Autoimmune disease is a scourge of the modern era. It happens when our immune system goes haywire and begins attacking the cells in our own body. Now obviously, our immune system isn’t supposed to behave this way. It’s there to protect us, not harm us. Our modern obsession with processed foods combined with an environment that’s soaked in toxic chemicals has really created a monster. Today one in five Americans is affected with an autoimmune disorder.
My first guest is Maggie Berghoff, a nurse practitioner. She has an increasingly common autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. From the outside she seemed like a regular college student: seemingly healthy, busy, stressed, and dealing with yo-yo dieting. First, she noticed her leg swelling, then she rapidly gained about 50 pounds. Besides Hashimoto’s, she also has PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). The two conditions can often go hand in hand. Her menstrual cycle was off and she had a huge appetite and sugar spikes. Luckily she was able to work with a functional doctor reversing her condition through natural methods instead of covering it. She was able to heal her gut and correct nutritional deficiencies.
Dr. Tom O’Bryan
My second guest is Dr. Tom O’Bryan. He is one of the world’s leading authorities when it comes to autoimmune conditions and is the author of The Autoimmune Fix. He is a doctor, author, and international speaker and workshop leader. Dr. O’Bryan and I discuss how autoimmune diseases always attack the weakest link in your body. He explains that traditional doctors treat autoimmune conditions by suppressing the immune system. And he says this is a mistake. Your body is trying to protect you and you have to support it through diet and lifestyle. It is important to heal the gut and correct nutritional deficiencies. Some foods need to be removed, gluten being one of the main culprits that can trigger autoimmunity.
Dr. Amy Myers
My third guest is Dr. Amy Myers, a functional medicine doctor with an expertise in autoimmune diseases and New York Times Bestselling author. She is the author of the Autoimmune Solution. Dr. Myers knows about autoimmunity from personal experience. During medical school, she started having symptoms such as weight loss, tremors, insomnia and more. First, her doctor brushed it off to being a busy student who just returned from the Peace Corps. But soon she was eventually diagnosed with Graves’ disease. As a doctor, she found functional medicine and made it her mission to help those with autoimmune conditions. She explained that the root cause of the issues is a gut imbalance, Candida, and leaky gut. All of this can lead to autoimmunity. She helps her patients and readers to repair their gut and nourish their cells to reverse their autoimmune conditions.
Dr. Keesha Edwards
My last guest is Dr. Keesha Edwards. She is a board certified functional medicine practitioner, psychotherapist, and integrative medicine expert. She used to be a big believer of Western medicine, until one day, practically overnight, she began developing symptoms, including weight gain and joint pains. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She didn’t want to take harsh medication, so she started to look for answers outside of Western medicine. She found Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. She also learned meditation and yoga. She has also connected how her past trauma affected her health through trauma release therapy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s show and learned a lot about autoimmune diseases. If you have any questions or comments, share them in the comments, we would love to hear from you.
Dr. Amy Myers has helped tens of thousands of people restore their gut health and reverse chronic illness as a renowned leader in Functional Medicine. She is a 2x New York Times Bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection, and the founder and medical director of Austin UltraHealth.
Dr. Myers’s passion is to reach as many people, in as many places, in as many ways as possible not just those who are at the end of their rope or have the ability to see her. Her belief is that health shouldn’t be viewed as a cookie cutter solution; it’s more complex than that. Functional medicine is personalized medicine. Each of us is unique in our genetic makeup and physiology. What ultimately causes illness in one person is not the same for another, and treatment for each will therefore be different. Learn more at www.AmyMyersMD.com
Dr. Tom O’Bryan is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease as they occur inside and outside of the intestines. Dr. O’Bryan has more than 30 years of experience as a functional medicine practitioner and is an adjunct professor at the Institute for Functional Medicine. He’s the author of “The Autoimmune Fix: How to Stop the Hidden Autoimmune Damage That Keeps You Sick, Fat, and Tired Before It Turns Into Disease”.
Through years of research, Dr. Tom O’Bryan has discovered that autoimmunity is actually a spectrum, and many people experiencing general malaise are already on it. And while autoimmune diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, osteoporosis, diabetes, and lupus, have become the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer, many people affected are left in the dark. The good news is that many autoimmune conditions can be reversed. Learn more at thedr.com
Dr. Keesha Ewers is an integrative medicine expert, doctor of sexology, psychotherapist, board certified functional medicine provider, Ayurvedic practitioner, medicine woman, best-selling author, speaker, and mother of four. She helps women reverse their autoimmune disease, heal their childhood trauma, and make friends with the woman they see in the mirror. This means you wind up with a healed digestive system, balanced hormones, a body you love, and energy that sizzles.
Dr. Ewers has had autoimmune disease and breast cancer, been overweight, fatigued and frazzled, had SIBO and candida overgrowth, been depressed (and even suicidal), and have had to heal from childhood sexual abuse. Her mission is to guide other women to get to where she is now. She reversed her rheumatoid arthritis within a year of diagnosis, healed her breast cancer naturally, balanced her gut microbiome, and have learned the mighty lessons that past trauma is meant to teach us. Learn more at www.drkeesha.com