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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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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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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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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Episode 56: Healthy Detoxification with Torea Rodriguez

Episode 56 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Healthy Detoxification with Torea Rodriguez

Supporting Our Bodies’ Natural Detox Pathways Without Overwhelming Them

Our bodies have natural detox pathways, but they are overwhelmed by modern life. More than 80,000 new chemicals have been released into the world since the industrial revolution 150 years ago, and most of them within the past 50 years. These chemicals have never been fully tested for their effects on our bodies or the environment. We are asking our bodies to detoxify far more than they were designed to handle, and this is an important element in reclaiming our health. That said, there are a lot of scams out there related to detox cleanses, powders and programs. Many people who try these end up feeling worse. So, in this podcast we’re going to learn how to detoxify in a healthy, sustainable way. My guest is Toréa Rodriguez. She is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and a Transformational Life Coach. She’s also a fellow autoimmune warrior.

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Episode 55: Saving Time in the Kitchen

Episode 55 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Saving Time in the Kitchen

Tips and Tricks from Experienced Cooks

Life on a healing diet means preparing most – if not all – of your own food. So, that’s a lotta cooking! Anything that saves us time and makes the process more efficient is a lifesaver. It’s also an important part of being able to stick with a healing diet. In this podcast episode, I have 3 wonderful guests. Together we’ll be sharing our best tips for making the most food in the least amount of time, without sacrificing nutrition or flavor.

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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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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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