A New Study on Hashimoto’s Disease, Diet, and Lifestyle

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why this study was needed
  • How the study was funded and designed
  • The impact of using diet and lifestyle to treat Hashimoto’s
  • Individual case studies
  • Taking a Functional Medicine approach to Hashimoto’s
  • Health coaching and collaborative care

Show notes:

Hey, everyone, it’s Chris Kresser. Welcome to another episode of Revolution Health Radio. This week I’m excited to welcome Angie Alt and Rob Abbott as my guests. We’re going to be discussing the very exciting results of a study they just completed looking at the autoimmune protocol and other behavior and lifestyle interventions as a potential treatment for Hashimoto’s.

And if you’ve been listening to the show for awhile, you may recall that I had Angie and Dr. Konijeti on to discuss the results of their study on the autoimmune protocol as a treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. That was the first peer-reviewed study on AIP that had ever been done, and this is now the second looking at AIP as an intervention for autoimmune disease, and I think there are already some others under way.

So it’s really exciting to see this formal research being done on a protocol that we’ve known

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What Is a Health Coach?

Now, after having researched, written about, and experienced first-hand the failings of conventional medicine for so many people, I am convinced that health coaches are among the most important healthcare partners for people battling chronic disease. This is a key reason why I’ve created a training program for health coaches, the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program. Read to learn what health coaches do—and how they do it.

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What Is a Health Coach?

Health coaches are experts on human behavior, motivation, and health. They are “change agents” who help their clients set and achieve health goals and build new habits. How do they do this?

  • Coaches help people discover the “why” behind their desired health change
  • They empower people as the experts on their own bodies, minds, and circumstances

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Your Comprehensive Guide to Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is exploding in prevalence both in the United States and around the world. While the CDC reports that approximately 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, this number may underestimate the true prevalence of the disease due to faulty diagnostic testing, misdiagnosis, and underreporting. (1) Read on to learn about the latest research on Lyme disease and why it is urgent that we increase awareness of this severe, rapidly growing problem. 

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Long misunderstood, Lyme disease is becoming increasingly common and dangerous across the United States. Find out more about how this disease is transmitted, the symptoms it causes, and how to get tested. #functionalmedicine #chriskresser

What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a multisystem infectious disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. In the United States, two types of ticks carry Lyme disease:

  • The Eastern blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), also known as the deer tick, transmits Lyme disease on the East Coast and in the Midwest
  • The Western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) transmits the disease on the West Coast

A third type of tick, the lone

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How to “Hardwire Happiness,” with Dr. Rick Hanson

In this episode,we discuss:

  • Eastern wisdom traditions, psychology, and neuroscience
  • Hanson’s approach to happiness
  • How neuroplasticity works inside the brain
  • The negativity bias
  • The power of acceptance
  • The mind–body connection
  • Seven practices to awaken your consciousness

Show notes:

Hey, everybody, this is Chris Kresser. Welcome to another episode of Revolution Health Radio. This week, I’m really excited to welcome Dr. Rick Hanson as my guest on the podcast. He’s a psychologist, the senior fellow at the Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley and a New York Times best-selling author.

His books are available in 28 languages and include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Dr. Hanson’s a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities and taught in meditation centers worldwide. In 2016, he gave the keynote address at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Hanson’s work focuses on helping people turn everyday experiences into lasting happiness, love, and inner peace hardwired into the brain. He really brings together neuroplasticity, mindfulness,

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How the ADAPT Health Coaching Model Can Help Us Fight Chronic Disease

The major behavioral changes that I made required a lot of motivation, support from others, a clear vision of where I wanted to be, and reliance on my strengths and values. I feel so strongly about the power of these two pieces—the “what” and the “how”—to transform health that I created programs to train Functional Medicine practitioners and Functional health coaches so that they can specialize in supporting the kind of transformation that I experienced.

It wasn’t easy for me to make the necessary changes and transform my health, just as it isn’t for so many of you who are also struggling with chronic disease. How do you get the support you need to achieve greater health, build new health habits, and change a lifetime of health behaviors? This is where health coaching can play an important role. 

Health coaching is the “how” that connects Functional Medicine and ancestral health to reverse chronic disease on both a small, individual basis and a large, global scale. You don’t automatically improve your health or reverse chronic disease just by knowing the root cause or what foods our ancestors ate. Improving your health also requires planning, goals, and other techniques and tools that

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What to Do about a Tick Bite

Ticks carry many different bacteria (including Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease), parasites, and viruses that can cause severe acute and chronic illness in humans. Given that Lyme disease has reached epidemic levels, it’s vital that you learn ways to prevent and manage tick bite.

I’m going to teach you simple ways to decrease the risk of a tick bite and how to do tick checks, as well as the proper way to remove a tick. I will also discuss the importance of identifying types of ticks (different varieties can transmit different illnesses), as well as how and where to send a tick for testing to identify infections that it may have been carrying. With this information, you can potentially save yourself and your friends and family from Lyme disease, a serious chronic infection that can cause severe, even life-threatening, health issues.

What’s the best way to prevent Lyme disease? Prevent tick bites. Check out this article to find out how, and learn three steps you can take if you have been bitten by a tick. #functionalmedicine #chriskresser

Three Ways to Prevent a Tick Bite

Tick season is year-round in many warm-weather states, with peaks in the spring

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How to Rewire Your Brain Using DNRS, with Annie Hopper

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Annie’s health journey inspired her to start DNRS
  • The limbic system and neuroplasticity
  • What causes limbic system impairment
  • How to tell if you have a limbic system impairment
  • How DNRS works
  • Retraining your brain with the acronym IMAGINE
  • The difference between DNRS, psychotherapy, and mindfulness
  • How you can try DNRS

Show notes:

Hey, everybody, it’s Chris Kresser. Welcome to another episode of Revolution Health Radio. This week I’m really excited to welcome Annie Hopper as a guest. She is the creator of the Dynamic Neural Retraining System, a top-down, self-directed neuroplasticity-based approach to rewiring chronic illness disease patterns in the brain.

DNRS, the Dynamic Neural Retraining System, is something that I’m using increasingly with my patients in the clinic, with remarkable results in many cases. And I’ve talked about neuroplasticity and some of the other underlying scientific concepts behind this system on the show recently. And I think you’re really going to enjoy learning about this new approach to addressing certain chronic conditions. So without further ado, let’s dive in.

Chris Kresser:  Annie, it’s such a pleasure to have you on the show. Thank you so much for joining us.

Annie Hopper: 

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5 Myths and Truths about Chronic Lyme Disease

Despite scientific evidence demonstrating the disease’s growing prevalence and tenacity, clinicians and policymakers continue to promote outdated Lyme disease statistics, screening methods, and treatment strategies, resulting in thousands of undiagnosed and undertreated patients. Read on to learn five dangerous myths about chronic Lyme disease and what the latest scientific research has to say instead.

Did you know that you could be at risk for Lyme disease anywhere in the U.S. (not just on the East Coast)? Learn more about this commonly misunderstood disease. #functionalmedicine #chriskresser

Chronic Lyme Disease and Ticks: What You Need to Know

Lyme disease is a multisystem infectious disease caused by several strains of the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted through the bite of a tick. In the United States, the Western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) is responsible for spreading the disease along the West Coast; the Eastern blacklegged tick, or deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), spreads the disease on the East Coast and in the Midwest.

While currently believed to be free of Lyme-carrying ticks, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and other states in the western United States are home to ticks harboring other infectious organisms. The Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni)

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How You Can Balance Rest and Productivity

Rest​ ​is​ ​essential​ ​not​ ​only​ ​for​ ​our​ ​health​ ​and happiness​ ​and​ ​​relationships,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​for​ ​our​ ​productivity.​ ​In​ ​today’s​ ​always-on​ ​world,​ ​​rest​ ​is​ ​almost​ ​impossible​ ​to​ ​come​ ​by unless​ ​you​ ​intentionally​ ​set​ ​time​ ​aside​ ​for​ ​it.​ ​That’s​ ​where​ ​free​ ​days​ ​come​ ​in.​ Find out how these​ work-free periods​ ​grant you the benefits of rest without sacrificing your productivity.

Most​ ​people​ ​I​ ​talk​ ​to​ ​these​ ​days​ feel ​stressed out and overwhelmed​ ​by​ ​​the pace​ ​of​ ​modern life.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​countless distractions​ ​and​ ​demands​ ​on​ ​our​ ​attention, ​and​ ​if​ ​you own your own business or you’re​ ​running​ ​your​ ​own​ Functional Medicine or health coaching ​practice,​ there’s ​work​ ​that never​ ​ends.​ ​

In​ ​this​ article, ​I’m​ ​going​ ​to​ ​talk about how to use ​what​ ​Dan​ ​Sullivan,​ ​founder​ ​of​ ​Strategic Coach,​ ​calls free days—24-hour periods without any work—to get​ ​more​ ​rest​ ​each​ ​week.​ ​Armed​ ​with​ ​this​ ​tool,​ ​you’ll​ ​not​ ​only​ ​feel​ ​healthier​ ​and happier​ ​and​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​spend​ ​more​ ​quality​ ​time​ ​with​ ​your​ ​loved​ ​ones,​ ​but​ ​you’ll​ ​be​ ​more productive​ ​(when​ ​you​ ​aren’t​ ​resting).​

How do you balance your productivity against your (very human) need for rest? Check out this article for one way to recharge. #healthylifestyle #wellness #chriskresser

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A New Understanding of SIBO and IBS, with Mark Pimentel

Dr. Mark Pimentel is an expert on conditions related to the microbiome, including small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). In this edition of Revolution Health Radio, I welcome Dr. Pimentel back to the show to talk about SIBO and its links to IBS, food poisoning, and autoimmunity.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The link between food poisoning, SIBO, and IBS
  • IBS and autoimmunity
  • Available treatments for people with IBS-D
  • Getting treatment for IBS-C and methane-predominant SIBO
  • Pimentel’s upcoming study on lovastatin
  • Small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO)
  • The low-fermentation diet (and problems with the low-FODMAP diet)
  • New findings from Dr. Pimentel

Show notes:

Hey, everybody, it’s Chris Kresser here. Welcome to another episode of Revolution Health Radio. This week I’m really excited to welcome Dr. Mark Pimentel back on the show as my guest. Dr. Pimentel is currently the head of the Pimentel Laboratory and executive director of the Medically Associated Science and Technology, or MAST, program at Cedars-Sinai. This program focuses on the development of drugs, diagnostic tests, and devices related to conditions of the microbiome.

Dr. Pimentel has been very active in research and served as a principal investigator or co-investigator for numerous basic science, translational, and clinical

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