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.
Episode 210: Colonoscopies and Endoscopies with Dr. Marvin Singh
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.
Episode 209: Preventing Autoimmune Flares
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.
Episode 208: Nutrient Deficiencies & Healing Diets with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne
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.
Episode 207: Cultivating Joy with Shauna Ahern
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.
Episode 206: Listener Q&A
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!
Episode 205: Magnesium and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Guillermo Ruiz
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.
I truly enjoy this podcast. The host, Eileen Laird does such a great job of breaking down complicated topics into easy to understand takeaways. Even on topics that appear not to be related to my issue or interest, I always come away with some good information from her or her guests. Also loved her audiobook, Simple Guide to Paleo autoimmune protocol. Presents the subject in a clear, non-pushy or preaching way.
Enjoyed this podcast until Eileen had Shauna Ahern as a guest. Really bad judgment to give Ahern a platform and treat her like an expert when Ahern has no education/credentials in the things she talks about.
So informative and supportive
I’ve had RA for over 20 years. Elimination diet 14 years ago showed me no wheat, dairy or soy for me. But since having COVID 19 in June 2020, my RA has changed. I was recommended this podcast several months ago and it is life giving!!! I’m more knowledgeable now (so many topics covered) as I work through the catalog. Ultimately it has stoked my self- advocate fire when I was at such a low point and miserable in pain and swelling. I’m newly committed to AIP and definitely see light at the end of the tunnel! Eileen Laird’s work is exceptional!! I recommend this podcast to others trying to move the needle on their health journey.