Episode 09: Functional Medicine with Anne Angelone

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Episode 9 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: What Is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine 101

Episode 9 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: What Is Functional Medicine?The previous podcast episode was Getting Help Part 1: Health and Nutrition Coaching. Today, we’re talking about the next level of help, when your autoimmune condition is more complex and isn’t responding to a healing diet. You need to delve deeper. Where do you begin?

Anne Angelone is an acupuncturist, herbalist and functional medicine practitioner, specializing in reversing autoimmune disease. She walks us through how functional medicine works, which tests are most helpful, and which interventions she recommends.

Anne also has ankylosing spondylitis and uveitis herself, which she has reversed through the paleo diet and lifestyle, along with functional medicine interventions. She’ll be sharing her healing story with us today.


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Show Notes

  • Intro (0:00)
  • Announcement: A New AIP Cookbook Focusing On Breakfasts (2:07)
    • The paleo autoimmune blogger community has just published a cookbook called 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts. We know a lot of people are starting the AIP as a New Year’s Resolution, and the most common question people ask is: “Without grains, eggs or dairy, what will I eat for breakfast?” We answered that question 85 delicious ways. I led the project and edited the cookbook. Everyone who contributed recipes has used the AIP themselves to improve their own health. There’s everything from an herbal coffee to grain-free cereals to pancakes in this cookbook. We want to make your transition to the AIP as easy as possible. Check it out here.
  • Meet Anne (3:02)
  • What is Functional Medicine? 1:1 Consulting (22:26)
    • Step1: Detailed patient history and symptom assessment.
    • Step 2: Gathering all tests and reports from other practitioners, conventional and alternative.
    • Step 3: Talking with the patient about their own opinions and intuition on their obstacles to healing.
    • Step 4: Anne applying her decades of training and experience to look at the holistic picture and see where to start troubleshooting.
  • Anne’s Top 3 Recommended Tests (26:48)
    • (1) A basic blood chemistry panel can reveal a lot of helpful information. If you also add vitamin D, magnesium and ferritin, that’s even better.
    • (2) A comprehensive 3-day stool analysis. Anne recommends Doctors Data.
    • (3) Thyroid antibodies.
    • You can order all of these tests yourself through Anne’s website.
  • Anne’s Upcoming Online Class (34:38)
    • The course is called Test Clear Heal and will begin 2/16/15. It will be a combination of video-based instruction and personalized group coaching through a private Facebook group. The course will cover which tests are most helpful, how to order them, how to interpret them, and how to treat the conditions they reveal. The class will also help people refine the Paleo Approach (aka the paleo autoimmune protocol) for optimal healing.
  • Functional Medicine Case Studies – Examples of Healing (43:50)
    • Patient #1 had rheumatoid arthritis. High doses of ibuprofen had led to a bleeding ulcer and anemia. Methotrexate left her feeling nauseous. Her doctor wanted her to try Enbrel next. That’s when she contacted Anne. Anne put her on the paleo autoimmune protocol with a focus on nutrient density and omega 3 balance. She also did some basic testing which showed low vitamin D, low magnesium, and some imblanced gut flora, all of which she corrected through supplementation. Results for the patient were less stiffness, increased energy, elimination of brain fog, balanced hormones, and the ability to get off immunosuppressant medication.
    • Patient # 2 had psoriatic arthritis and GERD and was on a number of medications including nexium, Lodine and Humira. Medication had relieved his morning pain/stiffness, but his skin wasn’t improving, and he still had inflammation. Stool tests revealed an overabundance of yeast and h.pylori, combined with an undergrowth of beneficial bacteria. She prescribed GI synergy, an herbal botanical, to eradicate the pathogens, probiotics to increase his beneficial bacteria, and the paleo autoimmune protocol to reduce his inflammation overall. She also had him supplement with gelatin, high epa fish oil and vitamin D. Results were an 80% reduction in pain/inflammation, improved mobility, and a reduction in skin lesions.
  • Outro (1:00:10)

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Listen to the Show

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6 thoughts on “Episode 09: Functional Medicine with Anne Angelone

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  2. Hi, Just wondering if you guys believe in the blood type diet for autoimmune issues. My practioner likes the AIP diet, but also likes to put a blood type diet spin on it. What are your thoughts? Doing both is very confusing to me. What are your thoughts. Thx!

  3. Thanks for your blog Eileen. It’s great. I am seeing a functional medicine MD — started out for hyperthyroidism/Graves disease (which is autoimmune), and now I am into working on adrenal fatigue and recovering from a more recent fight with post-infectious IBS-D. It’s been a little over a year since I started seeing her. While my health problems are still with me, I can say with 100% confidence that I would be so much worse off had I not found her. My regular doctors had very little to nothing to offer me for treating these conditions. I would have been taking pharmaceuticals that did nothing to address the core problems I have, or I would have just suffered. Now I am following a health-rebuilding diet, taking carefully targeted supplements, and focusing on rest as much as possible. I thank goodness I had the option to work with someone in functional medicine because I don’t know where I would be otherwise.

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