Episode 62: Preventing Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O’Bryan

Episode 62 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Preventing Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Identifying Yourself on the Autoimmune Spectrum

I have rheumatoid arthritis – a diagnosed autoimmune disease, and most of my readers have autoimmune diagnoses as well. But what if you have symptoms with no known cause? You’ve gone from doctor to doctor, and they simply tell you: “Your lab tests are normal.” While in some ways this is good news, it can also be incredibly disheartening. You have no answers and no direction about what to do next.  Dr. Tom O’Bryan is an expert on the development of autoimmune disease, and he writes about the autoimmune spectrum. The autoimmune process begins in our bodies long before enough damage has occurred to warrant a diagnosis. His goal is to help people intervene at this point (or even before they have symptoms) and prevent autoimmune disease before it takes hold. That’s what today’s podcast is all about.

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The Paleo AIP Cold & Flu Survival Guide

The Paleo AIP Cold & Flu Survival Guide | Phoenix Helix

“A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.” ~ Ogden Nash

Nipping It In The Bud

There’s a very brief window when a cold or flu virus first attempts to settle into your body when you have a chance to evict it completely. It’s all about paying attention and acting quickly: Continue reading

Episode 61: Healing Stories 4

Episode 61 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Healing Stories 4Real-Life Stories of Reclaiming Autoimmune Health

If you’re a regular listener of my podcast, you know that I always 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. Today, I have 4 guests who are sharing their experience of reclaiming a vital life with autoimmune disease. Let’s inspire each other!

And If you’d like to hear the prior Healing Stories podcasts, check out: Episode 1, Episode 14 and Episode 30.

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Episode 60: Transitioning from Vegetarian to Paleo

Episode 60 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Transitioning from Vegetarian to Paleo

Ethics, Nutrition and Navigating Change

Many people come to the paleo community after years of veganism or vegetarianism. The reason is usually a health crisis, which can be shocking after eating a diet you thought was healthy for years. Some people embrace meat again without difficulty, but others struggle with ethical concerns, taste and texture issues, and even a loss of identity. In today’s podcast, I interview Registered Dietitian Diana Rodgers on the nutritional difference between these diets, and how to be an Ethical Omnivore. I also interview nutritionist Kinsey Jackson on her personal journey transitioning from vegetarian to paleo. It was a difficult change for her, but led to dramatic improvements in her autoimmune health.

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50 Paleo AIP Holiday Gift Ideas

50 Paleo AIP Holiday Gift Ideas | Phoenix Helix

“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart.” ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Pleasure of Giving

I’ve always been someone who loved finding the perfect gift, whether small or large, homemade or purchased. This blog post covers all of those categories, with a focus on autoimmune health. I had a blast putting it together, and found some great items for my friends and a few wish list items for myself as well. P.S. – The photo above is a little snow fairy I made last winter. Happy Holidays, everyone! Continue reading

Episode 59: Self-Inquiry and Freedom from Suffering with Byron Katie

Episode 59 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Self-Inquiry and Freedom from Suffering with Byron Katie

Do We Have the Power to Stop Our Own Suffering?

Autoimmune disease and suffering often go hand-in-hand, physically, mentally and emotionally. What we don’t realize is how much pain comes from our minds – the stories we tell ourselves about our experience. This isn’t to say physical suffering isn’t real. But as Byron Katie says in this podcast, it often accounts for a small percentage compared to the anguish created by our minds. Byron Katie says she has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through the powerful process of inquiry she calls The Work, people find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, and themselves—radically shift and their lives are changed forever. She has taught this technique to millions of people around the world, and is the author of six books, including the bestselling Loving What is – 4 Questions That Can Change Your Life.

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Episode 58: Supplements with Kamal Patel

Episode 58 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Supplements with Kamal Patel

Choosing Supplements Wisely

A lot of us in the autoimmune community take supplements. Sometimes they help, sometimes they harm, and sometimes they do nothing at all. Today, we’re going to learn how to make informed choices when it comes to supplementation. My guest is the director of Examine.com, a website that shares unbiased research into supplements and nutrition. Disclaimer: Neither Kamal nor I are medical professionals. This program is educational and is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult with your doctor when adding supplements to your healthcare protocol.

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What Is Gluten Cross-Reactivity?

What Is Gluten Cross-Reactivity? | Phoenix Helix

“I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.” ~ Johnny Depp

The Theory

Since many people with celiac disease continue to feel sick, even when they eliminate gluten from their diet, scientists have been looking for the reason why. One theory is cross-reactivity. What does that mean? When your body develops an allergy to gluten, it creates antibodies that remember gluten’s protein structure. If you eat gluten, those antibodies set off an inflammatory response. Some other foods have similar protein structures to gluten, and you may react to those as if they were gluten. It’s basically a case of mistaken identify. It’s important to note, however, that cross-reactivity isn’t something that happens to everyone. And very few people cross-react to all of the potential foods. It’s simply something to explore when giving up gluten isn’t enough. Continue reading

Episode 57: Living an Empowered Autoimmune Life

Episode 57 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Living an Empowered Autoimmune Life

Moving from Victim to Self-Advocate

Getting an autoimmune diagnosis often leaves us feeling traumatized and overwhelmed. Add to that the pain, disability, and health crisis that often accompanies the diagnosis, and we can feel like our life is over. This episode is about reclaiming our inner strength and re-creating a vital life again. My guests are Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt from Autoimmune-Paleo.com, and authors of the new guide: The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. We’ll be talking about everything from getting emotional support from loved ones, to putting together a healthcare team, to defining resilience and learning how to face chronic illness from a place of power instead of feeling like a victim.

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Paleo AIP + Low-FODMAP Recipe Roundup (45 Recipes!)

Paleo AIP + Low-FODMAP Recipe Roundup (45 Recipes!) | Phoenix Helix

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”
~ Molière

Low-FODMAP + Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Both the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) and the Low-FODMAP diet are a challenge to do on their own. Combining their restrictions is incredibly hard! So, why do it? Honestly, most people shouldn’t. We want to eat the widest variety of foods possible, because nutrient-density is essential to reversing autoimmune disease. However, there are two health conditions that sometimes accompany autoimmune disease: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). A Low-FODMAP diet can be part of the treatment plan for these conditions. Only follow this diet if prescribed by your practitioner, and remember, it’s not meant to last forever. Just like the AIP, a Low-FODMAP diet has an elimination phase and a reintroduction phase, where you test your body against specific foods to see which ones you can safely add back into your diet. I compiled this recipe roundup for those of you combining these temporary protocols. My goal is to make it a little bit easier, and a lot more delicious! Continue reading