode 50 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Can Hypnotherapy Treat Autoimmune Symptoms? With Kerry Jeffery

What is Hypnotherapy?

Many of us have misconceptions based on television or stage performances of hypnosis. Real-life hypnotherapy is very different. It isn’t mind control. You are always aware and in control of your behavior. Rather, it’s a therapeutic technique that uses the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behavior. It has potential to help both psychological and physiological problems: everything from anxiety to addiction, from irritable bowel syndrome to chronic pain.

Today, we talk about its application to life with autoimmune disease, and how it might be an effective tool to help us manage our stress and even alleviate chronic symptoms. My guest is clinical hypnotherapist, Kerry Jeffery. She has autoimmune disease herself and uses hypnotherapy in her own healing journey. She also works with people professionally worldwide.

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Balsamic Strawberry Basil Coconut Ice Cream

(Paleo, AIP, GAPS)

Balsamic Strawberry Basil Coconut Ice Cream | Phoenix Helix

“I shall remember this moment: the silence, the twilight, the bowl of strawberries, the bowl of milk.” ~ Ingmar Bergman

Summer in a Bowl

Summer is the season I break out my ice cream machine and do some flavor experiments. This recipe was born from my local Farmers Market, where they sell fresh basil for $1/lb alongside ripe, local strawberries. The result is one of the best ice creams I’ve ever tasted! I could seriously eat it every day, except I know I need to limit sweets on a healing diet. Enjoy it on your next special occasion. Continue reading