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The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook

It’s finally here!!  The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for all Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol has arrived!  Life is about so much more than food . . . and this cookbook covers all the other things that happen when you change your food. The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook will show you how to restore your health with one flavorful, nutritious meal at a time AND inspire you with the stories of wellness transformation. I hope you will love it!  I am so excited to share it with everyone!  CLICK ON THIS LINK to learn ALL THE DETAILS about the book and get your copy today. Oh!  One special announcement!  Thirty ...continue reading

Guest Post: Chronic Lyme Disease & The Autoimmune Protocol-Part One

The following guest blog is by Vanessa Colleran of True North AIP.  Vanessa is a Canadian healing herself of Lyme Disease & two diagnosed autoimmune diseases, using the Autoimmune Protocol.  She is also a certified Primal Blueprint Expert through Mark Sission of Mark's Daily Apple & is studying through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.  You can find Vanessa here: Blog www.truenorthaip.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/truenorth.aip Instagram http://instagram.com/truenorthaip Twitter https://twitter.com/truenorthaip I have Chronic Lyme Disease. Well, at least I think I do. How strange to not know right? Even while I sit down to write this, it's hard for me to say those words and really ...continue reading

Endometriosis Surgery Update

Endometriosis Surgery Update can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

Endometriosis Surgery

Endometriosis Surgery can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

The New Body Etiquette

The New Body Etiquette can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

An Endometriosis Update

I wanted to post an update to my Endometriosis journey today.  I'm motivated to do this for several reasons.  One is that Endo. is not very well understood & I thought an update would also give me the opportunity to educate a bit on this disease.  Two, my approach to dealing with Endo. is changing & I want to share that with my readers, many of whom are also battling with this painful condition.  And finally, I just want to reach out again.  So much about autoimmunity is lonely & I have a strong desire to help others feel less alone.  You can read Part 1 & Part 2 of ...continue reading

Orthorexia: A Little Clarification

Orthorexia: A Little Clarification can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

Can I Buy You A Beer?: A Celiac Looks At Orthorexia

Can I buy You A Beer? A Celiac Looks At Orthorexia can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

Body Odor, Oh My!

I would like to be very real with you guys . . . I used to be the stinky girl.  It's embarrassing and kinda' sad, but it is the truth.  Back in December of 2012, I declared my intention to get all the poisons out of my beauty routine.  I started using the No Poo Method to cleanse my hair, I started using oil to wash my face, I had already switched my body wash to a pure castille soap, & all my makeup was, at very least, gluten free.  There was this one thing left . . . deodorant. I used to have a severe sweating problem.  It wasn't ...continue reading

The SIBO Saga: Part 5

The SIBO Saga:  Part 5 can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

The SIBO Saga: Part 4

The SIBO Saga:  Part 4 can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

The SIBO Saga: Part 3

The SIBO Saga:  Part 3 can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

The SIBO Saga: Part 2

The SIBO Saga:  Part 2 can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

The SIBO Saga: Part 1

The SIBO Saga:  Part 1 can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

SIBO Be Gone: An Update Blog

SIBO Be Gone: An Update Blog

SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) is a really hop topic these days, not just among my Facebook fans, but all over.  It is becoming more and more clear that SIBO is strongly linked to lots of health problems, especially autoimmunity.  In fact, I was recently listening to a Balanced Bites podcast where Chris Kresser said this, "I recently saw a study that suggested that over 80% of patients with Fibromyalgia have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth & that treating SIBO can significantly improve the symptoms."  I've had other health practitioners tell me that almost all of their AI patients have SIBO.  Today, I wanted to write a follow-up to a post ...continue reading

MTHFR? MTWhat?

MTHFR? MTWhat?

MTHFR? MTWhat? can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

A Winning Combination: Healing From Gluten Exposure

A Winning Combination: Healing From Gluten Exposure

A Winning Combination: Healing From Gluten Exposure can now be found HERE, at Autoimmune Paleo, where I and my blog partner, Mickey Trescott, now blog.  Thanks for reading!!

Uh-oh . . . SIBO

SIBO.  That acronym strikes fear into my heart.  It stands for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth.  SIBO happens when bacteria (and sometimes yeast & fungi too) that would not normally be in the small intestine show up there and throw a giant party.  According to Dr. Allison Siebecker, "Simply put, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth is a chronic bacterial infection of the small intestine.  The infection is of bacteria that normally live in the gastrointestinal tract but have abnormally overgrown in a location not meant for so many bacteria."  (You can go to Dr. Siebecker's SIBO website here, to get all the in-depth details behind everything mentioned in the post.) There are ...continue reading

Jennifer-Esposito Disgust: What It's Like To See The Doctor As A Celiac

Disgust: What It’s Like To See The Doctor As A Celiac

This is what Celiac Disease looks like. The following interview is shocking.  When I watch it I feel rage.  I want to yell at the screen.  I want to cry in frustration and pain.  It is completely okay to not understand the Celiac journey, but trivializing a long, traumatic illness that can and does lead to death is ignorant and cruel. The doctor conducting the interview, even though he is a celebrity doctor, is offensive, uninformed, and just plain insensitive.  The actress being interviewed is a Celiac.  She is still working hard to undo the damage that has been done to her body over 19 years of misdiagnosis.  Even though ...continue reading

Sick, Skinny, & Nearly Diabetic

Sick, Skinny, & Nearly Diabetic

UPDATE:  I originally wrote this post in late 2012, after my annual physical.  A year later, in 2013, I knew alot more:  1)  I had confirmed pancreatic insufficiency, for which I now take prescription enzymes with each meal.  2)  I also had confirmed fat atrophy, which had caused basically a large "dent" in my upper thigh, close to my hip on the right side.  It could not only be felt, but also was visible.  Thankfully, it had resolved & my weight had stabilized.  3)  My Hemoglobin A1c was lower at 4.9.  I will be getting these numbers looked at again soon, so I've been thinking about this old post.  I've ...continue reading

Endometriosis Part II

My husband & I were well into a difficult journey trying for a baby, but we had not found answers in the traditional health care system.  We were ready to try another approach. We turned to a holistic clinic for help.  Our insurance would not cover it, but we were inching toward our third year of hoping to have a baby, so we forked over the cash.  Interestingly, the practitioner suggested I do a detox.  I gave up anything wheat-based, plus meat & dairy for a month.  I drank teas to help stimulate the liver and added loads of nutrient and probiotic-rich powders to my meals & drinks.  I took ...continue reading

Endometriosis Part I

These next two posts are incredibly personal stories, but I have decided to share them publicly anyway.  I think the road to diagnosis, particularly of autoimmune disorders, is far too long.  I think the more of us willing to share how we got here, the more of us that can reach answers sooner.  For me, now battling three autoimmune disorders, I know that those answers matter.  It is important to go into battle knowing who your enemy is.  In 2007 we moved across the country for my husband's new career in International Development.  The move was crazy, as are most cross-country moves, but the new location was great.  We had ...continue reading

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