142 episodes

This bi-weekly podcast combines personal stories of the autoimmune experience, with interviews with experts in the field of health and nutrition. We are empowering ourselves to reclaim our lives! Questions? Please visit phoenixhelix.com

Phoenix Helix: Maximizing autoimmune health through the paleo diet and lifestyle Eileen Laird

    • Health & Fitness

This bi-weekly podcast combines personal stories of the autoimmune experience, with interviews with experts in the field of health and nutrition. We are empowering ourselves to reclaim our lives! Questions? Please visit phoenixhelix.com

    Episode 142: Osteoporosis & Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Amy Nett

    Episode 142: Osteoporosis & Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Amy Nett

    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.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 141: Overcoming Sugar Cravings with Dr. Vickie Bhatia

    Episode 141: Overcoming Sugar Cravings with Dr. Vickie Bhatia

    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.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 140: Autoimmunity & the Brain with Donna Jackson Nakazawa

    Episode 140: Autoimmunity & the Brain with Donna Jackson Nakazawa

    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.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 139: Healing Stories 7

    Episode 139: Healing Stories 7

    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.

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Episode 138: Best Of – Exercise and Autoimmune Disease

    Episode 138: Best Of – Exercise and Autoimmune Disease

    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.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 137: Best Of – MTHFR with Dr. Ben Lynch

    Episode 137: Best Of – MTHFR with Dr. Ben Lynch

    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.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

momamo ,

Very informative and engaging

I’ve really been enjoying this podcast. Eileen is a very effective and engaging interviewer and covers interesting and informative topics related to autoimmune health. She takes special care to make sure the audience understands the topics being covered and offers detailed show notes to refer back to on her website!

Nezzie59 ,

So happy to have found these podcasts!

I have been struggling with RA for almost a year. There’s so much to learn. I love listening to these podcasts! They have been so helpful in getting me on track and living my life as fully as possible! Thank you!

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Best Autoimmune Disease Podcast

If you have an autoimmune disease this podcast is for you. The host provides the latest and greatest healing methods for all sorts of autoimmune diseases.

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