This past week has seen Amy Myers MD host the world’s first free online summit dedicated to Autoimmune disease and how we can go about reversing it and putting symptoms into remission. Over the past eight days we have seen Amy interview medical, lifestyle, nutrition and fitness professionals about different ways of dealing with and ultimately reversing Autoimmune disease.
This is important because so many of us suffer from or know someone suffering from Autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, lupus, MS and many more. Twin studies show that autoimmune symptoms are 25% caused by genetics and a whopping 75% from the environment including dietary and exercise choices. Amy Myers MD – who has penned The Autoimmune Solution released in January 2015 – has split the environmental factors into five categories:
- leaky gut
Each day there are talks on all of these subjects from specialists.
Day nine – which recaps some of the best talks – is currently FREE for the next eleven hours so we suggest you head on over to The Autoimmune Summit website right now to listen.
If you’ve missed some of the talks and want to order the summit in its entirety you can purchase everything here for $67 up until Wednesday 10am US EDT. After 10am the price rises to $97. When you purchase the summit you also get over $500 of bonuses (which is a little crazy, but we’re not complaining). We decided to purchase the talks as there’s just so much information and so many talks we couldn’t possibly burn through the forty-plus interviews in a mere eight days. This also means we can listen to the talks at our leisure. Here are some of the talks we’ve listened to so far.
Amy Myers, MD – The Autoimmune Solution: 5 Key Factors That Influence Autoimmunity
Amy kicks off the summit where roles are reversed and she’s the interviewee rather than the interviewer. Here she explains the purpose of the summit and goes into some depth about the five key factors (as above) to tackling autoimmunity. In addition to this Amy talks about her journey from vegetarian for twenty-seven years to what is essentially a Paleo diet today. This is an excellent talk that sets the tone of and previews the summit.
Mark Hyman, MD – A Functional Medicine Approach to Autoimmunity
Mark has helped bring functional medicine into the mainstream and spread the message for the past fifteen-plus years. As is the case with so many specialising in autoimmunity, Mark used to suffer from many autoimmune problems and was tasked with ‘putting himself back together again’. This interview talks about the rise in autoimmunity, food sensitivities (gluten, dairy and grains – who’d have thought it?), detecting mercury in fish, toxins – such as mould – sugar detox and the value of glutathione (a theme that runs throughout the summit). On top of this there’s the emphasis on how sleep, stress, exercise and diet all play a role in overall health.
Nora Gedgaudas, MD – A Patient-Centered Approach to Autoimmunity: Triggers, Mediators, Antecedents
This is one of the most detailed talks of the summit we’ve listened to thus far. With so much information, facts and studies referenced in under an hour! Nora talks about the real statistics surrounding autoimmunity, contributors to autoimmunity, food sensitivities, gut dysbiosis and environmental factors that contribute to autoimmunity (again, a theme that runs throughout the summit). The big takeaways here are as follows: don’t consume gluten; stabilise blood-sugar with less refined carbohydrates and more healthy fats; boost glutathione; minimise table salt and eat organically because of GMOs and pesticides which can have an amplifying effect on autoimmunity.
Robb Wolf – What is the Paleo Diet, and How Can It Help You Prevent and Reverse Autoimmunity?
Robb Wolf should need no introduction to our readers. Robb talks about his pre-Paleo life as a vegan, how he discovered Paleo via Art De Vany and Loren Cordain and the differences between the standard Paleo diet and the Autoimmune Protocol. Here are the takeaways from Robb’s talk: get out in the sun and get some Vitamin D from sunlight – get out as early in the day as possible; in the evening wind down and minimise ambient background light and focus on sleep quality – if you don’t sleep well, you don’t recover properly.
Terry Wahls, MD – Macronutrients, Micronutrients, Mitochondria, and Autoimmunity
Author of The Wahls Protocol, Terry tells the personal story of how she beat MS through nutrition and self-study after conventional wisdom and medicine left her sliding into a bed-bound state. As with Amy and Robb, Terry was also a vegetarian previously – in Terry’s case she was vegetarian for twenty years. After discovering Loren Cordain’s work in 2002 she began self-experimentation that year and added in a range of vitamins and supplements to complement diet in 2004. Terry goes into detail regarding The Wahls Protocol, explains the difference between micronutrients and macronutrients, talks about mitochondria, nutrient density, epigenetics and a multitude of other topics. She also explains her objection to dairy based on 80% of those who have a gluten allergy also react to dairy.