Autoimmune Adventures is a podcast dedicated to helping people with autoimmune disorders reclaim their health and their life. The mission is to share cutting edge information and tools for people living with chronic illness and to create a community of support. Episodes will inspire you to say yes to the call to adventure of an autoimmune diagnosis, motivate you to take action to improve your wellness, encourage you on your path, and empower you to recognize the truth of who you are. Topics and themes include healing as a transformative journey, living well with autoimmunity, taking back your power, healing separation from self, healthcare approaches to autoimmune disorders, recreating balance in your life and immune system, nutrition and diet, self-care and stress reduction, and emotional and mental approaches to healing.
Dropping the Burden of Emotional Stress: Dawson Church
How much of your physical ailments is due to emotional stress, and what can you do about it? When it comes to taking back our power over health and well-being, some of the most exciting research comes from epigenetics and energy medicine. Epigenetics looks at the many factors that influence the expression of genes, including our thoughts and emotions. Many modalities of energy healing help us shift our thoughts and emotions so that we can positively influence our gene expression, leading to swifter healing. One of those modalities is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Dawson Church joins me on this episode to talk about how EFT actually works to provide benefit with many physical ailments, including autoimmune disorders. Epigenetics influences us in every moment, and the environment, including emotions from present and past traumas, has an immediate impact on how our bodies respond at the level of our genes. EFT helps us quickly dissipate the emotion. Dawson leads a short exercise similar to EFT to help experience this shift with a recent difficult memory. Show notes available at http://aiadventures.com. Support the show by subscribing in iTunes and leaving a review. Thank you! Julie Stiles, creator and host of Autoimmune Adventures
Experiencing Peace and Calm through Meditation: Mary Meckley
If you have a chronic illness, you’re may experience numerous physical and emotional consequences, from physical pain and discomfort to anxiety about your body and the future to a loss of confidence in yourself. Practicing meditation regularly can help alleviate physical symptoms as well as restore a sense of internal calm and peace regardless of what is happening. Meditation teacher Mary Meckley explains how starting a very simple and short daily meditation practice can provide benefits such as better sleep, lower inflammation, responding better to stress, and increased self-confidence. Included is a simple meditation you can do anywhere, even in the midst of your day, to quickly and effectively calm down. Show notes available at http://aiadventures.com. Support the show by subscribing in iTunes and leaving a review. Thank you! Julie Stiles, creator and host of Autoimmune Adventures
When Healing Protocols Turn Unhealthy: Angie Alt
When does a healing protocol become unhealthy? There can be a fine line, as you take actions to promote healing, between when those actions support healing and when they start to detract from it. If you’ve ever started to see a food as “bad” or become obsessed about what you can (or can’t) do, had emotions such as fear, shame, and guilt accompany your choices, or let your healing protocol interfere with relationships, you may recognize this line. Health coach Angie Alt joins me this episode to talk about how to notice when the actions you take or your mindset about those actions starts to become unhealthy, and how to bring more balance back into your journey, ensuring that it truly is supporting you to heal. Show notes available at http://aiadventures.com. Support the show by subscribing in iTunes and leaving a review. Thank you! Julie Stiles, creator and host of Autoimmune Adventures
Self-Love & Self-Care: Jen Wittman
What role do commitment, perfectionism, and shame play in healing? Self-love and self-care might be the most important factors in promoting healing, and yet are often difficult for people to tackle. Whether you’re a Type A personality, a natural caregiver, or simply raised in a culture where you are taught to put everyone and everything ahead of you and your health, truly shifting your lifestyle to incorporate self-care can be a steep learning curve. Jen Wittman joins us this episode to help illuminate how to emerge from perfectionism and shame and take your healing into your own hands. With both personal and professional experience and expertise in thyroid issues, Jen shares her own story and a healthy dose of humor to inspire you to amp up your emotional well-being. Show notes available at http://aiadventures.com. Support the show by subscribing in iTunes and leaving a review. Thank you! Julie Stiles, creator and host of Autoimmune Adventures
How Lifestyle Choices Influence Your Body: Sarah Ballantyne
How do the daily choices you make directly impact your health? With any chronic illness, you are likely to encounter recommendations for dietary and lifestyle changes to improve your condition. Yet what’s the basis for those recommendations, and how do those actions actually impact the cells in the body to create the effect you would like? Dr. Sarah Ballantyne returns to the show to discuss the science (again so us non-science folks can understand it!) behind some of the dietary and lifestyle recommendations made in the Paleo Approach. In the previous episode with Sarah, we discussed the inner workings of the immune system. This time, we expand the discussion to link the macro level of choices we make about food, sleep, stress, and exercise with the micro level of what research suggests happens in the body as a result. Grasping the connection between your choices and your health can provide needed motivation to continue creating a healthier lifestyle. Show notes available at http://aiadventures.com. Support the show by subscribing in iTunes and leaving a review. Thank you! Julie Stiles, creator and host of Autoimmune Adventures
The Intricate Dance of the Immune System: Sarah Ballantyne
What is happening in the body with autoimmune disease? Understanding what is going on in the immune system with autoimmune disease helps us appreciate the steps we can take to support healing. Sarah Ballantyne, scientist and a leading proponent of the Paleo lifestyle, explains the incredible complexity of the immune system and the imbalances that lead to autoimmune disease in an easy-to-comprehend manner, even if your last biology experience was in high school! Learn the key players in the immune system that lead to autoimmune disease and how the intricate dance among them creates either health or illness. Show notes available at http://aiadventures.com. Support the show by subscribing in iTunes and leaving a review. Thank you! Julie Stiles, creator and host of Autoimmune Adventures
Thank you, Julie Stiles, for these podcasts! I've been listening to them in my car over the last month or so. Each episode has helped me out with great thoughts and new information. I love the episodes with guests, and also love to listen to Julie's insights and point of view. One of the best thoughts for me was the notion to "Trust your life." I am on quite a journey, as I am working hard to manage Autoimmune Hepatitis (when the immune system attacks the liver), and these podcasts are a resource that help me very much. Very high quality, worth your time to try them!
Informative and insightful
This is a great podcast! If you, like me, have an autoimmune disease, these episodes remind you that there is hope to feel even a little better. I appreciate this podcast, it makes me feel less alone in my health journey.
While AI Adventures is for those with an autoimmune disease I think everyone could benefit from tuning in. I have made a lot of progress on my own healing journey thanks to AI Adventures. The episodes are quality! I started a journal to help keep track of all the great info and insights. The guests are great, the free gifts are great, julie's insights are great....all together this is a great podcast!Thank You Julie!