Stop Suffering and Start Living! Reversing Chronic Pain and Inflammation

Learn How Functional Medicine Can Identify, Treat and Reverse Chronic Autoimmune Related Pain and Inflammation

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By Karl Lawrence on Friday, June 12, 2015
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In this week's episode of Your Best Life, Karl interviews Dr. Amy Myers, who is the author of The Autoimmune Solution. Amy writes about how to prevent and reverse a full spectrum of inflammatory symptoms and diseases. During the show, Karl and Dr. Myers discuss leaky gut, how to heal your gut, symptoms of autoimmune disease, food sensitivity, toxins, and what you should eat.

Main Questions Asked:

  • What took you to this particular focus in your practice?
  • When should people start to consider autoimmunity as the cause for their concerns?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • What foods can we be sensitive to?
  • We hear a lot about what we need to eliminate, but what's left?
  • What are the proactive positive things we can do from a diet perspective?
  • How quickly do your patients see measurable improvement, such as a reduction in pain?
  • What role do toxins play?
  • What are we supposed to do about the sub-acute chronic stress we deal with daily?
  • What are the roles of infection in autoimmunity; are there tests?

Key Lessons Learned:

  • Functional medicine looks at the root causes of illness rather than just treating the symptoms.
  • By understanding the root causes, one can prevent and, in many cases, reverse disease.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease

  • Conventional medicine doesn't deal with autoimmune disease well. This is from a prevention, diagnostic standpoint, and treatment. The reason is that the symptoms are vague.
  • It takes an average of 6 doctors and 10 years for people to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
  • Symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, not feeling themselves, dry mouth, and digestive disorders.
  • Dr. Myers sees the reversal of these antibodies and symptoms daily in her practice.
  • It is possible to get symptom-free, medication-free, and antibody-free. However, you may not get off insulin or thyroid medications.
  • Only 25% of your chance in getting an autoimmune disease is genetic and 75% is environmental factors.

Immunocompromised and Autoimmunity

  • Immunocompromised is your immune system being suppressed, which is like HIV.
  • Autoimmunity is where your body or immune system views some aspect of your body as foreign.
  • The guiding principals behind all chronic disease are looking at our gut, diet, lifestyle, and toxins.

Heal Your Gut

  • 60 -80% of our immune system is sitting in our gut.
  • Every day, our gut is getting damaged by toxins we breathe, foods we are eat, medications we are taking, and infections.
  • Remove the bad things in the diet such as gluten, dairy, grains, legumes, and processed and artificial foods.
  • Re-inoculate and replace anything missing.
  • Repair our gut. Our gut cells turn over every 24-48 hours.

Leaky Gut

  • Most people have this so it is about where you are on the spectrum, as to how leaky is your gut.
  • This is caused by the genetically modified and heavily processed foods we eat, sugars, dairy, gluten, and wheat.

Food Sensitivity

  • At least 50% of people with a gluten issue also have a dairy issue.
  • The peptides in gluten have a similar molecular blueprint to the thyroid, which could be the precursor to Chron's or Grave's disease.
  • Those on the autoimmune spectrum should never throw caution to the wind when it comes to food. However, once in a while indulgences are okay as long as everything else is in check.

What Should We Eat?

  • Lean organic animal proteins, fish, seafood, fruit, vegetables, and organic dark chocolate.
  • As life gets out of control and stress builds, that is when the diet starts to fall off.
  • Simply changing the diet and fixing your gut will be a huge lifesaver.

Tame The Toxins

  • We live in an extremely toxic world compared to our ancestors. There are around 800,000 toxic chemicals in the air, and we have no control over it.
  • The chronic daily exposures are much more harmful and convert the immune system over into an autoimmune state rather than a big one-time toxic exposure.
  • Many of us are being born by C-section, aren't being breastfed, eat genetically modified food, and take lots of antibiotics, so our gut biome is not what it should be.
  • The two ways to approach this are through prevention and detoxification.
  • Everything is cumulative, so any step you take to eliminate factors is beneficial. The goal is to get the count as low as possible.


  • Stress is all about perspective. A lot is fear based and in our head.
  • What works for one person to de-stress doesn't necessarily work for another person.
  • For some people playing golf is a stress reliever and others it is stressful. Find out what works for you.

Thank you for listening!

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Links to Resources Mentioned

AutoImmune Solution (book)
Amy Myers, MD

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From Your Best Life Podcast with Karl Lawrence

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I have scluderma, crest form. It's almost been a year since I drastically changed my eating habits. My fingers are still chubby. Circulation is a problem. I just want my health back.
Posted 6 years ago by Lisa Snyder
I enjoyed the info you gave about the book, I have suffered with Lupus for 14 yrs. and with fibromalagia and fatigue. I have other health problems as well that developed over the last 6yrs. And now it seems I have no real help on how to heal my body holistically . I have tried to become vegan but still experience pain everyday of my life its very debilitating. I plan on getting your book in hopes that theres a better way to go about improving my health, I'm a wife and a mother of 6, i want to live to see my children grow and prosper.
Posted 8 years ago by Tynikia
Can you help me? I have to use a cane to walk, I get so dizzy oh I want to be able to walk normal and not have to be afraid of falling. I need to do things my husband gets aggravated at me because there is so much I have trouble doing. I cannot carry things and walk like laundry, trash. It is hard for me to vacume . I can dust,I can load dish washer. Unloading dishwasher carrying dishes is hard. I cannot look up to get cob webs off of ceiling.
Posted 8 years ago by Charlotte
It's time we take care of the home team, I want to live and see my grandchildren grow up...Today its about me getting well, Amen
Posted 8 years ago by donnagood
Gluten products, especially bread, contain a LOT of sugar and they're drastically overpriced!
Posted 8 years ago by Den

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