Phoenix Helix: Autoimmune Resilience https://www.phoenixhelix.com/ This biweekly podcast features interviews with experts in the fields of nutrition, lifestyle, mindset, integrative medicine, and autoimmune disease. It also highlights personal stories of the autoimmune experience. If your autoimmune disease has ever knocked you down so hard, you wondered if you would ever rise again. Never underestimate your ability to rise. We all have a phoenix within us. Wed, 30 Nov 2022 16:52:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blubrry PowerPress/9.7.3 This biweekly podcast features interviews with experts in the fields of nutrition, lifestyle, mindset, integrative medicine, and autoimmune disease. It also highlights personal stories of the autoimmune experience. If your autoimmune disease has ever knocked you down so hard, you wondered if you would ever rise again. Never underestimate your ability to rise. We all have a phoenix within us.<br /> Eileen Laird clean Eileen Laird lairdeileen@gmail.com lairdeileen@gmail.com (Eileen Laird) © Eileen Laird Phoenix Helix: Autoimmune Resilience Biweekly Episode 214: Emotional Eating & Autoimmune Disease with Tomesha Campbell https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-214-emotional-eating-autoimmune-disease-with-tomesha-campbell/ Fri, 25 Nov 2022 11:00:50 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=86240 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-214-emotional-eating-autoimmune-disease-with-tomesha-campbell/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-214-emotional-eating-autoimmune-disease-with-tomesha-campbell/feed/ 0 Life with chronic illness can inspire strong emotions that trigger emotional eating. If the foods chosen are inflammatory, autoimmune flares may follow, turning short-term comfort into longer-lasting pain. This often leads to feelings of shame, guilt, and self-judgment, which can drive more emotional eating, creating a vicious cycle. If you find yourself caught in this pattern, you aren’t alone. Today’s podcast is designed to help. My guest is Tomesha Campbell. She is a fellow autoimmune warrior, as well as an AIP certified coach who specializes in Intuitive Eating. She'll be sharing her personal experience and professional advice. Life with chronic illness can inspire strong emotions that trigger emotional eating. If the foods chosen are inflammatory, autoimmune flares may follow, turning short-term comfort into longer-lasting pain. This often leads to feelings of shame, guilt, Life with chronic illness can inspire strong emotions that trigger emotional eating. If the foods chosen are inflammatory, autoimmune flares may follow, turning short-term comfort into longer-lasting pain. This often leads to feelings of shame, guilt, and self-judgment, which can drive more emotional eating, creating a vicious cycle. If you find yourself caught in this pattern, you aren’t alone. Today’s podcast is designed to help. My guest is Tomesha Campbell. She is a fellow autoimmune warrior, as well as an AIP certified coach who specializes in Intuitive Eating. She'll be sharing her personal experience and professional advice. Eileen Laird 1:01:31 Episode 213: Holiday Boundaries & Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Ellen Vora https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-213-holiday-boundaries-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-ellen-vora/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 11:00:10 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=85921 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-213-holiday-boundaries-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-ellen-vora/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-213-holiday-boundaries-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-ellen-vora/feed/ 0 We tend to notice boundaries most when they’re getting crossed – by other people, or by ourselves. We also notice when we struggle to set them at all. Today, we’re focusing on the holiday season. If you have autoimmune disease, there’s a powerful intersection between your ability to set boundaries and your ability to protect your health. So, we are here to help! In this podcast, we share tips for setting healthy boundaries around food, time, energy, and money. My guest is Dr. Ellen Vora. She is a psychiatrist who takes a functional medicine approach to mental health. I love the way she educates around boundaries, which is why I asked her to be my guest today. She is also the author of the book, Anatomy of Anxiety. We tend to notice boundaries most when they’re getting crossed – by other people, or by ourselves. We also notice when we struggle to set them at all. Today, we’re focusing on the holiday season. If you have autoimmune disease, We tend to notice boundaries most when they’re getting crossed – by other people, or by ourselves. We also notice when we struggle to set them at all. Today, we’re focusing on the holiday season. If you have autoimmune disease, there’s a powerful intersection between your ability to set boundaries and your ability to protect your health. So, we are here to help! In this podcast, we share tips for setting healthy boundaries around food, time, energy, and money. My guest is Dr. Ellen Vora. She is a psychiatrist who takes a functional medicine approach to mental health. I love the way she educates around boundaries, which is why I asked her to be my guest today. She is also the author of the book, Anatomy of Anxiety. Eileen Laird 58:01 Episode 212: Morning & Bedtime Routines with Dr. Sybil Cooper https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-212-morning-bedtime-routines-with-dr-sybil-cooper/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 10:00:11 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=85398 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-212-morning-bedtime-routines-with-dr-sybil-cooper/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-212-morning-bedtime-routines-with-dr-sybil-cooper/feed/ 0 Morning and bedtime routines are a wonderful way to bookend your day, starting and ending it with some joy and self-care. They can also make a big difference in the quality of your sleep. So in today's podcast, we do a deep dive into the science of circadian rhythms and learn how to create morning and bedtime routines that support autoimmune health. My guest is Dr. Sybil Cooper. She is both an autoimmune warrior and an immunologist. She has a deep understanding of the immune system both personally and professionally. She’s also a health and nutrition coach who helps people create new habits to thrive. Morning and bedtime routines are a wonderful way to bookend your day, starting and ending it with some joy and self-care. They can also make a big difference in the quality of your sleep. So in today's podcast, Morning and bedtime routines are a wonderful way to bookend your day, starting and ending it with some joy and self-care. They can also make a big difference in the quality of your sleep. So in today's podcast, we do a deep dive into the science of circadian rhythms and learn how to create morning and bedtime routines that support autoimmune health. My guest is Dr. Sybil Cooper. She is both an autoimmune warrior and an immunologist. She has a deep understanding of the immune system both personally and professionally. She’s also a health and nutrition coach who helps people create new habits to thrive. Eileen Laird 1:06:24 Episode 211: Indigenous Medicine and Autoimmune Health with Dr. Nicole Redvers https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-211-indigenous-medicine-and-autoimmune-health-with-dr-nicole-redvers/ Fri, 14 Oct 2022 10:00:39 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=85023 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-211-indigenous-medicine-and-autoimmune-health-with-dr-nicole-redvers/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-211-indigenous-medicine-and-autoimmune-health-with-dr-nicole-redvers/feed/ 0 The modern scientific approach to medicine focuses on disease rather than wellness, it focuses on parts of the body instead of the whole, and tends to look at the patient separate from their life and the world in which they live. Traditional Indigenous medicine approaches health very differently, and that’s true for Indigenous traditions worldwide. They tend to embrace a holistic perspective, knowing that we are more than the sum of our parts, and that health is impacted by so much more than physiology. That said, modern medicine still has much to offer, but so does Indigenous medicine. Today, we’re going to focus on some of the Indigenous wisdom that might be missing from your own healthcare. My guest is Dr. Nicole Redvers, a naturopathic doctor, author, and Indigenous health scholar. She is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation and has traveled the globe, studying and working with Indigenous communities around the world. The modern scientific approach to medicine focuses on disease rather than wellness, it focuses on parts of the body instead of the whole, and tends to look at the patient separate from their life and the world in which they live. The modern scientific approach to medicine focuses on disease rather than wellness, it focuses on parts of the body instead of the whole, and tends to look at the patient separate from their life and the world in which they live. Traditional Indigenous medicine approaches health very differently, and that’s true for Indigenous traditions worldwide. They tend to embrace a holistic perspective, knowing that we are more than the sum of our parts, and that health is impacted by so much more than physiology. That said, modern medicine still has much to offer, but so does Indigenous medicine. Today, we’re going to focus on some of the Indigenous wisdom that might be missing from your own healthcare. My guest is Dr. Nicole Redvers, a naturopathic doctor, author, and Indigenous health scholar. She is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation and has traveled the globe, studying and working with Indigenous communities around the world. Eileen Laird 49:40 Episode 210: Colonoscopies and Endoscopies with Dr. Marvin Singh https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-210-colonoscopies-and-endoscopies-with-dr-marvin-singh/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:00:58 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=84766 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-210-colonoscopies-and-endoscopies-with-dr-marvin-singh/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-210-colonoscopies-and-endoscopies-with-dr-marvin-singh/feed/ 0 If you have an autoimmune disease that attacks the GI tract, these procedures are important for diagnosis and monitoring your health. They’re also used as screening tools for certain types of cancer and have become an important part of medical care. One of the goals of this podcast is to empower us as patients, helping us better understand the medical care we receive. In this episode, we discuss what these procedures are, how to prepare ourselves mentally and physically beforehand, and how best to recover afterward. My guest today is Dr. Marvin Singh. He’s an MD who is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and integrative medicine. In addition to performing conventional medical procedures like the ones we’ll be discussing today, he’s also a strong believer in the power of diet and lifestyle to optimize health. If you have an autoimmune disease that attacks the GI tract, these procedures are important for diagnosis and monitoring your health. They’re also used as screening tools for certain types of cancer and have become an important part of medical care. If you have an autoimmune disease that attacks the GI tract, these procedures are important for diagnosis and monitoring your health. They’re also used as screening tools for certain types of cancer and have become an important part of medical care. One of the goals of this podcast is to empower us as patients, helping us better understand the medical care we receive. In this episode, we discuss what these procedures are, how to prepare ourselves mentally and physically beforehand, and how best to recover afterward. My guest today is Dr. Marvin Singh. He’s an MD who is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and integrative medicine. In addition to performing conventional medical procedures like the ones we’ll be discussing today, he’s also a strong believer in the power of diet and lifestyle to optimize health. Eileen Laird 57:21 Episode 209: Preventing Autoimmune Flares https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-209-preventing-autoimmune-flares/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 10:00:57 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=84488 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-209-preventing-autoimmune-flares/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-209-preventing-autoimmune-flares/feed/ 0 With autoimmune disease, flares are part of the experience, and we cannot prevent every single one. However, that doesn't mean we're powerless. Discovering our own flare triggers is a powerful piece of self-knowledge. It can help minimize how often we flare and how severe those flares are. That’s the focus of our discussion today. I’ve invited two other autoimmune warriors to join me. We’ll be sharing our personal flare triggers and how we manage them to live our healthiest lives. With autoimmune disease, flares are part of the experience, and we cannot prevent every single one. However, that doesn't mean we're powerless. Discovering our own flare triggers is a powerful piece of self-knowledge. With autoimmune disease, flares are part of the experience, and we cannot prevent every single one. However, that doesn't mean we're powerless. Discovering our own flare triggers is a powerful piece of self-knowledge. It can help minimize how often we flare and how severe those flares are. That’s the focus of our discussion today. I’ve invited two other autoimmune warriors to join me. We’ll be sharing our personal flare triggers and how we manage them to live our healthiest lives. Eileen Laird 1:07:58 Episode 208: Nutrient Deficiencies & Healing Diets with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-208-nutrient-deficiencies-healing-diets-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 10:00:03 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=83937 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-208-nutrient-deficiencies-healing-diets-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-208-nutrient-deficiencies-healing-diets-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/feed/ 0 When we develop autoimmune disease, our body becomes more sensitive and that often includes food sensitivity. Many of us turn to healing diets in an effort to eliminate inflammatory foods and embrace the foods that support healing instead. One risk, however, is paying too much attention to the foods we remove and not enough to the foods we add. Another risk is sticking to a dietary template without personalizing it for our body’s unique needs. There are lots of healing diets out there. We often talk about the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and Wahls Protocol on this podcast. But other diets you may be familiar with include the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or GAPS Diet, the Low-FODMAP diet, a vegetarian or vegan diet, a ketogenic diet, or a carnivore diet. Today, we discuss which nutrient deficiencies are most common on which healing diets, and how we can make sure we’re getting the nutrition we need. My guest is Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. She's a best-selling author, speaker, educator, and former research scientist, fascinated with the healing power of food. When we develop autoimmune disease, our body becomes more sensitive and that often includes food sensitivity. Many of us turn to healing diets in an effort to eliminate inflammatory foods and embrace the foods that support healing instead. One risk, When we develop autoimmune disease, our body becomes more sensitive and that often includes food sensitivity. Many of us turn to healing diets in an effort to eliminate inflammatory foods and embrace the foods that support healing instead. One risk, however, is paying too much attention to the foods we remove and not enough to the foods we add. Another risk is sticking to a dietary template without personalizing it for our body’s unique needs. There are lots of healing diets out there. We often talk about the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and Wahls Protocol on this podcast. But other diets you may be familiar with include the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or GAPS Diet, the Low-FODMAP diet, a vegetarian or vegan diet, a ketogenic diet, or a carnivore diet. Today, we discuss which nutrient deficiencies are most common on which healing diets, and how we can make sure we’re getting the nutrition we need. My guest is Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. She's a best-selling author, speaker, educator, and former research scientist, fascinated with the healing power of food. Eileen Laird 1:13:27 Episode 207: Cultivating Joy with Shauna Ahern https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-207-cultivating-joy-with-shauna-ahern/ Fri, 19 Aug 2022 10:00:40 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=83319 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-207-cultivating-joy-with-shauna-ahern/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-207-cultivating-joy-with-shauna-ahern/feed/ 0 You may know Shauna Ahern as The Gluten-Free Girl, author of the award-winning food blog and cookbook series. Now, her career has gone in a different direction. After experiencing a medical crisis brought on by stress, she started looking at her life through a joy lens, removing stressors and adding more pleasure and peace. Now, it’s her mission to help others do the same. The truth is, it's often easier to find joy when life is going well, but what if you’re in the middle of an autoimmune flare? What if you’re struggling with depression or anxiety? What if you're in the middle of a life crisis? Is joy something we can cultivate even during our most difficult times? And what are the benefits if we learn how? These are the questions we'll be exploring in our conversation today. You may know Shauna Ahern as The Gluten-Free Girl, author of the award-winning food blog and cookbook series. Now, her career has gone in a different direction. After experiencing a medical crisis brought on by stress, You may know Shauna Ahern as The Gluten-Free Girl, author of the award-winning food blog and cookbook series. Now, her career has gone in a different direction. After experiencing a medical crisis brought on by stress, she started looking at her life through a joy lens, removing stressors and adding more pleasure and peace. Now, it’s her mission to help others do the same. The truth is, it's often easier to find joy when life is going well, but what if you’re in the middle of an autoimmune flare? What if you’re struggling with depression or anxiety? What if you're in the middle of a life crisis? Is joy something we can cultivate even during our most difficult times? And what are the benefits if we learn how? These are the questions we'll be exploring in our conversation today. Eileen Laird 1:08:12 Episode 206: Listener Q&A https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-206-listener-qa/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 10:00:43 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=81865 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-206-listener-qa/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-206-listener-qa/feed/ 0 I listen to a lot of podcasts myself and some of my favorite episodes are Listener Q&A's. It allows a lot of topics to be covered in a short period of time, and everyone learns something new. I asked you to send in your questions, and you delivered! Here are some we'll be answering in today's episode: How do you react to people who don’t believe your autoimmune disease is real? What is a good way to explain why I cannot have “cheat” days to someone who tries to pressure me into eating things I shouldn’t? What foods have you successfully reintroduced? Have you ever befriended a listener and ended up enjoying a long-term friendship? Why can some people seem to put their autoimmune disease into remission, and others who have diet and lifestyle "dialed in" still need immunotherapy? What has been the most powerful growth and learning for you through doing this podcast? With my friend Joanna's help, I answer these questions and more in today's podcast! I listen to a lot of podcasts myself and some of my favorite episodes are Listener Q&A's. It allows a lot of topics to be covered in a short period of time, and everyone learns something new. I asked you to send in your questions, and you delivered! I listen to a lot of podcasts myself and some of my favorite episodes are Listener Q&A's. It allows a lot of topics to be covered in a short period of time, and everyone learns something new. I asked you to send in your questions, and you delivered! Here are some we'll be answering in today's episode: How do you react to people who don’t believe your autoimmune disease is real? What is a good way to explain why I cannot have “cheat” days to someone who tries to pressure me into eating things I shouldn’t? What foods have you successfully reintroduced? Have you ever befriended a listener and ended up enjoying a long-term friendship? Why can some people seem to put their autoimmune disease into remission, and others who have diet and lifestyle "dialed in" still need immunotherapy? What has been the most powerful growth and learning for you through doing this podcast? With my friend Joanna's help, I answer these questions and more in today's podcast! Eileen Laird 1:13:35 Episode 205: Magnesium and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Guillermo Ruiz https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-205-magnesium-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-guillermo-ruiz/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 10:00:37 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=81509 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-205-magnesium-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-guillermo-ruiz/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-205-magnesium-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-guillermo-ruiz/feed/ 0 Food is the foundation of autoimmune health, but there are a few nutrients that are difficult to get through food, and magnesium is one of those. For that reason, it’s a supplement many doctors recommend, and many autoimmune warriors swear by. So, I'm dedicating today's podcast to magnesium. Why is it so essential? What roles does it play in our body? And how might magnesium (or magnesium deficiency) impact autoimmune health? My guest today is Dr. Guillermo Ruiz, a naturopathic doctor, researcher, and autoimmune expert. Food is the foundation of autoimmune health, but there are a few nutrients that are difficult to get through food, and magnesium is one of those. For that reason, it’s a supplement many doctors recommend, and many autoimmune warriors swear by. So, Food is the foundation of autoimmune health, but there are a few nutrients that are difficult to get through food, and magnesium is one of those. For that reason, it’s a supplement many doctors recommend, and many autoimmune warriors swear by. So, I'm dedicating today's podcast to magnesium. Why is it so essential? What roles does it play in our body? And how might magnesium (or magnesium deficiency) impact autoimmune health? My guest today is Dr. Guillermo Ruiz, a naturopathic doctor, researcher, and autoimmune expert. Eileen Laird 57:03 Episode 204: Navigating the News with Sharon McMahon https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-204-navigating-the-news-with-sharon-mcmahon/ Fri, 08 Jul 2022 10:00:44 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=81310 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-204-navigating-the-news-with-sharon-mcmahon/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-204-navigating-the-news-with-sharon-mcmahon/feed/ 0 If you ask people with autoimmune disease to name their biggest flare triggers, stress often tops the list. And if you ask people to name their top sources of stress, many are overwhelmed by the news. Today’s podcast is a life skill building episode – one that’s very important for emotional and physical health. How do we consume the news in a way that keeps us accurately informed without becoming overwhelmed? How do we discern fake news from real news? And how do we break through feelings of powerlessness to see where we can make a difference in the world? My guest is Sharon McMahon, an expert who shares non-partisan information about news and democracy. She’s a voice of reason in unreasonable times, and I’m grateful to have her on the podcast today. If you ask people with autoimmune disease to name their biggest flare triggers, stress often tops the list. And if you ask people to name their top sources of stress, many are overwhelmed by the news. Today’s podcast is a life skill building episode –... If you ask people with autoimmune disease to name their biggest flare triggers, stress often tops the list. And if you ask people to name their top sources of stress, many are overwhelmed by the news. Today’s podcast is a life skill building episode – one that’s very important for emotional and physical health. How do we consume the news in a way that keeps us accurately informed without becoming overwhelmed? How do we discern fake news from real news? And how do we break through feelings of powerlessness to see where we can make a difference in the world? My guest is Sharon McMahon, an expert who shares non-partisan information about news and democracy. She’s a voice of reason in unreasonable times, and I’m grateful to have her on the podcast today. Eileen Laird 1:05:38 Episode 203: Kids in the Kitchen with Ginny Mahar https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-203-kids-in-the-kitchen-with-ginny-mahar/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:00:38 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=80511 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-203-kids-in-the-kitchen-with-ginny-mahar/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-203-kids-in-the-kitchen-with-ginny-mahar/feed/ 0 When you see the power of food as medicine for yourself, it’s natural to want your children to benefit as well. It doesn't mean they need to eat just like you, but fostering a love of real food is an understandable goal. However, children often go through picky eating phases and have a deep love for packaged foods, fast food, and as many sweets as you’re willing to provide. One way to get kids interested in healthier eating is to welcome them into the kitchen, teach them how to cook, and allow them to select recipes to try. So, today we’re sharing tips for all ages: babies, toddlers, grade school, and teens. My guest is Ginny Mahar, a fellow parent and autoimmune warrior who is also a professional chef and cooking instructor. When you see the power of food as medicine for yourself, it’s natural to want your children to benefit as well. It doesn't mean they need to eat just like you, but fostering a love of real food is an understandable goal. However, When you see the power of food as medicine for yourself, it’s natural to want your children to benefit as well. It doesn't mean they need to eat just like you, but fostering a love of real food is an understandable goal. However, children often go through picky eating phases and have a deep love for packaged foods, fast food, and as many sweets as you’re willing to provide. One way to get kids interested in healthier eating is to welcome them into the kitchen, teach them how to cook, and allow them to select recipes to try. So, today we’re sharing tips for all ages: babies, toddlers, grade school, and teens. My guest is Ginny Mahar, a fellow parent and autoimmune warrior who is also a professional chef and cooking instructor. Eileen Laird 1:00:27 Episode 202: Self-Love Workbook with Dr. Shainna Ali https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-202-self-love-workbook-with-dr-shainna-ali/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 10:00:06 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=80094 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-202-self-love-workbook-with-dr-shainna-ali/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-202-self-love-workbook-with-dr-shainna-ali/feed/ 0 When you have autoimmune disease, it's common to feel disconnected from your body and even betrayed by your body. Yet we live in our bodies, so this creates a complicated relationship with ourselves. Instead of self-love, we might end up feeling self-hate. How can we change that? How does self-love, or the lack of self-love, impact our wellbeing, both mentally and physically? My guest today is Dr. Shainna Ali, a mental health counselor, educator, and advocate. She is also the author of the Self-Love Workbook series. They are practical guides with concrete action steps. They go beyond a misty view of self-love and teach skills we can apply in our daily lives. When you have autoimmune disease, it's common to feel disconnected from your body and even betrayed by your body. Yet we live in our bodies, so this creates a complicated relationship with ourselves. Instead of self-love, When you have autoimmune disease, it's common to feel disconnected from your body and even betrayed by your body. Yet we live in our bodies, so this creates a complicated relationship with ourselves. Instead of self-love, we might end up feeling self-hate. How can we change that? How does self-love, or the lack of self-love, impact our wellbeing, both mentally and physically? My guest today is Dr. Shainna Ali, a mental health counselor, educator, and advocate. She is also the author of the Self-Love Workbook series. They are practical guides with concrete action steps. They go beyond a misty view of self-love and teach skills we can apply in our daily lives. Eileen Laird 56:42 Episode 201: Rheumatology Tests with Dr. Anna Lafian https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-201-rheumatology-tests-with-dr-anna-lafian/ Fri, 27 May 2022 10:00:03 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=79831 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-201-rheumatology-tests-with-dr-anna-lafian/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-201-rheumatology-tests-with-dr-anna-lafian/feed/ 0 If you get referred to a rheumatologist and they suspect autoimmune disease, there's a list of tests they run as part of the diagnosis process. If you're diagnosed with autoimmune disease, there are specific tests that help monitor disease activity and also your response to treatments. What are these tests, and what does each one measure? How important are they in the diagnosis and monitoring process? These are the questions we'll be answering today. I believe in being an empowered patient, and part of that is clearly understanding the medical care we receive. My guest is Dr. Anna Lafian, an integrative rheumatologist who believes in a holistic approach to patient care. If you get referred to a rheumatologist and they suspect autoimmune disease, there's a list of tests they run as part of the diagnosis process. If you're diagnosed with autoimmune disease, there are specific tests that help monitor disease activity and... If you get referred to a rheumatologist and they suspect autoimmune disease, there's a list of tests they run as part of the diagnosis process. If you're diagnosed with autoimmune disease, there are specific tests that help monitor disease activity and also your response to treatments. What are these tests, and what does each one measure? How important are they in the diagnosis and monitoring process? These are the questions we'll be answering today. I believe in being an empowered patient, and part of that is clearly understanding the medical care we receive. My guest is Dr. Anna Lafian, an integrative rheumatologist who believes in a holistic approach to patient care. Eileen Laird 1:01:10 Episode 200: The Gut-Skin Connection with Dr. Shayna Peter https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-200-the-gut-skin-connection-with-dr-shayna-peter/ Fri, 13 May 2022 10:00:29 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=79521 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-200-the-gut-skin-connection-with-dr-shayna-peter/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-200-the-gut-skin-connection-with-dr-shayna-peter/feed/ 0 When we think of skin, we usually think of the outside of the body, but our skin reflects what's happening inside our body as well. It's rare for problems to be isolated to the skin alone. Anyone with a skin-related autoimmune disease knows this. But it's also true for any skin problem, including acne, rashes, eczema, rosacea, and others. They're all signals from the skin that something is unbalanced within the body. We've talked about the importance of gut health many times on this podcast. It won't surprise you to know that it has a major impact on skin health as well. We're doing a deep dive into the gut-skin connection today. My guest is Dr. Shayna Peter, a holistic dermatologist who uses a root cause approach to heal skin from the inside out. She is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, specializing in dermatology and functional medicine. When we think of skin, we usually think of the outside of the body, but our skin reflects what's happening inside our body as well. It's rare for problems to be isolated to the skin alone. Anyone with a skin-related autoimmune disease knows this. When we think of skin, we usually think of the outside of the body, but our skin reflects what's happening inside our body as well. It's rare for problems to be isolated to the skin alone. Anyone with a skin-related autoimmune disease knows this. But it's also true for any skin problem, including acne, rashes, eczema, rosacea, and others. They're all signals from the skin that something is unbalanced within the body. We've talked about the importance of gut health many times on this podcast. It won't surprise you to know that it has a major impact on skin health as well. We're doing a deep dive into the gut-skin connection today. My guest is Dr. Shayna Peter, a holistic dermatologist who uses a root cause approach to heal skin from the inside out. She is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, specializing in dermatology and functional medicine. Eileen Laird 47:30 Episode 199: Best of – Overcoming Sugar Cravings with Dr. Vickie Bhatia https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-199-best-of-overcoming-sugar-cravings-with-dr-vickie-bhatia/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 10:00:44 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=79287 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-199-best-of-overcoming-sugar-cravings-with-dr-vickie-bhatia/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-199-best-of-overcoming-sugar-cravings-with-dr-vickie-bhatia/feed/ 0 This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! While not everyone has a sweet tooth, a lot of us do, and it's often hard to break the sugar habit. Why is that so true? It turns out there are a lot of forces driving those cravings: emotional, psychological, and even biological. It's no wonder they're not easy to resist. In today's episode, we dive into the details. My guest is holistic psychologist Dr. Vickie Bhatia. We discuss everything from the gut microbiome and brain chemistry, to the emotions surrounding food, to the psychology of habit change. Most importantly, we share practical tips for making empowered food choices, and breaking the sugar craving cycle. This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! While not everyone has a sweet tooth, a lot of us do, and it's often hard to break the sugar habit. Why is that so true? It turns out there are a lot of forces driving those cravings: ... This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! While not everyone has a sweet tooth, a lot of us do, and it's often hard to break the sugar habit. Why is that so true? It turns out there are a lot of forces driving those cravings: emotional, psychological, and even biological. It's no wonder they're not easy to resist. In today's episode, we dive into the details. My guest is holistic psychologist Dr. Vickie Bhatia. We discuss everything from the gut microbiome and brain chemistry, to the emotions surrounding food, to the psychology of habit change. Most importantly, we share practical tips for making empowered food choices, and breaking the sugar craving cycle. Eileen Laird 1:02:10 Episode 198: Healing Mindset with Eileen Laird https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-198-healing-mindset-with-eileen-laird/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 10:00:03 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=79040 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-198-healing-mindset-with-eileen-laird/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-198-healing-mindset-with-eileen-laird/feed/ 0 Today we have a very special episode. I’m celebrating the publication of my new book: Healing Mindset. It’s a guide to the mind-body connection for people with autoimmune disease. The mind-body connection isn’t just an idea. There’s an entire field of science called psychoneuroimmunology that studies this connection. How we feel in our body affects how we feel in our minds, and our thoughts and feelings impact our physical health. Today, we’ll be talking about specific mind-body techniques, science-based benefits, and how to harness this connection for autoimmune health. My partner for this episode is Donna Jackson Nakazawa. Many of you know her as one of my most popular podcast guests. She’s an award-winning science journalist, author of 7 books, a fellow autoimmune warrior, and an expert on the mind-body connection. Today, we’re trading places. She will be the host and I will be the guest! Today we have a very special episode. I’m celebrating the publication of my new book: Healing Mindset. It’s a guide to the mind-body connection for people with autoimmune disease. The mind-body connection isn’t just an idea. Today we have a very special episode. I’m celebrating the publication of my new book: Healing Mindset. It’s a guide to the mind-body connection for people with autoimmune disease. The mind-body connection isn’t just an idea. There’s an entire field of science called psychoneuroimmunology that studies this connection. How we feel in our body affects how we feel in our minds, and our thoughts and feelings impact our physical health. Today, we’ll be talking about specific mind-body techniques, science-based benefits, and how to harness this connection for autoimmune health. My partner for this episode is Donna Jackson Nakazawa. Many of you know her as one of my most popular podcast guests. She’s an award-winning science journalist, author of 7 books, a fellow autoimmune warrior, and an expert on the mind-body connection. Today, we’re trading places. She will be the host and I will be the guest! Eileen Laird 1:06:37 Episode 197: Parenting with Chronic Illness https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-197-parenting-with-chronic-illness/ Fri, 01 Apr 2022 10:00:52 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=78697 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-197-parenting-with-chronic-illness/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-197-parenting-with-chronic-illness/feed/ 0 Autoimmune disease brings a lot of changes to our lives, and as we all know, it doesn't just impact us alone. It also impacts those we love – friends, family, and children. Today, I've invited three parents with autoimmune disease onto the podcast to talk about their experiences. What has been the most challenging part? How have they adapted as parents? How do they talk to their children about their health? And how have their children grown in response? This is a deeply personal conversation, and I'm so grateful to the guests for sharing. I hope it resonates with every parent listening, and helps you know you're not alone. Autoimmune disease brings a lot of changes to our lives, and as we all know, it doesn't just impact us alone. It also impacts those we love – friends, family, and children. Today, I've invited three parents with autoimmune disease onto the podcast to t... Autoimmune disease brings a lot of changes to our lives, and as we all know, it doesn't just impact us alone. It also impacts those we love – friends, family, and children. Today, I've invited three parents with autoimmune disease onto the podcast to talk about their experiences. What has been the most challenging part? How have they adapted as parents? How do they talk to their children about their health? And how have their children grown in response? This is a deeply personal conversation, and I'm so grateful to the guests for sharing. I hope it resonates with every parent listening, and helps you know you're not alone. Eileen Laird 1:08:14 Episode 196: Troubleshooting with Dr. Terry Wahls https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-196-troubleshooting-with-dr-terry-wahls/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 10:00:13 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=78383 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-196-troubleshooting-with-dr-terry-wahls/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-196-troubleshooting-with-dr-terry-wahls/feed/ 0 This podcast is all about autoimmune empowerment! Making choices in our daily lives that minimize symptoms and maximize our joy in living. That said, it's not always easy. Sometimes the habits are hard to start and hard to keep. Other times, you're doing everything right but not seeing the results you hoped to achieve. So, today, we're doing a troubleshooting episode with an expert guest and one of my favorite people: Dr. Terry Wahls. She is a functional medicine physician, a clinical researcher, a professor of medicine, and a fellow autoimmune warrior. In this episode, she shares her best advice for thriving with autoimmune disease and troubleshooting the obstacles we encounter along the way. We talk about motivation, family dynamics, digestion, supplements, physical therapy, personalized diets, and more! This podcast is all about autoimmune empowerment! Making choices in our daily lives that minimize symptoms and maximize our joy in living. That said, it's not always easy. Sometimes the habits are hard to start and hard to keep. Other times, This podcast is all about autoimmune empowerment! Making choices in our daily lives that minimize symptoms and maximize our joy in living. That said, it's not always easy. Sometimes the habits are hard to start and hard to keep. Other times, you're doing everything right but not seeing the results you hoped to achieve. So, today, we're doing a troubleshooting episode with an expert guest and one of my favorite people: Dr. Terry Wahls. She is a functional medicine physician, a clinical researcher, a professor of medicine, and a fellow autoimmune warrior. In this episode, she shares her best advice for thriving with autoimmune disease and troubleshooting the obstacles we encounter along the way. We talk about motivation, family dynamics, digestion, supplements, physical therapy, personalized diets, and more! Eileen Laird 59:43 Episode 195: Detoxify Your Home with Dr. Aly Cohen https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-195-detoxify-your-home-with-dr-aly-cohen/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 11:00:26 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=77617 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-195-detoxify-your-home-with-dr-aly-cohen/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-195-detoxify-your-home-with-dr-aly-cohen/feed/ 0 When we think of pollution, the first images that come to mind are things like smokestacks, oil spills, smog, and greenhouse gases. But you may not realize that your home can contain pollution as well – in your water supply, in the air you breathe, and in the products you purchase. 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. And a lot of them are inside our homes. On top of that, people with autoimmune disease are often more sensitive to chemicals, and toxins can be an autoimmune trigger. I don't say this to scare anyone. This podcast is about empowerment. So, today we're going to share tips for reducing the toxins in our homes. Every step we take is a positive one. My guest is Dr. Aly Cohen, an integrative rheumatologist and an expert on non-toxic living. When we think of pollution, the first images that come to mind are things like smokestacks, oil spills, smog, and greenhouse gases. But you may not realize that your home can contain pollution as well – in your water supply, in the air you breathe, When we think of pollution, the first images that come to mind are things like smokestacks, oil spills, smog, and greenhouse gases. But you may not realize that your home can contain pollution as well – in your water supply, in the air you breathe, and in the products you purchase. 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. And a lot of them are inside our homes. On top of that, people with autoimmune disease are often more sensitive to chemicals, and toxins can be an autoimmune trigger. I don't say this to scare anyone. This podcast is about empowerment. So, today we're going to share tips for reducing the toxins in our homes. Every step we take is a positive one. My guest is Dr. Aly Cohen, an integrative rheumatologist and an expert on non-toxic living. Eileen Laird 1:02:21 Episode 194: Thyroid Tests with Dr. Datis Kharrazian https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-194-thyroid-tests-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 11:00:55 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=77103 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-194-thyroid-tests-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-194-thyroid-tests-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/feed/ 0 Two of the most common autoimmune diagnoses are Hashimoto's Disease and Graves' disease, and they both involve the thyroid. Conventional doctors often run a simple thyroid test as part of an annual physical. The problem is that it doesn't catch every thyroid problem. Functional medicine physicians run a complete thyroid panel, which gives a more expansive picture, but it's not always a clear picture. Today, we're going to go over what each test measures and how to interpret your results. My guest is Dr. Datis Kharrazian, an award-winning researcher, clinician, author, and educator. Many of you are familiar with his bestselling book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal? He has a new online class called Hashimoto's: Solving the Puzzle. Two of the most common autoimmune diagnoses are Hashimoto's Disease and Graves' disease, and they both involve the thyroid. Conventional doctors often run a simple thyroid test as part of an annual physical. Two of the most common autoimmune diagnoses are Hashimoto's Disease and Graves' disease, and they both involve the thyroid. Conventional doctors often run a simple thyroid test as part of an annual physical. The problem is that it doesn't catch every thyroid problem. Functional medicine physicians run a complete thyroid panel, which gives a more expansive picture, but it's not always a clear picture. Today, we're going to go over what each test measures and how to interpret your results. My guest is Dr. Datis Kharrazian, an award-winning researcher, clinician, author, and educator. Many of you are familiar with his bestselling book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal? He has a new online class called Hashimoto's: Solving the Puzzle. Eileen Laird 1:03:27 Episode 193: Accessible Yoga with Jivana Heyman https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-193-accessible-yoga-with-jivana-heyman/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 11:00:57 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=76321 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-193-accessible-yoga-with-jivana-heyman/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-193-accessible-yoga-with-jivana-heyman/feed/ 0 Before autoimmune disease, did you have a yoga practice that you loved but can no longer do? Do you struggle to find a way to adapt your practice to your ever-changing autoimmune body? Do you miss yoga and want to make it part of your life again? Or maybe you have never practiced yoga, but would love to try and don't know where to begin. This podcast is for you! My guest is Jivana Heyman, founder and director of the Accessible Yoga Association and co-founder of the Accessible Yoga Training School. He has over 25 years of experience teaching yoga to people of diverse abilities. In this episode, we’re going to troubleshoot a wide variety of autoimmune symptoms and talk about how to develop a personalized yoga practice. Before autoimmune disease, did you have a yoga practice that you loved but can no longer do? Do you struggle to find a way to adapt your practice to your ever-changing autoimmune body? Do you miss yoga and want to make it part of your life again? Before autoimmune disease, did you have a yoga practice that you loved but can no longer do? Do you struggle to find a way to adapt your practice to your ever-changing autoimmune body? Do you miss yoga and want to make it part of your life again? Or maybe you have never practiced yoga, but would love to try and don't know where to begin. This podcast is for you! My guest is Jivana Heyman, founder and director of the Accessible Yoga Association and co-founder of the Accessible Yoga Training School. He has over 25 years of experience teaching yoga to people of diverse abilities. In this episode, we’re going to troubleshoot a wide variety of autoimmune symptoms and talk about how to develop a personalized yoga practice. Eileen Laird 1:01:42 Episode 192: Healthy Food Swaps & Nutritious Combos with Annie Rubin, RDN https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-192-healthy-food-swaps-nutritious-combos-with-annie-rubin-rdn/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 11:00:40 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=75944 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-192-healthy-food-swaps-nutritious-combos-with-annie-rubin-rdn/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-192-healthy-food-swaps-nutritious-combos-with-annie-rubin-rdn/feed/ 0 If you're new to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, a lot of your favorite foods are suddenly off the table and you may wonder what you can eat! In today's podcast, we share AIP food swaps for the foods you miss the most. We also share some powerful superfood combinations. My guest is Annie Rubin. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and an AIP Certified Coach. She's also a fellow autoimmune warrior living with rheumatoid arthritis herself. If you're new to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, a lot of your favorite foods are suddenly off the table and you may wonder what you can eat! In today's podcast, we share AIP food swaps for the foods you miss the most. If you're new to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, a lot of your favorite foods are suddenly off the table and you may wonder what you can eat! In today's podcast, we share AIP food swaps for the foods you miss the most. We also share some powerful superfood combinations. My guest is Annie Rubin. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and an AIP Certified Coach. She's also a fellow autoimmune warrior living with rheumatoid arthritis herself. Eileen Laird 58:46 Episode 191: Healing Stories 9 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-191-healing-stories-9/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 11:00:59 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=75269 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-191-healing-stories-9/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-191-healing-stories-9/feed/ 0 If you’re a regular listener of my podcast, you know that I start every year with a Healing Stories episode. It features back-to-back interviews with autoimmune warriors just like you! I ask them to share their journey from rock bottom to reclaiming a vital life. In this episode, we talk about rheumatoid arthritis, alopecia, myasthenia gravis, and also autoimmunity in general. Everyone’s story is unique, but we also have so much in common. Whatever your diagnosis, I hope these stories resonate and inspire. If you’re a regular listener of my podcast, you know that I start every year with a Healing Stories episode. It features back-to-back interviews with autoimmune warriors just like you! I ask them to share their journey from rock bottom to reclaiming a ... If you’re a regular listener of my podcast, you know that I start every year with a Healing Stories episode. It features back-to-back interviews with autoimmune warriors just like you! I ask them to share their journey from rock bottom to reclaiming a vital life. In this episode, we talk about rheumatoid arthritis, alopecia, myasthenia gravis, and also autoimmunity in general. Everyone’s story is unique, but we also have so much in common. Whatever your diagnosis, I hope these stories resonate and inspire. Eileen Laird 1:06:56 Episode 190: Best Of – Blood Sugar & Autoimmunity with Dr. Jeff Horacek https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-190-best-of-blood-sugar-autoimmunity-with-dr-jeff-horacek/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 11:00:24 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=74981 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-190-best-of-blood-sugar-autoimmunity-with-dr-jeff-horacek/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-190-best-of-blood-sugar-autoimmunity-with-dr-jeff-horacek/feed/ 0 This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! Autoimmune health depends on blood sugar balance. When our blood sugar gets too high, drops too low, or swings wildly between these extremes, it increases inflammation in our body. If this happens regularly, it leads to chronic inflammation. In today's episode, we'll be sharing diet, lifestyle, and functional medicine tips for achieving and maintaining blood sugar balance. My guest is Dr. Jeff Horacek, a functional medicine physician with over 20 years of experience. Blood sugar is one of his medical specialties. This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! Autoimmune health depends on blood sugar balance. When our blood sugar gets too high, drops too low, or swings wildly between these extremes, it increases inflammation in our body. This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! Autoimmune health depends on blood sugar balance. When our blood sugar gets too high, drops too low, or swings wildly between these extremes, it increases inflammation in our body. If this happens regularly, it leads to chronic inflammation. In today's episode, we'll be sharing diet, lifestyle, and functional medicine tips for achieving and maintaining blood sugar balance. My guest is Dr. Jeff Horacek, a functional medicine physician with over 20 years of experience. Blood sugar is one of his medical specialties. Eileen Laird 1:05:07 Episode 189: Best Of – Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics with Jeff Warren https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-189-best-of-meditation-for-fidgety-skeptics-with-jeff-warren/ Fri, 10 Dec 2021 11:00:56 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=74923 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-189-best-of-meditation-for-fidgety-skeptics-with-jeff-warren/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-189-best-of-meditation-for-fidgety-skeptics-with-jeff-warren/feed/ 0 This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! If you think you can't meditate, this podcast is for you. Do you picture meditators sitting quietly with completely empty minds - something you could never do? Let me tell you a secret: those people don't exist. Even the Dalai Lama has thoughts while he meditates. The mind is designed to think just like the heart is designed to beat. Meditation isn't about stopping thoughts; it's learning how to notice and detach from them. There are also many different ways to meditate, including moving meditations, or cultivating mindful moments in everyday life. My guest is Jeff Warren, who is known as the “MacGyver of Meditation”. He excels at fixing people’s meditation problems. In this episode, we talk about common meditation obstacles for people with autoimmune disease, and how to overcome them. This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! If you think you can't meditate, this podcast is for you. Do you picture meditators sitting quietly with completely empty minds - something you could never do? This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! If you think you can't meditate, this podcast is for you. Do you picture meditators sitting quietly with completely empty minds - something you could never do? Let me tell you a secret: those people don't exist. Even the Dalai Lama has thoughts while he meditates. The mind is designed to think just like the heart is designed to beat. Meditation isn't about stopping thoughts; it's learning how to notice and detach from them. There are also many different ways to meditate, including moving meditations, or cultivating mindful moments in everyday life. My guest is Jeff Warren, who is known as the “MacGyver of Meditation”. He excels at fixing people’s meditation problems. In this episode, we talk about common meditation obstacles for people with autoimmune disease, and how to overcome them. Eileen Laird 1:13:36 Episode 188: Overcoming Food Fear https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-188-overcoming-food-fear/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 11:00:58 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=73882 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-188-overcoming-food-fear/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-188-overcoming-food-fear/feed/ 0 When you first experience the connection between the food you eat and how you feel, that can be an empowering moment. But when certain foods cause you to flare, that can also inspire a fear of food. This is a natural reaction, but it also has consequences. The fear itself can cause autoimmune flares and also increase food sensitivity, creating a vicious cycle. Suddenly, all food feels dangerous, and we over-restrict our diets, which harms our health long-term. There is good news! We can overcome food fear, replacing it with a deep knowledge about our bodies and enjoy eating again. That's our goal with our conversation today. My guests are fellow autoimmune warriors, Nitika Chopra and Alison Marras. We share our own experiences with food fear and tips for overcoming it.   When you first experience the connection between the food you eat and how you feel, that can be an empowering moment. But when certain foods cause you to flare, that can also inspire a fear of food. This is a natural reaction, When you first experience the connection between the food you eat and how you feel, that can be an empowering moment. But when certain foods cause you to flare, that can also inspire a fear of food. This is a natural reaction, but it also has consequences. The fear itself can cause autoimmune flares and also increase food sensitivity, creating a vicious cycle. Suddenly, all food feels dangerous, and we over-restrict our diets, which harms our health long-term. There is good news! We can overcome food fear, replacing it with a deep knowledge about our bodies and enjoy eating again. That's our goal with our conversation today. My guests are fellow autoimmune warriors, Nitika Chopra and Alison Marras. We share our own experiences with food fear and tips for overcoming it.   Eileen Laird 1:09:18 Episode 187: COVID-19 Vaccines and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Aly Cohen https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-187-covid-19-vaccines-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-aly-cohen/ Fri, 12 Nov 2021 11:00:11 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=74165 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-187-covid-19-vaccines-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-aly-cohen/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-187-covid-19-vaccines-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-aly-cohen/feed/ 0 Dr. Aly Cohen is an integrative rheumatologist who blends both conventional and holistic approaches in her medical practice. She's been a great resource for accurate coronavirus information since the pandemic began. I interviewed her in Episode 154 about COVID-19 infections among people with autoimmune disease and what factors increased vs. decreased our risk. I invited her back onto the podcast today to talk about vaccines. This is a topic many of you requested when the vaccines first became available in early 2021. At that time, there was no data on people with autoimmune disease because we weren't included in the initial research studies. Now, enough people have been vaccinated that the data is available, and we'll be sharing it with you today. Dr. Aly Cohen is an integrative rheumatologist who blends both conventional and holistic approaches in her medical practice. She's been a great resource for accurate coronavirus information since the pandemic began. Dr. Aly Cohen is an integrative rheumatologist who blends both conventional and holistic approaches in her medical practice. She's been a great resource for accurate coronavirus information since the pandemic began. I interviewed her in Episode 154 about COVID-19 infections among people with autoimmune disease and what factors increased vs. decreased our risk. I invited her back onto the podcast today to talk about vaccines. This is a topic many of you requested when the vaccines first became available in early 2021. At that time, there was no data on people with autoimmune disease because we weren't included in the initial research studies. Now, enough people have been vaccinated that the data is available, and we'll be sharing it with you today. Eileen Laird 1:16:26 Episode 186: How to Ask for Help with Kalene Khan https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-186-how-to-ask-for-help-with-kalene-khan/ Fri, 29 Oct 2021 10:00:50 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=72871 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-186-how-to-ask-for-help-with-kalene-khan/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-186-how-to-ask-for-help-with-kalene-khan/feed/ 0 Human beings depend on each other. Sometimes we give help, and sometimes we receive it, but many of us are much more comfortable in the giving role. Autoimmune disease can turn the tables quickly. Suddenly, we’re in a position where we need help more often. If we were the caregivers before, how do we navigate this change in identity? How do we face the fears that may arise - of vulnerability, feeling weak, being seen as a burden, or people saying no? If you took pride in your independence, do you feel shame if you need help? There are gifts that come with learning to receive: a deeper intimacy in relationships, a greater sense of self-compassion, a more expansive sense of identity, and a stronger connection with humanity. But that doesn’t mean it’s an easy transformation. My guest is Kalene Khan, a licensed therapist who specializes in self-compassion. She helps people learn to be as kind to themselves as they are to others. She is our guide for this conversation today. Human beings depend on each other. Sometimes we give help, and sometimes we receive it, but many of us are much more comfortable in the giving role. Autoimmune disease can turn the tables quickly. Suddenly, Human beings depend on each other. Sometimes we give help, and sometimes we receive it, but many of us are much more comfortable in the giving role. Autoimmune disease can turn the tables quickly. Suddenly, we’re in a position where we need help more often. If we were the caregivers before, how do we navigate this change in identity? How do we face the fears that may arise - of vulnerability, feeling weak, being seen as a burden, or people saying no? If you took pride in your independence, do you feel shame if you need help? There are gifts that come with learning to receive: a deeper intimacy in relationships, a greater sense of self-compassion, a more expansive sense of identity, and a stronger connection with humanity. But that doesn’t mean it’s an easy transformation. My guest is Kalene Khan, a licensed therapist who specializes in self-compassion. She helps people learn to be as kind to themselves as they are to others. She is our guide for this conversation today. Eileen Laird 1:06:44 Episode 185: Eye Health and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Rani Banik https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-185-eye-health-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-rani-banik/ Fri, 15 Oct 2021 10:00:21 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=72610 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-185-eye-health-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-rani-banik/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-185-eye-health-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-rani-banik/feed/ 0 I have two friends who were diagnosed with autoimmune disease through a referral from their ophthalmologist. Their first symptoms appeared in their eyes. Across diagnoses, this is common. Eye pain, dryness, swelling, inflammation, vision loss, and double vision - almost every autoimmune diagnosis can include eye symptoms. This is why an ophthalmologist is an important person to have on our healthcare team. Today, we're lucky enough to have an integrative ophthalmologist on the podcast. Dr. Rani Banik is a board-certified neuro-ophthalmologist with over 20 years of medical experience as a clinician, educator, and researcher. She also has specialized training in functional medicine and treats her patients from a holistic perspective. I have two friends who were diagnosed with autoimmune disease through a referral from their ophthalmologist. Their first symptoms appeared in their eyes. Across diagnoses, this is common. Eye pain, dryness, swelling, inflammation, vision loss, I have two friends who were diagnosed with autoimmune disease through a referral from their ophthalmologist. Their first symptoms appeared in their eyes. Across diagnoses, this is common. Eye pain, dryness, swelling, inflammation, vision loss, and double vision - almost every autoimmune diagnosis can include eye symptoms. This is why an ophthalmologist is an important person to have on our healthcare team. Today, we're lucky enough to have an integrative ophthalmologist on the podcast. Dr. Rani Banik is a board-certified neuro-ophthalmologist with over 20 years of medical experience as a clinician, educator, and researcher. She also has specialized training in functional medicine and treats her patients from a holistic perspective. Eileen Laird 57:49 Episode 184: Anti-Inflammatory Supplements with Dr. Amy Nett https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-184-anti-inflammatory-supplements-with-dr-amy-nett/ Fri, 01 Oct 2021 10:00:56 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=72294 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-184-anti-inflammatory-supplements-with-dr-amy-nett/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-184-anti-inflammatory-supplements-with-dr-amy-nett/feed/ 0 Inflammation is a root cause for most chronic disease and it’s a major player in autoimmune disease. That’s why most doctors track inflammation on blood tests, because it often corresponds to autoimmune activity. Many patients find anti-inflammatory supplements helpful. Which ones have the most science behind them? How do they each work in our bodies to reduce inflammation? And how can you tell if one might be helpful for you? These are the questions we’ll be answering today, and we’re focusing on three popular supplements: fish oil, curcumin, and quercetin. My guest is Dr. Amy Nett. She’s a medical doctor whose specialty is functional and integrative medicine, and many of her patients have autoimmune disease.  Inflammation is a root cause for most chronic disease and it’s a major player in autoimmune disease. That’s why most doctors track inflammation on blood tests, because it often corresponds to autoimmune activity. Inflammation is a root cause for most chronic disease and it’s a major player in autoimmune disease. That’s why most doctors track inflammation on blood tests, because it often corresponds to autoimmune activity. Many patients find anti-inflammatory supplements helpful. Which ones have the most science behind them? How do they each work in our bodies to reduce inflammation? And how can you tell if one might be helpful for you? These are the questions we’ll be answering today, and we’re focusing on three popular supplements: fish oil, curcumin, and quercetin. My guest is Dr. Amy Nett. She’s a medical doctor whose specialty is functional and integrative medicine, and many of her patients have autoimmune disease.  Eileen Laird 1:02:04 Episode 183: Detoxifying Foods with Andrea Nakayama https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-183-detoxifying-foods-with-andrea-nakayama/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 10:00:29 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=71880 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-183-detoxifying-foods-with-andrea-nakayama/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-183-detoxifying-foods-with-andrea-nakayama/feed/ 0 Our bodies naturally have the ability to detoxify and do it every single day. However, problems can develop, and that's not uncommon with autoimmune disease. The answer isn't an aggressive "cleanse" where we try to force our bodies to do a year's worth of detox in 30 days. Instead, we need to support our bodies year-round. There are foods that support our detox pathways, and foods that can interfere with them. That's what today's podcast is all about. My guest is Andrea Nakayama, a world-renowned functional nutritionist and educator, whose mission is to change the way we do healthcare by empowering patients to reclaim ownership over their own health. Our bodies naturally have the ability to detoxify and do it every single day. However, problems can develop, and that's not uncommon with autoimmune disease. The answer isn't an aggressive "cleanse" where we try to force our bodies to do a year's worth... Our bodies naturally have the ability to detoxify and do it every single day. However, problems can develop, and that's not uncommon with autoimmune disease. The answer isn't an aggressive "cleanse" where we try to force our bodies to do a year's worth of detox in 30 days. Instead, we need to support our bodies year-round. There are foods that support our detox pathways, and foods that can interfere with them. That's what today's podcast is all about. My guest is Andrea Nakayama, a world-renowned functional nutritionist and educator, whose mission is to change the way we do healthcare by empowering patients to reclaim ownership over their own health. Eileen Laird 1:04:24 Episode 182: Big Decisions – Big Results https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-182-big-decisions-big-results/ Fri, 03 Sep 2021 10:00:15 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=71666 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-182-big-decisions-big-results/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-182-big-decisions-big-results/feed/ 0 When it comes to a healing lifestyle, our daily choices matter. Small steps and habits add up over time, and many of my podcasts teach those skills. Today, we're going in a different direction. There are times when the big picture is overwhelming everything else. It might be a toxic job, a toxic relationship, or a toxic home. Change is rarely easy, even in difficult situations. Sometimes you need to wait for the right time and opportunity. Sometimes it's a matter of courage. Other times it's a matter of resources. Usually, it's a combination of these things. Today, I'm sharing three inspiring stories of people who made big changes for their health. Lucia moved to a new country. Stephanie left a toxic job. And Irene left an abusive relationship. When it comes to a healing lifestyle, our daily choices matter. Small steps and habits add up over time, and many of my podcasts teach those skills. Today, we're going in a different direction. There are times when the big picture is overwhelming every... When it comes to a healing lifestyle, our daily choices matter. Small steps and habits add up over time, and many of my podcasts teach those skills. Today, we're going in a different direction. There are times when the big picture is overwhelming everything else. It might be a toxic job, a toxic relationship, or a toxic home. Change is rarely easy, even in difficult situations. Sometimes you need to wait for the right time and opportunity. Sometimes it's a matter of courage. Other times it's a matter of resources. Usually, it's a combination of these things. Today, I'm sharing three inspiring stories of people who made big changes for their health. Lucia moved to a new country. Stephanie left a toxic job. And Irene left an abusive relationship. Eileen Laird 1:10:14 Episode 181: Overcoming Bias with Anu Gupta https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-181-overcoming-bias-with-anu-gupta/ Fri, 20 Aug 2021 10:00:07 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=71450 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-181-overcoming-bias-with-anu-gupta/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-181-overcoming-bias-with-anu-gupta/feed/ 0 One thing I love about the autoimmune community in general and the Phoenix Helix community specifically is that we care deeply about each other. We lift each other up, with the goal of living our healthiest and happiest lives. Health involves both self-care and community care, and today's podcast is a blend of the two. I’ve talked about the impact of racism in two prior podcasts. Episode 153 focused on racism in healthcare. Episode 178 focused on racial trauma. In both episodes I mentioned that overcoming our own unconscious biases can be a powerful first step in helping overcome racism within our society. There is much beyond our control, but this is something we can change. We're approaching this conversation with love rather than judgment. My guest is Anu Gupta. He’s developed a compassion-based, scientific approach to overcoming bias and addressing the root causes of racism and other inequalities within our culture. He is a research scientist and educator, and simply a warm, wise and wonderful person. One thing I love about the autoimmune community in general and the Phoenix Helix community specifically is that we care deeply about each other. We lift each other up, with the goal of living our healthiest and happiest lives. One thing I love about the autoimmune community in general and the Phoenix Helix community specifically is that we care deeply about each other. We lift each other up, with the goal of living our healthiest and happiest lives. Health involves both self-care and community care, and today's podcast is a blend of the two. I’ve talked about the impact of racism in two prior podcasts. Episode 153 focused on racism in healthcare. Episode 178 focused on racial trauma. In both episodes I mentioned that overcoming our own unconscious biases can be a powerful first step in helping overcome racism within our society. There is much beyond our control, but this is something we can change. We're approaching this conversation with love rather than judgment. My guest is Anu Gupta. He’s developed a compassion-based, scientific approach to overcoming bias and addressing the root causes of racism and other inequalities within our culture. He is a research scientist and educator, and simply a warm, wise and wonderful person. Eileen Laird 55:42 Episode 180: Body Image and Autoimmune Disease https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-180-body-image-and-autoimmune-disease/ Fri, 06 Aug 2021 10:00:27 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=71178 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-180-body-image-and-autoimmune-disease/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-180-body-image-and-autoimmune-disease/feed/ 0 With an autoimmune diagnosis, we are told that we have a disease for which there is no cure. It can be shocking and immediately change how we see ourselves. It's not uncommon to feel betrayed by our bodies. Symptoms can also dramatically change our abilities, impacting careers, hobbies, and roles within families. Many of us go through an identity crisis – no longer feeling like the person we were before. Then there's the impact of having a visible vs. invisible illness. Some autoimmune diseases change our physical appearance and how others interact with us. Whereas others have symptoms that are hidden, often inspiring disbelief in the pain that can't be seen. Today, four people with autoimmune disease (including myself) share our experiences with how our body image has changed since diagnosis With an autoimmune diagnosis, we are told that we have a disease for which there is no cure. It can be shocking and immediately change how we see ourselves. It's not uncommon to feel betrayed by our bodies. With an autoimmune diagnosis, we are told that we have a disease for which there is no cure. It can be shocking and immediately change how we see ourselves. It's not uncommon to feel betrayed by our bodies. Symptoms can also dramatically change our abilities, impacting careers, hobbies, and roles within families. Many of us go through an identity crisis – no longer feeling like the person we were before. Then there's the impact of having a visible vs. invisible illness. Some autoimmune diseases change our physical appearance and how others interact with us. Whereas others have symptoms that are hidden, often inspiring disbelief in the pain that can't be seen. Today, four people with autoimmune disease (including myself) share our experiences with how our body image has changed since diagnosis Eileen Laird 1:00:31 Episode 179: Vitamin D and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. William Mitchell https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-179-vitamin-d-with-dr-william-mitchell/ Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:00:39 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=71018 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-179-vitamin-d-with-dr-william-mitchell/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-179-vitamin-d-with-dr-william-mitchell/feed/ 0 Vitamin D is one of the most commonly recommended supplements for people with autoimmune disease, because it's essential to immune system regulation. How do you know if you're deficient? When is sunshine the best source, and when is supplementing a better option? Can you take too much vitamin D? We'll be answering these questions and more in today's podcast. My guest is Dr. William Mitchell, a naturopathic doctor whose expertise is autoimmune disease. Vitamin D is one of the most commonly recommended supplements for people with autoimmune disease, because it's essential to immune system regulation. How do you know if you're deficient? When is sunshine the best source, Vitamin D is one of the most commonly recommended supplements for people with autoimmune disease, because it's essential to immune system regulation. How do you know if you're deficient? When is sunshine the best source, and when is supplementing a better option? Can you take too much vitamin D? We'll be answering these questions and more in today's podcast. My guest is Dr. William Mitchell, a naturopathic doctor whose expertise is autoimmune disease. Eileen Laird 53:59 Episode 178: Racial Trauma and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Letitia Browne-James https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-178-racial-trauma-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-letitia-browne-james/ Fri, 09 Jul 2021 10:00:13 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=70717 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-178-racial-trauma-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-letitia-browne-james/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-178-racial-trauma-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-letitia-browne-james/feed/ 0 People with a history of trauma are more likely to develop autoimmune disease and to experience more severe symptoms as well. In today's podcast, we're focusing on racial trauma. One of the ways it's unique is that it's ongoing. It's not an event from the past that is now over. It's something experienced repeatedly in unpredictable ways. Over the past year, a number of listeners have reached out to me to share their experiences. Racial trauma isn't new, but it has been amplified during the pandemic. Our goal with this episode is to help anyone navigating the double challenge of autoimmune disease and race-based trauma. My guest is Dr. Letitia Browne-James. She's a mental health counselor and educator with expertise in trauma, multi-cultural counseling, and the intersection of mental and physical health. People with a history of trauma are more likely to develop autoimmune disease and to experience more severe symptoms as well. In today's podcast, we're focusing on racial trauma. One of the ways it's unique is that it's ongoing. People with a history of trauma are more likely to develop autoimmune disease and to experience more severe symptoms as well. In today's podcast, we're focusing on racial trauma. One of the ways it's unique is that it's ongoing. It's not an event from the past that is now over. It's something experienced repeatedly in unpredictable ways. Over the past year, a number of listeners have reached out to me to share their experiences. Racial trauma isn't new, but it has been amplified during the pandemic. Our goal with this episode is to help anyone navigating the double challenge of autoimmune disease and race-based trauma. My guest is Dr. Letitia Browne-James. She's a mental health counselor and educator with expertise in trauma, multi-cultural counseling, and the intersection of mental and physical health. Eileen Laird 58:31 Episode 177: GMOs with McKay Jenkins https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-177-gmos-with-mckay-jenkins/ Fri, 25 Jun 2021 10:00:14 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=70455 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-177-gmos-with-mckay-jenkins/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-177-gmos-with-mckay-jenkins/feed/ 0 The first genetically modified food hit the market in 1994. Now, nearly all the food included in a Standard American Diet contains GMO ingredients. The good news is that if you avoid processed foods and shop the perimeter of the store, you cut your GMO consumption dramatically. However, we can't escape it altogether. The increased herbicide use becomes part of the environment in which we live. There's cross-contamination of crops, so even farms that strive to be GMO-free often find GMO plants in their fields. And 95% of animal feed is GMO. What are the health risks associated with genetically modified foods? Is it the genetic engineering that's the problem, or the chemicals that are sprayed on them? How can we make the healthiest choices when it comes to the food we eat? My guest is McKay Jenkins, a professor and journalist who has been writing and teaching about the environment for 30 years. He's the author of the book, Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet. The first genetically modified food hit the market in 1994. Now, nearly all the food included in a Standard American Diet contains GMO ingredients. The good news is that if you avoid processed foods and shop the perimeter of the store, The first genetically modified food hit the market in 1994. Now, nearly all the food included in a Standard American Diet contains GMO ingredients. The good news is that if you avoid processed foods and shop the perimeter of the store, you cut your GMO consumption dramatically. However, we can't escape it altogether. The increased herbicide use becomes part of the environment in which we live. There's cross-contamination of crops, so even farms that strive to be GMO-free often find GMO plants in their fields. And 95% of animal feed is GMO. What are the health risks associated with genetically modified foods? Is it the genetic engineering that's the problem, or the chemicals that are sprayed on them? How can we make the healthiest choices when it comes to the food we eat? My guest is McKay Jenkins, a professor and journalist who has been writing and teaching about the environment for 30 years. He's the author of the book, Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet. Eileen Laird 1:04:08 Episode 176: Navigating Uncertainty with Dr. Damon Silas https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-176-navigating-uncertainty-with-dr-damon-silas/ Fri, 11 Jun 2021 10:00:10 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=70259 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-176-navigating-uncertainty-with-dr-damon-silas/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-176-navigating-uncertainty-with-dr-damon-silas/feed/ 0 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. 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? 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. Eileen Laird 1:09:48 Episode 175: Long COVID Syndrome with Chris Kresser https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-175-long-covid-syndrome-with-chris-kresser/ Fri, 28 May 2021 10:00:12 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=70041 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-175-long-covid-syndrome-with-chris-kresser/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-175-long-covid-syndrome-with-chris-kresser/feed/ 0 Some people survive a COVID-19 infection but don't fully recover. How common is this outcome? What types of symptoms do people experience? Do we know why this is happening? How can we treat it? My guest is Chris Kresser, a top clinician and educator in the field of functional medicine. In today's podcast, he answers these questions and more. Some people survive a COVID-19 infection but don't fully recover. How common is this outcome? What types of symptoms do people experience? Do we know why this is happening? How can we treat it? My guest is Chris Kresser, Some people survive a COVID-19 infection but don't fully recover. How common is this outcome? What types of symptoms do people experience? Do we know why this is happening? How can we treat it? My guest is Chris Kresser, a top clinician and educator in the field of functional medicine. In today's podcast, he answers these questions and more. Eileen Laird 57:48 Episode 174: Health Benefits of Nature with Dr. Austin Perlmutter https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-174-health-benefits-of-nature-with-dr-austin-perlmutter/ Fri, 14 May 2021 10:00:46 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=69546 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-174-health-benefits-of-nature-with-dr-austin-perlmutter/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-174-health-benefits-of-nature-with-dr-austin-perlmutter/feed/ 0 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. 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. 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. Eileen Laird 56:12 Episode 173: Cardiac Risk and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Millie Lee https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-173-cardiac-risk-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-millie-lee/ Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:00:37 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=69229 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-173-cardiac-risk-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-millie-lee/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-173-cardiac-risk-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-millie-lee/feed/ 0 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. 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? 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. Eileen Laird 1:01:33 Episode 172: Stool Testing with Dr. Lucy Mailing https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-172-stool-testing-with-dr-lucy-mailing/ Fri, 16 Apr 2021 12:00:01 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=68978 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-172-stool-testing-with-dr-lucy-mailing/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-172-stool-testing-with-dr-lucy-mailing/feed/ 0 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. 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? 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. Eileen Laird 53:02 Episode 171: The Art of Letting Go with Courtney Carver https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-171-the-art-of-letting-go-with-courtney-carver/ Fri, 02 Apr 2021 12:00:14 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=68647 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-171-the-art-of-letting-go-with-courtney-carver/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-171-the-art-of-letting-go-with-courtney-carver/feed/ 0 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.  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, 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.  Eileen Laird 1:03:37 Episode 170: Gut Health Superfoods with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-170-gut-health-superfoods-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/ Fri, 19 Mar 2021 12:00:15 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=68339 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-170-gut-health-superfoods-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-170-gut-health-superfoods-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/feed/ 0 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. 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? 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. Eileen Laird 1:12:40 Episode 169: Primal Play with Darryl Edwards https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-169-primal-play-with-darryl-edwards/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:00:29 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=67832 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-169-primal-play-with-darryl-edwards/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-169-primal-play-with-darryl-edwards/feed/ 0 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 find sometimes, and when we're in pain, movement may feel impossible. Yet play and movement are still available even in those moments, and may potentially reduce our pain and autoimmune symptoms. My guest is Darryl Edwards, founder of the Primal Play method. 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? 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 find sometimes, and when we're in pain, movement may feel impossible. Yet play and movement are still available even in those moments, and may potentially reduce our pain and autoimmune symptoms. My guest is Darryl Edwards, founder of the Primal Play method. Eileen Laird 58:18 Episode 168: Oxalates, Sulfur, and Salicylate Sensitivities with Heidi Turner, RD https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-168-oxalates-sulfur-and-salicylate-sensitivities-with-heidi-turner-rd/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:00:12 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=67229 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-168-oxalates-sulfur-and-salicylate-sensitivities-with-heidi-turner-rd/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-168-oxalates-sulfur-and-salicylate-sensitivities-with-heidi-turner-rd/feed/ 0 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. 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? 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. Eileen Laird 59:35 Episode 167: Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail with Dr. Shainna Ali https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-167-why-new-years-resolutions-fail-with-dr-shainna-ali/ Fri, 05 Feb 2021 13:00:27 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=66487 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-167-why-new-years-resolutions-fail-with-dr-shainna-ali/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-167-why-new-years-resolutions-fail-with-dr-shainna-ali/feed/ 0 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. 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 ... 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. Eileen Laird 54:18 Episode 166: Autoimmunity 101 with Dr. Douglas Pucci https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-166-autoimmunity-101-with-dr-douglas-pucci/ Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:00:55 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=66171 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-166-autoimmunity-101-with-dr-douglas-pucci/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-166-autoimmunity-101-with-dr-douglas-pucci/feed/ 0 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. 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. 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. Eileen Laird 54:38 Episode 165: Healing Stories 8 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-165-healing-stories-8/ Fri, 08 Jan 2021 13:00:39 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=65604 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-165-healing-stories-8/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-165-healing-stories-8/feed/ 0 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! 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, 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! Eileen Laird 1:18:50 Episode 164: Best Of – AIP FAQ https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-164-best-of-aip-faq/ Fri, 25 Dec 2020 13:00:57 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=65548 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-164-best-of-aip-faq/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-164-best-of-aip-faq/feed/ 0 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.  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 rece... 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.  Eileen Laird 1:13:24 Episode 163: Best Of – DNRS with Annie Hopper https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-163-best-of-dnrs-with-annie-hopper/ Fri, 11 Dec 2020 13:00:25 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=65454 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-163-best-of-dnrs-with-annie-hopper/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-163-best-of-dnrs-with-annie-hopper/feed/ 0 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. 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. 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. Eileen Laird 1:02:34 Episode 162: AIP Celebrations https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-162-aip-celebrations/ Fri, 27 Nov 2020 05:01:20 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=65070 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-162-aip-celebrations/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-162-aip-celebrations/feed/ 0 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!  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? 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!  Eileen Laird 54:31 Episode 161: Perfectionism with Dr. Judy Tsafrir https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-161-perfectionism-with-dr-judy-tsafrir/ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:00:06 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=64751 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-161-perfectionism-with-dr-judy-tsafrir/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-161-perfectionism-with-dr-judy-tsafrir/feed/ 0 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. 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, 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. Eileen Laird 55:28 Episode 160: Insomnia & CBT-I with Dr. Jade Wu https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-160-insomnia-cbt-i-with-dr-jade-wu/ Fri, 30 Oct 2020 12:00:56 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=64470 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-160-insomnia-cbt-i-with-dr-jade-wu/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-160-insomnia-cbt-i-with-dr-jade-wu/feed/ 0 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.  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, 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.  Eileen Laird 1:04:00 Episode 159: Graves’ Disease with Dr. Abbi Lulsegged https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-159-graves-disease-with-dr-abbi-lulsegged/ Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:00:55 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=63936 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-159-graves-disease-with-dr-abbi-lulsegged/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-159-graves-disease-with-dr-abbi-lulsegged/feed/ 0 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. 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 autoimm... 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. Eileen Laird 1:04:20 Episode 158: Inflammation with Dr. Will Cole https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-158-inflammation-with-dr-will-cole/ Fri, 02 Oct 2020 12:00:38 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=63491 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-158-inflammation-with-dr-will-cole/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-158-inflammation-with-dr-will-cole/feed/ 0 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. 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 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. Eileen Laird 1:01:24 Episode 157: The Healing Power of Journaling with Olwen Wilson https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-157-the-healing-power-of-journaling-with-olwen-wilson/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:00:04 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=63187 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-157-the-healing-power-of-journaling-with-olwen-wilson/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-157-the-healing-power-of-journaling-with-olwen-wilson/feed/ 0 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. 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, 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. Eileen Laird 56:04 Episode 156: Cultural Foods and the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-156-cultural-foods-and-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/ Fri, 04 Sep 2020 12:00:19 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=62991 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-156-cultural-foods-and-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-156-cultural-foods-and-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/feed/ 0 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.  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? 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.  Eileen Laird 1:02:55 Episode 155: Nutritious Movement with Katy Bowman https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-155-nutritious-movement-with-katy-bowman/ Fri, 21 Aug 2020 12:00:19 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=62619 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-155-nutritious-movement-with-katy-bowman/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-155-nutritious-movement-with-katy-bowman/feed/ 0 We talk a lot about nutrient density and diversity on this podcast. Every food has a unique nutrient profile, and when we get in food ruts and eat the same thing every day, our nutrition suffers. The same thing happens with movement. Modern life limits the way we move our bodies, but then chronic illness can limit it even more. This creates a vicious cycle. How do we break free and expand our ability to move, enhancing our health at the same time? My guest is Katy Bowman, a biomechanist, teacher, speaker, and author. She's written 8 books, including the bestselling Move Your DNA, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. We talk a lot about nutrient density and diversity on this podcast. Every food has a unique nutrient profile, and when we get in food ruts and eat the same thing every day, our nutrition suffers. The same thing happens with movement. We talk a lot about nutrient density and diversity on this podcast. Every food has a unique nutrient profile, and when we get in food ruts and eat the same thing every day, our nutrition suffers. The same thing happens with movement. Modern life limits the way we move our bodies, but then chronic illness can limit it even more. This creates a vicious cycle. How do we break free and expand our ability to move, enhancing our health at the same time? My guest is Katy Bowman, a biomechanist, teacher, speaker, and author. She's written 8 books, including the bestselling Move Your DNA, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Eileen Laird 1:01:53 Episode 154: COVID-19 & Autoimmune Disease Update with Dr. Aly Cohen https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-154-covid-19-autoimmune-disease-update-with-dr-aly-cohen/ Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:00:42 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=62239 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-154-covid-19-autoimmune-disease-update-with-dr-aly-cohen/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-154-covid-19-autoimmune-disease-update-with-dr-aly-cohen/feed/ 0 Back in March, I recorded our first episode on the Coronavirus. Now, it's time for an update. How are people with autoimmune disease faring? What's the single biggest factor in recovery? What supplements and lifestyle choices support immune health? How do we navigate restrictions vs. reopening? And how do we support our mental health during the challenges of a long-term pandemic? My guest is Dr. Aly Cohen, an integrative rheumatologist who will be sharing the latest research with us. Back in March, I recorded our first episode on the Coronavirus. Now, it's time for an update. How are people with autoimmune disease faring? What's the single biggest factor in recovery? What supplements and lifestyle choices support immune health? Back in March, I recorded our first episode on the Coronavirus. Now, it's time for an update. How are people with autoimmune disease faring? What's the single biggest factor in recovery? What supplements and lifestyle choices support immune health? How do we navigate restrictions vs. reopening? And how do we support our mental health during the challenges of a long-term pandemic? My guest is Dr. Aly Cohen, an integrative rheumatologist who will be sharing the latest research with us. She'll be answering these questions and more. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 57:13 Episode 153: Gender, Race, and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Maggie Cadet https://www.phoenixhelix.com/ep-153-gender-race-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-maggie-cadet/ Fri, 24 Jul 2020 12:00:39 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=61666 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/ep-153-gender-race-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-maggie-cadet/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/ep-153-gender-race-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-maggie-cadet/feed/ 0 78% of autoimmune patients are women, and some diagnoses are 2-3 times more common among women of color. When it comes to healthcare, ideally we all get the same treatment, but many people have experienced some form of bias in the doctor's office. Research shows this leads to serious health consequences. How can we address a problem this big - both as patients who want to get the best care, and as a community that cares about excellent healthcare for all? My guest is Dr. Maggie Cadet, a rheumatologist who is passionate about eliminating disparities in healthcare. 78% of autoimmune patients are women, and some diagnoses are 2-3 times more common among women of color. When it comes to healthcare, ideally we all get the same treatment, but many people have experienced some form of bias in the doctor's office. 78% of autoimmune patients are women, and some diagnoses are 2-3 times more common among women of color. When it comes to healthcare, ideally we all get the same treatment, but many people have experienced some form of bias in the doctor's office. Research shows this leads to serious health consequences. How can we address a problem this big - both as patients who want to get the best care, and as a community that cares about excellent healthcare for all? My guest is Dr. Maggie Cadet, a rheumatologist who is passionate about eliminating disparities in healthcare. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 49:13 Episode 152: Mind-Body Techniques for Pain with Vidyamala Burch https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-152-mind-body-techniques-for-pain-with-vidyamala-burch/ Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:00:34 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=61207 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-152-mind-body-techniques-for-pain-with-vidyamala-burch/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-152-mind-body-techniques-for-pain-with-vidyamala-burch/feed/ 0 We hear a lot about the mind-body connection, but what are its uses and what are its limits? Are there techniques we can use to minimize pain and manage it better? How does the stress response increase pain's intensity? How does guarding against pain add a second layer of tension that can make pain worse? Vidyamala Burch has lived with chronic pain for over 40 years. Learning how to survive and thrive started as a personal goal and later became her professional mission. She's an author, educator, and cofounder of Breathworks, a non-profit organization that teaches Mindfulness-Based Pain Management to individuals and organizations around the world. We hear a lot about the mind-body connection, but what are its uses and what are its limits? Are there techniques we can use to minimize pain and manage it better? How does the stress response increase pain's intensity? We hear a lot about the mind-body connection, but what are its uses and what are its limits? Are there techniques we can use to minimize pain and manage it better? How does the stress response increase pain's intensity? How does guarding against pain add a second layer of tension that can make pain worse? Vidyamala Burch has lived with chronic pain for over 40 years. Learning how to survive and thrive started as a personal goal and later became her professional mission. She's an author, educator, and cofounder of Breathworks, a non-profit organization that teaches Mindfulness-Based Pain Management to individuals and organizations around the world. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 59:22 Episode 151: Intuitive Eating and the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol with Steph Gaudreau https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-151-intuitive-eating-and-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol-with-steph-gaudreau/ Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:00:49 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=60169 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-151-intuitive-eating-and-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol-with-steph-gaudreau/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-151-intuitive-eating-and-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol-with-steph-gaudreau/feed/ 0 Many people think of the AIP as simply a list of foods you can and can't eat, so how can intuition play a role? And if your intuition tells you to eat junk food, that derails health goals rather than supports them, right? So, how can these things possibly go together? In this podcast episode, we bust some myths about both of these dietary philosophies and see how they might be blended for autoimmune health. Many people think of the AIP as simply a list of foods you can and can't eat, so how can intuition play a role? And if your intuition tells you to eat junk food, that derails health goals rather than supports them, right? So, Many people think of the AIP as simply a list of foods you can and can't eat, so how can intuition play a role? And if your intuition tells you to eat junk food, that derails health goals rather than supports them, right? So, how can these things possibly go together? In this podcast episode, we bust some myths about both of these dietary philosophies and see how they might be blended for autoimmune health. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 53:16 Episode 150: Diagnosis Detective with Dr. William Mitchell https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-150-diagnosis-detective-with-dr-william-mitchell/ Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:00:36 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=59879 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-150-diagnosis-detective-with-dr-william-mitchell/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-150-diagnosis-detective-with-dr-william-mitchell/feed/ 0 There are over 100 different autoimmune diseases, and it takes an average of 4 years and 5 doctors to get an accurate diagnosis. I know many of you have been through this, or are going through this right now. Let me introduce Dr. William Mitchell, whom I call the Diagnosis Detective. He's a naturopathic doctor who works in rheumatology. One of his passions is helping people cut through the chaos surrounding autoimmune diagnosis. There are over 100 different autoimmune diseases, and it takes an average of 4 years and 5 doctors to get an accurate diagnosis. I know many of you have been through this, or are going through this right now. Let me introduce Dr. William Mitchell, There are over 100 different autoimmune diseases, and it takes an average of 4 years and 5 doctors to get an accurate diagnosis. I know many of you have been through this, or are going through this right now. Let me introduce Dr. William Mitchell, whom I call the Diagnosis Detective. He's a naturopathic doctor who works in rheumatology. One of his passions is helping people cut through the chaos surrounding autoimmune diagnosis. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 59:21 Episode 149: Best Of – Sticking To It – Staying ON the Paleo AIP Wagon https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-149-best-of-sticking-to-it-staying-on-the-paleo-aip-wagon/ Fri, 29 May 2020 12:00:30 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=59723 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-149-best-of-sticking-to-it-staying-on-the-paleo-aip-wagon/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-149-best-of-sticking-to-it-staying-on-the-paleo-aip-wagon/feed/ 0 This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! Let’s be honest. The paleo autoimmune protocol is hard to do, and some people have a harder time than others. In this podcast, I invited 3 health & nutrition coaches onto the show, to share techniques that help their clients maintain a healthy lifestyle against all temptations and obstacles. All three of these ladies have personal experience following the autoimmune protocol for their own health as well. Let's help each other succeed! This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! Let’s be honest. The paleo autoimmune protocol is hard to do, and some people have a harder time than others. In this podcast, I invited 3 health & nutrition coaches onto the show, Because of the pandemic, this has been an intense Spring for us all. I'm taking a much-needed break this week and releasing a favorite podcast from the archives you might have missed. This episode is from 2017, but the topic is still timely, because it's hard to keep healthy habits under stress. Three health and nutrition coaches share their best tips for succeeding on the paleo autoimmune protocol, no matter the circumstance. They tackle the main obstacles that throw people off-track, and share solutions to re-establish healthy habits again Eileen Laird 1:28:05 Episode 148: Self-Soothing vs. Self-Care with Dr. Lili Wagner https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-148-self-soothing-vs-self-care-with-dr-lili-wagner/ Fri, 15 May 2020 12:00:07 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=59311 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-148-self-soothing-vs-self-care-with-dr-lili-wagner/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-148-self-soothing-vs-self-care-with-dr-lili-wagner/feed/ 0 Self-soothing behaviors are the things we do to comfort ourselves in the moment, especially under stress. Sometimes those behaviors are healthy and double as self-care. Other times, they are the opposite of healthy. Most of us have impulses in both directions. What drives those impulses? How can we get in the habit of soothing ourselves in ways that both comfort us and support our health? My guest is Dr. Lili Wagner, a psychologist with over 20 years of experience treating patients. She’s also trained in nutrition, has 3 autoimmune diseases herself, and understands this topic both personally and professionally. Self-soothing behaviors are the things we do to comfort ourselves in the moment, especially under stress. Sometimes those behaviors are healthy and double as self-care. Other times, they are the opposite of healthy. Self-soothing behaviors are the things we do to comfort ourselves in the moment, especially under stress. Sometimes those behaviors are healthy and double as self-care. Other times, they are the opposite of healthy. Most of us have impulses in both directions. What drives those impulses? How can we get in the habit of soothing ourselves in ways that both comfort us and support our health? My guest is Dr. Lili Wagner, a psychologist with over 20 years of experience treating patients. She’s also trained in nutrition, has 3 autoimmune diseases herself, and understands this topic both personally and professionally. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:02:21 Episode 147: Loss of Oral Tolerance with Dr. Datis Kharrazian https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-147-loss-of-oral-tolerance-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/ Fri, 01 May 2020 12:00:57 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=58614 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-147-loss-of-oral-tolerance-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-147-loss-of-oral-tolerance-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/feed/ 0 Why does food intolerance increase with autoimmune disease? And why are some people able to reintroduce foods successfully while other people struggle? In this episode, I speak with a leader in the autoimmune health community: Dr. Datis Kharrazian. He's a clinician, researcher, author, and expert on this issue. He shares the root causes behind this loss of tolerance, as well as practical tips to heal and expand food tolerance again. Why does food intolerance increase with autoimmune disease? And why are some people able to reintroduce foods successfully while other people struggle? In this episode, I speak with a leader in the autoimmune health community: Dr. Datis Kharrazian. Have you ever wondered why after developing autoimmune disease, you suddenly start reacting to foods that never bothered you before? That's because autoimmune disease signals a change a in your immune system, and this change affects other things as well, including your body's response to certain foods. That's one of the reasons the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol can be so beneficial. It helps us identify and avoid common food triggers. But the elimination phase is meant to be short-term. During the reintroduction process, most people are able to reintroduce some foods successfully and end up with a short list of specific foods to avoid. That's how we personalize own healing diets. But what if the opposite happens and every reintroduction fails? Not only that, but you seem to become sensitive to all foods, even those allowed on the AIP? This is called Loss of Oral Tolerance, and that's what this podcast is all about. My guest is Dr. Datis Kharrazian, a leader in the autoimmune community and expert on this issue. We're going to discuss the root causes behind this overreaction to food, and also solutions to help people heal and expand their tolerance again. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 45:46 Episode 146: Anxiety & Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Maureen Pierce https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-146-anxiety-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-maureen-pierce/ Fri, 17 Apr 2020 12:00:34 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=58341 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-146-anxiety-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-maureen-pierce/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-146-anxiety-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-maureen-pierce/feed/ 0 Many people with autoimmune disease struggle with anxiety as well. In this episode we talk about why that's true, how anxiety can interfere with our lives, and share practical tips for addressing it in the moment, as well as strategies for reducing it long-term. My guest is Dr. Maureen Pierce, a health psychologist who specializes in working with people with chronic pain and chronic illness, as well as first responders. Many people with autoimmune disease struggle with anxiety as well. In this episode we talk about why that's true, how anxiety can interfere with our lives, and share practical tips for addressing it in the moment, Many people with autoimmune disease struggle with anxiety as well. In this episode we talk about why that's true, how anxiety can interfere with our lives, and share practical tips for addressing it in the moment, as well as strategies for reducing it long-term. My guest is Dr. Maureen Pierce, a health psychologist who specializes in working with people with chronic pain and chronic illness, as well as first responders. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:01:52 Episode 145: Wahls Protocol Research Update https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-145-wahls-protocol-research-update/ Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=57562 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-145-wahls-protocol-research-update/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-145-wahls-protocol-research-update/feed/ 0 Most of you are familiar with Dr. Terry Wahls. She's a physician with multiple sclerosis who reversed her symptoms dramatically, going from a wheelchair to a bicycle after implementing diet and lifestyle changes. That program is now called The Wahls Protocol and has been the subject of multiple medical studies, proving its effectiveness for others as well. In this episode, we summarize all the research, from the very first study to the current clinical trial comparing the Wahls & Swank diets for patients with MS. We also talk about a future clinical trial which will compare the Wahls Protocol to medication. Most of you are familiar with Dr. Terry Wahls. She's a physician with multiple sclerosis who reversed her symptoms dramatically, going from a wheelchair to a bicycle after implementing diet and lifestyle changes. Most of you are familiar with Dr. Terry Wahls. She's a physician with multiple sclerosis who reversed her symptoms dramatically, going from a wheelchair to a bicycle after implementing diet and lifestyle changes. That program is now called The Wahls Protocol and has been the subject of multiple medical studies, proving its effectiveness for others as well. In this episode, we summarize all the research, from the very first study, to the current clinical trial comparing the Wahls & Swank diets, to Terry's upcoming trial comparing the Wahls Protocol to standard medical treatment. Eileen Laird 54:56 Episode 144: Early Pandemic Podcast – Coronavirus & Autoimmune Disease with Andrea Nakayama https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-144-coronavirus-autoimmune-disease-with-andrea-nakayama/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 12:00:42 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=57822 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-144-coronavirus-autoimmune-disease-with-andrea-nakayama/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-144-coronavirus-autoimmune-disease-with-andrea-nakayama/feed/ 0 Note to listeners: This podcast was recorded early in the pandemic in March 2020. While the advice on diet, lifestyle, and mindset still applies, scientifically we didn't have full knowledge of the pandemic. For more up-to-date information, listen to the following episodes: In Episode 154, we discuss what increases and decreases risk for a severe COVID-19 infection outcome for people with autoimmune disease. In Episode 175, we talk about Long COVID Syndrome. And in Episode 187, we answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines for people with autoimmune disease. Note to listeners: This podcast was recorded early in the pandemic in March 2020. While the advice on diet, lifestyle, and mindset still applies, scientifically we didn't have full knowledge of the pandemic. For more up-to-date information, This is a frightening time in the world, especially for people with health vulnerabilities. Our goal today is to separate fact from fiction, reduce some of the anxiety you might be feeling, and share practical advice on how to support your health during this time – physically, mentally, and emotionally. My guest is Andrea Nakayama. You might be familiar with her from past podcasts. She's one of my favorite guests because she's highly knowledgeable, sees the big picture when it comes to health, and believes in patient empowerment, which is what we need right now. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:13:23 Episode 143: How to Survive an Autoimmune Flare https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-143-how-to-survive-an-autoimmune-flare/ Fri, 06 Mar 2020 13:00:40 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=57172 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-143-how-to-survive-an-autoimmune-flare/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-143-how-to-survive-an-autoimmune-flare/feed/ 0 Flares are one of the scariest parts of autoimmune disease. They're unpredictable, often very painful, sometimes disabling, and always disruptive to our plans. In this episode, three autoimmune warriors share their best tips for making it through autoimmune flares with strength and self-compassion. We talk about favorite foods, lifestyle hacks, mindset techniques, and more. Flares are one of the scariest parts of autoimmune disease. They're unpredictable, often very painful, sometimes disabling, and always disruptive to our plans. In this episode, three autoimmune warriors share their best tips for making it through autoi... Flares are one of the scariest parts of autoimmune disease. They're unpredictable, often very painful, sometimes disabling, and always disruptive to our plans. In this episode, three autoimmune warriors share their best tips for making it through autoimmune flares with strength and self-compassion. We talk about favorite foods, lifestyle hacks, mindset techniques, and more. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:14:59 Episode 142: Osteoporosis & Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Amy Nett https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-142-osteoporosis-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-amy-nett/ Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:00:36 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=56735 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-142-osteoporosis-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-amy-nett/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-142-osteoporosis-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-amy-nett/feed/ 0 Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become weak and brittle, and it’s usually associated with aging. But it turns out that autoimmune disease increases our risk of getting this condition at a younger age. In this episode, we talk about why this is true and what we can do to prevent and reverse it. What tests are available? What treatments are helpful? What self-care steps are most effective for maintaining our bone health? My guest is functional medicine physician, Dr. Amy Nett. She answers these questions and more. Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become weak and brittle, and it’s usually associated with aging. But it turns out that autoimmune disease increases our risk of getting this condition at a younger age. In this episode, Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become weak and brittle, and it’s usually associated with aging. But it turns out that autoimmune disease increases our risk of getting this condition at a younger age. In this episode, we talk about why this is true and what we can do to prevent and reverse it. What tests are available? What treatments are helpful? What self-care steps are most effective for maintaining our bone health? My guest is functional medicine physician, Dr. Amy Nett. She answers these questions and more. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:09:34 Episode 141: Overcoming Sugar Cravings with Dr. Vickie Bhatia https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-141-overcoming-sugar-cravings-with-dr-vickie-bhatia/ Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:00:42 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=56056 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-141-overcoming-sugar-cravings-with-dr-vickie-bhatia/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-141-overcoming-sugar-cravings-with-dr-vickie-bhatia/feed/ 0 While not everyone has a sweet tooth, a lot of us do, and it's often hard to break the sugar habit. Why is that so true? It turns out there are a lot of forces driving those cravings: emotional, psychological, and even biological. It's no wonder they're not easy to resist. In today's episode, we dive into the details. My guest is holistic psychologist Dr. Vickie Bhatia. We discuss everything from the gut microbiome and brain chemistry, to the emotions surrounding food, to the psychology of habit change. Most importantly, we share practical tips for making empowered food choices, and breaking the sugar craving cycle. While not everyone has a sweet tooth, a lot of us do, and it's often hard to break the sugar habit. Why is that so true? It turns out there are a lot of forces driving those cravings: emotional, psychological, and even biological. While not everyone has a sweet tooth, a lot of us do, and it's often hard to break the sugar habit. Why is that so true? It turns out there are a lot of forces driving those cravings: emotional, psychological, and even biological. Its no wonder they're not easy to resist. In today's episode, we dive into the details. My guest is holistic psychologist Dr. Vickie Bhatia. We discuss everything from the gut microbiome and brain chemistry, to the emotions surrounding food, to the psychology of habit change. Most importantly, we share practical tips for making empowered food choices, and breaking the sugar craving cycle. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:01:22 Episode 140: Autoimmunity & the Brain with Donna Jackson Nakazawa https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-140-autoimmunity-the-brain-with-donna-jackson-nakazawa/ Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:00:22 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=55480 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-140-autoimmunity-the-brain-with-donna-jackson-nakazawa/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-140-autoimmunity-the-brain-with-donna-jackson-nakazawa/feed/ 0 If you’ve ever experienced brain fog, anxiety, or mood issues alongside your autoimmune symptoms, you’re not alone. Doctors know that mental health issues often increase with an autoimmune diagnosis, and a new scientific discovery might explain why. There are cells in the brain called microglia that are actually part of the immune system. And just as our body’s immune system can go into overdrive and cause chronic inflammation with autoimmune disease, the same thing can happen in our brains. My guest is science journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa. Her latest book is called The Angel and The Assassin, and it’s all about these little brain cells and how they can help us or harm us. If you’ve ever experienced brain fog, anxiety, or mood issues alongside your autoimmune symptoms, you’re not alone. Doctors know that mental health issues often increase with an autoimmune diagnosis, and a new scientific discovery might explain why. If you’ve ever experienced brain fog, anxiety, or mood issues alongside your autoimmune symptoms, you’re not alone. Doctors know that mental health issues often increase with an autoimmune diagnosis, and a new scientific discovery might explain why. There are cells in the brain called microglia that are actually part of the immune system. And just as our body’s immune system can go into overdrive and cause chronic inflammation with autoimmune disease, the same thing can happen in our brains. My guest is science journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa. Her latest book is called The Angel and The Assassin, and it’s all about these little brain cells and how they can help us or harm us. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:00:11 Episode 139: Healing Stories 7 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-139-healing-stories-7/ Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:00:40 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=54901 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-139-healing-stories-7/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-139-healing-stories-7/feed/ 0 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 Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Sjogren's Syndrome, Vasculitis, Celiac Disease, Type 1 Diabetes, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Antisynthetase Syndrome, 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, and 113. Let’s inspire each other! 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, 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 Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Sjogren's Syndrome, Vasculitis, Celiac Disease, Type 1 Diabetes, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Antisynthetase Syndrome, 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, and 113. Let’s inspire each other! Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:40:14 Episode 138: Best Of – Exercise and Autoimmune Disease https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-138-best-of-exercise-and-autoimmune-disease/ Fri, 27 Dec 2019 13:00:34 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=54878 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-138-best-of-exercise-and-autoimmune-disease/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-138-best-of-exercise-and-autoimmune-disease/feed/ 0 This is one of the most popular podcast episodes! The right exercise has the potential to improve our health, but the wrong exercise can cause an autoimmune flare. Our needs will often change from month to month, maybe even from day to day. In this podcast, I share my own experience of how my exercise needs have changed since being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I also interview 3 other people about their exercise experiences as well. One guest has multiple sclerosis, one has Crohn’s disease, and the other has Hashimoto’s. This is one of the most popular podcast episodes! The right exercise has the potential to improve our health, but the wrong exercise can cause an autoimmune flare. Our needs will often change from month to month, maybe even from day to day. In support of my own autoimmune health, I’m taking a sabbatical for the month of December and releasing two of my favorite episodes from the archives that you might have missed. Today’s episode is one of the most popular of all time. The right exercise has the potential to improve our health, but the wrong exercise can cause an autoimmune flare. Our needs will often change from month to month, maybe even from day to day. In this podcast, I share my own experience of how my exercise needs have changed since being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I also interview 3 other people about their exercise experiences as well. One guest has multiple sclerosis, one has Crohn’s disease, and the other has Hashimoto’s. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:09:14 Episode 137: Best Of – MTHFR with Dr. Ben Lynch https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-137-best-of-mthfr-with-dr-ben-lynch/ Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:00:38 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=54708 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-137-best-of-mthfr-with-dr-ben-lynch/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-137-best-of-mthfr-with-dr-ben-lynch/feed/ 0 This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! Once you start researching alternative approaches to treating autoimmune disease, it isn’t long before you hear of a gene mutation that can be a root cause for chronic illness and also a healing stumbling block. It’s called MTHFR. This is a very complex topic, and it’s easy to misunderstand and make mistakes trying to treat it. Our goal today is to explain MTHFR clearly in layman’s terms, talk about how you can tell if this mutation is indeed impacting your own health, and help you find a qualified practitioner to guide treatment. My guest is Dr. Ben Lynch, a world-renowned expert on this topic. He's the expert consulted by other experts. This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! Once you start researching alternative approaches to treating autoimmune disease, it isn’t long before you hear of a gene mutation that can be a root cause for chronic illness and also... In support of my own autoimmune health, I'm taking a sabbatical for the month of December and releasing two of my favorite episodes from the archives that you might have missed. Today's episode is one of the most popular of all time. Once you start researching alternative approaches to treating autoimmune disease, it isn’t long before you hear of a gene mutation that can be a root cause for chronic illness and also a healing stumbling block. It’s called MTHFR. This is a very complex topic, and it’s easy to misunderstand and make mistakes trying to treat it. Our goal today is to explain MTHFR clearly in layman’s terms, talk about how you can tell if this mutation is indeed impacting your own health, and help you find a qualified practitioner to guide treatment. My guest is Dr. Ben Lynch, a world-renowned expert on this topic. He's the expert consulted by other experts. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:11:39 Episode 136: Loneliness with Dr. Ellen Vora https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-136-loneliness-with-dr-ellen-vora/ Fri, 29 Nov 2019 05:01:46 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=54279 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-136-loneliness-with-dr-ellen-vora/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-136-loneliness-with-dr-ellen-vora/feed/ 0 When we feel lonely or isolated, it can seem like we’re the only person experiencing it, yet loneliness has become an epidemic affecting millions. Living with chronic illness can be an especially isolating experience, and it all becomes more poignant around the holidays. In addition to being emotionally painful, loneliness also carries health risks. It's been compared to smoking 15 cigarettes a day for its negative impact on health and longevity. But loneliness isn't a life sentence. In this podcast episode, we share practical tips for overcoming feelings of loneliness and expanding our social connections again. My guest is Dr. Ellen Vora. She is a psychiatrist who takes a functional medicine approach to mental health. When we feel lonely or isolated, it can seem like we’re the only person experiencing it, yet loneliness has become an epidemic affecting millions. Living with chronic illness can be an especially isolating experience, When we feel lonely or isolated, it can seem like we’re the only person experiencing it, yet loneliness has become an epidemic affecting millions. Living with chronic illness can be an especially isolating experience, and it all becomes more poignant around the holidays. In addition to being emotionally painful, loneliness also carries health risks. It's been compared to smoking 15 cigarettes a day for its negative impact on health and longevity. But loneliness isn't a life sentence. In this podcast episode, we share practical tips for overcoming feelings of loneliness and expanding our social connections again. My guest is Dr. Ellen Vora. She is a psychiatrist who takes a functional medicine approach to mental health. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:09:10 Episode 135: The Placebo and Nocebo Effect with Erik Vance https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-135-the-placebo-and-nocebo-effect-with-erik-vance/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:00:54 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=54048 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-135-the-placebo-and-nocebo-effect-with-erik-vance/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-135-the-placebo-and-nocebo-effect-with-erik-vance/feed/ 0 If the placebo effect taps into our body's natural healing capability, and the nocebo effect can turn fear into physical symptoms, these are things we need to understand. In this podcast we dive into the research to try to make sense of one of the human body's great mysteries. My guest is science journalist Erik Vance, author of the book Suggestible You. If the placebo effect taps into our body's natural healing capability, and the nocebo effect can turn fear into physical symptoms, these are things we need to understand. In this podcast we dive into the research to try to make sense of one of the huma... If the placebo effect taps into our body's natural healing capability, and the nocebo effect can turn fear into physical symptoms, these are things we need to understand. In this podcast we dive into the research to try to make sense of one of the human body's great mysteries. My guest is science journalist Erik Vance, author of the book Suggestible You. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 58:49 Episode 134: Orthorexia with Imei Hsu https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-134-orthorexia-with-imei-hsu/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 12:00:47 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=53783 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-134-orthorexia-with-imei-hsu/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-134-orthorexia-with-imei-hsu/feed/ 0 What's the line between a healing diet and a harmful one? Orthorexia is a term that was first coined in the late 1990’s by Dr. Steven Bratman. It refers to an obsessive focus on healthy eating that becomes clinically impairing. This idea has become controversial in the paleo autoimmune community. Does a healing diet automatically set you up for orthorexia? What does it mean to eat in a way that supports your health? And what does it look like when this goal becomes unhealthy? My guest is Imei Hsu. She’s a registered nurse and clinical psychotherapist, and eating disorders are one of her specialties. She also has autoimmune disease herself as well as food allergies. What's the line between a healing diet and a harmful one? Orthorexia is a term that was first coined in the late 1990’s by Dr. Steven Bratman. It refers to an obsessive focus on healthy eating that becomes clinically impairing. What's the line between a healing diet and a harmful one? Orthorexia is a term that was first coined in the late 1990’s by Dr. Steven Bratman. It refers to an obsessive focus on healthy eating that becomes clinically impairing. This idea has become controversial in the paleo autoimmune community. Does a healing diet automatically set you up for orthorexia? What does it mean to eat in a way that supports your health? And what does it look like when this goal becomes unhealthy? My guest is Imei Hsu. She’s a registered nurse and clinical psychotherapist, and eating disorders are one of her specialties. She also has autoimmune disease herself as well as food allergies. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 57:40 Episode 133: The Gut Microbiome with Dr. Lucy Mailing https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-133-the-gut-microbiome-with-dr-lucy-mailing/ Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:00:31 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=53501 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-133-the-gut-microbiome-with-dr-lucy-mailing/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-133-the-gut-microbiome-with-dr-lucy-mailing/feed/ 0 There’s a community of 38 trillion microorganisms living in and on our bodies, and most of them reside in our gut. That's equal to the number of cells in the human body. By this definition, we are only 50% human. This is why gut health has such a huge impact on human health, and research in this area is exploding. What does the science say about the intersection between the gut microbiome and autoimmune health? Where can we apply that knowledge in our own lives? And what are some common myths and misconceptions that new research is starting to dispel? My guest today is Dr. Lucy Mailing, a research scientist specializing in how diet and lifestyle impact the gut microbiome in both health and disease states. There’s a community of 38 trillion microorganisms living in and on our bodies, and most of them reside in our gut. That's equal to the number of cells in the human body. By this definition, we are only 50% human. There’s a community of 38 trillion microorganisms living in and on our bodies, and most of them reside in our gut. That's equal to the number of cells in the human body. By this definition, we are only 50% human. This is why gut health has such a huge impact on human health, and research in this area is exploding. What does the science say about the intersection between the gut microbiome and autoimmune health? Where can we apply that knowledge in our own lives? And what are some common myths and misconceptions that new research is starting to dispel? My guest today is Dr. Lucy Mailing, a research scientist specializing in how diet and lifestyle impact the gut microbiome in both health and disease states. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:02:41 Episode 132: Sex and Autoimmune Disease with Kate Wolovsky https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-132-sex-and-autoimmune-disease-with-kate-wolovsky/ Fri, 04 Oct 2019 12:00:54 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=53101 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-132-sex-and-autoimmune-disease-with-kate-wolovsky/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-132-sex-and-autoimmune-disease-with-kate-wolovsky/feed/ 0 Sexual intimacy can be challenging even in healthy couples. It’s an area that many of us aren’t comfortable talking about, but when you add chronic illness, the obstacles increase exponentially. Depending on your condition, you might be experiencing extreme fatigue, chronic pain, limited range of motion, muscle spasms, disability, bowel issues, skin conditions, and more. It’s natural for this to have an impact on libido, body image, and relationships. My guest, Kate Wolovsky, is a mental health counselor who specializes in the intersection of disability and sexuality. She also has multiple sclerosis herself, and her husband is disabled as well. In this podcast, she helps us break through taboos to talk about sexuality openly, sharing both her personal experience and professional advice.  Sexual intimacy can be challenging even in healthy couples. It’s an area that many of us aren’t comfortable talking about, but when you add chronic illness, the obstacles increase exponentially. Depending on your condition, Sexual intimacy can be challenging even in healthy couples. It’s an area that many of us aren’t comfortable talking about, but when you add chronic illness, the obstacles increase exponentially. Depending on your condition, you might be experiencing extreme fatigue, chronic pain, limited range of motion, muscle spasms, disability, bowel issues, skin conditions, and more. It’s natural for this to have an impact on libido, body image, and relationships. My guest, Kate Wolovsky, is a mental health counselor who specializes in the intersection of disability and sexuality. She also has multiple sclerosis herself, and her husband is disabled as well. In today's podcast, she helps us break through taboos to talk about sexuality openly, sharing both her personal experience and professional advice. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird yes 1:01:02 Episode 131: Blood Sugar & Autoimmunity with Dr. Jeff Horacek https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-131-blood-sugar-autoimmunity-with-dr-jeff-horacek/ Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:00:02 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=52608 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-131-blood-sugar-autoimmunity-with-dr-jeff-horacek/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-131-blood-sugar-autoimmunity-with-dr-jeff-horacek/feed/ 0 Blood sugar is one of the building blocks of life. It gives our cells the energy they need to do their jobs. Yet when our blood sugar gets too high, drops too low, or swings wildly between these extremes, it negatively impacts our health on multiple levels, including autoimmune health. In this podcast, we'll be taking a deep dive into this topic. What factors influence blood sugar levels? How can we tell if ours is out of balance? What are the common symptoms? What tests are helpful? And what diet and lifestyle choices harm vs. help? My guest is Dr. Jeff Horacek, a functional medicine physician with over 20 years of experience. Blood sugar is one of his medical specialties. Blood sugar is one of the building blocks of life. It gives our cells the energy they need to do their jobs. Yet when our blood sugar gets too high, drops too low, or swings wildly between these extremes, it negatively impacts our health on multiple le... Blood sugar is one of the building blocks of life. It gives our cells the energy they need to do their jobs. Yet when our blood sugar gets too high, drops too low, or swings wildly between these extremes, it negatively impacts our health on multiple levels, including autoimmune health. In this podcast, we'll be taking a deep dive into this topic. What factors influence blood sugar levels? How can we tell if ours is out of balance? What are the common symptoms? What tests are helpful? And what diet and lifestyle choices harm vs. help? My guest is Dr. Jeff Horacek, a functional medicine physician with over 20 years of experience. Blood sugar is one of his medical specialties. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:05:31 Episode 130: Long-Term Healing Diets https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-130-long-term-healing-diets/ Fri, 06 Sep 2019 12:00:14 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=52274 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-130-long-term-healing-diets/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-130-long-term-healing-diets/feed/ 0 This episode marks the 5-year anniversary of this podcast! When I was thinking about how I wanted to celebrate, I decided to invite 2 friends onto the show who have been following a healing diet for 5 years or more. But that doesn’t mean our diet today looks the same as it did on day 1 of this journey. We’ve personalized it over the years, learning what does and doesn’t work for our unique bodies. We’ve had setbacks and recoveries, and we’ve learned to navigate our bodies’ changing needs. This episode marks the 5-year anniversary of this podcast! When I was thinking about how I wanted to celebrate, I decided to invite 2 friends onto the show who have been following a healing diet for 5 years or more. This episode marks the 5-year anniversary of this podcast! When I was thinking about how I wanted to celebrate, I decided to invite 2 friends onto the show who have been following a healing diet for 5 years or more. But that doesn’t mean our diet today looks the same as it did on day 1 of this journey. We’ve personalized it over the years, learning what does and doesn’t work for our unique bodies. We’ve had setbacks and recoveries, and we’ve learned to navigate our bodies’ changing needs. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:21:30 Episode 129: Resilience with Dr. Cynthia Li https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-129-resilience-with-dr-cynthia-li/ Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:00:26 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=51877 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-129-resilience-with-dr-cynthia-li/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-129-resilience-with-dr-cynthia-li/feed/ 0 Our topic today is Resilience, that ability to bounce back from life’s hardships. With autoimmune disease, we get lots of practice. Sometimes we feel strong and capable of overcoming suffering. Other times we feel beaten down and frightened by our body’s unpredictability. The good news is that resilience isn't something you either have or you don’t. Resilience is a trait we can nurture. My guest is Dr. Cynthia Li, a functional medicine physician who has autoimmune disease herself. The intensity of her own health challenges ended up being a masterclass in resilience, and also changed the way she practiced medicine. Our topic today is Resilience, that ability to bounce back from life’s hardships. With autoimmune disease, we get lots of practice. Sometimes we feel strong and capable of overcoming suffering. Other times we feel beaten down and frightened by our body... Our topic today is Resilience, that ability to bounce back from life’s hardships. With autoimmune disease, we get lots of practice. Sometimes we feel strong and capable of overcoming suffering. Other times we feel beaten down and frightened by our body’s unpredictability. The good news is that resilience isn't something you either have or you don’t. Resilience is a trait we can nurture. My guest is Dr. Cynthia Li, a functional medicine physician who has autoimmune disease herself. The intensity of her own health challenges ended up being a masterclass in resilience, and also changed the way she practiced medicine. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:10:20 Episode 128: Best Of – Mind-Body Nutrition with Marc David https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-128-best-of-mind-body-nutrition-with-marc-david/ Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:00:29 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=51674 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-128-best-of-mind-body-nutrition-with-marc-david/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-128-best-of-mind-body-nutrition-with-marc-david/feed/ 0 This is one of my favorite podcast episodes! How does mindset impact nutrition and food tolerance? At its most basic level, food is sustenance. It fuels us for life. But food is more than just a source of energy. Emotions surround the experience of eating as well. Food can comfort and bring joy, yet it can also inspire feelings of guilt. People also connect with each other over food, building memories, traditions, and even identities. And when you're following a healing diet, there’s gratitude for food being medicine, often combined with feelings of deprivation, rebellion and grief. It's complex! Here's the fascinating part you might not realize: Not only does food inspire emotion, but emotions impact our ability to digest our food, including how well we tolerate foods. That's the subject of our podcast today. This is one of my favorite podcast episodes! How does mindset impact nutrition and food tolerance? At its most basic level, food is sustenance. It fuels us for life. But food is more than just a source of energy. Due to a recent bout of pneumonia, I'm taking some time to focus on my health. Today's episode is a favorite from my podcast archives. At its basic level, food is sustenance. It fuels us for life. But food is more than just a source of energy. Emotions surround the experience of eating as well. Food can comfort and bring joy, yet it can also inspire feelings of guilt. People also connect with each other over food, building memories, traditions, and even identities. And when you're following a healing diet, there’s gratitude for food being medicine, often combined with feelings of deprivation, rebellion and grief. It's complex! Here's the fascinating part you might not realize: Not only does food inspire emotion, but emotions impact our ability to digest our food, including how well we tolerate foods. That's the subject of our podcast today. My guest is Marc David, the founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:05:35 Episode 127: Best Of – Social Lives on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-127-best-of-social-lives-on-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/ Fri, 26 Jul 2019 12:00:24 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=51496 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-127-best-of-social-lives-on-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-127-best-of-social-lives-on-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/feed/ 0 This is one of the most popular podcasts - for good reason! In cultures around the world, we gather together over food: we have dinner dates, drinks with friends, favorite festivals, and big family meals at our grandparents’ house. What happens when we can’t eat that food any more? Some people make the mistake of giving up their social life altogether because they simply don’t know how to manage it. In this podcast, 3 experienced AIP-ers share their experience and advice for having a full and fun social life while still staying true to your healing diet. It can be done! This is one of the most popular podcasts - for good reason! In cultures around the world, we gather together over food: we have dinner dates, drinks with friends, favorite festivals, and big family meals at our grandparents’ house. Due to a recent bout of pneumonia, I need to take some time to focus on my health. I'm taking a sabbatical for the next few weeks and releasing two of my favorite episodes from the archives that you might have missed. Today's episode is one of the most popular ever, and summer seems like the perfect time to re-release it! It's the season of barbecues, picnics, weddings, festivals, and an increase in social events overall. When you're following a diet like the paleo autoimmune protocol, how do you manage it? Some people make the mistake of giving up their social life altogether. Today, I have 3 experienced AIP-ers on the podcast to share their tips for having a full and fun social life while still staying true to your healing diet. It can be done! Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:15:37 Episode 126: Hashimoto’s AIP Medical Study https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-126-hashimotos-aip-medical-study/ Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:00:16 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=51027 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-126-hashimotos-aip-medical-study/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-126-hashimotos-aip-medical-study/feed/ 0 I have some exciting research to share! It's the first medical study looking at the paleo autoimmune protocol as an intervention for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The results were impressive! In this episode, Dr. Rob Abbott and Angie Alt (the research team) give us all the details. I have some exciting research to share! It's the first medical study looking at the paleo autoimmune protocol as an intervention for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The results were impressive! In this episode, Dr. I have some exciting research to share! It's the first medical study looking at the paleo autoimmune protocol as an intervention for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The results were impressive! In this episode, Dr. Rob Abbott and Angie Alt (the research team) give us all the details. Eileen Laird 1:05:11 Episode 125: The Pursuit of Perfect Health with Dr. Terry Wahls https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-125-the-pursuit-of-perfect-health-with-dr-terry-wahls/ Fri, 28 Jun 2019 12:00:04 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=50879 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-125-the-pursuit-of-perfect-health-with-dr-terry-wahls/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-125-the-pursuit-of-perfect-health-with-dr-terry-wahls/feed/ 0 Most of you know Dr. Terry Wahls' story. She is a physician who developed multiple sclerosis, and in spite of the best that conventional medicine had to offer, she ended up confined to a tilt-recline wheelchair. She started to research nutrition and lifestyle interventions, eventually creating The Wahls Protocol. She's no longer in a wheelchair, and is now able to ride a bicycle to and from work. That said, she's not cured, even though she's often presented that way in the media. In this podcast we tackle the difficult conversation of what it means to heal, how not to compare your results to someone else's, the difference between progress vs. perfection, and the role acceptance plays in this journey. Most of you know Dr. Terry Wahls' story. She is a physician who developed multiple sclerosis, and in spite of the best that conventional medicine had to offer, she ended up confined to a tilt-recline wheelchair. Most of you know Dr. Terry Wahls' story. She is a physician who developed multiple sclerosis, and in spite of the best that conventional medicine had to offer, she ended up confined to a tilt-recline wheelchair. She started to research nutrition and lifestyle interventions, eventually creating The Wahls Protocol. She's no longer in a wheelchair, and is now able to ride a bicycle to and from work. That said, she's not cured, even though she's often presented that way in the media. In this podcast we tackle the difficult conversation of what it means to heal, how not to compare your results to someone else's, the difference between progress vs. perfection, and the role acceptance plays in this journey. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 55:58 Episode 124: The Best & Worst Things People Say When You Have Autoimmune Disease https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-124-the-best-worst-things-people-say-when-you-have-autoimmune-disease/ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:00:53 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=50707 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-124-the-best-worst-things-people-say-when-you-have-autoimmune-disease/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-124-the-best-worst-things-people-say-when-you-have-autoimmune-disease/feed/ 0 Everything happens for a reason. What did you do to cause this? At least it's not cancer. Oh, I heard about this cure online... Is this sounding familiar? An interesting part of the human experience is that when faced with someone's pain, people are often at a loss about what to say and end up saying some really unhelpful and hurtful things. But occasionally, people say exactly the right thing. In this episode, we vent about some of the most outrageous things we’ve been told about our autoimmune diagnosis, and celebrate some of the most helpful. Everything happens for a reason. What did you do to cause this? At least it's not cancer. Oh, I heard about this cure online... Is this sounding familiar? An interesting part of the human experience is that when faced with someone's pain, Everything happens for a reason. What did you do to cause this? At least it's not cancer. Oh, I heard about this cure online... Is this sounding familiar? An interesting part of the human experience is that when faced with someone's pain, people are often at a loss about what to say and end up saying some really unhelpful and hurtful things. But occasionally, people say exactly the right thing. In this episode, we vent about some of the most outrageous things we’ve been told about our autoimmune diagnosis, and celebrate some of the most helpful. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:12:35 Episode 123: The Forgiveness Controversy with Dr. Harriet Lerner https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-123-the-forgiveness-controversy-with-dr-harriet-lerner/ Fri, 31 May 2019 12:00:10 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=50580 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-123-the-forgiveness-controversy-with-dr-harriet-lerner/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-123-the-forgiveness-controversy-with-dr-harriet-lerner/feed/ 0 There’s some compelling research that suggests the inability to forgive leads to negative health consequences, and the practice of forgiveness can have health benefits. When it comes to small injustices, this seems relatively easy to do. But what if you have experienced something that you find unforgivable? Is forgiveness a requirement for healing? The pressure to forgive can feel like getting re-victimized all over again. In this podcast, we take a deep look at this topic. My guest is clinical psychologist and bestselling author, Dr. Harriet Lerner. There’s some compelling research that suggests the inability to forgive leads to negative health consequences, and the practice of forgiveness can have health benefits. When it comes to small injustices, this seems relatively easy to do. There’s some compelling research that suggests the inability to forgive leads to negative health consequences, and the practice of forgiveness can have health benefits. When it comes to small injustices, this seems relatively easy to do. But what if you have experienced something that you find unforgiveable? Is forgiveness a requirement for healing? The pressure to forgive can feel like getting re-victimized all over again. In this podcast, we take a deep look at this topic. My guest is clinical psychologist and bestselling author, Dr. Harriet Lerner. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:02:02 Episode 122: Brain Fog with Dr. Tim Gerstmar https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-122-brain-fog-with-dr-tim-gerstmar/ Fri, 17 May 2019 04:01:50 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=50186 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-122-brain-fog-with-dr-tim-gerstmar/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-122-brain-fog-with-dr-tim-gerstmar/feed/ 0 Do you ever feel like your brain isn’t working quite right – that you can’t remember things, or think clearly, or focus and make decisions? That simple tasks feel challenging, and complex tasks feel impossible? This cluster of symptoms is often called Brain Fog, because that’s what it feels like – that there’s a fog bank surrounding your brain, making everything more difficult. It’s also common to feel physically clumsy on brain fog days as well. In this podcast, we’re doing a deep dive into the root causes of brain fog, and how we can identify and treat them. Do you ever feel like your brain isn’t working quite right – that you can’t remember things, or think clearly, or focus and make decisions? That simple tasks feel challenging, and complex tasks feel impossible? Do you ever feel like your brain isn’t working quite right – that you can’t remember things, or think clearly, or focus and make decisions? That simple tasks feel challenging, and complex tasks feel impossible? This cluster of symptoms is often called Brain Fog, because that’s what it feels like – that there’s a fog bank surrounding your brain, making everything more difficult. It’s also common to feel physically clumsy on brain fog days as well. Today, we’re doing a deep dive into the root causes of brain fog, and how we can identify and treat them. Our guest is Dr. Tim Gerstmar, ND. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:09:06 Episode 121: Time Management with Laura Vanderkam https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-121-time-management-with-laura-vanderkam/ Fri, 03 May 2019 12:00:06 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=49912 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-121-time-management-with-laura-vanderkam/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-121-time-management-with-laura-vanderkam/feed/ 0 In this podcast, we’re taking a big picture look at time. How can we gain clarity on where our time goes? How can we start to feel in control of time, rather than buffeted by it? What makes it slow down in some moments and speed up in others? Is it possible to be productive and feel relaxed at the same time? And how can we flex our expectations and our schedules when our health fluctuates? My guest is Laura Vanderkam, an expert on the subject of maximizing time. In this podcast, we’re taking a big picture look at time. How can we gain clarity on where our time goes? How can we start to feel in control of time, rather than buffeted by it? What makes it slow down in some moments and speed up in others? In this podcast, we’re taking a big picture look at time. How can we gain clarity on where our time goes? How can we start to feel in control of time, rather than buffeted by it? What makes it slow down in some moments and speed up in others? Is it possible to be productive and feel relaxed at the same time? And how can we flex our expectations and our schedules when our health fluctuates? My guest is Laura Vanderkam, an expert on the subject of maximizing time. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 52:47 Episode 120: Scleroderma with Dr. Aly Cohen https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-120-scleroderma-with-dr-aly-cohen/ Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:00:58 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=49230 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-120-scleroderma-with-dr-aly-cohen/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-120-scleroderma-with-dr-aly-cohen/feed/ 0 In this podcast episode, we take a detailed look at Scleroderma. How does it differ from other autoimmune diseases, and how is it diagnosed? Can diet and lifestyle make a difference? What are the best supplements? Is medication always necessary, and how do you make that decision? My guest is integrative rheumatologist Dr. Aly Cohen. Her approach combines the wisdom of Western and Eastern Medicine together. In this podcast episode, we take a detailed look at Scleroderma. How does it differ from other autoimmune diseases, and how is it diagnosed? Can diet and lifestyle make a difference? What are the best supplements? Is medication always necessary, Today we take a detailed look at Scleroderma. How does it differ from other autoimmune diseases, and how is it diagnosed? Can diet and lifestyle make a difference? What are the best supplements? Is medication always necessary, and how do you make that decision? My guest is integrative rheumatologist Dr. Aly Cohen. Her approach combines the wisdom of Western and Eastern Medicine together. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:03:52 Episode 119: Fatigue with Andrea Nakayama https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-119-fatigue-with-andrea-nakayama/ Fri, 05 Apr 2019 12:00:11 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=48833 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-119-fatigue-with-andrea-nakayama/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-119-fatigue-with-andrea-nakayama/feed/ 0 Fatigue is a common side effect of autoimmune disease, but it can have many other root causes as well. For some people, it's mild and manageable. For others, it can be disabling. In this episode, we take a detective's perspective on fatigue. If symptoms are messengers, what is our fatigue trying to communicate about our own unique body? And how can we restore our vitality again? My guest is Andrea Nakayama, a world-renowned functional nutritionist, educator and speaker, whose mission is to change the way we do healthcare by empowering patients to reclaim ownership over their own health. Fatigue is a common side effect of autoimmune disease, but it can have many other root causes as well. For some people, it's mild and manageable. For others, it can be disabling. In this episode, we take a detective's perspective on fatigue. Fatigue is a common side effect of autoimmune disease, but it can have many other root causes as well. For some people, it's mild and manageable. For others, it can be disabling. In this episode, we take a detective's perspective on fatigue. If symptoms are messengers, what is our fatigue trying to communicate about our own unique body? And how can we restore our vitality again? My guest is Andrea Nakayama, a world-renowned functional nutritionist, educator and speaker, whose mission is to change the way we do healthcare by empowering patients to reclaim ownership over their own health. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 58:05 Episode 118: Boundaries and the Art of Saying No with Dr. Nicole LePera https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-118-boundaries-and-the-art-of-saying-no-with-dr-nicole-lepera/ Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:00:04 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=48457 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-118-boundaries-and-the-art-of-saying-no-with-dr-nicole-lepera/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-118-boundaries-and-the-art-of-saying-no-with-dr-nicole-lepera/feed/ 0 When we're trying to heal from chronic illness, self-care takes time – everything from preparing homemade meals, to taking time out to manage our stress, to prioritizing sleep at night. If we say yes to these things, we will need to say no to other things. The opposite is also true: if we don’t set boundaries, we won’t have the time we need to take care of ourselves. But today's podcast isn’t just about time. Boundaries are also about respect and relationships. How do we want to be treated? What types of people do we want to surround ourselves with? And how do we have difficult conversations with those we love? My guest is holistic psychologist, Dr. Nicole LePera. Together, we share our best tips for building our boundary muscles. When we're trying to heal from chronic illness, self-care takes time – everything from preparing homemade meals, to taking time out to manage our stress, to prioritizing sleep at night. If we say yes to these things, The ability to say no is a life skill that every human being needs, but it’s even more important when you are trying to heal from chronic illness. The truth is: self-care takes time – everything from preparing homemade meals, to taking time out to manage our stress, and also prioritizing sleep at night. If we say yes to these things, we will need to say no to other things. The opposite is also true: if we don’t set boundaries, we won’t have the time we need to take care of ourselves. But our conversation isn’t just about time. Boundaries are also about respect and relationships. How do we want to be treated? What types of people do we want to surround ourselves with? And how do we have difficult conversations with those we love? In today's podcast, we answer these questions and more. My guest is holistic psychologist, Dr. Nicole LePera. Together, we share our best tips for building our boundary muscles. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:01:26 Episode 117: Eating AIP in a Non-Paleo Home https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-117-eating-aip-in-a-non-paleo-home/ Fri, 08 Mar 2019 13:00:34 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=48158 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-117-eating-aip-in-a-non-paleo-home/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-117-eating-aip-in-a-non-paleo-home/feed/ 0 The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol is a challenging diet under the best of circumstances. But when you’re the only one in your household following this diet, and you’re surrounded by foods you cannot eat, how do you manage? Today, I’ve invited three people onto the podcast to share their experience with us. They all have autoimmune disease. They all went AIP to improve their symptoms and maximize their health. And they're all making this work in non-paleo households. We talk about everything from avoiding food temptations, to eating safely in a gluten-filled kitchen, to blending your dietary needs with those of your friends and family. The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol is a challenging diet under the best of circumstances. But when you’re the only one in your household following this diet, and you’re surrounded by foods you cannot eat, how do you manage? Today, The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol is a challenging diet under the best of circumstances. But when you’re the only one in your household following this diet, and you’re surrounded by foods you cannot eat, how do you manage? Today, I’ve invited three people onto the podcast to share their experience with us. They all have autoimmune disease. They all went AIP to improve their symptoms and maximize their health. And they're all making this work in non-paleo households. We talk about everything from avoiding food temptations, to eating safely in a gluten-filled kitchen, to blending your dietary needs with those of your friends and family. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:07:32 Episode 116: The Gut-Brain Connection with Dr. Lili Wagner https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-116-the-gut-brain-connection-with-dr-lili-wagner/ Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:00:54 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=47528 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-116-the-gut-brain-connection-with-dr-lili-wagner/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-116-the-gut-brain-connection-with-dr-lili-wagner/feed/ 0 Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you were nervous? Or lost your appetite when deeply grieving? We’ve all felt emotions in our gut – there’s even the common saying “gut feeling.” In fact, the more relaxed and content we feel when we eat, the better we digest our food. But did you know the gut-brain connection also goes the other way? That the food we eat can impact how our brain functions? Inflammation in the gut can result in brain fog, mood swings, and even mental health disorders. In this podcast, we talk about the science behind this connection, and how we can harness it for our health – both mental and physical. My guest is Dr. Lili Wagner, a psychologist who specializes in this intersection between diet, lifestyle, digestion, and mental health. Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you were nervous? Or lost your appetite when deeply grieving? We’ve all felt emotions in our gut – there’s even the common saying “gut feeling.” In fact, the more relaxed and content we feel when we e... Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you were nervous? Or lost your appetite when you were deeply grieving? We’ve all felt emotions in our gut – there’s even the common saying “gut feeling.” In fact, the more relaxed and content we feel when we eat, the better we digest our food. But did you know the gut-brain connection also goes the other way? That the food we eat can impact how our brain functions. Inflammatory foods can result in brain fog, mood swings, and even mental health disorders. In this podcast, we talk about the science behind this connection, and how we can harness it for our health – both mental and physical. My guest is Dr. Lili Wagner, a psychologist who specializes in this intersection between diet, lifestyle, digestion, and mental health. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:03:11 Episode 115: Easy AIP with Mickey Trescott https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-115-easy-aip-with-mickey-trescott/ Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:00:07 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=46981 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-115-easy-aip-with-mickey-trescott/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-115-easy-aip-with-mickey-trescott/feed/ 0 This episode is all about making the paleo autoimmune protocol easier to follow. We share our best tips for easy breakfasts, easy lunches, easy dinners, easy snacks, easy sleep, and easy stress management. My guest, Mickey Trescott, is one of the women behind the Autoimmune Wellness blog and podcast, the author of three AIP cookbooks, and a pioneer in the paleo AIP community. This episode is all about making the paleo autoimmune protocol easier to follow. We share our best tips for easy breakfasts, easy lunches, easy dinners, easy snacks, easy sleep, and easy stress management. My guest, Mickey Trescott, This episode is all about making the paleo autoimmune protocol easier to follow. We share our best tips for easy breakfasts, easy lunches, easy dinners, easy snacks, easy sleep, and easy stress management. My guest, Mickey Trescott, is one of the women behind the Autoimmune Wellness blog and podcast, the author of three AIP cookbooks, and a pioneer in the paleo AIP community. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:04:28 Episode 114: Exercise Intolerance with Andrea Wool https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-114-exercise-and-autoimmune-disease-part-2/ Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:00:14 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=46445 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-114-exercise-and-autoimmune-disease-part-2/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-114-exercise-and-autoimmune-disease-part-2/feed/ 0 Why does exercise feel so different after an autoimmune diagnosis? Activities that our bodies loved in the past can now cause an autoimmune flare. Yet, not moving at all isn't healthy either. So, what do we do? In this podcast, we get professional insight into this topic. My guest, Andrea Wool, is a certified personal trainer and founder of Autoimmune Strong - a fitness website designed specifically for people with autoimmune disease. She'll be teaching us about the connection between stress, inflammation, and exercise, alongside its potential risks and benefits to our health. Why does exercise feel so different after an autoimmune diagnosis? Activities that our bodies loved in the past can now cause an autoimmune flare. Yet, not moving at all isn't healthy either. So, what do we do? In this podcast, Why does exercise feel so different after an autoimmune diagnosis? Activities that our bodies loved in the past can now cause an autoimmune flare. Yet, not moving at all isn't healthy either. So, what do we do? In this podcast, we get professional insight into this topic. My guest, Andrea Wool, is a certified personal trainer and founder of Autoimmune Strong - a fitness website designed specifically for people with autoimmune disease. She'll be teaching us about the connection between stress, inflammation, and exercise, alongside its potential risks and benefits to our health. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:01:31 Episode 113: Healing Stories 6 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-113-healing-stories-6/ Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:00:41 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=45743 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-113-healing-stories-6/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-113-healing-stories-6/feed/ 0 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 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 Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Crohn's Disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Adult Onset Stills Disease, but also Autoimmunity in general. And if you want to hear the prior Healing Stories podcasts, check out episodes 1, 14, 30, 43, 61, and 87. Let’s inspire each other! 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 least once a year, 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. Today, we'll be talking about Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Crohn's Disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Adult Onset Stills Disease, but also Autoimmunity in general. And if you want to hear the prior Healing Stories podcasts, check out episodes 1, 14, 30, 43, 61, and 87. Let’s inspire each other! Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:52:18 Episode 112: Best Of – Beyond Food: Healing Lifestyle https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-112-best-of-beyond-food-healing-lifestyle/ Fri, 28 Dec 2018 13:00:33 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=45602 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-112-best-of-beyond-food-healing-lifestyle/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-112-best-of-beyond-food-healing-lifestyle/feed/ 0 This is one of my favorite podcast episodes! As Dr. Sarah Ballantyne says, "Dietary changes aren't effective in isolation. If you don't address lifestyle factors as well, it won't matter how ideal your food choices are." In this podcast, I interview four people about one lifestyle change that has made a big difference in their autoimmune healing journey. This is one of my favorite podcast episodes! As Dr. Sarah Ballantyne says, "Dietary changes aren't effective in isolation. If you don't address lifestyle factors as well, it won't matter how ideal your food choices are." In this podcast, In support of my own autoimmune health, I'm taking a sabbatical for the month of December and releasing two of my favorite episodes from the archives that you might have missed. Today's episode originally aired 3 years ago, but it's a timeless topic. As Dr. Sarah Ballantyne says, "Dietary changes aren't effective in isolation. If you don't address lifestyle factors as well, it won't matter how ideal your food choices are." In this podcast, I interview four people about one lifestyle change that has made a big difference in their autoimmune healing journey. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:07:16 Episode 111: Best Of – Paleo Cooking and Baking Tips from the Masters https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-111-best-of-paleo-cooking-and-baking-tips-from-the-masters/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:00:15 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=45525 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-111-best-of-paleo-cooking-and-baking-tips-from-the-masters/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-111-best-of-paleo-cooking-and-baking-tips-from-the-masters/feed/ 0 This is one of the most popular podcast episodes for a reason! When you first switch to a paleo diet, you lose a lot of your standard recipes, are introduced to a bunch of new ingredients, and it’s not uncommon to feel lost in your own kitchen. Thankfully, we have expert paleo tour guides! Mel Joulwan is the author of the bestselling Well Fed Cookbook Series, Rachael Bryant is the author of the AIP cookbook Nourish, and Laura Vein from the blog Sweet Treats is a former pastry chef turned AIP baker. They share their best tips with us. This is one of the most popular podcast episodes for a reason! When you first switch to a paleo diet, you lose a lot of your standard recipes, are introduced to a bunch of new ingredients, and it’s not uncommon to feel lost in your own kitchen. In support of my own autoimmune health, I'm taking a sabbatical for the month of December and releasing two of my favorite episodes from the archives that you might have missed. Today's episode originally aired 3 years ago, but it's a timeless topic. When you first switch to a paleo diet, you lose a lot of your standard recipes, are introduced to a bunch of new ingredients, and it’s not uncommon to feel lost in your own kitchen. Today, we have expert paleo tour guides! Mel Joulwan is the author of the bestselling Well Fed Cookbook Series, Rachael Bryant is the author of the AIP cookbook Nourish, and Laura Vein from the blog Sweet Treats is a former pastry chef turned AIP baker. They share their best tips with us today. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:33:42 Episode 110: Stem Cell Research with Dr. Jeffrey Cohen https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-110-stem-cell-research-with-dr-jeffrey-cohen/ Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:00:39 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=45409 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-110-stem-cell-research-with-dr-jeffrey-cohen/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-110-stem-cell-research-with-dr-jeffrey-cohen/feed/ 0 Stem cell research is an exciting field with great potential for people with autoimmune disease. When we see the headlines, it’s easy to believe a cure is already here, especially since some commercial clinics promise that. In today's podcast, we separate the hope from the hype. We talk about current clinical trials and what they’re showing, the risks vs. benefits of these treatments, which autoimmune diseases are the focus of the studies, and what we still have to learn. My guest is Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, a physician and stem cell researcher who specializes in multiple sclerosis. Stem cell research is an exciting field with great potential for people with autoimmune disease. When we see the headlines, it’s easy to believe a cure is already here, especially since some commercial clinics promise that. In today's podcast, Stem cell research is an exciting field with great potential for people with autoimmune disease. When we see the headlines, it’s easy to believe a cure is already here, especially since some commercial clinics promise that. In today's podcast, we separate the hope from the hype. We talk about current clinical trials and what they’re showing, the risks vs. benefits of these treatments, which autoimmune diseases are the focus of the studies, and what we still have to learn. My guest is Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, a physician and stem cell researcher who specializes in multiple sclerosis. Eileen Laird 44:53 Episode 109: The Science of Gratitude with Dr. Fuschia Sirois https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-109-the-science-of-gratitude-with-dr-fuschia-sirois/ Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:00:11 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=45121 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-109-the-science-of-gratitude-with-dr-fuschia-sirois/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-109-the-science-of-gratitude-with-dr-fuschia-sirois/feed/ 0 When I was at rock bottom with rheumatoid arthritis and experiencing excruciating pain on a daily basis, I started keeping a gratitude journal. That might seem like a strange time do this, but I deeply needed to focus on something beyond the pain and suffering that had become my entire world. And it helped! It didn’t alleviate my pain, but it did reduce my suffering, because it helped me remember there were still good things in my life. It turns out I’m not alone in feeling these benefits. Research is showing that gratitude can improve both mental and physical health. In this podcast, my guest is Dr. Fuschia Sirois, an expert in the field of gratitude and chronic illness. We discuss the research, alongside practical steps for making gratitude part of our daily lives. When I was at rock bottom with rheumatoid arthritis and experiencing excruciating pain on a daily basis, I started keeping a gratitude journal. That might seem like a strange time do this, but I deeply needed to focus on something beyond the pain and s... When I was at rock bottom with rheumatoid arthritis and experiencing excruciating pain on a daily basis, I started keeping a gratitude journal. That might seem like a strange time do this, but I deeply needed to focus on something beyond the pain and suffering that had become my entire world. And it helped! It didn’t alleviate my pain, but it did reduce my suffering, because it helped me remember there were still good things in my life. It turns out I’m not alone in feeling these benefits. Research is showing that gratitude can improve both mental and physical health. My guest is Dr. Fuschia Sirois, an expert in the field of gratitude and chronic illness. In this podcast, we discuss the research, alongside practical steps for making gratitude part of our daily lives. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 58:46 Episode 108: Trauma & Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Maureen Pierce https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-108-trauma-autoimmunity-with-dr-maureen-pierce/ Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:00:21 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=44719 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-108-trauma-autoimmunity-with-dr-maureen-pierce/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-108-trauma-autoimmunity-with-dr-maureen-pierce/feed/ 0 There's a strong link between trauma and autoimmunity. People who are diagnosed with a stress-related disorder like PTSD are 30-40% more likely to be diagnosed with autoimmune disease. Childhood trauma has an even bigger impact. And the shock of an autoimmune diagnosis combined with life-changing symptoms can qualify as a trauma itself. When it comes to maximizing our health, being aware of this connection is important. Thankfully, there are trauma therapies that can help rebuild our health resilience. My guest is Dr. Maureen Pierce, a health psychologist who specializes in working with people with chronic pain and chronic illness. Not surprisingly, she’s a trauma specialist as well. There's a strong link between trauma and autoimmunity. People who are diagnosed with a stress-related disorder like PTSD are 30-40% more likely to be diagnosed with autoimmune disease. Childhood trauma has an even bigger impact. There's a strong link between trauma and autoimmunity. People who are diagnosed with a stress-related disorder like PTSD are 30-40% more likely to be diagnosed with autoimmune disease. Childhood trauma has an even bigger impact. And the shock of an autoimmune diagnosis combined with life-changing symptoms can qualify as a trauma itself. When it comes to maximizing our health, being aware of this connection is important. Thankfully, there are trauma therapies that can help rebuild our health resilience. My guest today is Dr. Maureen Pierce, a health psychologist who specializes in working with people with chronic pain and chronic illness. Not surprisingly, she’s a trauma specialist as well. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes.<br /> <br /> Eileen Laird 57:51 Episode 107: Research – The Truth Behind the Headlines with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-107-research-the-truth-behind-the-headlines-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:00:07 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=44042 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-107-research-the-truth-behind-the-headlines-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-107-research-the-truth-behind-the-headlines-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/feed/ 0 Here’s the deal – headlines are designed to grab our attention, and it’s not uncommon for reporters to simplify, exaggerate, or completely misrepresent a research study’s results. So, when we care about science and how our choices impact our health, how can we be sure we’re getting accurate information? Today, I’ve invited a research expert onto the podcast who many of you know and love: Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, also known as The Paleo Mom. She's going to teach us how to critique a scientific study for quality, bias, and limits of proof.  Here’s the deal – headlines are designed to grab our attention, and it’s not uncommon for reporters to simplify, exaggerate, or completely misrepresent a research study’s results. So, when we care about science and how our choices impact our health, Here’s the deal – headlines are designed to grab our attention, and it’s not uncommon for reporters to simplify, exaggerate, or completely misrepresent a research study’s results. So, when we care about science and how our choices impact our health, how can we be sure we’re getting accurate information? Today, I’ve invited a research expert onto the podcast who many of you know and love: Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, also known as The Paleo Mom. She's going to teach us how to critique a scientific study for quality, bias, and limits of proof.  Eileen Laird 1:09:13 Episode 106: From Victim to Empowered with Sarah Kolman https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-106-from-victim-to-empowered-with-sarah-kolman/ Fri, 05 Oct 2018 12:00:13 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=43599 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-106-from-victim-to-empowered-with-sarah-kolman/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-106-from-victim-to-empowered-with-sarah-kolman/feed/ 0 We all find ourselves in victim mode once in a while, especially when life is hard. There is a time and place for throwing ourselves a pity party. The key is not getting stuck in that pattern. How do we identify signs that we are in a victim mindset, and how can we shift to feeling empowered, strong and hopeful again? My guest today is Sarah Kolman, an expert in psychoneuroimmunology, the science of how our thoughts and emotions affect immune and autoimmune health. We all find ourselves in victim mode once in a while, especially when life is hard. There is a time and place for throwing ourselves a pity party. The key is not getting stuck in that pattern. How do we identify signs that we are in a victim mindset, We all find ourselves in victim mode once in a while, especially when life is hard. There is a time and place for throwing ourselves a pity party. The key is not getting stuck in that pattern. How do we identify signs that we are in a victim mindset, and how can we shift to feeling empowered, strong and hopeful again? My guest today is Sarah Kolman, an expert in psychoneuroimmunology, the science of how our thoughts and emotions affect immune and autoimmune health. Eileen Laird 1:05:07 Episode 105: Perimenopause & Menopause with Dr. Lara Briden https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-105-perimenopause-menopause-with-dr-lara-briden/ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:00:13 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=42975 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-105-perimenopause-menopause-with-dr-lara-briden/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-105-perimenopause-menopause-with-dr-lara-briden/feed/ 0 There is a complex connection between hormone balance and autoimmune health. The more balanced our hormones, the more balanced our immune system (and vice versa). Over the years, I've dedicated many podcasts to this topic, and in this episode we'll be focusing on the menopausal transition. While smooth for some, this time of life can be rocky for others, leading to sleep issues, mood swings, hot flashes, and autoimmune flares. I'm 49 years old and currently in this transition myself. My guest, Dr. Lara Briden, is a naturopathic doctor who is passionate about women's health. We'll be talking about diet, lifestyle, supplements, and bio-identical hormones - all strategies that can restore balance in this important time of life. There is a complex connection between hormone balance and autoimmune health. The more balanced our hormones, the more balanced our immune system (and vice versa). Over the years, I've dedicated many podcasts to this topic, There is a complex connection between hormone balance and autoimmune health. The more balanced our hormones, the more balanced our immune system (and vice versa). Over the years, I've dedicated many podcasts to this topic, and in this episode we'll be focusing on the menopausal transition. While smooth for some, this time of life can be rocky for others, leading to sleep issues, mood swings, hot flashes, and autoimmune flares. I'm 49 years old and currently in this transition myself. My guest, Dr. Lara Briden, is a naturopathic doctor who is passionate about women's health. We'll be talking about diet, lifestyle, supplements, and bio-identical hormones - all strategies that can restore balance in this important time of life. Eileen Laird 59:01 Episode 104: DNRS with Annie Hopper https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-104-dnrs-with-annie-hopper/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 12:00:12 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=42475 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-104-dnrs-with-annie-hopper/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-104-dnrs-with-annie-hopper/feed/ 0 If you have 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 home 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 rewires the brain (and body) for health. It has helped people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, multiple chemical sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome, mold toxicity, chronic inflammatory response syndrome, mast cell activation, and more. These conditions are often called “mysterious illnesses”, meaning there’s no clear cause or effective treatment. DNRS approaches healing in a new way. If you have 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 home therapy based on neuroplasticity. With chronic illness, If you have 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 home 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 rewires the brain (and body) for health. It has helped people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, multiple chemical sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome, mold toxicity, chronic inflammatory response syndrome, mast cell activation, and more. These conditions are often called “mysterious illnesses”, meaning there’s no clear cause or effective treatment. DNRS approaches healing in a new way. Eileen Laird 1:01:22 Episode 103: Fasting with Dr. Amy Nett https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-103-fasting-with-dr-amy-nett/ Fri, 24 Aug 2018 12:00:22 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=41997 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-103-fasting-with-dr-amy-nett/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-103-fasting-with-dr-amy-nett/feed/ 0 There are lots of different types of fasts: juice fasts, water fasts, bone broth fasts, detox cleanses, intermittent fasting, etc. When is fasting helpful vs. harmful? Why does one person feel better after fasting and someone else feel significantly worse? Can we predict this in advance? For people with autoimmune disease, is this something we should try or something we should avoid? My guest, Dr. Amy Nett, will be answering these questions and more. She's a functional medicine physician and will be sharing the latest research. There are lots of different types of fasts: juice fasts, water fasts, bone broth fasts, detox cleanses, intermittent fasting, etc. When is fasting helpful vs. harmful? Why does one person feel better after fasting and someone else feel significantly wo... There are lots of different types of fasts: juice fasts, water fasts, bone broth fasts, detox cleanses, intermittent fasting, etc. When is fasting helpful vs. harmful? Why does one person feel better after fasting and someone else feel significantly worse? Can we predict this in advance? For people with autoimmune disease, is this something we should try or something we should avoid? My guest, Dr. Amy Nett, will be answering these questions and more. She's a functional medicine physician and will be sharing the latest research. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:09:15 Episode 102: Lupus with Dr. Daniel Lewis https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-102-lupus-with-dr-daniel-lewis/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:47 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=41402 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-102-lupus-with-dr-daniel-lewis/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-102-lupus-with-dr-daniel-lewis/feed/ 0 In this podcast episode, we take a detailed look at Lupus. How does it differ from other autoimmune diseases, and how is it diagnosed? Can diet and lifestyle make a difference? What are the best supplements? Is medication always necessary, and how do you make that decision? My guest is integrative rheumatologist Dr. Daniel Lewis. He has over 25 years of experience combining the best that conventional, alternative, and nutritional medicine have to offer. In this podcast episode, we take a detailed look at Lupus. How does it differ from other autoimmune diseases, and how is it diagnosed? Can diet and lifestyle make a difference? What are the best supplements? Is medication always necessary, In this podcast episode, we take a detailed look at Lupus. How does it differ from other autoimmune diseases, and how is it diagnosed? Can diet and lifestyle make a difference? What are the best supplements? Is medication always necessary, and how do you make that decision? My guest is integrative rheumatologist Dr. Daniel Lewis. He has over 25 years of experience combining the best that conventional, alternative, and nutritional medicine have to offer. Eileen Laird 1:07:26 Episode 101: Heavy Metals with Dr. Christopher Shade https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-101-heavy-metals-with-dr-christopher-shade/ Fri, 27 Jul 2018 13:40:13 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=41079 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-101-heavy-metals-with-dr-christopher-shade/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-101-heavy-metals-with-dr-christopher-shade/feed/ 0 When you start researching alternative health protocols, you quickly run across information on heavy metal toxicity. In this podcast, we delve into this topic in detail. What are heavy metals anyway, and how can they impact autoimmune disease? Is treatment always a good idea, or can it sometimes harm instead of help? I have a wonderful guest to answer these questions and more. Dr. Christopher Shade has a PhD in Environmental Metals Chemistry, and he has trained doctors worldwide on the subject of heavy metals and the human detoxification system. When you start researching alternative health protocols, you quickly run across information on heavy metal toxicity. In this podcast, we delve into this topic in detail. What are heavy metals anyway, and how can they impact autoimmune disease? When you start researching alternative health protocols, you quickly run across information on heavy metal toxicity. In this podcast, we delve into this topic in detail. What are heavy metals anyway, and how can they impact autoimmune disease? Is treatment always a good idea, or can it sometimes harm instead of help? I have a wonderful guest to answer these questions and more. Dr. Christopher Shade has a PhD in Environmental Metals Chemistry, and he has trained doctors worldwide on the subject of heavy metals and the human detoxification system. Eileen Laird 1:07:40 Episode 100: Ten Lessons I’ve Learned About Life with Autoimmune Disease https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-100-ten-lessons-ive-learned-about-life-with-autoimmune-disease/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:00:44 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=40769 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-100-ten-lessons-ive-learned-about-life-with-autoimmune-disease/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-100-ten-lessons-ive-learned-about-life-with-autoimmune-disease/feed/ 0 For my 100th podcast episode, instead of interviewing someone else, I thought it would be fun to share what I've learned on my autoimmune journey so far. I developed rheumatoid arthritis in 2012, started blogging in 2013, and started podcasting in 2014. While I never would have chosen autoimmune disease, it has transformed my life in positive ways, alongside the really painful ones. I've come a long way from where I started, and I'm not done learning yet! I hope these insights will help those of you facing a new autoimmune diagnosis, and resonate with those of you who have been walking this path for years. Tell me where you agree and disagree, and what lessons you've learned along the way. For my 100th podcast episode, instead of interviewing someone else, I thought it would be fun to share what I've learned on my autoimmune journey so far. I developed rheumatoid arthritis in 2012, started blogging in 2013, For my 100th podcast episode, instead of interviewing someone else, I thought it would be fun to share what I've learned on my autoimmune journey so far. I developed rheumatoid arthritis in 2012, started blogging in 2013, and started podcasting in 2014. While I never would have chosen autoimmune disease, it has transformed my life in positive ways, alongside the really painful ones. I've come a long way from where I started, and I'm not done learning yet! I hope these insights will help those of you facing a new autoimmune diagnosis, and resonate with those of you who have been walking this path for years. Tell me where you agree and disagree, and what lessons you've learned along the way. Eileen Laird 1:02:49 Episode 99: What Is a Digital Detox? https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-99-what-is-a-digital-detox/ Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:00:11 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=40417 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-99-what-is-a-digital-detox/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-99-what-is-a-digital-detox/feed/ 0 In modern life, most people feel insanely busy, but few realize that they’re spending hours each day on their phones. The average smartphone use in the United States is over 4 hours per day.  What does this have to do with autoimmune disease? A healing diet and lifestyle takes a lot of time to implement, so right away, a smartphone is competing for that time. But it impacts our lives in other ways, too. Technology use has been linked to increases in anxiety, depression, feelings of social isolation, insomnia, brain fog, the inability to concentrate, and more. When we have these issues, we often blame our diets or our autoimmune disease (which can be the cause), but technology can be a root cause is well. In this podcast, two guests and I share our experiences "unplugging" in a variety of ways, from small to large. I also include a printable PDF in the show notes, which lists all 10 experiments, so you can try them yourself. In modern life, most people feel insanely busy, but few realize that they’re spending hours each day on their phones. The average smartphone use in the United States is over 4 hours per day.  What does this have to do with autoimmune disease? In modern life, most people feel insanely busy, but few realize that they’re spending hours each day on their phones. The average smartphone use in the United States is over 4 hours per day.  What does this have to do with autoimmune disease? A healing diet and lifestyle takes a lot of time to implement, so right away, a smartphone is competing for that time. But it impacts our lives in other ways, too. Technology use has been linked to increases in anxiety, depression, feelings of social isolation, insomnia, brain fog, the inability to concentrate, and more. When we have these issues, we often blame our diets or our autoimmune disease (which can be the cause), but technology can be a root cause is well. In this podcast, two guests and I share our experiences "unplugging" in a variety of ways, from small to large. I also include a printable PDF in the show notes, which lists all 10 experiments, so you can try them yourself. Eileen Laird 1:09:50 Episode 98: Gut Health with Dr. Michael Ruscio https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-98-gut-health-with-dr-michael-ruscio/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:46 +0000 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=40259 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-98-gut-health-with-dr-michael-ruscio/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-98-gut-health-with-dr-michael-ruscio/feed/ 0 How do we lay the foundation for a healthy gut, and therefore a healthy body? When diet alone isn't enough, what's the next step? Do you have to work with a healthcare practitioner, or are there things you can try at home? In this podcast, Dr. Michael Ruscio answers these questions and many more. He is a functional medicine clinician, educator and researcher, specializing in digestive and autoimmune health. He's also the author of a new book: Healthy Gut Healthy You. How do we lay the foundation for a healthy gut, and therefore a healthy body? When diet alone isn't enough, what's the next step? Do you have to work with a healthcare practitioner, or are there things you can try at home? In this podcast, Dr. How do we lay the foundation for a healthy gut, and therefore a healthy body? When diet alone isn't enough, what's the next step? Do you have to work with a healthcare practitioner, or are there things you can try at home? In this podcast, Dr. Michael Ruscio answers these questions and many more. He is a functional medicine clinician, educator and researcher, specializing in digestive and autoimmune health. He's also the author of a new book: Healthy Gut Healthy You. Eileen Laird 1:00:02 Episode 97: Prescription for Joy https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-97-prescription-for-joy/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=39734 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-97-prescription-for-joy/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-97-prescription-for-joy/feed/ 0 A Prescription for Joy might sound frivolous, but it’s actually an essential part of any healing protocol. What if it could be the key to remission? When we focus on autoimmune health, we rightly focus on things like diet, sleep, supplements and medication, but we often miss this very important piece. Life is meant to be enjoyed, even during challenging times - especially then. In this podcast, two people with autoimmune disease share their personal experience with filling this prescription, and how it helped them break through a healing plateau. I also share my own experience alongside practical tips for you. A Prescription for Joy might sound frivolous, but it’s actually an essential part of any healing protocol. What if it could be the key to remission? When we focus on autoimmune health, we rightly focus on things like diet, sleep, A Prescription for Joy might sound frivolous, but it’s actually an essential part of any healing protocol. What if it could be the key to remission? When we focus on autoimmune health, we rightly focus on things like diet, sleep, supplements and medication, but we often miss this very important piece. Life is meant to be enjoyed, even during challenging times - especially then. In this podcast, two people with autoimmune disease share their personal experience with filling this prescription, and how it helped them break through a healing plateau. I also share my own experience alongside practical tips for you. Eileen Laird 57:21 Episode 96: Liver Health with Dr. Alex Golden and Megan Blacksmith https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-96-liver-health-with-dr-alex-golden-and-megan-blacksmith/ Wed, 16 May 2018 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=39551 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-96-liver-health-with-dr-alex-golden-and-megan-blacksmith/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-96-liver-health-with-dr-alex-golden-and-megan-blacksmith/feed/ 0 Every day, our liver works hard on our behalf, and when it’s struggling, it can impact our health bodywide. Detoxing is all the rage, but the truth is, sometimes detox protocols can make you feel worse instead of better. Why is that? How can we support our liver naturally, without overwhelming it? And why is it essential to everything from hormone balance to autoimmune health? In this podcast, we'll be answering these questions and more. My guests are Dr. Alex Golden and functional nutritionist Megan Blacksmith. They’re the women behind the website Zesty Ginger, and liver health is one of their specialties. Every day, our liver works hard on our behalf, and when it’s struggling, it can impact our health bodywide. Detoxing is all the rage, but the truth is, sometimes detox protocols can make you feel worse instead of better. Why is that? Every day, our liver works hard on our behalf, and when it’s struggling, it can impact our health bodywide. Detoxing is all the rage, but the truth is, sometimes detox protocols can make you feel worse instead of better. Why is that? How can we support our liver naturally, without overwhelming it? And why is it essential to everything from hormone balance to autoimmune health? In this podcast, we'll be answering these questions and more. My guests are Dr. Alex Golden and functional nutritionist Megan Blacksmith. They’re the women behind the website Zesty Ginger, and liver health is one of their specialties. Eileen Laird 1:11:47 Episode 95: Religious Traditions and the AIP https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-95-religious-traditions-and-the-aip/ Fri, 04 May 2018 12:00:23 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=39325 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-95-religious-traditions-and-the-aip/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-95-religious-traditions-and-the-aip/feed/ 0 Many traditions – both sacred and secular – center around food. In addition, religions sometimes have specific rules concerning diet. When you’re diagnosed with autoimmune disease and change your diet to support your health, how do you maintain your connection to your religion, your culture, and your community? In this podcast, I interview 3 guests from 3 different faiths about how they mindfully balance their traditions with their diet and health needs Many traditions – both sacred and secular – center around food. In addition, religions sometimes have specific rules concerning diet. When you’re diagnosed with autoimmune disease and change your diet to support your health, Many traditions – both sacred and secular – center around food. In addition, religions sometimes have specific rules concerning diet. When you’re diagnosed with autoimmune disease and change your diet to support your health, how do you maintain your connection to your religion, your culture, and your community? In this podcast, I interview 3 guests from 3 different faiths about how they mindfully balance their traditions with their diet and health needs Eileen Laird 1:20:54 Episode 94: Troubleshooting Sleep with Dan Pardi https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-94-troubleshooting-sleep-with-dan-pardi/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=38917 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-94-troubleshooting-sleep-with-dan-pardi/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-94-troubleshooting-sleep-with-dan-pardi/feed/ 0 Sleep is essential to our bodies' ability to heal. In fact, many of us have experienced autoimmune flares caused by lack of sleep. At the same time, autoimmune symptoms can make sleep difficult, creating a vicious cycle. So, what do we do? In this podcast, sleep expert Dan Pardi talks about the science of sleep: what happens when we're sleeping and how much we need at different stages in our lives. We also talk about foundational habits for a good night's sleep, and how to troubleshoot advanced sleep challenges. Sleep is essential to our bodies' ability to heal. In fact, many of us have experienced autoimmune flares caused by lack of sleep. At the same time, autoimmune symptoms can make sleep difficult, creating a vicious cycle. So, what do we do? Sleep is essential to our bodies' ability to heal. In fact, many of us have experienced autoimmune flares caused by lack of sleep. At the same time, autoimmune symptoms can make sleep difficult, creating a vicious cycle. So, what do we do? In this podcast, sleep expert Dan Pardi talks about the science of sleep: what happens when we're sleeping and how much we need at different stages in our lives. We also talk about foundational habits for a good night's sleep, and how to troubleshoot advanced sleep challenges. Eileen Laird 1:15:13 Episode 93: Are You Eating Enough to Heal? with Laura Schoenfeld, RD https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-93-are-you-eating-enough-to-heal-with-laura-schoenfeld-rd/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:00:56 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=38457 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-93-are-you-eating-enough-to-heal-with-laura-schoenfeld-rd/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-93-are-you-eating-enough-to-heal-with-laura-schoenfeld-rd/feed/ 0 A big part of a healing diet is learning about personal food intolerances and how they can drive autoimmune symptoms. It's empowering knowledge to have. However, sometimes the list of foods we remove grows and grows, and we make the mistake of thinking that food is the only trigger for autoimmune flares. It’s also common to not replace those calories with enough healthy foods that we can eat. This means we end up in a nutrition deficit. In this podcast, registered dietitian Laura Schoenfeld teaches us how to avoid this trap, how to troubleshoot ongoing symptoms, and how to leave food fear behind. A big part of a healing diet is learning about personal food intolerances and how they can drive autoimmune symptoms. It's empowering knowledge to have. However, sometimes the list of foods we remove grows and grows, A big part of a healing diet is learning about personal food intolerances and how they can drive autoimmune symptoms. It's empowering knowledge to have. However, sometimes the list of foods we remove grows and grows, and we make the mistake of thinking that food is the only trigger for autoimmune flares. It’s also common to not replace those calories with enough healthy foods that we can eat. This means we end up in a nutrition deficit. In this podcast, registered dietitian Laura Schoenfeld teaches us how to avoid this trap, how to troubleshoot ongoing symptoms, and how to leave food fear behind. Eileen Laird 1:05:20 Episode 92: The Pegan Diet with Dr Mark Hyman https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-92-the-pegan-diet-with-dr-mark-hyman/ Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=38533 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-92-the-pegan-diet-with-dr-mark-hyman/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-92-the-pegan-diet-with-dr-mark-hyman/feed/ 0 Dr. Mark Hyman is one of the most well-known names in the functional medicine movement. He is a practicing family physician, a 10-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate. He has coined the term "peganism" and in this podcast, we talk about what that means, alongside other tips for autoimmune health. Dr. Mark Hyman is one of the most well-known names in the functional medicine movement. He is a practicing family physician, a 10-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate. Dr. Mark Hyman is one of the most well-known names in the functional medicine movement. He is a practicing family physician, a 10-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate. He has coined the term "peganism" and in this podcast, we talk about what that means, alongside other tips for autoimmune health. Eileen Laird 35:55 Episode 91: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics with Jeff Warren https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-91-meditation-for-fidgety-skeptics-with-jeff-warren/ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:00:21 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=38192 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-91-meditation-for-fidgety-skeptics-with-jeff-warren/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-91-meditation-for-fidgety-skeptics-with-jeff-warren/feed/ 0 If you think you can't meditate, this podcast is for you! Do you picture meditators sitting quietly and peacefully with completely empty minds, people genetically wired totally differently from you? Let me tell you a secret: those people don't exist. Even the Dalai Lama has thoughts while he meditates. The mind is designed to think just like the heart is designed to beat. Meditation isn't about stopping thoughts; it's learning how to notice and detach from them. There are also many different ways to meditate, including moving meditations, or cultivating mindful moments in daily life. My guest is Jeff Warren, a world-renowned meditation teacher who is an expert at helping people overcome their personal meditation obstacles If you think you can't meditate, this podcast is for you! Do you picture meditators sitting quietly and peacefully with completely empty minds, people genetically wired totally differently from you? Let me tell you a secret: those people don't exist. If you think you can't meditate, this podcast is for you! Do you picture meditators sitting quietly and peacefully with completely empty minds, people genetically wired totally differently from you? Let me tell you a secret: those people don't exist. Even the Dalai Lama has thoughts while he meditates. The mind is designed to think just like the heart is designed to beat. Meditation isn't about stopping thoughts; it's learning how to notice and detach from them. There are also many different ways to meditate, including moving meditations, or cultivating mindful moments in daily life. My guest is Jeff Warren, a world-renowned meditation teacher who is an expert at helping people overcome their personal meditation obstacles Eileen Laird 1:12:39 Episode 90: Paleo AIP Babies & Postpartum https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-90-paleo-aip-babies-postpartum/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:08 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=37910 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-90-paleo-aip-babies-postpartum/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-90-paleo-aip-babies-postpartum/feed/ 2 When you have autoimmune disease, how do you continue to take care of yourself when you are also taking care of a new baby? What are the special health needs of both you and your baby during this time? In this podcast, 3 mothers share their experiences. When you have autoimmune disease, how do you continue to take care of yourself when you are also taking care of a new baby? What are the special health needs of both you and your baby during this time? In this podcast, 3 mothers share their experiences. When you have autoimmune disease, how do you continue to take care of yourself when you are also taking care of a new baby? What are the special health needs of both you and your baby during this time? In this podcast, 3 mothers share their experiences. Eileen Laird 1:16:00 Episode 89: Grief and Autoimmune Disease with Kerry Jeffery https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-89-grief-and-autoimmune-disease-with-kerry-jeffery/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 23:25:57 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=37710 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-89-grief-and-autoimmune-disease-with-kerry-jeffery/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-89-grief-and-autoimmune-disease-with-kerry-jeffery/feed/ 7 Living with chronic illness is hard. Even when we are empowered to reclaim our health and live a vital and beautiful life, that’s not the same as a cure. It’s natural to grieve the life we had before, when life seemed easier, and our bodies were more predictable. What feelings are normal to experience? What do we do if we feel stuck or overwhelmed? In today's podcast, we provide a roadmap for moving through anxiety, shock, fear, denial, anger, guilt, grief and shame. We also talk about what acceptance really means, and how to cultivate the strength of resilience. Living with chronic illness is hard. Even when we are empowered to reclaim our health and live a vital and beautiful life, that’s not the same as a cure. It’s natural to grieve the life we had before, when life seemed easier, Living with chronic illness is hard. Even when we are empowered to reclaim our health and live a vital and beautiful life, that’s not the same as a cure. It’s natural to grieve the life we had before, when life seemed easier, and our bodies were more predictable. What feelings are normal to experience? What do we do if we feel stuck or overwhelmed? In today's podcast, we provide a roadmap for moving through anxiety, shock, fear, denial, anger, guilt, grief and shame. We also talk about what acceptance really means, and how to cultivate the strength of resilience. Eileen Laird 1:09:33 Episode 88: AIP FAQ https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-88-aip-faq/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=37506 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-88-aip-faq/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-88-aip-faq/feed/ 0 One of my goals with my blog and podcast is to make the AIP as simple to follow as possible. That's why I wrote my book! Today, I'm dedicating an entire podcast to the most frequently asked questions I've received over the past 5 years: 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? Meagen Ashley from the blog, It's All About AIP, joins me as co-host. Tune in to get answers to these questions, and many more.  One of my goals with my blog and podcast is to make the AIP as simple to follow as possible. That's why I wrote my book! Today, I'm dedicating an entire podcast to the most frequently asked questions I've received over the past 5 years: Will the AIP wo... One of my goals with my blog and podcast is to make the AIP as simple to follow as possible. That's why I wrote my book! Today, I'm dedicating an entire podcast to the most frequently asked questions I've received over the past 5 years: 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? Meagen Ashley from the blog, It's All About AIP, joins me as co-host. Tune in to get answers to these questions, and many more.  Eileen Laird 1:10:12 Episode 87: Healing Stories 5 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-87-healing-stories-5/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:42:41 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=37079 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-87-healing-stories-5/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-87-healing-stories-5/feed/ 2 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. Today, we'll be talking about Ulcerative Colitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lichen Sclerosis, and ALS. And If you want to hear the prior Healing Stories podcasts, check out episodes 1, 14, 30 and 61. Let’s inspire each other! 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, 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. Today, we'll be talking about Ulcerative Colitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lichen Sclerosis, and ALS. And If you want to hear the prior Healing Stories podcasts, check out episodes 1, 14, 30 and 61. Let’s inspire each other! Eileen Laird 1:28:57 Episode 86: Best Of – Autoimmune Q&A with Dr. Datis Kharrazian https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-86-best-of-autoimmune-qa-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/ Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:44:42 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=36823 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-86-best-of-autoimmune-qa-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-86-best-of-autoimmune-qa-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/feed/ 0 This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! Dr. Kharrazian is one of the leading functional medicine practitioners in the field of autoimmune disease. In this information-packed episode, we cover a huge range of topics: (1) The 3 Stages of Autoimmunity, (2) The Role of Blood Sugar in Autoimmune Disease, (3) The Power of Stress and Our Emotional Demons, (4) How to Support our Regulatory Immune Cells and Suppress our Inflammatory Ones, (5) The Connection Between Leaky Gut and a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier, (6) Harnessing the Power of the Vagus Nerve, (7) Chemical Intolerance and the Dangers of Chelation,  (8) How to Heal Food Sensitivities, and (9) His Top Recommended Tests and Supplements.  This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! Dr. Kharrazian is one of the leading functional medicine practitioners in the field of autoimmune disease. In this information-packed episode, This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! Dr. Kharrazian is one of the leading functional medicine practitioners in the field of autoimmune disease. In this information-packed episode, we cover a huge range of topics: (1) The 3 Stages of Autoimmunity, (2) The Role of Blood Sugar in Autoimmune Disease, (3) The Power of Stress and Our Emotional Demons, (4) How to Support our Regulatory Immune Cells and Suppress our Inflammatory Ones, (5) The Connection Between Leaky Gut and a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier, (6) Harnessing the Power of the Vagus Nerve, (7) Chemical Intolerance and the Dangers of Chelation,  (8) How to Heal Food Sensitivities, and (9) His Top Recommended Tests and Supplements.  Eileen Laird 1:03:06 Episode 85: Best Of – Overcoming Self-Sabotage with Dr. Judy Tsafrir and Rory Linehan https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-85-best-of-overcoming-self-sabotage-with-dr-judy-tsafrir-and-rory-linehan/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=36744 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-85-best-of-overcoming-self-sabotage-with-dr-judy-tsafrir-and-rory-linehan/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-85-best-of-overcoming-self-sabotage-with-dr-judy-tsafrir-and-rory-linehan/feed/ 0 This is one of my favorite episodes from Season 1 of this podcast. It's a timeless topic. Sometimes, we make poor diet and lifestyle choices, even knowing that it will cause us pain. In this episode, we answer the question: "Why do we do this?" And we also offer a variety of ways to overcome this pattern. Dr. Judy Tsafrir is a psychiatrist who specializes in nutritional approaches to healing. She'll be teaching us what’s going on in our bodies and brains, when we sabotage our own health. Rory Linehan is the blogger behind The Paleo PI. He has personal experience overcoming self-sabotage and will be sharing his story. This is one of my favorite episodes from Season 1 of this podcast. It's a timeless topic. Sometimes, we make poor diet and lifestyle choices, even knowing that it will cause us pain. In this episode, we answer the question: "Why do we do this? In support of my own autoimmune health, I'm taking a sabbatical for the month of December and releasing two of my favorite episodes from Season 1 that you might have missed. Today's episode originally aired 3 years ago, but it's a timeless topic. Sometimes, we make poor diet and lifestyle choices, even knowing that it will cause us pain. In today's episode we answer the question: "Why do we do this?" And we also offer a variety of ways to overcome this pattern. Dr. Judy Tsafrir is a psychiatrist who specializes in nutritional approaches to healing. She'll be teaching us what’s going on in our bodies and brains, when we sabotage our own health. Rory Linehan is the blogger behind The Paleo PI. He has personal experience overcoming self-sabotage and will be sharing his story with us today as well. Visit Eileen Laird 59:43 Episode 84: Declutter 101 with Courtney Carver https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-84-declutter-101/ Sat, 25 Nov 2017 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=36459 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-84-declutter-101/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-84-declutter-101/feed/ 0 Our homes can have a powerful effect on our lives. Not only do they reflect our interests and daily responsibilities, they also impact how we feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. Decluttering can be a cathartic experience with benefits that resonate beyond material things. We learn the practice of letting go. We reflect on what we value most. We make space for change. We let more light in. Autoimmune disease is often a wake-up call for this type of priority-setting, and decluttering can be a way to de-stress and support our health. My guest Courtney Carver has multiple sclerosis herself, which inspired her decade-long journey into simple living. Today, we share practical tips for decluttering everything from our homes, to our emails, to our hearts and minds. Our homes can have a powerful effect on our lives. Not only do they reflect our interests and daily responsibilities, they also impact how we feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. Decluttering can be a cathartic experience with benefits that reso... Our homes can have a powerful effect on our lives. Not only do they reflect our interests and daily responsibilities, they also impact how we feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. Decluttering can be a cathartic experience with benefits that resonate beyond material things. We learn the practice of letting go. We reflect on what we value most. We make space for change. We let more light in. Autoimmune disease is often a wake-up call for this type of priority-setting, and decluttering can be a way to de-stress and support our health. My guest Courtney Carver has multiple sclerosis herself, which inspired her decade-long journey into simple living. Today, we share practical tips for decluttering everything from our homes, to our emails, to our hearts and minds. Eileen Laird 1:01:30 Episode 83: Medical Study on the Paleo AIP for Inflammatory Bowel Disease https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-83-medical-study-on-the-paleo-aip-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease/ Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=36066 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-83-medical-study-on-the-paleo-aip-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-83-medical-study-on-the-paleo-aip-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease/feed/ 4 There are literally thousands of anecdotal stories into the benefit of the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) as a treatment for autoimmune disease. But until recently, there was no scientific research to back up these claims. That changed with the publication of this study. 15 patients with active IBD (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) transitioned to the paleo autoimmune protocol. Result? 73% achieved remission. In this podcast, I interview Dr. Gauree Konijeti, gastroenterologist and lead researcher, and Angie Alt, the lead AIP coach for the group. There are literally thousands of anecdotal stories into the benefit of the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) as a treatment for autoimmune disease. But until recently, there was no scientific research to back up these claims. There are literally thousands of anecdotal stories into the benefit of the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) as a treatment for autoimmune disease. But until recently, there was no scientific research to back up these claims. That changed with the publication of this study. 15 patients with active IBD (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) transitioned to the paleo autoimmune protocol. Result? 73% achieved remission. In this podcast, I interview Dr. Gauree Konijeti, gastroenterologist and lead researcher, and Angie Alt, the lead AIP coach for the group. Eileen Laird 58:01 Episode 82: Healing Mistakes to Avoid with Chris Kresser https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-82-healing-mistakes-to-avoid-with-chris-kresser/ Sat, 28 Oct 2017 12:00:38 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=35723 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-82-healing-mistakes-to-avoid-with-chris-kresser/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-82-healing-mistakes-to-avoid-with-chris-kresser/feed/ 2 Mistakes: We’re human, and we all make them; it’s one of the ways we learn. But sometimes – if we’re lucky – we can learn from each other’s mistakes without having to make them ourselves. That’s our goal with this podcast. My guest, Chris Kresser, is one of the most respected voices in the paleo community. A functional medicine practitioner, world-class educator, and bestselling author, Chris highlights common autoimmune healing mistakes made by both patients and practitioners. Mistakes: We’re human, and we all make them; it’s one of the ways we learn. But sometimes – if we’re lucky – we can learn from each other’s mistakes without having to make them ourselves. That’s our goal with this podcast. My guest, Chris Kresser, Mistakes: We’re human, and we all make them; it’s one of the ways we learn. But sometimes – if we’re lucky – we can learn from each other’s mistakes without having to make them ourselves. That’s our goal with this podcast. My guest, Chris Kresser, is one of the most respected voices in the paleo community. A functional medicine practitioner, world-class educator, and bestselling author, Chris highlights common autoimmune healing mistakes made by both patients and practitioners. Eileen Laird 1:07:44 Episode 81: Anemia and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Amy Nett https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-81-anemia-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-amy-nett/ Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=35330 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-81-anemia-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-amy-nett/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-81-anemia-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-amy-nett/feed/ 0 Why is anemia so common among people with autoimmune disease, and how does that impact our health and quality of life? What are the different types? How are they diagnosed? What are the common symptoms? And how are they treated? My guest, Dr. Amy Nett, will be answering these questions and more. Why is anemia so common among people with autoimmune disease, and how does that impact our health and quality of life? What are the different types? How are they diagnosed? What are the common symptoms? And how are they treated? My guest, Dr. Why is anemia so common among people with autoimmune disease, and how does that impact our health and quality of life? What are the different types? How are they diagnosed? What are the common symptoms? And how are they treated? My guest, Dr. Amy Nett, will be answering these questions and more. Eileen Laird 1:09:17 Episode 80: Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-80-self-compassion-with-dr-kristin-neff/ Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:00:04 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=34923 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-80-self-compassion-with-dr-kristin-neff/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-80-self-compassion-with-dr-kristin-neff/feed/ 2 With autoimmune disease, we’ve been told that our body is literally attacking itself. It’s common to feel betrayed by our bodies, furious with our bodies, and at war with ourselves. That's not a healing state. However, making the shift to self-love doesn't always come easily, especially when we're suffering. The good news is that self-compassion can be learned, and it supports our health in multiple ways, not just mentally and emotionally but also physically. This podcast goes into all the details, including beginner steps and a guided self-compassion meditation. My guest is Dr. Kristin Neff. She has been teaching self-compassion and leading the research in this field for the past 15 years. With autoimmune disease, we’ve been told that our body is literally attacking itself. It’s common to feel betrayed by our bodies, furious with our bodies, and at war with ourselves. That's not a healing state. However, With autoimmune disease, we’ve been told that our body is literally attacking itself. It’s common to feel betrayed by our bodies, furious with our bodies, and at war with ourselves. That's not a healing state. However, making the shift to self-love doesn't always come easily, especially when we're suffering. The good news is that self-compassion can be learned, and it supports our health in multiple ways, not just mentally and emotionally but also physically. This podcast goes into all the details, including beginner steps and a guided self-compassion meditation. My guest is Dr. Kristin Neff. She has been teaching self-compassion and leading the research in this field for the past 15 years. Eileen Laird 1:01:33 Episode 79: Nutrient Density with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-79-nutrient-density-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:47:49 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=34448 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-79-nutrient-density-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-79-nutrient-density-with-dr-sarah-ballantyne/feed/ 2 What does it mean to be a nutrient seeker? Sometimes when we're on a healing diet, we focus so much on the foods we avoid, that we forget to pay attention to the foods we're choosing to eat. While it is essential to avoid inflammatory foods, we also need to provide our bodies with the deep nutrition they need to heal. A steady diet of chicken breasts, broccoli, and paleo AIP desserts isn't going to get us there. So, which foods give us the biggest bang for our nutritional buck? What do our meals and menu look like when we are truly eating for health? That's what this podcast is all about. What does it mean to be a nutrient seeker? Sometimes when we're on a healing diet, we focus so much on the foods we avoid, that we forget to pay attention to the foods we're choosing to eat. While it is essential to avoid inflammatory foods, What does it mean to be a nutrient seeker? Sometimes when we're on a healing diet, we focus so much on the foods we avoid, that we forget to pay attention to the foods we're choosing to eat. While it is essential to avoid inflammatory foods, we also need to provide our bodies with the deep nutrition they need to heal. A steady diet of chicken breasts, broccoli, and paleo AIP desserts isn't going to get us there. So, which foods give us the biggest bang for our nutritional buck? What do our meals and menu look like when we are truly eating for health? That's what this podcast is all about. Eileen Laird 1:04:27 Episode 78: Sticking To It – Staying ON the Paleo AIP Wagon https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-78-sticking-to-it-staying-on-the-paleo-aip-wagon/ Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=33694 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-78-sticking-to-it-staying-on-the-paleo-aip-wagon/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-78-sticking-to-it-staying-on-the-paleo-aip-wagon/feed/ 7 Let’s be honest. The paleo autoimmune protocol is hard to do, and some people have a harder time than others. In this podcast, I invited 3 health & nutrition coaches onto the show, to share techniques that help their clients maintain a healthy lifestyle against all temptations and obstacles. All three of these ladies have personal experience following the autoimmune protocol for their own health as well. Let's help each other succeed! Let’s be honest. The paleo autoimmune protocol is hard to do, and some people have a harder time than others. In this podcast, I invited 3 health & nutrition coaches onto the show, to share techniques that help their clients maintain a healthy lifestyl... Let’s be honest. The paleo autoimmune protocol is hard to do, and some people have a harder time than others. In this podcast, I invited 3 health & nutrition coaches onto the show, to share techniques that help their clients maintain a healthy lifestyle against all temptations and obstacles. All three of these ladies have personal experience following the autoimmune protocol for their own health as well. Let's help each other succeed! Eileen Laird 1:26:50 Episode 77: Personal Q&A with Eileen Laird https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-77-personal-qa-with-eileen-laird/ Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=33169 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-77-personal-qa-with-eileen-laird/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-77-personal-qa-with-eileen-laird/feed/ 2 Listeners have told me that while they love how information-packed my podcasts are, they would also love to know more about me personally. So, today my friend Joanna took the host chair and interviewed me! Note: this conversation isn’t about autoimmune disease at all – because we are so much more than our disease and sometimes it’s easy to forget that. Instead, we talked about everything from my childhood, to falling in love, to tattoos, to swimming with whales. Welcome to the Eileen Hour. :-) Listeners have told me that while they love how information-packed my podcasts are, they would also love to know more about me personally. So, today my friend Joanna took the host chair and interviewed me! Note: this conversation isn’t about autoimmune... Listeners have told me that while they love how information-packed my podcasts are, they would also love to know more about me personally. So, today my friend Joanna took the host chair and interviewed me! Note: this conversation isn’t about autoimmune disease at all – because we are so much more than our disease and sometimes it’s easy to forget that. Instead, we talked about everything from my childhood, to falling in love, to tattoos, to swimming with whales. Welcome to the Eileen Hour. :-) Eileen Laird 57:50 Episode 76: Paleo Surgery Advice with Dr. Terry Wahls and Angie Alt https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-76-paleo-surgery-advice-with-dr-terry-wahls-and-angie-alt/ Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=32951 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-76-paleo-surgery-advice-with-dr-terry-wahls-and-angie-alt/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-76-paleo-surgery-advice-with-dr-terry-wahls-and-angie-alt/feed/ 0 Surgery can be a traumatic experience for the body - even more so for the autoimmune body - yet sometimes it’s necessary. So, how do we support our health: before, during, and afterward? There are no guarantees in life, but there are things we can do to stack the success odds in our favor. There are also ways to tap resilience when things don't go according to plan. Dr. Terry Wahls, Angie Alt, and myself, have all had surgery while maintaining our healing diet and lifestyle. In this podcast we share our experience and tips. Surgery can be a traumatic experience for the body - even more so for the autoimmune body - yet sometimes it’s necessary. So, how do we support our health: before, during, and afterward? There are no guarantees in life, Surgery can be a traumatic experience for the body - even more so for the autoimmune body - yet sometimes it’s necessary. So, how do we support our health: before, during, and afterward? There are no guarantees in life, but there are things we can do to stack the success odds in our favor. There are also ways to tap resilience when things don't go according to plan. Dr. Terry Wahls, Angie Alt, and myself, have all had surgery while maintaining our healing diet and lifestyle. In this podcast we share our experience and tips. Eileen Laird 1:25:07 Episode 75: Paleo Neurologist Q&A with Dr. Ken Sharlin https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-75-paleo-neurologist-qa-with-dr-ken-sharlin/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:00:05 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=32667 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-75-paleo-neurologist-qa-with-dr-ken-sharlin/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-75-paleo-neurologist-qa-with-dr-ken-sharlin/feed/ 1 When you find a medical doctor that treats their patients holistically, it’s like a dream come true. Dr. Ken Sharlin believes in the power of a nutrient-dense paleo diet and lifestyle. He's also the first functional medicine neurologist in the USA. And he understands the pros and cons of medication – when they might be needed, and when they can safely be reduced or eliminated. In this podcast, he shares his treatment tips for neurological autoimmune disease When you find a medical doctor that treats their patients holistically, it’s like a dream come true. Dr. Ken Sharlin believes in the power of a nutrient-dense paleo diet and lifestyle. He's also the first functional medicine neurologist in the USA. When you find a medical doctor that treats their patients holistically, it’s like a dream come true. Dr. Ken Sharlin believes in the power of a nutrient-dense paleo diet and lifestyle. He's also the first functional medicine neurologist in the USA. And he understands the pros and cons of medication – when they might be needed, and when they can safely be reduced or eliminated. In this podcast, he shares his treatment tips for neurological autoimmune disease. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:06:48 Episode 74: Highly Sensitive People with Alane Freund https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-74-highly-sensitive-people-with-alane-freund/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:00:13 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=32297 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-74-highly-sensitive-people-with-alane-freund/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-74-highly-sensitive-people-with-alane-freund/feed/ 4 Are you easily overwhelmed by bright lights and strong smells? Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time? Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows? When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive or shy? Then you might be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), along with 15-20% of the general population. My hunch is that the percentage is much higher among people with autoimmune disease. In this podcast, psychotherapist Alane Freund teaches us what this term means. And if we fall into this category, how we can reap the benefits and overcome the challenges? Are you easily overwhelmed by bright lights and strong smells? Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time? Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows? When you were a child, Are you easily overwhelmed by bright lights and strong smells? Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time? Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows? When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive or shy? Then you might be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), along with 15-20% of the general population. My hunch is that the percentage is much higher among people with autoimmune disease. In this podcast, psychotherapist Alane Freund teaches us what this term means. And if we fall into this category, how we can reap the benefits and overcome the challenges? Eileen Laird 1:01:40 Episode 73: MTHFR with Dr. Ben Lynch https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-73-mthfr-with-dr-ben-lynch/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=31788 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-73-mthfr-with-dr-ben-lynch/#respond https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-73-mthfr-with-dr-ben-lynch/feed/ 0 Once you start researching alternative approaches to treating autoimmune disease, it isn’t long before you hear of a gene mutation that can be a root cause for chronic illness and also a healing stumbling block. It’s called the MTHFR mutation. It stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. This is a very complex topic, and it’s easy to misunderstand and make mistakes trying to treat it. Our goal today is to explain MTHFR clearly in layman’s terms, talk about how you can tell if this mutation is indeed impacting your own health, and help you find a qualified practitioner to guide treatment. Dr. Ben Lynch is a doctor of naturopathic medicine who runs the website MTHFR.net. He’s considered the expert in this condition, writing, researching and presenting worldwide. Once you start researching alternative approaches to treating autoimmune disease, it isn’t long before you hear of a gene mutation that can be a root cause for chronic illness and also a healing stumbling block. It’s called the MTHFR mutation. Once you start researching alternative approaches to treating autoimmune disease, it isn’t long before you hear of a gene mutation that can be a root cause for chronic illness and also a healing stumbling block. It’s called the MTHFR mutation. It stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. This is a very complex topic, and it’s easy to misunderstand and make mistakes trying to treat it. Our goal today is to explain MTHFR clearly in layman’s terms, talk about how you can tell if this mutation is indeed impacting your own health, and help you find a qualified practitioner to guide treatment. Dr. Ben Lynch is a doctor of naturopathic medicine who runs the website MTHFR.net. He’s considered the expert in this condition, writing, researching and presenting worldwide. Eileen Laird 1:10:29 Episode 72: Paleo Dentist Q&A with Dr. Mark Burhenne https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-72-paleo-dentist-qa-with-dr-mark-burhenne/ Sat, 10 Jun 2017 21:26:53 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=31614 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-72-paleo-dentist-qa-with-dr-mark-burhenne/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-72-paleo-dentist-qa-with-dr-mark-burhenne/feed/ 6 This is one of my most popular podcasts! Dr. Burhenne has a unique dental practice. He provides standard dental care, but he also teaches his patients about the oral microbiome and the importance of quality sleep, since both are essential to dental health. In this information-packed Q&A, we cover the oral microbiome, whether it's possible to reverse cavities, the flouride debate, dental decisions, how dentists can treat sleep apnea, and more! This is one of my most popular podcasts! Dr. Burhenne has a unique dental practice. He provides standard dental care, but he also teaches his patients about the oral microbiome and the importance of quality sleep, This is one of my most popular podcasts! Dr. Burhenne has a unique dental practice. He provides standard dental care, but he also teaches his patients about the oral microbiome and the importance of quality sleep, since both are essential to dental health. In this information-packed Q&A, we cover the oral microbiome, whether it's possible to reverse cavities, the flouride debate, dental decisions, how dentists can treat sleep apnea, and more! Eileen Laird 1:18:28 Episode 71: Trying to Do It All – Work, Family, and Autoimmune Healing https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-71-trying-to-do-it-all-work-family-and-autoimmune-healing/ Sun, 28 May 2017 03:04:29 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=31358 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-71-trying-to-do-it-all-work-family-and-autoimmune-healing/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-71-trying-to-do-it-all-work-family-and-autoimmune-healing/feed/ 5 Following the paleo diet and lifestyle is a time commitment for anyone, but when your life is already intensely busy, how do you fit it all in? This is a question I’ve gotten from podcast listeners, and in this episode, I have invited three people in this exact situation to share their best tips. My guests are all mothers with autoimmune disease who also work outside the home. In spite of the multiple demands on their time, they have found ways to make a healing diet and lifestyle work. Let's learn from each other! Following the paleo diet and lifestyle is a time commitment for anyone, but when your life is already intensely busy, how do you fit it all in? This is a question I’ve gotten from podcast listeners, and in this episode, Following the paleo diet and lifestyle is a time commitment for anyone, but when your life is already intensely busy, how do you fit it all in? This is a question I’ve gotten from podcast listeners, and in this episode, I have invited three people in this exact situation to share their best tips. My guests are all mothers with autoimmune disease who also work outside the home. In spite of the multiple demands on their time, they have found ways to make a healing diet and lifestyle work. Let's learn from each other! Eileen Laird 1:14:03 Episode 70: Functional Blood Test Analysis with Andrea Nakayama https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-70-functional-blood-test-analysis-with-andrea-nakayama/ Sat, 13 May 2017 12:00:46 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=30851 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-70-functional-blood-test-analysis-with-andrea-nakayama/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-70-functional-blood-test-analysis-with-andrea-nakayama/feed/ 4 When we think of functional medicine testing, we often think of expensive tests not covered by insurance. But there’s actually a lot we can learn from the regular bloodwork commonly ordered through our conventional doctor’s office. Andrea Nakayama is a world-renowned Functional Nutritionist, educator and speaker, whose mission is to change the way we do healthcare by empowering patients to reclaim ownership over their own health. In this podcast episode, she walks us through two blood tests that are very common: a CBC with Differential and a Complete Metabolic Panel, and tells us how she interprets these from a functional perspective. When we think of functional medicine testing, we often think of expensive tests not covered by insurance. But there’s actually a lot we can learn from the regular bloodwork commonly ordered through our conventional doctor’s office. When we think of functional medicine testing, we often think of expensive tests not covered by insurance. But there’s actually a lot we can learn from the regular bloodwork commonly ordered through our conventional doctor’s office. Andrea Nakayama is a world-renowned Functional Nutritionist, educator and speaker, whose mission is to change the way we do healthcare by empowering patients to reclaim ownership over their own health. In this podcast episode, she walks us through two blood tests that are very common: a CBC with Differential and a Complete Metabolic Panel, and tells us how she interprets these from a functional perspective. Eileen Laird 1:05:31 Episode 69: Healthy Deviance with Pilar Gerasimo https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-69-healthy-deviance-with-pilar-gerasimo/ Sat, 29 Apr 2017 22:59:10 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=30473 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-69-healthy-deviance-with-pilar-gerasimo/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-69-healthy-deviance-with-pilar-gerasimo/feed/ 3 In the modern world, the cards are stacked against us. From grocery stores filled with foods that aren’t real food, to being bombarded by environmental pollutants, to a culture that takes pride in being busier than ever and wears sleep deprivation like a gold star. When we take steps to recover and enhance our health, we are going against this tide, stepping outside the norm, and it’s not easy! We’re doing it in a world that encourages unhealthy life choices, and sometimes even our closest friends and family try to sabotage our efforts. My guest, Pilar Gerasimo, is a healthcare journalist who has been writing about healthy deviance for decades. In this episode, we talk about the many obstacles we face and strategies for being successful revolutionaries for our own health. In the modern world, the cards are stacked against us. From grocery stores filled with foods that aren’t real food, to being bombarded by environmental pollutants, to a culture that takes pride in being busier than ever and wears sleep deprivation like... In the modern world, the cards are stacked against us. From grocery stores filled with foods that aren’t real food, to being bombarded by environmental pollutants, to a culture that takes pride in being busier than ever and wears sleep deprivation like a gold star. When we take steps to recover and enhance our health, we are going against this tide, stepping outside the norm, and it’s not easy! We’re doing it in a world that encourages unhealthy life choices, and sometimes even our closest friends and family try to sabotage our efforts. My guest, Pilar Gerasimo, is a healthcare journalist who has been writing about healthy deviance for decades. In this episode, we talk about the many obstacles we face and strategies for being successful revolutionaries for our own health. Eileen Laird 1:08:20 Episode 68: Personalized Nutrition with Robb Wolf https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-68-personalized-nutrition-with-robb-wolf/ Sat, 15 Apr 2017 19:51:20 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=30029 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-68-personalized-nutrition-with-robb-wolf/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-68-personalized-nutrition-with-robb-wolf/feed/ 2 It would be wonderful if one diet worked for everyone, and it could be handed out like a prescription in doctor's offices worldwide. Unfortunately, human beings are more complex than that. This is one of the messages of Robb Wolf's new book, Wired to Eat. In this podcast, we talk about our own health journeys, the 7 Day Carb Test that's taking social media by storm (and how to adapt it for the AIP). We also talk about why it's hard to change, letting go of shame, and strategies for prioritizing health in our modern world. It would be wonderful if one diet worked for everyone, and it could be handed out like a prescription in doctor's offices worldwide. Unfortunately, human beings are more complex than that. This is one of the messages of Robb Wolf's new book, It would be wonderful if one diet worked for everyone, and it could be handed out like a prescription in doctor's offices worldwide. Unfortunately, human beings are more complex than that. This is one of the messages of Robb Wolf's new book, Wired to Eat. In this podcast, we talk about our own health journeys, the 7 Day Carb Test that's taking social media by storm (and how to adapt it for the AIP). We also talk about why it's hard to change, letting go of shame, and strategies for prioritizing health in our modern world. Eileen Laird 1:12:57 Episode 67: Building Effective Doctor-Patient Relationships with Dr. Cynthia Li https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-67-building-effective-doctor-patient-relationships-with-dr-cynthia-li/ Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:15:35 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=29277 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-67-building-effective-doctor-patient-relationships-with-dr-cynthia-li/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-67-building-effective-doctor-patient-relationships-with-dr-cynthia-li/feed/ 1 With autoimmune disease, the quality of our healthcare practitioners makes a huge difference in the course of our illness and our quality of life. In this podcast, we’ll be talking about what makes a good doctor, what makes a good patient, and how we can create the best relationships for our health. My guest is Dr. Cynthia Li, who has the unique ability to speak to us from the point of view of both doctor and patient. A conventionally trained MD, she became chronically ill with autoimmune disease that left her housebound for 2 years. Her personal journey back to health changed the way she practiced medicine. With autoimmune disease, the quality of our healthcare practitioners makes a huge difference in the course of our illness and our quality of life. In this podcast, we’ll be talking about what makes a good doctor, what makes a good patient, With autoimmune disease, the quality of our healthcare practitioners makes a huge difference in the course of our illness and our quality of life. In this podcast, we’ll be talking about what makes a good doctor, what makes a good patient, and how we can create the best relationships for our health. My guest is Dr. Cynthia Li, who has the unique ability to speak to us from the point of view of both doctor and patient. A conventionally trained MD, she became chronically ill with autoimmune disease that left her housebound for 2 years. Her personal journey back to health changed the way she practiced medicine. Eileen Laird 1:11:53 Episode 66: Mind-Body Nutrition with Marc David https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-66-the-psychology-of-eating-with-marc-david/ Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=28735 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-66-the-psychology-of-eating-with-marc-david/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-66-the-psychology-of-eating-with-marc-david/feed/ 9 Did you know that digestion starts in the brain? That relaxing before a meal releases more digestive enzymes? Why do we sometimes tolerate a wider variety of foods on vacation, and tolerate fewer foods when we're under stress? When we're using food as medicine, how do we navigate feelings of fear, grief, and deprivation and find joy in eating again? The mind-body connection is real, and nowhere is that more clear than when it comes to diet and nutrition. In this podcast, we answer these questions and more. Did you know that digestion starts in the brain? That relaxing before a meal releases more digestive enzymes? Why do we sometimes tolerate a wider variety of foods on vacation, and tolerate fewer foods when we're under stress? Did you know that digestion starts in the brain? That relaxing before a meal releases more digestive enzymes? Why do we sometimes tolerate a wider variety of foods on vacation, and tolerate fewer foods when we're under stress? When we're using food as medicine, how do we navigate feelings of fear, grief, and deprivation and find joy in eating again? The mind-body connection is real, and nowhere is that more clear than when it comes to diet and nutrition. In this podcast, we answer these questions and more. Eileen Laird 1:03:42 Episode 65: Brain Health with Dr. David Perlmutter https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-65-brain-health-with-dr-david-perlmutter/ Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=28566 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-65-brain-health-with-dr-david-perlmutter/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-65-brain-health-with-dr-david-perlmutter/feed/ 7 We are in the midst of a brain health epidemic. Millions of people around the world are suffering from Alzheimers disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, ADHD, mental illness, migraines, and more. It’s Dr. Perlmutter’s mission to prevent these numbers from rising and help people improve their health if already diagnosed. A board-certified neurologist with over 30 years experience, he's also the author of four bestselling books. This podcast episode is one of the most popular ones from my archives. Tune in for a detailed Q&A on brain health. We are in the midst of a brain health epidemic. Millions of people around the world are suffering from Alzheimers disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, ADHD, mental illness, migraines, and more. It’s Dr. We are in the midst of a brain health epidemic. Millions of people around the world are suffering from Alzheimers disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, ADHD, mental illness, migraines, and more. It’s Dr. Perlmutter’s mission to prevent these numbers from rising and help people improve their health if already diagnosed. A board-certified neurologist with over 30 years experience, he's also the author of four bestselling books. This podcast episode is one of the most popular ones from my archives. Tune in for a detailed Q&A on brain health. Eileen Laird 1:03:47 Episode 64: Epigenetics 101 with Bailey Kirkpatrick https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-64-epigenetics-101-with-bailey-kirkpatrick/ Sun, 12 Feb 2017 06:09:59 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=28335 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-64-epigenetics-101-with-bailey-kirkpatrick/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-64-epigenetics-101-with-bailey-kirkpatrick/feed/ 4 Epigenetics is the science of how our experiences and behavior interact with our genes. We aren't purely our DNA. Our genes are constantly getting turned on and off. This is one of the reasons why the paleo diet and lifestyle can have such a powerful influence on our health. It's beautifully empowering, but it's not a magical path to a cure. Once upon a time, people thought our health was 100% determined by our DNA (which we've learned isn't true). Today, some people are claiming that our DNA doesn't matter at all (also not true). In this episode, we dive into the real science of epigenetics and separate the myths from the truths and discover where we can make a difference! My guest is science writer and research expert, Bailey Kirkpatrick. Epigenetics is the science of how our experiences and behavior interact with our genes. We aren't purely our DNA. Our genes are constantly getting turned on and off. This is one of the reasons why the paleo diet and lifestyle can have such a powerful i... Epigenetics is the science of how our experiences and behavior interact with our genes. We aren't purely our DNA. Our genes are constantly getting turned on and off. This is one of the reasons why the paleo diet and lifestyle can have such a powerful influence on our health. It's beautifully empowering, but it's not a magical path to a cure. Once upon a time, people thought our health was 100% determined by our DNA (which we've learned isn't true). Today, some people are claiming that our DNA doesn't matter at all (also not true). In this episode, we dive into the real science of epigenetics and separate the myths from the truths and discover where we can make a difference! My guest is science writer and research expert, Bailey Kirkpatrick. Eileen Laird 54:32 Episode 63: Exercise and Autoimmune Disease https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-63-exercise-and-autoimmune-disease/ Sat, 28 Jan 2017 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=27945 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-63-exercise-and-autoimmune-disease/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-63-exercise-and-autoimmune-disease/feed/ 8 The right exercise has the potential to improve our health, but the wrong exercise can cause an autoimmune flare. Our needs will often change from month to month, maybe even from day to day. In this podcast, I share my own experience of how my exercise needs have changed since being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I also interview 3 other people about their exercise experiences as well. One guest has multiple sclerosis, one has Crohn’s disease, and the other has Hashimoto’s. The right exercise has the potential to improve our health, but the wrong exercise can cause an autoimmune flare. Our needs will often change from month to month, maybe even from day to day. In this podcast, The right exercise has the potential to improve our health, but the wrong exercise can cause an autoimmune flare. Our needs will often change from month to month, maybe even from day to day. In this podcast, I share my own experience of how my exercise needs have changed since being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I also interview 3 other people about their exercise experiences as well. One guest has multiple sclerosis, one has Crohn’s disease, and the other has Hashimoto’s. Eileen Laird 1:07:04 Episode 62: Preventing Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O’Bryan https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-62-preventing-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-tom-obryan/ Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=27736 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-62-preventing-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-tom-obryan/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-62-preventing-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-tom-obryan/feed/ 16 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. 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 ... 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. Eileen Laird 1:02:13 Episode 61: Healing Stories 4 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-61-healing-stories-4/ Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:09:09 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=27329 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-61-healing-stories-4/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-61-healing-stories-4/feed/ 17 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'll be talking about Diabetes, Alopecia, Lupus, Scleroderma, Myositis, Sjogren's, Raynaud's and Hidradenitis Suppurativa. And If you want to hear the prior Healing Stories podcasts, check out episodes 1, 14 and 30. Let’s inspire each other! 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, 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'll be talking about Diabetes, Alopecia, Lupus, Scleroderma, Myositis, Sjogren's, Raynaud's and Hidradenitis Suppurativa. And If you want to hear the prior Healing Stories podcasts, check out episodes 1, 14 and 30. Let’s inspire each other! Eileen Laird 1:29:46 Episode 60: Transitioning from Vegetarian to Paleo https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-60-transitioning-from-vegetarian-to-paleo/ Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=26246 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-60-transitioning-from-vegetarian-to-paleo/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-60-transitioning-from-vegetarian-to-paleo/feed/ 3 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 this 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. 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, 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. Eileen Laird 1:12:53 Episode 59: The Power of Self-Inquiry with Byron Katie https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-59-self-inquiry-and-freedom-from-suffering-with-byron-katie/ Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=26974 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-59-self-inquiry-and-freedom-from-suffering-with-byron-katie/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-59-self-inquiry-and-freedom-from-suffering-with-byron-katie/feed/ 20 This is one of my favorite mind-body techniques. When I feel stuck in fear, anger, or grief with no way to move forward, this technique transforms those feelings into peace. Does that sound too good to be true? That's why I love this technique - it's that powerful for me. Autoimmune disease and suffering often go hand-in-hand, physically, mentally and emotionally. The Work of Byron Katie is a process for questioning stressful thoughts and the feelings they feed. In this podcast, I offer myself up as a guinea pig with Katie as my guide. At the time of this recording, I wasn't in remission and feeling frustrated because I was "doing everything right". Can you relate? Listen to our conversation, and learn how to apply this technique in your own life. This is one of my favorite mind-body techniques. When I feel stuck in fear, anger, or grief with no way to move forward, this technique transforms those feelings into peace. Does that sound too good to be true? This is one of my favorite mind-body techniques. When I feel stuck in fear, anger, or grief with no way to move forward, this technique transforms those feelings into peace. Does that sound too good to be true? That's why I love this technique - it's that powerful for me. Autoimmune disease and suffering often go hand-in-hand, physically, mentally and emotionally. The Work of Byron Katie is a process for questioning stressful thoughts and the feelings they feed. In this podcast, I offer myself up as a guinea pig with Katie as my guide. At the time of this recording, I wasn't in remission and feeling frustrated because I was "doing everything right". Can you relate? Listen to our conversation, and learn how to apply this technique in your own life. Byron Katie has taught this technique to millions of people around the world, and is the author of six books. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com/ for show notes. Eileen Laird 52:16 Episode 58: Supplements with Kamal Patel https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-58-supplements-with-kamal-patel/ Sun, 20 Nov 2016 20:29:48 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=26802 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-58-supplements-with-kamal-patel/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-58-supplements-with-kamal-patel/feed/ 7 A lot of us in the autoimmune community take supplements. Sometimes they help, sometimes they harm, and sometimes they do nothing at all. Today, Kamal Patel from Examine.com teaches us how to make informed choices. When are supplements appropriate? What's the best supplement for pain? How much vitamin D does a person need? Are probiotics beneficial? How rampant is supplement fraud? We answer these questions and more in this information-packed podcast. A lot of us in the autoimmune community take supplements. Sometimes they help, sometimes they harm, and sometimes they do nothing at all. Today, Kamal Patel from Examine.com teaches us how to make informed choices. When are supplements appropriate? A lot of us in the autoimmune community take supplements. Sometimes they help, sometimes they harm, and sometimes they do nothing at all. Today, Kamal Patel from Examine.com teaches us how to make informed choices. When are supplements appropriate? What's the best supplement for pain? How much vitamin D does a person need? Are probiotics beneficial? How rampant is supplement fraud? We answer these questions and more in this information-packed podcast. Eileen Laird 1:14:18 Episode 57: Living an Empowered Autoimmune Life https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-57-living-an-empowered-autoimmune-life/ Sun, 06 Nov 2016 00:14:56 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=26628 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-57-living-an-empowered-autoimmune-life/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-57-living-an-empowered-autoimmune-life/feed/ 3 Getting an autoimmune diagnosis often leaves us feeling traumatized and overwhelmed. This podcast is about finding hope again. My guests are Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt, authors of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. We talk 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. Getting an autoimmune diagnosis often leaves us feeling traumatized and overwhelmed. This podcast is about finding hope again. My guests are Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt, authors of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. Getting an autoimmune diagnosis often leaves us feeling traumatized and overwhelmed. This podcast is about finding hope again. My guests are Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt, authors of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. We talk 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. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:02:29 Episode 56: Healthy Detoxification with Torea Rodriguez https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-56-healthy-detoxification-with-torea-rodriguez/ Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:22:25 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=26264 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-56-healthy-detoxification-with-torea-rodriguez/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-56-healthy-detoxification-with-torea-rodriguez/feed/ 6 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. 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. 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. Eileen Laird 56:16 Episode 55: Saving Time in the Kitchen https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-55-saving-time-in-the-kitchen/ Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:01:32 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=25903 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-55-saving-time-in-the-kitchen/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-55-saving-time-in-the-kitchen/feed/ 2 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 share our best tips for making the most food in the least amount of time, without sacrificing nutrition or flavor. This includes our beloved Instant Pot and the magic of batch cooking! 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 ... 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. We'll be talking batch cooking, pressure cooking, Instant Pots, and more. Eileen Laird 1:16:11 Episode 54: Thyroid Health with Elle Russ https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-54-thyroid-health-with-elle-russ/ Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:48:37 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=25616 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-54-thyroid-health-with-elle-russ/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-54-thyroid-health-with-elle-russ/feed/ 4 Our 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. Our 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, Our 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. Eileen Laird 1:03:41 Episode 53: The Food as Medicine Documentary https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-53-the-food-as-medicine-documentary/ Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:00:54 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=25424 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-53-the-food-as-medicine-documentary/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-53-the-food-as-medicine-documentary/feed/ 1 When Lenore Eklund found that her Crohn's disease medication made her feel worse instead of better, her husband encouraged her to try the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which is similar to Paleo. 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. I love this documentary both for its honesty, and its ability to share the power of real food with mainstream America. If you follow a healing diet yourself, you will relate to the stars of this film. This is also a great film to share with friends, family, and anyone you know struggling with their health. When Lenore Eklund found that her Crohn's disease medication made her feel worse instead of better, her husband encouraged her to try the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which is similar to Paleo. The results were so dramatic that it inspired this film. When Lenore Eklund found that her Crohn's disease medication made her feel worse instead of better, her husband encouraged her to try the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which is similar to Paleo. 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. I love this documentary both for its honesty, and its ability to share the power of real food with mainstream America. If you follow a healing diet yourself, you will relate to the stars of this film. This is also a great film to share with friends, family, and anyone you know struggling with their health. Eileen Laird 54:50 Episode 52: Heart Health with Dr. Jack Wolfson https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-52-heart-health-with-dr-jack-wolfson/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:44:24 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=25335 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-52-heart-health-with-dr-jack-wolfson/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-52-heart-health-with-dr-jack-wolfson/feed/ 11 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 follows the paleo diet and lifestyle himself, and recommends it to his patients. He answers questions on everything from diet, to medication, to which tests and procedures he thinks are beneficial and which ones are overdone. 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, 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 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 follows the paleo diet and lifestyle himself, and recommends it to his patients. He answers questions on everything from diet, to medication, to which tests and procedures he thinks are beneficial and which ones are overdone.<br /> Eileen Laird 1:01:08 Episode 51: Marriage and Autoimmune Disease https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-51-marriage-and-autoimmune-disease/ Sun, 14 Aug 2016 02:45:35 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=25135 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-51-marriage-and-autoimmune-disease/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-51-marriage-and-autoimmune-disease/feed/ 2 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, Terry Wahls' wife Jackie, and Matthew Sinclair's wife Petra. 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. 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, 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. Eileen Laird 1:15:33 Episode 50: Can Hypnotherapy Treat Autoimmune Symptoms? With Kerry Jeffery https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-50-can-hypnotherapy-treat-autoimmune-symptoms-with-kerry-jeffery/ Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:19:12 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=24921 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-50-can-hypnotherapy-treat-autoimmune-symptoms-with-kerry-jeffery/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-50-can-hypnotherapy-treat-autoimmune-symptoms-with-kerry-jeffery/feed/ 4 Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that uses the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behavior. In this podcast, 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, who also has autoimmune disease herself. Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that uses the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behavior. In this podcast, we talk about its application to life with autoimmune disease, Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that uses the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behavior. 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 licensed hypnotherapist, Kerry Jeffery, who also has autoimmune disease herself.<br /> Eileen Laird 1:08:50 Episode 49: Rheumatoid Arthritis with Dr. Melissa McNamara https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-49-rheumatoid-arthritis-with-dr-melissa-mcnamara/ Sun, 17 Jul 2016 02:48:33 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=24662 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-49-rheumatoid-arthritis-with-dr-melissa-mcnamara/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-49-rheumatoid-arthritis-with-dr-melissa-mcnamara/feed/ 18 Finding a rheumatologist who combines paleo principles with functional medicine to address root causes, and conventional medicine to control symptoms when necessary, feels very much like finding a unicorn. One of my blog readers let me know about Dr. Melissa McNamara, who practices in the Bay Area of California, but also consults with people worldwide. She took time out of her busy schedule to share her treatment philosophy with us. Finding a rheumatologist who combines paleo principles with functional medicine to address root causes, and conventional medicine to control symptoms when necessary, feels very much like finding a unicorn. One of my blog readers let me know about Dr. Finding a rheumatologist who combines paleo principles with functional medicine to address root causes, and conventional medicine to control symptoms when necessary, feels very much like finding a unicorn. One of my blog readers let me know about Dr. Melissa McNamara, who practices in the Bay Area of California, but also consults with people worldwide. She took time out of her busy schedule to share her treatment philosophy, when it comes to rheumatoid arthritis. Eileen Laird 1:04:50 Episode 48: Medication Decisions https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-48-medication-decisions/ Sun, 03 Jul 2016 15:48:40 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=24539 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-48-medication-decisions/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-48-medication-decisions/feed/ 13 The decision of whether or not to take autoimmune medication is rarely an easy one. Not only that, but our decision might change over the course of our illness. This podcast was inspired by my decision in 2016 to start medication after 4 years on the paleo autoimmune protocol. In this episode, I share the reasons behind my choice and also interview 5 other people about their medication choices. My guests have a wide range of diagnoses and experiences. Some have always taken medication, some have never taken medication, and some have gone on or off medication, based on changes in how they feel. The important thing to know is that there is no one right choice for everyone. My goal with this podcast episode isn’t to provide answers, but just to highlight the complexity of this decision, and let us all know that we’re not alone. To be clear – this show isn’t designed to be medical advice. Definitely work with your doctors when deciding what choice is best for you. The decision of whether or not to take autoimmune medication is rarely an easy one. Not only that, but our decision might change over the course of our illness. This podcast was inspired by my decision in 2016 to start medication after 4 years on the p... The decision of whether or not to take autoimmune medication is rarely an easy one. Not only that, but our decision might change over the course of our illness. This podcast was inspired by my recent decision to start medication after 4 years on the paleo autoimmune protocol. Today, I share the reasons behind my choice and also interview 5 other people about their medication choices. My guests have a wide range of diagnoses and experiences. Some have always taken medication, some have never taken medication, and some have gone on or off medication, based on changes in how they feel. The important thing to know is that there is no one right choice for everyone. My goal with this podcast episode isn’t to provide answers, but just to highlight the complexity of this decision, and let us all know that we’re not alone. To be clear – this show isn’t designed to be medical advice. Definitely work with your doctors when deciding what choice is best for you. Eileen Laird 1:46:23 Episode 47: Adrenal Fatigue: Part 2 with Christopher Kelly https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-47-adrenal-fatigue-update-with-christopher-kelly/ Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:44:11 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=24350 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-47-adrenal-fatigue-update-with-christopher-kelly/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-47-adrenal-fatigue-update-with-christopher-kelly/feed/ 4 Adrenal Fatigue (aka HPA Axis Dysfunction) is very common with autoimmune disease. Are you tired during the day and wired at night? Do you find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep? Do you often get hungry between meals, and sometimes feel hungry all the time? This podcast might apply to you. Expert Christopher Kelly talks about a new test that can diagnose and treat this condition more accurately. We also talk about how the label of Adrenal Fatigue is misleading, because the adrenals themselves are rarely the problem. The root cause lies someplace else altogether. Listen in to learn more. Adrenal Fatigue (aka HPA Axis Dysfunction) is very common with autoimmune disease. Are you tired during the day and wired at night? Do you find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep? Do you often get hungry between meals, One of the most popular episodes of this podcast is episode 15, where we covered the topic of Adrenal Fatigue for the first time. I’ve invited Christopher Kelly back onto the show, because there is a new DUTCH test that he believes is more accurate when diagnosing and treating adrenal fatigue. We also talk about how the label of Adrenal Fatigue is misleading, because the adrenals themselves are rarely the problem. The root cause lies someplace else altogether. The key to healing is diagnosing and treating the root cause, which will allow the adrenals to return to healthy function. Eileen Laird 1:03:05 Episode 46: Paleo Dietitian Q&A with Amy Kubal https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-46-paleo-dietitian-qa-with-amy-kubal/ Sun, 05 Jun 2016 01:25:30 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=24171 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-46-paleo-dietitian-qa-with-amy-kubal/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-46-paleo-dietitian-qa-with-amy-kubal/feed/ 6 Amy Kubal is a well-respected voice in the paleo community. She's a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. In this information packed podcast, I ask her: (1) What's the optimal macronutrient ratio? (2) Are dietary fats healthy or harmful? (3) If we don't eat dairy, how do we get enough calcium? (4) How do we keep our blood sugar balanced? (5) If we're having trouble reaching a healthy weight, what can we do? (6) How can we troubleshoot digestive issues? And many more! Amy Kubal is a well-respected voice in the paleo community. She's a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. In this information packed podcast, Today, we're going to cover some frequently asked questions about eating well for autoimmune health: (1) What's the optimal macronutrient ratio? (2) Are dietary fats healthy or harmful? (3) If we don't eat dairy, how do we get enough calcium? (4) How do we keep our blood sugar balanced? (5) If we're having trouble reaching a healthy weight, what can we do? (6) How can we troubleshoot digestive issues? (6) And more! Amy Kubal is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She is one of the rare RD’s in our country who understands and advocates the paleo diet and lifestyle. She's sharing her expertise with us today. Eileen Laird 1:05:33 Episode 45: Social Lives on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-45-social-lives-on-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/ Sun, 22 May 2016 02:10:27 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=24065 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-45-social-lives-on-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-45-social-lives-on-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/feed/ 2 In cultures around the world, we gather together over food: we have dinner dates, drinks with friends, favorite festivals, and big family meals at our grandparents’ house. What happens when we can’t eat that food any more? Some people make the mistake of giving up their social life altogether because they simply don’t know how to manage it. In this podcast, 3 experienced AIP-ers share their experience and advice for having a full and fun social life while still staying true to your healing diet. It can be done! In cultures around the world, we gather together over food: we have dinner dates, drinks with friends, favorite festivals, and big family meals at our grandparents’ house. What happens when we can’t eat that food any more? In cultures around the world, we gather together over food: we have dinner dates, drinks with friends, favorite festivals, and big family meals at our grandparents’ house. What happens when we can’t eat that food any more? Some people make the mistake of giving up their social life altogether because they simply don’t know how to manage it. Today, I have 3 experienced AIP-ers on the podcast to share their experience and advice for having a full and fun social life while still staying true to your healing diet. It can be done! Eileen Laird 1:14:45 Episode 44: The Art of Stress Management with Evan Brand https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-44-the-art-of-stress-management-with-evan-brand/ Sun, 08 May 2016 01:35:01 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=23846 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-44-the-art-of-stress-management-with-evan-brand/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-44-the-art-of-stress-management-with-evan-brand/feed/ 9 Stress is intimately connected to autoimmune expression. Many of you have experienced this yourself, when a high-stress situation kicked off an autoimmune flare – or even an autoimmune diagnosis. While we can take steps to strive for a lower-stress life, the truth is that part of life is experiencing tough times. Whether it's aging parents, troubled teens, the loss of a job, the loss of a relationship, the death of someone we love, or our own autoimmune struggles, we can’t avoid stress altogether. So, that means we need to have tools to manage that stress so that it doesn’t negatively impact our health. That’s what today’s show is all about. Evan Brand is a functional medicine practitioner and the author of the book, Stress Solutions. He's here to teach us how to take care of ourselves through the ups and downs of living. Stress is intimately connected to autoimmune expression. Many of you have experienced this yourself, when a high-stress situation kicked off an autoimmune flare – or even an autoimmune diagnosis. While we can take steps to strive for a lower-stress lif... Stress is intimately connected to autoimmune expression. Many of you have experienced this yourself, when a high-stress situation kicked off an autoimmune flare – or even an autoimmune diagnosis. While we can take steps to strive for a lower-stress life, the truth is that part of life is experiencing tough times. Whether it's aging parents, troubled teens, the loss of a job, the loss of a relationship, the death of someone we love, or our own autoimmune struggles, we can’t avoid stress altogether. So, that means we need to have tools to manage that stress so that it doesn’t negatively impact our health. That’s what today’s show is all about. Evan Brand is a functional medicine practitioner and the author of the book, Stress Solutions. Here's here to teach us how to take care of ourselves through the ups and downs of living. Eileen Laird 1:03:02 Episode 43: Never Too Late! Healing Diets Over Age 60 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-43-never-too-late-healing-diets-over-age-60/ Sun, 24 Apr 2016 02:54:34 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=23585 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-43-never-too-late-healing-diets-over-age-60/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-43-never-too-late-healing-diets-over-age-60/feed/ 22 One of the tragedies of modern life is the belief that health is meant to decline as we age, and there's nothing we can do about it. In this podcast, I have 3 guests proving otherwise. They all transitioned to a healing diet after the age of 60 and saw a dramatic improvement in their health. They hope to inspire others in their age group (or any age) to do the same! One of the tragedies of modern life is the belief that health is meant to decline as we age, and there's nothing we can do about it. In this podcast, I have 3 guests proving otherwise. They all transitioned to a healing diet after the age of 60 and saw... One of the tragedies of modern life is the belief that health is meant to decline as we age, and there's nothing we can do about it. On today's show, I have 3 guests proving otherwise. They all transitioned to a healing diet after the age of 60 and saw a dramatic improvement in their health. They hope to inspire others in their age group (or any age) to do the same! Eileen Laird 1:03:21 Episode 42: Infections and Autoimmunity with Dr. Michael Ruscio https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-42-infections-and-autoimmunity-with-dr-michael-ruscio/ Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=23231 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-42-infections-and-autoimmunity-with-dr-michael-ruscio/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-42-infections-and-autoimmunity-with-dr-michael-ruscio/feed/ 9 If you've been doing the paleo diet and lifestyle perfectly and aren't seeing results, infections can sometimes be a roadblock to healing. In this podcast, Dr. Michael Ruscio talks about which infections are common, which are rare, and how he diagnoses and treats them in his clinical practice. We talk about SIBO, h. pylori, parasites, candida, Epstein-Barr and other intracellular infections. We also talk about overtreatment and how to differentiate a healing crisis from an allergic reaction to the treatment itself. If you've been doing the paleo diet and lifestyle perfectly and aren't seeing results, infections can sometimes be a roadblock to healing. In this podcast, Dr. Michael Ruscio talks about which infections are common, which are rare, If you've been doing the paleo diet and lifestyle perfectly and aren't seeing results, infections can sometimes be a roadblock to healing. On today's podcast, Dr. Michael Ruscio talks about which infections are common, which are rare, and how he diagnoses and treats them in his clinical practice. We talk about SIBO, h. pylori, parasites, candida, Epstein-Barr and other intracellular infections. We also talk about overtreatment and how to differentiate a healing crisis from an allergic reaction to the treatment itself. Eileen Laird 1:09:28 Episode 41: EFT with Dr. Anne Merkel https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-41-eft-with-dr-anne-merkel/ Sun, 27 Mar 2016 02:46:15 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=23122 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-41-eft-with-dr-anne-merkel/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-41-eft-with-dr-anne-merkel/feed/ 5 Emotional Freedom Technique, otherwise known as EFT, is a simple technique designed to release emotional blocks to healing. What does that mean? The idea is that no matter what challenges we are experiencing, including autoimmune disease, there is always an emotional component. This doesn't mean our symptoms are "all in our head." But it does mean that repressed emotions can increase autoimmune flares and interfere with our ability to reduce and reverse our symptoms. Autoimmune health is about so much more than just food. In this podcast, EFT expert Dr. Anne Merkel describes how it works and guides us through a sample session. Emotional Freedom Technique, otherwise known as EFT, is a simple technique designed to release emotional blocks to healing. What does that mean? The idea is that no matter what challenges we are experiencing, including autoimmune disease, Emotional Freedom Technique, otherwise known as EFT, is a simple technique designed to release emotional blocks to healing. What does that mean? The idea is that no matter what challenges we are experiencing, including chronic illness like autoimmune disease, there is always an emotional component. Long-held blocked emotions make us more vulnerable to disease, and they also make it more difficult for us to heal. Today, we have EFT expert, Dr. Anne Merkel, on the podcast to teach us all about it. She has been practicing EFT and other forms of energy psychology for the past 25 years, and her specialty is autoimmune disease. Eileen Laird 1:03:57 Episode 40: The Primal Connection with Mark Sisson https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-40-the-primal-connection-with-mark-sisson/ Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:30:07 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=22964 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-40-the-primal-connection-with-mark-sisson/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-40-the-primal-connection-with-mark-sisson/feed/ 3 When I first went paleo, Mark's Daily Apple was one of the first blogs I found. I loved how he presented detailed information in easy-to-understand small bites. I also loved his holistic approach. Yes, food matters, but it's about so much more than just food. Three years later, it was a thrill to interview him on my podcast. In this episode, we talk about the many ways our lives have changed from the lives of our ancestors. We can’t go back in time, but we can learn from our past. Highlights of our conversation include: Why Being Selfish Is Necessary, The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Hunter Gatherers, Reconnecting With a Body That Has Autoimmune Disease, and more. When I first went paleo, Mark's Daily Apple was one of the first blogs I found. I loved how he presented detailed information in easy-to-understand small bites. I also loved his holistic approach. Yes, food matters, We have a special guest on the show today - Mark Sisson, the paleo leader and voice behind Mark's Daily Apple, and the author of many books including The Primal Connection. One of the things I’ve always loved about Mark’s message is that health is about more than just food. It’s about every aspect of life. The Primal Connection explores the disconnect between modern life and the life of our ancestors – how we live completely differently now. We can’t go back in time, but we can learn from our past. Today, we’re going to talk about what aspects of ancestral living we can incorporate into our modern lives, and what we can gain from doing so, in terms of health and happiness. Eileen Laird 59:23 Episode 39: LDN with Dr. Thomas Cowan https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-39-ldn-with-dr-thomas-cowan/ Sat, 27 Feb 2016 23:00:58 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=22821 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-39-ldn-with-dr-thomas-cowan/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-39-ldn-with-dr-thomas-cowan/feed/ 2 Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) is a nontraditional autoimmune medication that sometimes dramatically decreases symptoms at low cost and with minimal side effects. It has been mentioned in some of the healing stories shared on this podcast, so I promised to dedicate an entire episode to learning more. Our guest, Dr. Thomas Cowan, is a medical doctor in San Francisco who uses LDN as part of his autoimmune patient treatment plan. We learn what this drug is, how it works, how to find the right dose, and how to find a doctor who prescribes it. Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) is a nontraditional autoimmune medication that sometimes dramatically decreases symptoms at low cost and with minimal side effects. It has been mentioned in some of the healing stories shared on this podcast, Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) is a nontraditional autoimmune medication that sometimes dramatically decreases symptoms at low cost and with minimal side effects. It has been mentioned in some of the healing stories shared on this podcast, so I promised to dedicate an entire episode to learning more. Our guest, Dr. Thomas Cowan, is a medical doctor in San Francisco who uses LDN as part of his autoimmune patient treatment plan. Today we learn what this drug is, how it works, how to find the right dose, and how to find a doctor who prescribes it. Eileen Laird 49:15 Episode 38: Hormones and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Justin Marchegiani https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-38-hormones-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-justin-marchegiani/ Sat, 13 Feb 2016 21:31:34 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=22644 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-38-hormones-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-justin-marchegiani/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-38-hormones-and-autoimmune-disease-with-dr-justin-marchegiani/feed/ 12 I think every woman with autoimmune disease knows how strongly our hormones can impact autoimmune symptoms. Some women flare around their periods. Some go into remission during pregnancy and then flare after delivery (or vice versa). Others find their symptoms start to increase during the hormone fluctuations of perimenopause. And others actually develop autoimmune disease after menopause. So clearly hormone balance is a topic near and dear to us all. In this podcast, I interview Dr. Justin Marchegiani, a functional medicine practitioner who specializes in hormone balance. He'll teach us what's at the root of hormone problems at all stages of a woman's life, and how to correct them. For my male listeners, today's podcast focuses mostly on women, but at the end of the podcast, Justin talks about hormone balance for men as well. I think every woman with autoimmune disease knows how strongly our hormones can impact autoimmune symptoms. Some women flare around their periods. Some go into remission during pregnancy and then flare after delivery (or vice versa). I think every woman with autoimmune disease knows how strongly our hormones can impact autoimmune symptoms. Some women flare around their periods. Some go into remission during pregnancy and then flare after delivery or after they stop breastfeeding. Others find their symptoms start to increase during the hormone fluctuations of perimenopause. And others actually develop autoimmune disease after menopause. So clearly hormone balance is a topic near and dear to us all. In this podcast, I interview Dr. Justin Marchegiani, a functional medicine practitioner who specializes in hormone balance. He'll teach us what's at the root of hormone problems at all stages of a woman's life, and how to correct them. For my male listeners, today's podcast focuses mostly on women, but at the end of the podcast, Justin talks about hormone balance for men as well. Eileen Laird 1:00:28 Episode 37: Meditation Healing Stories https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-37-meditation-healing-stories/ Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:06:09 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=22337 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-37-meditation-healing-stories/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-37-meditation-healing-stories/feed/ 28 Curious about the impact meditation can have in your life? Do you believe that you can't meditate? Or that there's one right way to do it? In this podcast, I interview four people with autoimmune disease, each sharing a different form of meditation and the impact it's had on their health. At the end of the podcast, I share how meditation has worked in my own life since my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis in 2012. Curious about the impact meditation can have in your life? Do you believe that you can't meditate? Or that there's one right way to do it? In this podcast, I interview four people with autoimmune disease, each sharing a different form of meditation and... Do you believe that you can't meditate? In this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, I hope to convince you otherwise. Meditation relieves stress, reduces inflammation, and can have a powerful impact on your life. There's no one "right" way to do it, and you really can't do it wrong. Today, I interview four people with autoimmune disease, each sharing a different form of meditation and the impact it's had on their life and health. At the end of the podcast, I share how meditation has worked in my own life since my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis 4 years ago. Eileen Laird 1:05:54 Episode 36: Histamine Intolerance with Alison Vickery https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-36-histamine-intolerance-with-alison-vickery/ Sat, 16 Jan 2016 19:36:02 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=22154 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-36-histamine-intolerance-with-alison-vickery/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-36-histamine-intolerance-with-alison-vickery/feed/ 2 Do you have unexplained skin rashes, headaches, digestive upset, mood issues and brain fog, even though you are following the paleo autoimmune diet and lifestyle perfectly? This might be a piece in your healing puzzle. Histamine is a natural component in both our food and our bodies, but certain things can make it overproduce, causing myriad symptoms that keep our body in a hypersensitive state. In this podcast, I talk with histamine expert, Alison Vickery, on what causes histamine intolerance and what we can do about it. Do you have unexplained skin rashes, headaches, digestive upset, mood issues and brain fog, even though you are following the paleo autoimmune diet and lifestyle perfectly? This might be a piece in your healing puzzle. Today's podcast delves into a potential healing roadblock: Histamine Intolerance. Do you have unexplained skin rashes, headaches, digestive upset, mood issues and brain fog, even though you are following the paleo autoimmune diet and lifestyle perfectly? Our podcast topic today might be a piece in your healing puzzle. Histamine is a natural component in both our food and our bodies, but certain things can make it overproduce, causing myriad symptoms that keep our body in a hypersensitive state. Today, we talk with histamine expert, Alison Vickery, on what causes histamine intolerance, and what we can do about it. Eileen Laird 1:02:00 Episode 35: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-35-a-simple-guide-to-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/ Sun, 03 Jan 2016 21:14:38 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=22001 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-35-a-simple-guide-to-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-35-a-simple-guide-to-the-paleo-autoimmune-protocol/feed/ 25 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is dedicated to my book: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. I'm joined by three of my friends with autoimmune disease who have used the AIP to manage their own health. We share our healing stories, what worked and what didn't, and what parts of the book resonate the most with our own journeys. Chelsey has Crohn's disease. Erin has psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and Raynaud's disease. Tara has lupus, psoriasis and vitiligo. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is dedicated to my book: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. I'm joined by three of my friends with autoimmune disease who have used the AIP to manage their own health. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast celebrates the publication of my new book: A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. I'm joined by three of my friends with autoimmune disease who have used the AIP to manage their own health. We share our healing stories, what worked and what didn't, and what parts of the book resonate the most with our own journeys. Chelsey has Crohn's disease. Erin has psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and Raynaud's disease. Tara has lupus, psoriasis and vitiligo. Eileen Laird 1:02:48 Episode 34: Paleo Cooking and Baking Tips from the Masters https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-34-paleo-cooking-and-baking-tips-from-the-masters/ Sun, 20 Dec 2015 18:39:37 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=21872 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-34-paleo-cooking-and-baking-tips-from-the-masters/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-34-paleo-cooking-and-baking-tips-from-the-masters/feed/ 5 When you first switch to a paleo diet, you lose a lot of your standard recipes, are introduced to a bunch of new ingredients, and it’s not uncommon to feel a little lost. In this podcast, we have expert tour guides! Cookbook authors Mel Joulwan and Rachael Bryant share everything from how to cook without a meal plan to their favorite AIP sauces and spice blends. And Laura Vein, former pastry chef, teaches us the fine art of paleo AIP baking. When you first switch to a paleo diet, you lose a lot of your standard recipes, are introduced to a bunch of new ingredients, and it’s not uncommon to feel a little lost. In this podcast, we have expert tour guides! In this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, we learn how to find our groove in a paleo kitchen. When you first switch to a paleo diet, you lose a lot of your standard recipes, are introduced to a bunch of new ingredients, and it’s not uncommon to feel a little lost. Today, we have paleo tour guides! Cookbook authors Mel Joulwan and Rachael Bryant share everything from how to cook without a meal plan to their favorite AIP sauces and spice blends. And Laura Vein, former pastry chef, teaches us the fine art of paleo AIP baking. Eileen Laird 1:29:37 Episode 33: Medical Marijuana and Autoimmune Disease https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-33-medical-marijuana-and-autoimmune-disease/ Sun, 06 Dec 2015 18:38:58 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=21266 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-33-medical-marijuana-and-autoimmune-disease/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-33-medical-marijuana-and-autoimmune-disease/feed/ 2 Medical Marijuana is now legal in 28 states in the US, and over a million people are using it to treat a wide variety of diagnoses, including autoimmune disease. Research shows it can help regulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, suppress muscle spasms, reduce anxiety, treat psoriasis, aid digestion, and much more. In this podcast, we delve into the science behind this controversial herb and talk with a number of people who are using it as part of their autoimmune disease treatment. Medical Marijuana is now legal in 28 states in the US, and over a million people are using it to treat a wide variety of diagnoses, including autoimmune disease. Research shows it can help regulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, Medical Marijuana is now legal in 23 states in the US, and over a million people are using it to treat a wide variety of diagnoses, including autoimmune disease. Cannabanoids (a component in marijuana) help regulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, suppress muscle spasms, reduce anxiety, treat psoriasis, aid digestion, and much more. Today, we delve into the science behind this controversial herb and talk with a number of people who are using it as part of their autoimmune disease treatment. Eileen Laird 1:24:14 Episode 32: Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity & Leaky Gut with Dr. Alessio Fasano https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-32-leaky-gut-with-dr-alessio-fasano/ Sun, 22 Nov 2015 02:43:52 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=20752 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-32-leaky-gut-with-dr-alessio-fasano/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-32-leaky-gut-with-dr-alessio-fasano/feed/ 13 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast interviews world-renowned expert on leaky gut and autoimmunity: Dr. Alessio Fasano. We cover a wide range of topics: (1) The difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity; (2) Gluten cross-contamination vs. gluten cross-reaction; (3) The connection between leaky gut and autoimmune disease; (4) The causes of leaky gut and whether or not it can be cured; (5) Leaky gut testing and medication research; (6) The role of the microbiome in autoimmune disease; (7) Probiotics vs. fermented foods; (8) and much more. It's an information-packed hour! This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast interviews world-renowned expert on leaky gut and autoimmunity: Dr. Alessio Fasano. We cover a wide range of topics: (1) The difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity; (2) Gluten cross-contaminat... This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast interviews world-renowned expert on leaky gut and autoimmunity: Dr. Alessio Fasano. We cover a wide range of topics: (1) The difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity; (2) Gluten cross-contamination vs. gluten cross-reaction; (3) The connection between leaky gut and autoimmune disease; (4) The causes of leaky gut and whether or not it can be cured; (5) Leaky gut testing and medication research; (6) The role of the microbiome in autoimmune disease; (7) Probiotics vs. fermented foods; (7) and much more. It's an information-packed hour! Eileen Laird 1:01:18 Episode 31: Healthy Habits – Gretchen Rubin Book Club https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-31-healthy-habits-gretchen-rubin-book-club/ Sun, 08 Nov 2015 02:49:07 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=20313 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-31-healthy-habits-gretchen-rubin-book-club/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-31-healthy-habits-gretchen-rubin-book-club/feed/ 16 Are you a Rebel? Questioner? Obliger? Or Upholder? Knowing your "Habit Personality" makes a huge difference in achieving lasting change. The stakes are high for us. We have autoimmune disease which often comes with painful and disabling symptoms. Making healthy choices regarding diet and lifestyle can make a huge difference in our quality of life. Yet even knowing this, change is hard! In her books, Better Than Before and The Four Tendencies, Gretchen Rubin writes about 4 different “habit personalities”. In this podcast, we'll help you figure out which one your are, and share which strategies work for each personality & which don’t! Are you a Rebel? Questioner? Obliger? Or Upholder? Knowing your "Habit Personality" makes a huge difference in achieving lasting change. The stakes are high for us. We have autoimmune disease which often comes with painful and disabling symptoms. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is all about healthy habits - how to create them and maintain them. The stakes are high for us. We have autoimmune diseases which often come with painful and disabling symptoms. Making healthy choices regarding diet and lifestyle can make a huge difference in our quality of life. Yet even knowing this, many people really struggle with making these changes. Change is hard! Today, we’re going to be using a book to frame this discussion. It’s called Better Than Before by author Gretchen Rubin. It’s full of strategies for habit change, personalized for 4 different “habit personalities”: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers and Rebels. On today’s show, I’m joined by 3 other people with autoimmune disease, and each of us has a different one of these habit personalities. We’ll be talking about which habit strategies work for our personality, which don’t, and hopefully provide you with new ideas to support healthy habits in your own life. Eileen Laird 1:03:05 Episode 30: Healing Stories 3 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-30-healing-stories-3/ Sun, 25 Oct 2015 01:29:08 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=20188 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-30-healing-stories-3/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-30-healing-stories-3/feed/ 32 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 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, my guests share their journeys with Scleroderma, Polymyositis, Raynaud's, Psoriasis, Grave's Disease, Uveitis, and Parkinson's Disease. 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 least once a year, 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 diagnoses each time. Today, we'll be talking about Scleroderma, Polymyositis, Raynaud's, Psoriasis, Grave's Disease, Uveitis, and Parkinson's Disease. And If you want to hear the prior Healing Stories podcasts, check out episodes 1 and 14. Let’s inspire each other! Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 1:01:15 Episode 29: SIBO with Dr. Melanie Keller https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-29-sibo-with-dr-melanie-keller/ Sun, 11 Oct 2015 03:20:16 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=20037 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-29-sibo-with-dr-melanie-keller/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-29-sibo-with-dr-melanie-keller/feed/ 28 SIBO stands for Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth. Having bacteria in our bodies is a normal state of being. In fact, 90% of our body is made up of microbes. So what's the problem with finding them in the small intestine? Well, they don't belong there, at least not in high numbers. Whereas the large intestine is the natural home for billions of microbes, a healthy small intestine only has about 100,000. So, basically, they've migrated. Have you ever dealt with invasive plants in your yard? They tend to take over and cause all sorts of problems. The same thing happens in the small intestine. In this podcast, we discuss why this happens, how it relates to autoimmune disease, and the most effective tests and treatments. My guest, Dr. Melanie Keller, has battled SIBO herself and now specializes in its treatment professionally. SIBO stands for Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth. Having bacteria in our bodies is a normal state of being. In fact, 90% of our body is made up of microbes. So what's the problem with finding them in the small intestine? Well, This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is dedicated to SIBO (Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth.) Having bacteria in our bodies is a normal state of being. In fact, 90% of our body is made up of microbes. So what's the problem with finding them in the small intestine? Well, they don't belong there, at least not in high numbers. Whereas the large intestine is the natural home for billions of microbes, a healthy small intestine only has about 100,000. So, basically, they've migrated. Have you ever dealt with invasive plants in your yard? They tend to take over and cause all sorts of problems. The same thing happens in the small intestine. In today's podcast, we'll discuss why this happens, how it relates to autoimmune disease, and the most effective tests and treatments. Our guest, Dr. Melanie Keller, has battled SIBO herself and now specializes in its treatment professionally. Eileen Laird 1:04:23 Episode 28: History of the AIP with Robb Wolf https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-28-history-of-the-aip-with-robb-wolf/ Sun, 27 Sep 2015 01:53:59 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=19912 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-28-history-of-the-aip-with-robb-wolf/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-28-history-of-the-aip-with-robb-wolf/feed/ 23 Did you know that Robb Wolf has ulcerative colitis, and that his mother and mother-in-law both had rheumatoid arthritis? There's a reason he's so passionate about educating people about the AIP. Many of us have had our lives transformed through the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (Robb and myself included). While it's not yet a mainstream healthcare approach, it's gaining momentum and visibility worldwide. At the same time, we’ve forgotten a lot of the pioneers who did the research we’re using in our own health journeys today. I invited Robb onto this podcast to help us remember them. This is one of my favorite interviews. Robb says the same. Did you know that Robb Wolf has ulcerative colitis, and that his mother and mother-in-law both had rheumatoid arthritis? There's a reason he's so passionate about educating people about the AIP. Many of us have had our lives transformed through the Pal... This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is all about honoring the Paleo Movement's ancestors. Many of us have had our lives transformed through the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. While it's not yet a mainstream healthcare approach, it's gaining momentum and visibility worldwide. At the same time, we’ve forgotten a lot of the pioneers who did the research we’re using in our own health journeys today. I invited Robb onto this podcast to help us remember them. Robb also shares his personal story of reversing ulcerative colitis, and the autoimmune health history in his family and his wife's family that motivates him to teach the world about the AIP. Eileen Laird 1:05:39 Episode 27: Hashimoto’s with Andrea Nakayama https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-27-hashimotos-with-andrea-nakayama/ Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:04:38 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=19747 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-27-hashimotos-with-andrea-nakayama/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-27-hashimotos-with-andrea-nakayama/feed/ 2 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into all things Hashimoto's with functional nutritionist and educator, Andrea Nakayama. What tests are included in a complete thyroid panel? How do you find a good doctor? How do you manage ever-changing symptoms in a way that feels empowering, rather than disheartening? Even if you don't have thyroid issues, this show is worth a listen. A surprising number of symptoms can have undiagnosed thyroid issues at their root. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into all things Hashimoto's with functional nutritionist and educator, Andrea Nakayama. What tests are included in a complete thyroid panel? How do you find a good doctor? This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into all things Hashimoto's with functional nutritionist and educator, Andrea Nakayama. What tests are included in a complete thyroid panel? How do we find a good doctor? How do we manage our ever-changing symptoms in a way that feels empowering, rather than disheartening? Even if you don't have thyroid issues, this show is worth a listen. A surprising number of symptoms can have undiagnosed thyroid issues at their root. Eileen Laird 48:41 Episode 26: Beyond Food – Healing Lifestyle https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-26-beyond-food-healing-lifestyle/ Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:38:21 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=19604 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-26-beyond-food-healing-lifestyle/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-26-beyond-food-healing-lifestyle/feed/ 20 This podcast episode delves into healing lifestyle choices. We talk a lot about diet in this community, but healing is about much more than food. Sarah Ballantyne, author of The Paleo Approach and leader of the AIP movement says this: "Let me be clear: Dietary changes aren't effective in isolation. If you don't address lifestyle factors as well, it won't matter how ideal your food choices are." So, I interviewed four people about one lifestyle change that has made a big difference in their autoimmune healing journey. Sarah is one of them. If you haven't started addressing your lifestyle choices yet, I offer you this podcast as inspiration to start today. This podcast episode delves into healing lifestyle choices. We talk a lot about diet in this community, but healing is about much more than food. Sarah Ballantyne, author of The Paleo Approach and leader of the AIP movement says this: "Let me be clear:... This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into healing lifestyle choices. We talk a lot about diet in this community, but healing is about much more than food. Sarah Ballantyne, author of The Paleo Approach and leader of the AIP movement says this: "Let me be clear: Dietary changes aren't effective in isolation. If you don't address lifestyle factors as well, it won't matter how ideal your food choices are." So today, I'm interviewing four people about one lifestyle change that has made a big difference in their autoimmune healing journey. Sarah is one of them. If you haven't started addressing your lifestyle choices yet, I offer you this podcast as inspiration to start today. Eileen Laird 1:02:42 Episode 25: Paleo AIP Travel https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-25-paleo-travel/ Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:21:32 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=19386 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-25-paleo-travel/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-25-paleo-travel/feed/ 19 When we're on a healing diet, our kitchens become our safe places. It's where we prepare delicious food that helps our body heal, with no worry of cross-contamination or hidden ingredients that can cause an autoimmune flare. However, we don't want to feel trapped at home. Many of us have loved ones spread across the globe, and there are also so many beautiful places to visit. How can we travel with confidence, and stay healthy at the same time? In this podcast episode, two of my globe-trotting AIP friends share advice for plane travel, road trips, international adventures, camping, business trips, Disneyworld and more. When we're on a healing diet, our kitchens become our safe places. It's where we prepare delicious food that helps our body heal, with no worry of cross-contamination or hidden ingredients that can cause an autoimmune flare. However, This episode of the Phoenix Helix Podcast is all about Paleo Travel. We share advice for everything from plane travel to road trips, international adventures, camping, business trips, Disneyworld and more. Eileen Laird 1:07:39 Episode 24: The Mind-Body Connection with Donna Jackson Nakazawa https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-24-the-mind-body-connection-with-donna-jackson-nakazawa/ Sun, 02 Aug 2015 14:14:39 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=19082 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-24-the-mind-body-connection-with-donna-jackson-nakazawa/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-24-the-mind-body-connection-with-donna-jackson-nakazawa/feed/ 8 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is one of the most popular of all time. Can our minds help heal (or harm) our bodies? What used to be considered "new age thinking" is now being proven through the science of psychoneuroimmunology. My guest is an award-winning science journalist who also has autoimmune disease. She conducted a year-long self-experiment into mind-body practices and their effects on her own autoimmune symptoms. She also researched the effect childhood trauma has on our developing brain and immune systems, which can set us up for autoimmune disease later in life. Thankfully, there are ways to reverse this process, and she shares those tips, too. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is one of the most popular of all time. Can our minds help heal (or harm) our bodies? What used to be considered "new age thinking" is now being proven through the science of psychoneuroimmunology. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into the mind-body connection: How our thoughts and emotions can either increase or decrease inflammation in our bodies. My guest is Donna Jackson Nakazawa, a woman living with autoimmune disease herself, who is also an award-winning science journalist. She conducted a year-long self-experiment into the power of mindfulness techniques to reverse her own autoimmune symptoms. She wrote about her results in her book, "The Last Best Cure." We also talk about a new field of science showing the connection between childhood trauma and autoimmune disease, and how we can heal the negative impact of those experiences. Eileen Laird 1:03:49 Episode 23: When Your Child Has Autoimmune Disease https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-23-when-your-child-has-autoimmune-disease/ Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:34:24 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=18798 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-23-when-your-child-has-autoimmune-disease/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-23-when-your-child-has-autoimmune-disease/feed/ 7 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast addresses a difficult topic: When your child has autoimmune disease. We all know that it's a terrifying moment to receive an autoimmune diagnosis yourself. To receive one for your child is simply overwhelming. It's natural to feel helpless and unsure of what to do. We want to protect our children and usher them into a beautiful life. How do we do this in the middle of chronic illness? I invited 4 parents onto the show today, who have walked this path already. They share their experience and their advice for new parents facing this situation. Ciarra's daughter has Hashimoto's. Allan and Barbara's daughter has Crohn's. And Denise's daughter has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Uveitis. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast addresses a difficult topic: When your child has autoimmune disease. We all know that it's a terrifying moment to receive an autoimmune diagnosis yourself. To receive one for your child is simply overwhelming. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast addresses a difficult topic: When your child has autoimmune disease. We all know that it's a terrifying moment to receive an autoimmune diagnosis yourself. To receive one for your child is simply overwhelming. It's natural to feel helpless and unsure of what to do. We want to protect our children and usher them into a beautiful life. How do we do this in the middle of chronic illness? I invited 4 parents onto the show today, who have walked this path already.. They share their experience and their advice for new parents facing this situation. Ciarra's daughter has Hashimoto's. Allan and Barbara's daughter has Crohn's. And Denise's daughter has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Uveitis. Eileen Laird 1:02:18 Episode 22: Transitioning Your Family to Paleo https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-22-transitioning-your-family-to-paleo/ Sun, 05 Jul 2015 01:41:12 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=18586 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-22-transitioning-your-family-to-paleo/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-22-transitioning-your-family-to-paleo/feed/ 8 You’re much more likely to be successful on a healing diet if you aren’t constantly surrounded by foods you shouldn’t eat. That said, it’s not always easy to get families on board. In this podcast, we have a panel of guests sharing their experiences and advice for transitioning spouses, young children, teenagers, and even picky eaters to a paleo-style diet. You’re much more likely to be successful on a healing diet if you aren’t constantly surrounded by foods you shouldn’t eat. That said, it’s not always easy to get families on board. In this podcast, we have a panel of guests sharing their experiences an... This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast teaches how to transition your family to the paleo diet and lifestyle. You’re much more likely to be successful on a healing diet if you aren’t constantly surrounded by foods you shouldn’t eat. That said, it’s not always easy to get families on board. Today, we have a panel of guests sharing their experiences and advice for transitioning spouses, young children, teenagers, and even picky eaters! Eileen Laird 1:06:28 Episode 21: Autoimmune Q&A with Dr. Datis Kharrazian https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-21-autoimmune-qa-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/ Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:00:51 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=18464 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-21-autoimmune-qa-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-21-autoimmune-qa-with-dr-datis-kharrazian/feed/ 44 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast interviews one of the major functional medicine leaders in the field of autoimmune disease: Dr. Datis Kharrazian. He's a clinician, researcher, professor, and author of two bestselling books: "Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?" and "Why Isn't My Brain Working?" Today, we cover a wide range of topics: (1) The 3 Stages of Autoimmunity, (2) The Role of Blood Sugar in Autoimmune Disease, (3) The Power of Stress and Our Emotional Demons, (4) How to Support our Regulatory Immune Cells and Suppress our Inflammatory Ones, (5) The Connection Between Leaky Gut and a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier, (6) Harnessing the Power of the Vagus Nerve, (7) Chemical Intolerance and the Dangers of Chelation, (8) How to Heal Food Sensitivities, and (9) His Top Recommended Tests and Supplements. It's an information-packed interview! This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast interviews one of the major functional medicine leaders in the field of autoimmune disease: Dr. Datis Kharrazian. He's a clinician, researcher, professor, and author of two bestselling books: "Why Do I Still Ha... This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast interviews one of the major functional medicine leaders in the field of autoimmune disease: Dr. Datis Kharrazian. He's a clinician, researcher, professor, and author of two bestselling books: "Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?" and "Why Isn't My Brain Working?" Today, we cover a wide range of topics: (1) The 3 Stages of Autoimmunity, (2) The Role of Blood Sugar in Autoimmune Disease, (3) The Power of Stress and Our Emotional Demons, (4) How to Support our Regulatory Immune Cells and Suppress our Inflammatory Ones, (5) The Connection Between Leaky Gut and a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier, (6) Harnessing the Power of the Vagus Nerve, (7) Chemical Intolerance and the Dangers of Chelation, (8) How to Heal Food Sensitivities, and (9) His Top Recommended Tests and Supplements. It's an information-packed interview! Eileen Laird 1:00:59 Episode 20: Ketogenic Diets with Dr. Terry Wahls and Dr. Paul Jaminet https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-20-ketogenic-diets-with-terry-wahls-and-paul-jaminet/ Sun, 07 Jun 2015 02:34:07 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=18266 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-20-ketogenic-diets-with-terry-wahls-and-paul-jaminet/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-20-ketogenic-diets-with-terry-wahls-and-paul-jaminet/feed/ 2 Ketogenic diets are an ongoing source of debate in the paleo community. Some people say they are the cure for all ills. Others say they are dangerous and should be avoided. In this podcast, we take a balanced look with an interview with Dr. Terry Wahls and Dr. Paul Jaminet. Are all ketogenic diets alike? What does the science really say? Who can benefit most from ketosis? What are the cautions? If you do decide to try it, what's the best way to make the transition? This episode will help you decide if ketosis is right (or wrong) for you. Ketogenic diets are an ongoing source of debate in the paleo community. Some people say they are the cure for all ills. Others say they are dangerous and should be avoided. In this podcast, we take a balanced look with an interview with Dr. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast looks into the pros and cons of ketogenic diets, with expert guests Dr. Terry Wahls and Dr. Paul Jaminet. Ketogenic diets are an ongoing source of debate in the paleo community. Some people say they are the cure for all ills. Others say they are dangerous and should be avoided. Today, we take a balanced look. Are all ketogenic diets alike? What does the science really say? Who can benefit most from ketosis? What are the cautions? If you do decide to try it, what's the best way to make the transition? This episode will help you decide if ketosis is right (or wrong) for you. Eileen Laird 1:00:59 Episode 19: Fecal Microbiota Transplants https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-19-fecal-microbiota-transplants/ Sun, 24 May 2015 02:38:56 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=18080 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-19-fecal-microbiota-transplants/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-19-fecal-microbiota-transplants/feed/ 10 How does our microbiome affect our health? Is it possible that a "poop transplant" could reverse autoimmune disease? While that sounds a little crazy, if you listen to this podcast, it might start to make sense. Right now, FMTs are being used in the United States to cure life-threatening C. difficile infections, where medication has failed. Internationally, clinics are doing research into FMTs in the treatment of autoimmune disease. In this episode, I interview Glenn Taylor, director of the Taymount Clinic in the UK. He describes the science behind the transplants. Then, we hear from two patients who have received the procedure: one for C. difficile and one for multiple sclerosis. How does our microbiome affect our health? Is it possible that a "poop transplant" could reverse autoimmune disease? While that sounds a little crazy, if you listen to this podcast, it might start to make sense. Right now, How does our microbiome affect our health? Is it possible that a "poop transplant" could reverse autoimmune disease? While that sounds a little crazy, if you listen to this podcast, it might start to make sense. Right now, FMTs are being used in the United States to cure life-threatening C. difficile infections, where medication has failed. Internationally, clinics are doing research into FMTs in the treatment of autoimmune disease. In this episode, I interview Glenn Taylor, director of the Taymount Clinic in the UK. He describes the science behind the transplants. Then, we hear from two patients who have received the procedure: one for C. difficile and one for multiple sclerosis. Eileen Laird 1:10:00 Episode 18: Autoimmune Skin Conditions https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-18-autoimmune-skin-conditions/ Sun, 10 May 2015 01:03:14 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=17799 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-18-autoimmune-skin-conditions/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-18-autoimmune-skin-conditions/feed/ 26 While all autoimmune diseases have common factors (molecular mimicry, an overactive immune system, leaky gut, food and stress triggers, etc.), autoimmune skin conditions sometimes have additional influences. So, that's the focus of this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast. Whether you have psoriasis, eczema, lichen planus, hidradenitis suppurativa, rosacea, or another autoimmune or immune-stimulated condition, listen in! And even if you don't have skin issues, but are looking for some troubleshooting ideas for symptoms that aren't resolving quickly, this episode might have the answers you seek. While all autoimmune diseases have common factors (molecular mimicry, an overactive immune system, leaky gut, food and stress triggers, etc.), autoimmune skin conditions sometimes have additional influences. So, This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast focuses on Autoimmune Skin Conditions. While all autoimmune diseases have common factors (molecular mimicry, an overactive immune system, leaky gut, food and stress triggers, etc.), autoimmune skin conditions sometimes have additional influences. So, that's the focus of our podcast today. Whether you have psoriasis, eczema, lichen planus, hidradenitis suppurativa, rosacea, or another autoimmune or immune-stimulated condition, listen in! And even if you don't have skin issues, but are looking for some troubleshooting ideas for symptoms that aren't resolving quickly, this episode might have the answers you seek. Eileen Laird 59:21 Episode 17: An Autoimmune Paleo Pregnancy https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-17-an-autoimmune-paleo-pregnancy/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:07:18 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=17543 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-17-an-autoimmune-paleo-pregnancy/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-17-an-autoimmune-paleo-pregnancy/feed/ 17 Are you pregnant or planning to get pregnant? This podcast is for you! We cover pre-pregnancy nutrition, what to expect with each trimester, food plans for the hospital, why some people flare while others go into remission, and answer the question of why it's so hard to stay paleo while pregnant. Mikaela Morgan Guimaraes has Crohn's disease and shares her pregnancy experience. Samantha McClellan is a birth doula, educating us from the professional perspective.  Are you pregnant or planning to get pregnant? This podcast is for you! We cover pre-pregnancy nutrition, what to expect with each trimester, food plans for the hospital, why some people flare while others go into remission, This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast covers all aspects of pregnancy when you have autoimmune disease, from pre-pregnancy nutrition, to what to expect with each trimester, to answering the question of why it's so hard to stay paleo while pregnant. I have two wonderful guests joining me: Mikaela Morgan Guimaraes has Crohn's disease and is 7 months pregnant; she's sharing her personal experience. Samantha McClellan is a birth doula, educating us from the professional perspective. We'll also be talking about how hormones affect autoimmune disease expression and why some people go into remission during pregnancy, while others flare. Eileen Laird 1:05:28 Episode 16: Young, Single and AIP https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-16-young-single-and-aip/ Sat, 11 Apr 2015 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=17314 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-16-young-single-and-aip/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-16-young-single-and-aip/feed/ 21 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is about living the autoimmune paleo life when you're young and single. It's never easy to have autoimmune disease, but when you're trying to date, deal with roommates, handle flares on your own, and find a way to focus on healing while all your friends are drinking, it can be even harder. My three guests were all diagnosed with their autoimmune disease at a young age, and they chose the impressive path of healing through diet and lifestyle. Today, we'll be talking about the blessings and challenges of that choice. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is about living the autoimmune paleo life when you're young and single. It's never easy to have autoimmune disease, but when you're trying to date, deal with roommates, handle flares on your own, This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is about living the autoimmune paleo life when you're young and single. It's never easy to have autoimmune disease, but when you're trying to date, deal with roommates, handle flares on your own, and find a way to focus on healing while all your friends are drinking, it can be even harder. My three guests were all diagnosed with their autoimmune disease at a young age, and they chose the impressive path of healing through diet and lifestyle. Today, we'll be talking about the blessings and challenges of that choice. Eileen Laird 1:07:43 Episode 15: Adrenal Fatigue with Christopher Kelly https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-15-adrenal-fatigue/ Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:22:40 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=17065 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-15-adrenal-fatigue/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-15-adrenal-fatigue/feed/ 5 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into the connection between adrenal fatigue and autoimmunity. Our guest, Christopher Kelly, has recovered from adrenal fatigue himself and helped hundreds of others do the same. The classic symptom of adrenal fatigue is feeling tired but wired. What causes it? How is it connected to autoimmunity? And how is it healed? Chris answers these questions and also shares his personal healing story. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into the connection between adrenal fatigue and autoimmunity. Our guest, Christopher Kelly, has recovered from adrenal fatigue himself and helped hundreds of others do the same. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into the connection between adrenal fatigue and autoimmunity. Our guest, Christopher Kelly, has recovered from adrenal fatigue himself and helped hundreds of others do the same. The classic symptom of adrenal fatigue is feeling tired but wired. What causes it? How is it connected to autoimmunity? And how is it healed? Chris answers these questions and also shares his personal healing story. Eileen Laird 1:03:01 Episode 14: Healing Stories 2 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-14-healing-stories-2/ Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:52:04 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=16844 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-14-healing-stories-2/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-14-healing-stories-2/feed/ 22 This episode includes 5 interviews with people maximizing their autoimmune health through the paleo diet and lifestyle. There's nothing more inspiring than real life stories. Episode 1 of this podcast included 5 such stories and it is the most popular episode to date. Today we have a sequel and will talking about Hashimoto's, Crohn's, Myasthenia Gravis, Diabetes, Sarcoidosis, Cardiomyopathy and Ankylosing Spondylitis. This episode includes 5 interviews with people maximizing their autoimmune health through the paleo diet and lifestyle. There's nothing more inspiring than real life stories. Episode 1 of this podcast included 5 such stories and it is the most popular ... This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast includes 5 interviews with people reversing their autoimmune disease. There's nothing more inspiring than real life stories.. Episode 1 of this podcast included 5 such stories and it is the most popular episode to date. Today we have a sequel and will talking about Hashimoto's, Crohn's, Myasthenia Gravis, Diabetes, Sarcoidosis, Cardiomyopathy and Ankylosying Spondylitis. Eileen Laird 1:07:24 Episode 13: Autoimmunity and Infertility with Dr. Fiona McCulloch https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-13-autoimmunity-and-infertility/ Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:35:01 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=16629 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-13-autoimmunity-and-infertility/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-13-autoimmunity-and-infertility/feed/ 11 Is infertility more common among people with autoimmune disease? Why is this so, and what can we do about it? Our guest, Dr. Fiona McCulloch, has 14 years experience helping women have babies. She shares her wisdom and professional advice in this podcast. Is infertility more common among people with autoimmune disease? Why is this so, and what can we do about it? Our guest, Dr. Fiona McCulloch, has 14 years experience helping women have babies. She shares her wisdom and professional advice in this podcast. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into the connection between autoimmunity and infertility. Our guest, Dr. Fiona McCulloch, has 14 years experience helping women have babies. Many of her patients have autoimmune disease as well. Why is that a common problem, and how can we reverse it and restore our fertility, along with our health? Eileen Laird 1:00:28 Episode 12: Circadian Rhythms & The Perfect Health Diet with Dr. Paul Jaminet https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-12-circadian-rhythms-with-paul-jaminet/ Sun, 15 Feb 2015 04:00:01 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=16393 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-12-circadian-rhythms-with-paul-jaminet/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-12-circadian-rhythms-with-paul-jaminet/feed/ 11 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast covers Circadian Rhythms: our internal body clock that does so much more than keep time. Balanced rhythms promote autoimmune healing, whereas wonky rhythms are a huge obstacle, throwing off our sleep, hormones, and so much more. I'm joined by Dr. Paul Jaminet, author of The Perfect Health Diet, to teach us how to harness these rhythms for optimal health. We also talk about his dietary protocol in detail, why he recommends eating white rice, and how infections relate to autoimmunity. It's a great interview! This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast covers Circadian Rhythms: our internal body clock that does so much more than keep time. Balanced rhythms promote autoimmune healing, whereas wonky rhythms are a huge obstacle, throwing off our sleep, This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast covers Circadian Rhythms: our internal body clock that does so much more than keep time. Balanced rhythms promote autoimmune healing, whereas wonky rhythms are a huge obstacle, throwing off our sleep, hormones, and so much more. I'm joined by Dr. Paul Jaminet, author of The Perfect Health Diet, to teach us how to harness these rhythms for optimal health. We also talk about his dietary protocol in detail, why he recommends eating white rice, and how infections relate to autoimmunity. It's a great interview! Eileen Laird 1:06:12 Episode 11: Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo AIP https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-11-reintroducing-foods-on-the-paleo-aip/ Sun, 01 Feb 2015 23:07:25 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=16099 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-11-reintroducing-foods-on-the-paleo-aip/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-11-reintroducing-foods-on-the-paleo-aip/feed/ 16 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast covers Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. Strict AIP isn't meant to last forever. Today, I'm joined by two women with autoimmune disease who have been doing the AIP long-term. We talk about when to start reintroductions, how to do them correctly, and share our personal experiences with which foods we've successfully added back into our diet. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast covers Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. Strict AIP isn't meant to last forever. Today, I'm joined by two women with autoimmune disease who have been doing the AIP long-term. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast covers Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. Strict AIP isn't meant to last forever. Today, I'm joined by two women with autoimmune disease who have been doing the AIP long-term. We talk about when to start reintroductions, how to do them correctly, and share our personal experiences with which foods we've successfully added back into our diet. Eileen Laird 1:04:06 Episode 10: Overcoming Self-Sabotage with Dr. Judy Tsafrir and Rory Linehan https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-10-overcoming-self-sabotage/ Sun, 18 Jan 2015 02:18:30 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=15815 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-10-overcoming-self-sabotage/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-10-overcoming-self-sabotage/feed/ 13 Sometimes, we make choices that we know will cause an autoimmune flare and do it anyway. It's doubly painful, because not only do we suffer the physical symptoms, we often feel shame about being the cause. In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Judy Tsafrir and Rory Linehan, to talk about why we do this, and how to break this pattern. Sometimes, we make choices that we know will cause an autoimmune flare and do it anyway. It's doubly painful, because not only do we suffer the physical symptoms, we often feel shame about being the cause. In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast delves into the topic of self-sabotage. Sometimes, we do things that we know will cause an autoimmune flare. It's doubly painful, because not only do we suffer the physical symptoms, we're full of shame about being the cause. Today I'm joined by Dr. Judy Tsafrir and Rory LInehan, to talk about why we do this, and how to break this pattern. Eileen Laird 59:35 Episode 09: Functional Medicine with Anne Angelone https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-09-what-is-functional-medicine/ Sun, 04 Jan 2015 15:11:47 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=15323 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-09-what-is-functional-medicine/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-09-what-is-functional-medicine/feed/ 8 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast answers the question, "What is Functional Medicine?" Our guest is Anne Angelone, acupuncturist, herbalist and functional medicine practitioner. She talks about what health obstacles can interfere with autoimmune healing, which tests are most helpful, and which interventions she recommends. Anne also has autoimmune disease herself (ankylosing spondylitis and uveitis), and shares her healing story with us today. This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast answers the question, "What is Functional Medicine?" Our guest is Anne Angelone, acupuncturist, herbalist and functional medicine practitioner. She talks about what health obstacles can interfere with autoimmun... This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast answers the question, "What is Functional Medicine?" Our guest is Anne Angelone, acupuncturist, herbalist and functional medicine practitioner. She talks about what health conditions can interfere with autoimmune healing, which tests are most helpful, and which interventions she recommends. Anne also has autoimmune disease herself (ankylosing spondylitis and uveitis), and shares her healing story with us today. Eileen Laird 1:02:19 Episode 08: Getting Help – Health and Nutrition Coaching https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-08-getting-help-health-and-nutrition-coaching/ Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:11:39 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=14877 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-08-getting-help-health-and-nutrition-coaching/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-08-getting-help-health-and-nutrition-coaching/feed/ 1 Maximizing autoimmune health through diet and lifestyle is hard work. The rewards are absolutely worth it, but sometimes a little extra help can make it a whole lot easier. When do we ask for that help? What services do we need? In this podcast episode I interview a health coach and a nutrition coach. They both have autoimmune disease themselves and have dedicated their careers to helping people live their healthiest lives. We clarify the difference between the services they offer, and which clients benefit the most from their coaching. Maximizing autoimmune health through diet and lifestyle is hard work. The rewards are absolutely worth it, but sometimes a little extra help can make it a whole lot easier. When do we ask for that help? What services do we need? This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is an in-depth look at health and nutrition coaching. Reversing autoimmune disease through diet and lifestyle is hard work. The rewards are absolutely worth it, but sometimes a little extra help can make it a whole lot easier. When do we ask for that help? What's the difference between health and nutrition coaching? What range of services are offered? Today, I'm joined by Angie Alt and Katy Haldiman. They both have autoimmune disease which they reversed through diet and lifestyle, and they now work professionally helping others do the same. Eileen Laird 1:02:43 Episode 07: The Wahls Protocol with Dr. Terry Wahls https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-07-the-wahls-protocol-with-dr-terry-wahls/ Sun, 07 Dec 2014 01:43:55 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=14473 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-07-the-wahls-protocol-with-dr-terry-wahls/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-07-the-wahls-protocol-with-dr-terry-wahls/feed/ 23 This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is an in-depth interview with Dr. Terry Wahls, a doctor with multiple sclerosis, who went from a wheelchair to a bicycle through the power of a nutrient-dense paleo diet, called the Wahls Protocol. Today, we talk about her protocol in detail, advice for beginners, common mistakes people make, transitioning from vegetarianism, do a guided meditation, and get an update on her clinical trials. It's a power-packed interview! This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is an in-depth interview with Dr. Terry Wahls, a doctor with multiple sclerosis, who went from a wheelchair to a bicycle through the power of a nutrient-dense paleo diet, called the Wahls Protocol. Today, This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is an in-depth interview with Dr. Terry Wahls, a doctor with multiple sclerosis, who went from a wheelchair to a bicycle through the power of a nutrient-dense paleo diet, called the Wahls Protocol. Today, we talk about her protocol in detail, advice for beginners, common mistakes people make, transitioning from vegetarianism, do a guided meditation, and get an update on her clinical trials. It's a power-packed interview! Eileen Laird 1:03:06 Episode 06: Paleo Holiday Survival Guide https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-06-paleo-holiday-survival-guide/ Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:00:01 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=14196 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-06-paleo-holiday-survival-guide/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-06-paleo-holiday-survival-guide/feed/ 12 Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Hanukkah and Christmas follow quickly on its heels. For many of us, the holidays are the toughest season to manage in terms of stress, and staying on a healing diet. Between the parties and the pressure, it's easy to get off track. The problem with autoimmune disease is that going off-track can lead to a flare that can ruin your holiday season. We're here to help! This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is all about navigating the holidays flare-free. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Hanukkah and Christmas follow quickly on its heels. For many of us, the holidays are the toughest season to manage in terms of stress, and staying on a healing diet. Between the parties and the pressure, This episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast is all about navigating the holidays flare-free. I'm joined by Anna Lebovich: the creator of the Autoimmune Paleo Recipe Group on Facebook, and Laura Scaviola: the blogger behind Mangia Paleo. All three of us have autoimmune disease and have been paleo through the holidays before. We're here to share our best tips for making your holiday healthy, happy and delicious! Eileen Laird 57:58 Episode 05: Fermented Foods with Sarah Ramsden https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-05-fermented-foods-with-sarah-ramsden/ Sun, 09 Nov 2014 23:51:19 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=14043 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-05-fermented-foods-with-sarah-ramsden/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-05-fermented-foods-with-sarah-ramsden/feed/ 10 Fermented foods are highly recommended on a healing diet. In this podcast, I'm joined by holistic nutritionist and fermentation expert, Sarah Ramsden. We talk about why fermented foods are so beneficial to people with autoimmune disease, how they compare to bottled probiotics, what to look for when buying them from the store, recipes to get you started fermenting at home, and the reasons some people have negative reactions. Fermented foods are highly recommended on a healing diet. In this podcast, I'm joined by holistic nutritionist and fermentation expert, Sarah Ramsden. We talk about why fermented foods are so beneficial to people with autoimmune disease, In this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, I'm joined by holistic nutritionist and fermentation expert, Sarah Ramsden. Fermented foods are highly recommended on autoimmune healing diets. Today, we discuss why they are so beneficial, how they compare to bottled probiotics, what to look for when buying them from the store, recipes to get you started fermenting at home, and the reasons some people react negatively to fermented foods. Visit https://www.phoenixhelix.com for show notes. Eileen Laird 55:51 Episode 04: Practical Tips for Getting Started on the Paleo AIP https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-04-practical-tips-for-getting-started/ Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:49:05 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=13733 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-04-practical-tips-for-getting-started/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-04-practical-tips-for-getting-started/feed/ 19 In this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, I'm joined by Mickey Trescott and Christina Feindel. All three of us have been living the paleo lifestyle for many years, and we've each improved our autoimmune health with the help of the autoimmune protocol (AIP). We share our best advice for getting started on a healing diet, how to set yourself up for success, what resources are available to help, and how to stick with the protocol when temptation hits. In this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, I'm joined by Mickey Trescott and Christina Feindel. All three of us have been living the paleo lifestyle for many years, and we've each improved our autoimmune health with the help of the autoimmune protoc... In this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, I'm joined by Mickey Trescott and Christina Feindel. All three of us have been living the paleo lifestyle for over 2 years, and we've each reversed our autoimmune disease with the help of the autoimmune protocol (AIP). On the last podcast episode, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne covered the science behind the AIP. Today is all about practical implementation. We share our best advice for getting started on a healing diet, how to set yourself up for success, what resources are available to help you, and how to stick with the protocol when temptation hits. Eileen Laird 1:02:56 Episode 03: The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-03-the-autoimmune-protocol-with-sarah-ballantyne/ Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:27:35 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=13517 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-03-the-autoimmune-protocol-with-sarah-ballantyne/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-03-the-autoimmune-protocol-with-sarah-ballantyne/feed/ 19 New to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol? This podcast is for you! Dr. Sarah Ballantyne (aka The Paleo Mom) shares her personal healing story, gives an overview of the AIP, and takes a big picture look at the scientific basis for how it works to reduce autoimmune symptoms. The AIP can be hard, so it's really helpful to understand the reasoning behind it. Get ready to geek out on some science! New to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol? This podcast is for you! Dr. Sarah Ballantyne (aka The Paleo Mom) shares her personal healing story, gives an overview of the AIP, and takes a big picture look at the scientific basis for how it works to reduce aut... In this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, I'm joined by autoimmune expert, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. She shares her personal healing story, gives an overview of the AIP, and takes a big picture look at the scientific basis for how and why it works. The AIP can be hard, so it's really helpful to understand the reasoning behind it. Get ready to geek out on some science! Eileen Laird 1:01:54 Episode 02: Paleo 101 with Liz Wolfe https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-02-paleo-101-with-liz-wolfe/ Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:09:35 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=13105 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-02-paleo-101-with-liz-wolfe/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/episode-02-paleo-101-with-liz-wolfe/feed/ 9 Are you new to paleo, or do you know someone who would like to learn more? In this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, we cover Paleo 101. We talk about the foods we eat, the foods we avoid, and why. We also bust some myths, like, "Aren't meat and saturated fat bad for you?" and "I thought vegetarianism was the healthiest diet." If you're new to this lifestyle, you probably have these questions yourself. If you've been eating this way for a while, you have undoubtedly heard these questions from family and friends. I'm joined by paleo expert, Liz Wolfe, to bust the myths and help everyone understand why paleo is a healthy way to live and eat. As always, I'll be filtering all of this information through the lens of autoimmunity. Are you new to paleo, or do you know someone who would like to learn more? In this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, we cover Paleo 101. We talk about the foods we eat, the foods we avoid, and why. We also bust some myths, like, In this episode of the Phoenix Helix podcast, we cover Paleo 101. We talk about the foods we eat, the foods we avoid, and why. We also bust through some myths, like, "Aren't meat and saturated fat bad for you?" and "I thought vegetarianism was the healthiest diet." If you're new to this lifestyle, you probably have these questions yourself. If you've been eating this way for a while, you have undoubtedly heard these questions from family and friends. I'm joined by paleo expert, Liz Wolfe, to bust the myths and help everyone understand why paleo is a healthy way to live and eat. And as always, we'll be filtering all of this information through the lens of autoimmunity. Eileen Laird 1:03:41 Episode 1 of the Phoenix Helix Podcast: Healing Stories https://www.phoenixhelix.com/my-new-podcast-dedicated-to-autoimmune-healing/ Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:47:55 +0000 http://www.phoenixhelix.com/?p=12701 https://www.phoenixhelix.com/my-new-podcast-dedicated-to-autoimmune-healing/#comments https://www.phoenixhelix.com/my-new-podcast-dedicated-to-autoimmune-healing/feed/ 51 Let's take it back to my very first podcast episode. The Phoenix Helix Podcast is dedicated 100% to autoimmune healing. I decided to kick off Episode 1 with personal healing stories. 4 guests and I talk about our rock bottom with autoimmune disease, how far we've come, and what diet and lifestyle choices made the biggest difference in our health. Let's take it back to my very first podcast episode. The Phoenix Helix Podcast is dedicated 100% to autoimmune healing. I decided to kick off Episode 1 with personal healing stories. 4 guests and I talk about our rock bottom with autoimmune disease, 5 people share their experience reversing autoimmune disease. Eileen Laird reversed rheumatoid arthritis. Russ Crandall reversed Takayasu's arteritis. Angie Alt reversed multiple autoimmune syndrome. V. Capaldi reversed multiple sclerosis. And Robyn Latimer reveresed lupus. Eileen Laird 1:02:55