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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.

Phoenix Helix: Autoimmune Health Eileen Laird

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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

    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.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 182: Big Decisions – Big Results

    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.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 181: Overcoming Bias with Anu Gupta

    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.

    • 55 min
    Episode 180: Body Image and Autoimmune Disease

    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

    • 1 hr
    Episode 179: Vitamin D and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. William Mitchell

    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.

    • 53 min
    Episode 178: Racial Trauma and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Letitia Browne-James

    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.

    • 58 min

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