Maximizing autoimmune health through the paleo autoimmune protocol and functional medicine. This bi-weekly podcast combines personal stories of the autoimmune experience, with interviews with experts on nutrition, lifestyle, the mind-body connection, autoimmune disease, root cause troubleshooting, and more. Hosted by Eileen Laird, author of A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. She dedicates this podcast to anyone whose autoimmune disease knocked them down so hard, they wondered if they would ever rise again. Never underestimate your ability to rise. We all have a phoenix within us! Visit Phoenixhelix.com to learn more.
Episode 183: Detoxifying Foods with Andrea Nakayama
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.
Episode 182: Big Decisions – Big Results
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.
Episode 181: Overcoming Bias with Anu Gupta
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.
Episode 180: Body Image and Autoimmune Disease
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
Episode 179: Vitamin D and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. William Mitchell
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.
Episode 178: Racial Trauma and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Letitia Browne-James
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.
From an RN with three Autoimmune Disorders
Phoenix Helix continues to educate, encourage, and empower anyone looking to take back their own health after an autoimmune diagnosis. I have learned SO much and can not even thank Eileen enough for this gem of a podcast. I wish I had found this sooner! Thank you, thank you!
-from a nurse diagnosed with three autoimmune disorders- Graves, Type 1 Diabetes, and MS
I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for creating such an impactful podcast! I believe that we all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Thank you for putting this into the world! BE UNBROKEN! @MichaelUnbroken
Worth while listen for all people, especially ones with Autoimmune issues!
This podcast is great all around. Eileen Laird is so knowledgeable and is an expert at questioning. She has such a calm voice, she speaks clearly and with intent, and her approach to autoimmune issues helps the listener understand these complex topics by pinpointing the exact questions and by asking the experts the precise questions running through the listener’s mind. The topics are fantastic and the guests are top notch experts with clear explanations of various topics related to autoimmunity (and more). Thank you Eileen for making this Podcast available to so many of us who have been “lost”. You’ve probably helped more people than you realize. Thank you. :)