By Julie Stiles, Health and Transformation Coach
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Autoimmune Adventures is a podcast dedicated to helping people with autoimmune disorders reclaim their health and their life. The mission is to share cutting edge information and tools for people living with chronic illness and to create a community of support. Episodes will inspire you to say yes to the call to adventure of an autoimmune diagnosis, motivate you to take action to improve your wellness, encourage you on your path, and empower you to recognize the truth of who you are. Topics and themes include healing as a transformative journey, living well with autoimmunity, taking back your power, healing separation from self, healthcare approaches to autoimmune disorders, recreating balance in your life and immune system, nutrition and diet, self-care and stress reduction, and emotional and mental approaches to healing.
||CleanDropping the Burden of Emotional Stress: Dawson Church||How much of your physical ailments is due to emotional stress, and what can you do about it? When it comes to taking back our power over health and well-being, some of the most exciting research comes from epigenetics and energy medicine. Epigenetics...||2/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExperiencing Peace and Calm through Meditation: Mary Meckley||If you have a chronic illness, you’re may experience numerous physical and emotional consequences, from physical pain and discomfort to anxiety about your body and the future to a loss of confidence in yourself. Practicing meditation regularly...||11/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Healing Protocols Turn Unhealthy: Angie Alt||When does a healing protocol become unhealthy? There can be a fine line, as you take actions to promote healing, between when those actions support healing and when they start to detract from it. If you’ve ever started to see a food as...||9/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSelf-Love & Self-Care: Jen Wittman||What role do commitment, perfectionism, and shame play in healing? Self-love and self-care might be the most important factors in promoting healing, and yet are often difficult for people to tackle. Whether you’re a Type A personality, a natural...||8/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Lifestyle Choices Influence Your Body: Sarah Ballantyne||How do the daily choices you make directly impact your health? With any chronic illness, you are likely to encounter recommendations for dietary and lifestyle changes to improve your condition. Yet what’s the basis for those recommendations, and...||7/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Intricate Dance of the Immune System: Sarah Ballantyne||What is happening in the body with autoimmune disease? Understanding what is going on in the immune system with autoimmune disease helps us appreciate the steps we can take to support healing. Sarah Ballantyne, scientist and a leading proponent of the..||6/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmotions and Disease: Kyle Davies||What role does emotion play in chronic illness? Culture encourages us to disassociate mind from body, and many of us live most of our lives in our head. The consequence can be an imbalance in our emotions, which results in symptoms in the body....||5/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat’s Interfering With Healing? Dr. Daniel Twogood||What dietary factors play a role in chronic pain and inflammation? Many people with autoimmune disorders deal with chronic pain daily. Chiropractor Dr. Daniel Twogood joins us to share how to shift your mindset about what causes chronic pain and...||4/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAttitude and Well-Being: Mary Ellen Ciganovich||How does your attitude affect your health? With a history of challenging health issues including epilepsy as a child and multiple sclerosis, Mary Ellen Ciganovich has learned the importance of attitude to positively shift well-being. How you take your..||4/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAutoimmune Recovery Action Plan: Mickey Trescott||Returning guest Mickey Trescott joins us to share an action plan for recovering from autoimmune disorders, focusing on a do-it-yourself approach that takes into account the key areas that make the most impact on your health. Mickey outlines some of...||3/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBefriend Triple Warmer & Strengthen Spleen: Energy Medicine with Mikel Carmon||Energy medicine provides powerful yet simple tools to help heal yourself of illness. Psychotherapist and Eden Energy Practitioner Mikel Carmon illuminates the important relationship between the triple warmer and spleen meridians for people with...||3/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHealing With Fermented Foods: Sarah Ramsden||How is the balance of bacteria in your gut impacting your health, and what can you do about it? Fermented foods offer a low-impact and relatively safe way to affect the balance of bacteria in your gut. Bacteria impact digestion and help to modulate...||2/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExploring Your Key Questions: Living Your Healing Journey Part 7||When you find yourself in times of uncertainty, as you will if you are on a healing journey, you might notice an abundance of questions. How you question has a lot to do with whether you sabotage your inward journey or dive deeper into it. Are you...||2/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreating Communion With Your Body: Blossom Benedict||Are you listening to your body or at war with it? Many (if not most) people have an abundance of judgments about their body. With chronic illness, you may notice even more judgments about yourself and your body that contribute to dis-ease and...||1/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToxins and Autoimmunity: Dr. Aly Cohen||How do toxic chemicals affect autoimmune disorders and what can you do to protect yourself? Around 87,000 chemicals are currently in commercial use, and very few of them have been studied with regard to their impact on health. Yet the evidence...||1/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHealing with Chinese and Functional Medicine: Anne Angelone||Different approaches can offer new perspectives on healing autoimmunity. Acupuncturist and herbalist Anne Angelone shares ideas from both Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine. From the inner tradition of Chinese Medicine comes the idea of medicine..||1/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThriving In Uncertainty: Living Your Healing Journey Part 6||What don’t you know? How do you respond when in uncertainty and not knowing? When you are on the healing journey, unknowns abound, bringing up fear and discomfort. When instead of going into your habitual responses, you can let not knowing open...||12/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRecovering From Financial Fallout: Candice McGarvey||What steps do you take when the medical bills are piled high? Certified Financial Planner Candice McGarvey returns to share tips on the practical and logistical steps to take to begin digging yourself out of a financial hole. Understanding the medical..||12/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmotional Side of Financial Fallout: Candice McGarvey||How do you emotionally handle financial difficulties due to a chronic illness? Candice McGarvey, a Certified Financial Planner and financial coach whose baby was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, joins host Julie Stiles to share how to cope...||12/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet Go With Ease: Living Your Transformative Journey Part 5||This installment of the series on transformation continues the theme of letting go. Episode 26 outlined a framework for letting go, but sometimes it proves to be difficult to let go of patterns of belief and identity that have defined your life. Learn..||11/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Being A Mom With Autoimmunity: Katie Cleary||How do you manage challenging health issues while raising a family? Katie Cleary, founder of autoimmunemom.com, joins host Julie Stiles to share her experience and wisdom from five years of raising young kids while managing multiple autoimmune...||11/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLetting Go Physically, Mentally, Emotionally||Living Your Transformative Journey Part 4||11/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHealing With Real Food: Mickey Trescott on the Autoimmune Protocol||Choosing to eat foods that nourish the body is a key way to support yourself on the healing journey. The Autoimmune Protocol is an elimination diet based on the Paleo diet that is intended to lessen autoimmune reactions. Mickey Trescott, author of The..||11/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManaging Stress: Dr. Kathy Gruver||How can you better manage stress in order to heal? Dr. Kathy Gruver returns to Autoimmune Adventures to discuss the stress response. With stress the underlying cause for more than half of doctor visits and a primary cause of flares in people with...||10/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNavigating Alternative Medicine: Dr. Kathy Gruver||What role does (and should) alternative medicine have in healing? Many people with chronic illness look to alternative approaches when conventional medicine offers few good options. With so many alternatives to choose from, it can be daunting to...||10/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmplify Your Well Being. Episode 22||How can you increase your well being through balancing satisfaction in all areas of your life? Research shows that overall well being is not just about physical health. Instead, it is closely tied to how you are doing in all areas of your life. All...||10/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing For The First Time: Transformation #3||The call to adventure that begins the transformative path happens in the context of your life, and this episode teases out some of the key components that you might begin to see in a new way. This new awareness can be difficult because it often...||10/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHealing Myasthenia Gravis: Courtney Smith||Diagnosed with myasthenia gravis when she was 22, Courtney underwent treatment that ultimately made her illness worse. As part of her healing journey, she produced the documentary film Beauty Does Lie: The Untold Stories of Autoimmune Diseases. After...||9/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn An Epidemic Of Absence: Moises Velasquez-Manoff||Why are rates of autoimmune diseases, allergies, and asthma increasing? Moises Velasquez-Manoff, author of An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases, discusses the intriguing theory explaining the rise of...||9/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding Your Resilience||How can you increase your resilience? When you are resilient, you can be in adversity and integrate all that happens. It’s a skill you can continually develop by making choices every day that build resilience. Seeing the challenges, finding...||9/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaking An Integral Approach To Healing||The integral model provides a framework to understand illness and healing and create a well-rounded healthcare plan that takes into account all aspects of who you are. The four quadrants take into account the interior and exterior of both individual...||9/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeven Steps to Healing: Dr. Lisa Cooney.||After being diagnosed with Graves’ disease, Dr. Lisa Cooney refused to believe that the usual medical options were her only choices and over the next few years healed herself through various modalities. In this episode, Dr. Lisa shares her seven...||8/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSaying Yes (or No) to the Call to Adventure||How do you respond to the call to adventure? Turning down the call is more comfortable, even when it keeps you in the discomfort of your present experience. It is challenging to say yes when your identity and worldview feel like they are under attack,..||8/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMistakes That Undermine Wellbeing: Fiona Moore||Episode 14||8/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBringing Attention To Autoimmunity: Virginia Ladd of AARDA||Autoimmune patients often face significant challenges getting diagnosed and treated, not to mention lack of awareness about autoimmunity in general. In this episode, Virginia Ladd, founder and president of the American Autoimmune Related Diseases...||8/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12. Autoimmunity as a Bearer of Joy: Jessica Flanigan||The Autoimmune Protocol is one version of anti-inflammatory diet, based on the Paleo diet, which is recommended for people with autoimmunity. Clinical nutritionist Jessica Flanigan tells us about the basics of this diet and how we can support...||8/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11. On The Biology Of Belief||Do your genes control your health? Do your beliefs have any impact on your wellness? Drawing from Dr. Bruce Lipton’s book The Biology of Belief, this episode explores how environmental signals control genetic expression, and how the beliefs in...||7/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10. Being Kind to Me: Self-Compassion with John Kinyon||What is self-compassion, and how can we increase it? John Kinyon shares how we can bring the same level of kindness, care, and acceptance to ourselves that we would to a friend. Learn a process you can use after anything happens that you don’t...||7/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9. The Alchemy of Healing: Anjuli Sherin||What is healing and what role do emotions and beliefs play in the process? Explore the power of energy healing to shift beliefs and feelings to better support health, and experience it through a ThetaHealing® meditation on the call. Show Notes...||7/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8. Honoring All Parts of Ourselves: Internal Mediation with Ike Lasater||Warring voices within, beating yourself up, and relying on willpower to stick to your decisions are hallmarks of internal conflict. Learn how to work with your internal conflicts by acknowledging and honoring all parts of you so that you can...||7/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7. What's Your Call to Adventure?||What is the call to adventure, and how do you know if you are in one? If you’ve ever had an experience that causes you to question who you are or the way you think the world works, you’ve experienced a call to adventure. A call might come...||7/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6. Being Fierce: LeeAnn Mallorie||Explore with LeeAnn Mallorie how to listen to intuition and body knowing and heal the “one thing” that holds you back. We also discuss the relationship between purpose and wellness and how being fierce can support healing. Show notes...||7/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5. An Experiment of One: Kelly Basinger on Living With Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2008, Kelly shares her journey, including the many things she has done to help herself heal, going from a brain that looked 90 years old to one that today looks her age. Show notes at http://www.aiadventures.com||6/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4. Being A Body In The World: Jamie McHugh||We all have a body, but how many of us really know how to be embodied? Jamie McHugh shares Somatic Expression, a unique approach that helps you to experience more support, ease, freedom, and success in your body. Show notes at...||6/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3. Leading A Great Life, With Hashimoto’s: Kendra Mellinger||How do we live a good life while having an autoimmune disorder? Kendra shares her experience of 20 years living with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Show notes at http://aiadventures.com||6/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2. The Best Worst Experience: Simla Somturk||What happens when you go from being a workaholic to suddenly being struck with an unknown and severe illness? Simla Somturk shares with us her experience of health breakdown and ultimately health breakthrough, and tips for eating to heal.||6/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1. Illness: From Wrongness to Rightness||Introducing Autoimmune Adventures||6/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
The Cutting Edge of Healthcare
Disclaimer: I was interviewed for the third episode of this podcast, and am friends with its creator, Julie Stiles. That having been said, I want to share my thoughts here to help others who are considering this series.
I have listened to these episodes with a skeptic mind, anticipating what others might think or how they might interpret what is said. A repeated message in several interviews is, "Follow your instinct and do what seems right for you." Alternative medicine gets a bad rap at times for promoting that approach to self care. Critics rightly point out that, in some situations, deadly decisions can be made if the consequences and risks of certain courses of action are not properly disclosed. Ethics are of the utmost importance in healthcare in any form, as is expertise.
Yet the people in these interviews state that they make their own health decisions after meeting with several healthcare providers, doing internet and anecdotal research, and paying close attention to how their treatments work (or don't work). Alternative medicine does not negate or discount traditional Western medicine. It provides complementary approaches to healing a complex system. No decisions here were made lightly or ignorantly.
What makes Autoimmune Adventures a significant and valuable resource is that it places authority and respected expertise back into the hands where it rightly belongs--into the hands of the individual seeking optimal health. Where we have handed over that authority and responsibility to a single doctor in hopes that they can alleviate any pain and cure disease without our having to do any more work than take medicine, AI Adventures gives us support, direction and inspiration to take charge of our own health, and be our own best advocate.
No one knows me like I know myself. Only I can determine what an illness or diagnosis means to me, and only I can determine what responses will best meet my needs, accommodate my lifestyle, and allow me to live the life I want to live. The medical doctor has her or his place in this process, but even their best work won't cure me if I don't take my rightful place as the owner of my well-being.
I have to admit, I rushed to download Episode 5, where Kelly Basinger's doctor said her brain MRI looked like that of an 85-90 year old. I've had similar CT scans and MRIs. I wanted to know the cure! What made her better, and returned her scans to normal brain age? The answer I got is the answer Autoimmune Adventures will repeatedly drive home: do my own work! Schedule the appointments, gather the information, look everywhere to find sources of help, motivation and expertise. Go inward and ask the big questions. Be courageous in determining your own expectations and your own prognosis. And finally, clean up your diet and get some exercise--there's no avoiding those two.
The message of Autoimmune Adventures is unique, profound and invaluable. Illness is often a call to amend our ways, and treat ourselves better--both as individuals and as a species. Julie Stiles is brilliantly gifted at tenaciously digging for concrete details of how to's and why's. She sincerely believes and practices what she promotes, treating all of life's ups and downs as an adventure, and enjoying life along the way. I thoroughly recommend this podcast, and wish you well on your own adventure.
Peace of mind
I just finished listening to Episode 7, Call to Adventure with Julie Stiles. WOW what an insightful discourse on making personal change. The instigators of change – all kinds, not necessarily even related to Autoimmune Diseases – Crisis, Discontent, Peak Experience and Disorienting Dilemma. Just naming the source is valuable but the examples of what happens when each of these four happen actually helps disburse the anxiety around your surroundings. For myself, learning that this transition I am in is called Disorienting Dilemma is valuable after the loss of my husband. It has been two years now and I have been continually berating myself about getting on with my life but . . . Julie said this could take years to reintegrate (phew I am like many others). She also said that my work is really about establishing my own new world, a world without my husband and all by myself.
Thank you Julie, for this very special podcast. It is incredible how something so simply explained can make so much sense and give me a new level of peace of mind.
Engaging and Empathic
I listened to my first Autoimmune Adventures podcast this week and was immediately pulled in thanks to host Julie Stile’s engaging and empathic interview style. She has gathered together such an eclectic group of interview subjects- really painting an expansive picture of wellness that feels relevant even though I don’t have an autoimmune disorder. I look forward to continuing this journey with her. Brava!