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Living with chronic illness completely changes your life but nobody talks about it. It's so easy to feel that you are the only one struggling but I am here to tell you that you are not alone! As a therapist living with three autoimmune conditions, I know exactly how it feels to lose your old self and life and I am here to share how I learned to cope with many changes chronic illness brings and all those other things your Doctor didn't warn you about. Let's talk about real life with chronic i ...
 
Welcome to The Autoimmune Simplified Podcast - Hosted by Dr. Alison Danby, Naturopathic Doctor, Functional Medicine Practitioner and the founder of the Autoimmune Institute. Each week we will be exploring new concepts dealing with autoimmune, talking with amazing experts and hearing inspiring stories about other’s autoimmune journeys. We will be diving deep into all things autoimmune healing - digestion, hormones, nutrition, mindset, and so much more. I’m here to guide and empower you, and S ...
 
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If you have ever experienced body hypervigilance before, then you will know how debilitating it can be. Hypervigilance is a symptom of trauma and PTSD where you are left scanning your environment constantly for any potential external threat. When you have body hypervigilance, the threat is internal and it can feel like your constant awareness and v…
 
We all know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and nutrition, but this is especially true for those with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Different guts tolerate foods differently with this condition so it’s imperative that we’re addressing each individual’s unique needs according to their body, backgrounds, tastes, and personal goals. In …
 
In this episode, Dr. Danby chats with Laura Clowdus, RN, AIP Certified Coach, and Wellness Life Coach about her story of Ankylosing Spondylitis and how she used the power of mindset to help achieve amazing results and live symptom-free. Our thoughts and how we view our circumstances are truly powerful and affect our outcomes. Understanding and usin…
 
So often I’m asked if diet and lifestyle change can really help those with autoimmune disease, and my answer is always a resounding, "ABSOLUTELY!" But don’t just take it from me, tune in to this week's inspirational and educational episode of The Autoimmune Simplified Podcast with our very special guest, Angie Alt, one of the pioneers of the Autoim…
 
Dr. Danby sits down for an inspirational chat with Jesse St Jean to talk about her journey with ulcerative colitis, her non-negotiables for managing her autoimmune disease, and her words of wisdom for advocating for yourself when it comes to assembling your own health care team. As a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and fellow AIP Coach,…
 
Receiving a diagnosis of chronic illness or autoimmune disease is a life-changing, traumatic event that comes with a host of emotions. Grief over the loss of your life as it was and what we dreamed for ourselves is a process that each of us needs to work through, not push past and ignore. Tune in for this powerful episode as Kerry Jeffery, Clinical…
 
Dr. Danby sits down for an inspirational chat with Jan Steele to talk about her nearly life-long journey with celiac disease, how she’s managed a gluten-free lifestyle for over 40 years even while travelling internationally, and why she chose to have her whole family adopt a gluten-free lifestyle. Many people understand that gluten is problematic b…
 
Stress and traumas (big and small) are some of the biggest unaddressed root drivers of autoimmune disease, which helps explain why even if you're doing 'all of the things' (diet, disease modifying drugs, supplements, exercise, etc.) you still may not be feeling results. Join me as I chat with Kristin Wedding, MA, Certified Health Coach, RYT-200, Pa…
 
In this, the third and final solo episode of Dr. Danby’s feature on Hashimoto’s she dives in to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about treating Hashimoto’s. Learn more about the “Big Picture” in this overview as she chats about the impact of things like supplements, Vitamin D, Iodine and more. Be sure to tune in to hear more about h…
 
Following up on last week’s solo episode with Dr. Danby where she shared her personal autoimmune healing journey, living with Hashimoto’s, she’s back for episode two of this three part series to share the top lessons she’s learned through not just her own journey but that of her patients. Tune in to learn how you can take control of your situation …
 
In this episode, our host, Dr. Alison Danby, ND & FMP goes solo to share her personal journey with autoimmune disease and how her diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis literally changed her life and how she helps others. Be sure to tune in for some great tips for managing your own autoimmune disease and catch a few teasers for more of her inspiring …
 
In this episode of the Autoimmune Simplified Podcast we chat with Dr. Andrea Proulx about a topic that most autoimmune sufferers have a hard time with - EXERCISE! Dr. Andrea is a Naturopathic Doctor and Ultimate Frisbee Silver Medalist for Team Canada who doesn’t let her autoimmune disease stand in her way … and she wants to help you find your powe…
 
This is a very exciting episode - we get to help Dr. Kirstie launch her new book, “Back to Wellness - a mind-body approach to managing your back pain!” We chat about what the “mind-body connection” is and what it has to do with mental health and pain. We’ll learn the difference between a recent injury and chronic pain and how to effectively manage …
 
SLEEP is possible for everyone. Dr. Saunders and I sit down to talk about sleep, hormones, and autoimmune in this episode. Dr. Saunders shares the biggest obstacles to getting good sleep and how your chronotype impacts your sleep. We dive into mindset and how that influences your sleep and Dr, Leigha shares so many golden sleep tips throughout the …
 
In this episode, we talk about everything Brain Function. Brain fog is one of the top concerns I hear from almost all my autoimmune clients and Melissa sheds some light on this topic. Where our willpower comes from and how we can strengthen it and how to reduce impulsive behaviours. This was such an amazing episode, I can’t wait to share it with yo…
 
Dating no matter what your age or situation is absolutely guaranteed to bring out all of your insecurities and living with chronic illness adds a whole new level of difficulties. How do you deal with feeling "less than" you were before? How much do you share about your illness? How do you work around dietary issues? How and when do you disclose you…
 
In this episode Nutritionist Vanessa Bond and I dive into nutrition for Autoimmune and families! Diet changes are hard, to begin with, now add a family, kids with restriction or picky eaters, cooking multiple meals, all while trying to keep your sanity. We get it. Vanessa shares her story of what lead her to help families navigate nutrition for aut…
 
Autoimmune disease is 2-10 times more common in women and more than doubles the risk for cardiovascular disease, especially premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. But this is not your typical Cardiovascular and Autoimmune talk - we dive into hormones! In this episode, Dr. Danby speaks with Dr. Olivia Greenspan, examining the links betwee…
 
As you likely know, stress is a major trigger for flares in autoimmune conditions. In this episode, Dr. Danby discusses Resilience and Stress Management with Dr. Tara Guzzo, ND. Learn more about heart rate variability and what it is telling you about your stress coping, inflammation status, and overall health. Build your resilience and transform yo…
 
In this episode, we dive into all things Fasting and Time Restricted Eating with Nutritionist Paula Porter. Intermittent fasting can be such a powerful tool for managing autoimmune flares, and lessening inflammation!. Don’t have time to cook fancy meals? Don’t have the money for complicated diets? No problem! Fasting is accessible for most people, …
 
Dr. Danby sits down with a true inspiration and autoimmune warrior, Gail Shankland, to talk about the power of self-talk, commitment, and planning to keep moving forward in your autoimmune journey. Gail shares her story and her autoimmune journey to help inspire others of what is possible. If you are struggling with wanting to make a change, but ar…
 
If you live with chronic illness, then you have probably experienced some form of Medical Gaslighting. In fact, having an experience of Medical Gaslighting seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Gaslighting in any setting is a form of emotional abuse, however Medical Gaslighting is not only emotionally damaging, it can result in disability…
 
You are bigger than burnout. Dr. Erin Wiley ND understands that you are on a mission. You have a vision for your life that includes success, freedom, creativity, and adventure. You are giving “your all” to realize your goals and your health should be your greatest resource for achieving that purpose. Health is not the price you need to pay for your…
 
Welcome to our first episode! In this episode, our host, Dr. Danby, ND goes solo giving you an overview of the podcast and her approach to Autoimmune. She answers the top 2 questions almost every client asks her on the first visit. She also gives an overview of her approach to autoimmune that has helped thousands of her clients move towards health.…
 
So there I was, home from my second hospitalisation with Diabetic Ketoacidosis, physically frail, very underweight and emotionally traumatised. I had my diagnosis of LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) and was left to sort out my new life as an insulin dependant person. Chronic illness isn't just the physical issues though. The emotional is…
 
After several months of worsening health, extreme weight loss and becoming physically unable to care for myself, I was admitted to hospital and spent 5 days in intensive care where I came close to dying. I emerged a week later with a new diagnosis of type 1.5 LADA (Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) that I had difficulty accepting, feeling traum…
 
We all know that acceptance is key to living your best life with chronic illness. But how can you accept something that has so dramatically changed your life and taken so much from you? In this episode, I share with you a very special mind shift technique that I normally only share with my clients and take you through a visualisation exercise so th…
 
On one level, we know that chronic illness is life changing and that it has a huge impact on us physically, emotionally and mentally. But when it comes down to actually acknowledging that fact in the choices we make or don't make, we can so often expect ourselves to go on exactly as we did before. Recently I have experienced a severe Celiac flare t…
 
There is a lot of research including the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) studies, that show a strong correlation between experiencing trauma in childhood and going on to develop chronic autoimmune disease in later life. But what other types of research is there between trauma and chronic illness and what impact does having unresolved trauma have…
 
Avoiding the news and fear of the Corona Virus at the moment is pretty much impossible as the whole world goes into lockdown, panic buying is everywhere and there is so much uncertainty and speculation. But there are opportunities here for those of us with chronic illness to help our friends and family who are getting just a small taste of what we …
 
When you become chronically ill, your first instinct is to fight for your life against this disease that feels like it has taken so much from you. The illness becomes the enemy, something that you need to battle against and beat. But when you have chronic illness, is this actually the best thing you can do for your health and happiness? And if figh…
 
When you become chronically ill, you really want those closest to you to understand what you have lost, why the illness feels so devastating and how you feel about what chronic illness has done to your life. But needing people to understand how you feel can be a big emotional hook that you can get stuck on. When the people around you don't understa…
 
Of all the emotional issues that come with chronic illness, guilt is the most damaging and the most common. In this episode Kerry breaks down the most common reasons that people with chronic illness feel guilt and why it is so damaging to you and the people you love. Stuck in toxic guilt? Then you need to listen to this episode!…
 
Lisa Douthit developed her first cancer at age 25, having had no prior health issues before. She noticed that she was having trouble breathing when exercising and a few other worrying symptoms. A chest x-ray showed a baseball sized tumour on her heart that required open heart surgery to remove. All in all, Lisa has experienced four different cancer…
 
Four years ago, Jessa Lewis was pregnant with her daughter when she received a diagnosis of Hashimoto's Autoimmune Hypothyroidism Disorder. Her body was attacking her thyroid and threatening the pregnancy, as it likely had with two prior miscarriages. Hashimoto's Autoimmune has 400+ potential symptoms with some of the most common being fatigue, sen…
 
V Capaldi otherwise known as "The Paleo Boss Lady" is a force to be reckoned with. V was raised in a very dysfunctional family where chaos was the norm in life. At 23 years old and 6 weeks after marrying her childhood sweetheart, V was given a death sentence diagnosis that she had an inoperable brain tumour and lived for almost 6 months believing h…
 
Prior to her illness, Crystal who is single, was teaching music full time, was an avid cross fitter and weight lifter, sang with the Houston Symphony Chorus, enjoyed pottery and was a volunteer at her Church. In 2013 all that changed when a car accident became the catalyst for an eventual diagnosis of Post Concussion Syndrome and Dysautonomia. Bit …
 
Stacey can trace her symptoms all the way back to her childhood but it wasn't until years later that she knew she needed to figure out her health. Experimenting with food, figuring out what works for her and what doesn't has changed her life and she feels so much better. Have a listen to Stacey's story and see what you can learn from her experience…
 
Melissa Bergstrom remembers being anxious since childhood. Her anxiety manifested with physical symptoms and it was rare for Melissa to have a full week of school. She had always had dry skin but over time, it began to turn into something worse. Melissa was formally diagnosed with psoriasis in 2014 and getting the diagnosis of an actual autoimmune …
 
Sigal has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 17 years. She first developed gestational diabetes when pregnant with her son. After moving to Canada from Israel when he was two months old, Sigal was busy being a new Mom, in a new country where she didn't know the language and undergoing fertility treatments to try and conceive again. One night…
 
Emily was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 6 years ago, but it is only in the last 9 months that she has been really feeling the impact of chronic illness. As a Mom of two young children ages 4 and 2, trying to explain her fatigue and the pain in her hands from arthritis has been a challenge. Emily shares her story about chronic illness, seeking help and…
 
One night twenty years ago, Krista Rowan went to bed feeling normal and woke up the next day in acute pain from a full body flare that turned out to be Rheumatoid Arthritis. She spent most of those years looking for the next medication once the old one failed and trying to find a way to fit herself back into her old life. It took a big wake up call…
 
James's first experience with autoimmune disease was when he was diagnosed with psoriasis on his scalp and behind his ears at age 14. He remembers his Dad getting mad with him and thinking he wasn't washing his scalp properly and sending him back to shower with some medicated shampoo. He also remembers the fatigue. James had trouble getting out of …
 
When you are a young, type A Alpha female with big goals and dreams, what do you do when you get hit with Multiple Sclerosis? Robyn's initial response was to do everything she could to prove that she was "stronger than MS" by committing herself to running 20 races which only left her feeling worse. Find out how Robyn made the shift from MS warrior …
 
In this podcast, we chat about Kirstie's experiences of Hashimoto's, Endometriosis, IVF, pregnancy and Motherhood. Kirstie shares openly and honestly how she prepared emotionally, how she does what it takes for her to feel like a present and resilient Mother and why she didn't discuss her pregnancy publicly until she passed the 7th month mark.…
 
Christina was diagnosed with Adult Onset Still’s Disease at age 18 which presented with high spiking fevers, extreme fatigue, rashes and inflammation. When she was discharged from the hospital after her initial diagnosis, she realised there must be more she could do to support her health than just pharmaceuticals that were suppressing her symptoms.…
 
Jameisha Prescod was still in school when she began feeling tired and wanting to sleep all the time. She knew something wasn't right but her Doctors seemed to have an explanation for it all: Anemia, vitamin D deficiency, perhaps depression. Even with Lupus markers in her blood, it still took a few more tries with different doctors to get a confirme…
 
After suffering health issues for over a decade, Shanna Nemrow was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and told by her Endocrinologist that there was no cure, there was nothing she could do and had no suggestions for anything to relieve her symptoms. Shanna walked out of that appointment as a warrior, ready to do everything that she coul…
 
The first signs of chronic illness for Samantha were GERD and an increasing inability to deal with the stress and demands of her job as a Chef. In the quest to find work that she could manage, she found her dream job as a persona Chef, but chronic illness took away her ability to enjoy it or continue with it and finding the root cause of her increa…
 
Lori Pierce was diagnosed with Hashimoto's at age 19 and scleroderma and Raynaud's at the age of 25. She has fought hard to stay alive and live a productive life in spite of her multiple chronic illnesses. Through it all Lori feels that though it has never been easy, it has been so worth it and through the experience, she has found her purpose and …
 
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