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

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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! Do you have questions? Please visit phoenixhelix.com

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! Do you have questions? Please visit phoenixhelix.com

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United States

Description:

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! Do you have questions? Please visit phoenixhelix.com

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 145: Wahls Protocol Research Update

4/3/2020
Most of you are familiar with Dr. Terry Wahls. She's a physician with multiple sclerosis who reversed her symptoms dramatically, going from a wheelchair to a bicycle after implementing diet and lifestyle changes. That program is now called The Wahls Protocol and has been the subject of multiple medical studies, proving its effectiveness for others as well. In this episode, we summarize all the research, from the very first study to the current clinical trial comparing the Wahls & Swank diets...

Duration:00:56:56

Episode 144: Coronavirus & Autoimmune Disease with Andrea Nakayama

3/19/2020
This is a frightening time in the world, especially for people with health vulnerabilities. Our goal with this episode is to separate fact from fiction, reduce some of the anxiety you might be feeling, and share practical advice on how to support your health during this time – physically, mentally, and emotionally. My guest is Andrea Nakayama. You might be familiar with her from past podcasts. She's one of my favorite guests because she's highly knowledgeable, sees the big picture when it...

Duration:01:22:26

Episode 143: How to Survive an Autoimmune Flare

3/6/2020
Flares are one of the scariest parts of autoimmune disease. They're unpredictable, often very painful, sometimes disabling, and always disruptive to our plans. In this episode, three autoimmune warriors share their best tips for making it through autoimmune flares with strength and self-compassion. We talk about favorite foods, lifestyle hacks, mindset techniques, and more.

Duration:02:10:43

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

2/21/2020
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...

Duration:01:09:34

Episode 141: Overcoming Sugar Cravings with Dr. Vickie Bhatia

2/7/2020
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...

Duration:01:01:22

Episode 140: Autoimmunity & the Brain with Donna Jackson Nakazawa

1/24/2020
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....

Duration:01:00:10

Episode 139: Healing Stories 7

1/10/2020
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...

Duration:01:40:13

Episode 138: Best Of – Exercise and Autoimmune Disease

12/27/2019
In support of my own autoimmune health, I’m taking a sabbatical for the month of December and releasing 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...

Duration:01:09:13

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

12/13/2019
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,...

Duration:01:14:36

Episode 136: Loneliness with Dr. Ellen Vora

11/29/2019
When we feel lonely or isolated, it can seem like we’re the only person experiencing it, yet loneliness has become an epidemic affecting millions. Living with chronic illness can be an especially isolating experience, and it all becomes more poignant around the holidays. In addition to being emotionally painful, loneliness also carries health risks. It's been compared to smoking 15 cigarettes a day for its negative impact on health and longevity. But loneliness isn't a life sentence. In this...

Duration:01:09:09

Episode 135: The Placebo and Nocebo Effect with Erik Vance

11/15/2019
If the placebo effect taps into our body's natural healing capability, and the nocebo effect can turn fear into physical symptoms, these are things we need to understand. In this podcast we dive into the research to try to make sense of one of the human body's great mysteries. My guest is science journalist Erik Vance, author of the book Suggestible You.

Duration:00:58:49

Episode 134: Orthorexia with Imei Hsu

11/1/2019
What's the line between a healing diet and a harmful one? Orthorexia is a term that was first coined in the late 1990’s by Dr. Steven Bratman. It refers to an obsessive focus on healthy eating that becomes clinically impairing. This idea has become controversial in the paleo autoimmune community. Does a healing diet automatically set you up for orthorexia? What does it mean to eat in a way that supports your health? And what does it look like when this goal becomes unhealthy? My guest is...

Duration:00:57:39

Episode 133: The Gut Microbiome with Dr. Lucy Mailing

10/18/2019
There’s a community of 38 trillion microorganisms living in and on our bodies, and most of them reside in our gut. That's equal to the number of cells in the human body. By this definition, we are only 50% human. This is why gut health has such a huge impact on human health, and research in this area is exploding. What does the science say about the intersection between the gut microbiome and autoimmune health? Where can we apply that knowledge in our own lives? And what are some common...

Duration:01:02:40

Episode 132: Sex and Autoimmune Disease with Kate Wolovsky

10/4/2019
Sexual intimacy can be challenging even in healthy couples. It’s an area that many of us aren’t comfortable talking about, but when you add chronic illness, the obstacles increase exponentially. Depending on your condition, you might be experiencing extreme fatigue, chronic pain, limited range of motion, muscle spasms, disability, bowel issues, skin conditions, and more. It’s natural for this to have an impact on libido, body image, and relationships. My guest, Kate Wolovsky, is a mental...

Duration:01:01:02

Episode 131: Blood Sugar & Autoimmunity with Dr. Jeff Horacek

9/20/2019
Blood sugar is one of the building blocks of life. It gives our cells the energy they need to do their jobs. Yet when our blood sugar gets too high, drops too low, or swings wildly between these extremes, it negatively impacts our health on multiple levels, including autoimmune health. In this podcast, we'll be taking a deep dive into this topic. What factors influence blood sugar levels? How can we tell if ours is out of balance? What are the common symptoms? What tests are helpful? And...

Duration:01:05:31

Episode 130: Long-Term Healing Diets

9/6/2019
This episode marks the 5-year anniversary of this podcast! When I was thinking about how I wanted to celebrate, I decided to invite 2 friends onto the show who have been following a healing diet for 5 years or more. But that doesn’t mean our diet today looks the same as it did on day 1 of this journey. We’ve personalized it over the years, learning what does and doesn’t work for our unique bodies. We’ve had setbacks and recoveries, and we’ve learned to navigate our bodies’ changing needs.

Duration:01:21:29

Episode 129: Resilience with Dr. Cynthia Li

8/23/2019
Our topic today is Resilience, that ability to bounce back from life’s hardships. With autoimmune disease, we get lots of practice. Sometimes we feel strong and capable of overcoming suffering. Other times we feel beaten down and frightened by our body’s unpredictability. The good news is that resilience isn't something you either have or you don’t. Resilience is a trait we can nurture. My guest is Dr. Cynthia Li, a functional medicine physician who has autoimmune disease herself. The...

Duration:01:10:20

Episode 128: Best Of – Mind-Body Nutrition with Marc David

8/9/2019
Many of you know that July was an intense month for me. I caught pneumonia, and my father passed away. I've been taking time to focus on my health and my family. That means that I'm taking a short break from recording new podcast episodes and sharing favorites from the archives that you might have missed. This episode tops that list! At its basic level, food is sustenance. It fuels us for life. But food is more than just a source of energy. Emotions surround the experience of eating as well....

Duration:01:05:34

Episode 127: Best Of – Social Lives on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

7/26/2019
Those of you who follow me on social media may have heard that July was an intense month for me. I caught pneumonia, and my father passed away. I've been taking time to focus on my health and my family. That means that instead of recording new episodes this summer, I'm choosing some of my favorites from the archives that you might have missed. While I'm taking some downtime, this is usually a season of barbecues, picnics, weddings, festivals, and more social events overall. This might be...

Duration:01:15:05

Episode 126: Hashimoto’s AIP Medical Study

7/12/2019
I have some exciting research to share! It's the first medical study looking at the paleo autoimmune protocol as an intervention for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The results were impressive! In this episode, Dr. Rob Abbott and Angie Alt (the research team) give us all the details.

Duration:01:05:11