Now sitting at nearly 150 episodes, I’ve come to realize that there’s one topic that we haven’t unpacked or explored nearly as much as we should have. And that is autoimmune conditions. Autoimmune conditions affect women infinitely more frequently than they do men — and especially for busy, stressed-out ladies like ourselves!
So today, I’ve asked one of my friends — Dr. Alison Danby, a renowned expert on autoimmune conditions — to come on and share her wisdom all about autoimmune conditions. She’s going to take us through why it is that so many women are actually missing out on the opportunity to be diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and what we should all be looking at not only to reverse them but to prevent them from emerging in the first place!
[1:02] About today’s episode with Dr. Alison Danby!
[1:57] Welcoming Dr. Alison Danby to the podcast!
[2:27] Alison tells us about her background and why autoimmune conditions are an area of women’s health that she is so passionate about.
[3:26] What exactly does it mean to have an autoimmune condition?
[4:41] Are autoimmune conditions happening with an increased frequency or are we just becoming better at detecting them earlier on?
[5:45] A third of the women we see in our practice have positive antibodies against the thyroid. Is this trend something Dr. Danby is also seeing in her own practice?
[6:44] The importance of running antibody tests to check for autoimmune conditions.
[8:33] Why are women more at risk for autoimmune conditions than men?
[10:18] Dr. Danby shares some of the tools she uses in and out of her practice for measuring the effects of stress.
[11:03] Why heart rate variability is so vitally important.
[13:00] Dr. Danby explains the link between stress and the gut.
[16:55] What can we do to treat autoimmune conditions?
[20:09] How often does Dr. Danby find that they are able to successfully reverse an autoimmune condition at her practice?
[24:14] Dr. Danby walks us through what the experience is like to work with a naturopathic doctor or a functional medicine practitioner in terms of attempting to resolve an autoimmune condition.
[26:14] Dr. Danby shares more about her own personal journey with her autoimmune condition.
[28:31] The importance of working with a practitioner.
[31:30] Dr. Alison Danby’s key performance indicators!
[35:12] Where to learn more about the work Dr. Alison Danby is doing!
Mentioned in This Episode:
The Entrepology Podcast Ep. 123: “Body: The Secret of Your Body and What It is Telling You About Stress and Longevity, with Rohan Dixit”
More About Dr. Alison Danby
Dr. Alison Danby earned her Bachelor of Science, Honors, in Biological Science degree from the University of Guelph with a major in Human Kinetics and Sports Injury Management. Before her journey led her to naturopathic medicine, she received a Bachelor of Education in secondary school mathematics and health education at the University of Exeter, UK, teaching in England and Canada for two and a half years. Dr. Danby knew she wanted something different, though, and so she returned to Canada to attend medical school — but not your regular medical school. She wanted to learn proactive medicine so she completed a four-year program in Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Alison Danby always knew there was more to learn and more to offer her future patients, so to further her education and compliment her background in Naturopathic medicine, she delved into the world of integrative and evidence-based medicine. She completed Advanced Training in Applied Functional Medicine at the Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Danby believes in the life-changing effects of Naturopathic Medicine, and so for the last half-decade, she has also been a representative on the Provincial and National Associations of Naturopathic Doctors.
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CALL TO ACTION
As women, we’re at a heightened degree of risk for autoimmune conditions. Dr. Alison Danby and I recommend you test for the antibodies with a local naturopath or functional medicine practitioner if any of the associated symptoms are present with you or it runs in your family. We’d also love to know — whether or not you’re impacted by an autoimmune condition — what you’re doing to stay on top of your health! Follow-up with us on The Entrepology Podcast Facebook page — because when you’re accountable, you’re helpable!
“That’s what an autoimmune condition is — it’s when your body starts to develop an immune reaction to one of your own organs.” — Dr. Alison Danby
“I always call the thyroid the canary in the coal mine. It’s one of the first ones to be noticed. It’s very sensitive.” — Dr. Alison Danby
“Probably the biggest factor is that stress is changing our gut bacteria. It’s changing the way that we are able to digest. So it’s creating an environment where pathogenic bacteria are more able to grow, which means you’re not breaking food down properly.” — Dr. Alison Danby