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 162: AIP Celebrations
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!
Episode 161: Perfectionism with Dr. Judy Tsafrir
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.
Episode 160: Insomnia & CBT-I with Dr. Jade Wu
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.
Episode 159: Graves’ Disease with Dr. Abbi Lulsegged
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.
Episode 158: Inflammation with Dr. Will Cole
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.
Episode 157: The Healing Power of Journaling with Olwen Wilson
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.
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This podcast has been HUGE in my healing journey. Eileen offers a plethora of information to the autoimmune community because she touches base in so many different directions! I seriously can’t get enough and am forever grateful for her and this podcast.
A great podcast
Amazingly informative everyday I learn something new!
I don’t know that I have ever learned so much from a podcast. I just discovered Phoenix Helix and I’ve been listening to as many episodes as I can. It’s like I’m taking a course on my health. You don’t even need an autoimmune disease to benefit from the knowledge though I have 3. It’s as though all these experiences I have had over the 25 years since my first diagnosis are being validated and I’m realizing shared by so many others. I’m truly grateful for this gem of a podcast!!