Phoenix Helix: Autoimmune Resilience

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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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 218: Anti-Inflammatory Foods with VJ Hamilton

2/3/2023
When it comes to autoimmune disease, inflammation plays a big role. The higher our inflammation, the higher our symptoms and disease activity. Doctors know this, which is why bloodwork for autoimmune patients usually includes inflammation markers. When it comes to self-care and living well with autoimmune disease, learning how to reduce our inflammation naturally can be very helpful, and our food choices are a big part of that. Which foods have the greatest anti-inflammatory properties?...

Duration:00:50:53

Mindset Minisode – Gratitude Practice

1/20/2023
Something new is coming to the Phoenix Helix Podcast. Mindset Minisodes! The long-form interviews you know and love will continue every 4 weeks. In between, I'll be sharing practical techniques from my book, Healing Mindset - A Guide to the Mind-Body Connection for People With Autoimmune Disease. Today, we're starting with gratitude. I know that's an emotion that's hard to feel when we're suffering, yet it's on our toughest days that we need gratitude the most. It can shine a light into our...

Duration:00:06:52

Episode 217: Healing Stories 10

1/6/2023
If you’re a regular listener of my podcast, you know that I start every year with a Healing Stories episode. It features back-to-back interviews with autoimmune warriors just like you! I ask them to share their journey from rock bottom to reclaiming a vital life. In this episode, we talk about Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Susac Syndrome. and also autoimmunity in general. Everyone’s story is unique, but we also have so much in common. Whatever...

Duration:01:13:52

Episode 216: Best Of – Exercise Intolerance with Andrea Wool

12/23/2022
This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! Why does exercise feel so different after an autoimmune diagnosis? Activities that our bodies loved in the past can now cause an autoimmune flare. Yet, not moving at all isn't healthy either. So, what do we do? In this podcast, we get professional insight into this topic. My guest, Andrea Wool, is a fellow autoimmune warrior, certified personal trainer, and founder of Autoimmune Strong - a fitness website designed...

Duration:00:59:06

Episode 215: Best Of – The Gut Microbiome with Dr. Lucy Mailing

12/9/2022
This is one of the most popular podcast episodes - for good reason! There’s a community of 38 trillion microorganisms living in and on our bodies, and most of them reside in our gut. That's very close 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...

Duration:01:02:35

Episode 214: Emotional Eating & Autoimmune Disease with Tomesha Campbell

11/25/2022
Life with chronic illness can inspire strong emotions that trigger emotional eating. If the foods chosen are inflammatory, autoimmune flares may follow, turning short-term comfort into longer-lasting pain. This often leads to feelings of shame, guilt, and self-judgment, which can drive more emotional eating, creating a vicious cycle. If you find yourself caught in this pattern, you aren’t alone. Today’s podcast is designed to help. My guest is Tomesha Campbell. She is a fellow autoimmune...

Duration:00:51:41

Episode 213: Holiday Boundaries & Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Ellen Vora

11/11/2022
We tend to notice boundaries most when they’re getting crossed – by other people, or by ourselves. We also notice when we struggle to set them at all. Today, we’re focusing on the holiday season. If you have autoimmune disease, there’s a powerful intersection between your ability to set boundaries and your ability to protect your health. So, we are here to help! In this podcast, we share tips for setting healthy boundaries around food, time, energy, and money. My guest is Dr. Ellen Vora. She...

Duration:00:38:22

Episode 212: Morning & Bedtime Routines with Dr. Sybil Cooper

10/28/2022
Morning and bedtime routines are a wonderful way to bookend your day, starting and ending it with some joy and self-care. They can also make a big difference in the quality of your sleep. So in today's podcast, we do a deep dive into the science of circadian rhythms and learn how to create morning and bedtime routines that support autoimmune health. My guest is Dr. Sybil Cooper. She is both an autoimmune warrior and an immunologist. She has a deep understanding of the immune system both...

Duration:01:06:24

Episode 211: Indigenous Medicine and Autoimmune Health with Dr. Nicole Redvers

10/14/2022
The modern scientific approach to medicine focuses on disease rather than wellness, it focuses on parts of the body instead of the whole, and tends to look at the patient separate from their life and the world in which they live. Traditional Indigenous medicine approaches health very differently, and that’s true for Indigenous traditions worldwide. They tend to embrace a holistic perspective, knowing that we are more than the sum of our parts, and that health is impacted by so much more than...

Duration:00:49:40

Episode 210: Colonoscopies and Endoscopies with Dr. Marvin Singh

9/30/2022
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...

Duration:00:57:21

Episode 209: Preventing Autoimmune Flares

9/16/2022
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.

Duration:01:07:57

Episode 208: Nutrient Deficiencies & Healing Diets with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne

9/2/2022
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...

Duration:01:13:27

Episode 207: Cultivating Joy with Shauna Ahern

8/19/2022
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...

Duration:00:44:48

Episode 206: Listener Q&A

8/5/2022
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...

Duration:01:10:26

Episode 205: Magnesium and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Guillermo Ruiz

7/22/2022
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,...

Duration:00:56:59

Episode 204: Navigating the News with Sharon McMahon

7/8/2022
If you ask people with autoimmune disease to name their biggest flare triggers, stress often tops the list. And if you ask people to name their top sources of stress, many are overwhelmed by the news. Today’s podcast is a life skill building episode – one that’s very important for emotional and physical health. How do we consume the news in a way that keeps us accurately informed without becoming overwhelmed? How do we discern fake news from real news? And how do we break through feelings of...

Duration:00:59:21

Episode 203: Kids in the Kitchen with Ginny Mahar

6/24/2022
When you see the power of food as medicine for yourself, it’s natural to want your children to benefit as well. It doesn't mean they need to eat just like you, but fostering a love of real food is an understandable goal. However, children often go through picky eating phases and have a deep love for packaged foods, fast food, and as many sweets as you’re willing to provide. One way to get kids interested in healthier eating is to welcome them into the kitchen, teach them how to cook, and...

Duration:01:00:26

Episode 202: Self-Love Workbook with Dr. Shainna Ali

6/10/2022
When you have autoimmune disease, it's common to feel disconnected from your body and even betrayed by your body. Yet we live in our bodies, so this creates a complicated relationship with ourselves. Instead of self-love, we might end up feeling self-hate. How can we change that? How does self-love, or the lack of self-love, impact our wellbeing, both mentally and physically? My guest today is Dr. Shainna Ali, a mental health counselor, educator, and advocate. She is also the author of the...

Duration:00:38:18

Episode 201: Rheumatology Tests with Dr. Anna Lafian

5/27/2022
If you get referred to a rheumatologist and they suspect autoimmune disease, there's a list of tests they run as part of the diagnosis process. If you're diagnosed with autoimmune disease, there are specific tests that help monitor disease activity and also your response to treatments. What are these tests, and what does each one measure? How important are they in the diagnosis and monitoring process? These are the questions we'll be answering today. I believe in being an empowered patient,...

Duration:00:24:27

Episode 200: The Gut-Skin Connection with Dr. Shayna Peter

5/13/2022
When we think of skin, we usually think of the outside of the body, but our skin reflects what's happening inside our body as well. It's rare for problems to be isolated to the skin alone. Anyone with a skin-related autoimmune disease knows this. But it's also true for any skin problem, including acne, rashes, eczema, rosacea, and others. They're all signals from the skin that something is unbalanced within the body. We've talked about the importance of gut health many times on this podcast....

Duration:00:47:30