“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed that is not faced.”
– James Baldwin, essayist & playwright
Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition? Maybe you have been experiencing symptoms for some time. Or maybe you are worried because autoimmune conditions “run in your family.” Take heart: freedom from disease is possible! In this century science has finally caught up with loads of evidence of people stopping and reversing autoimmune disorders, even if your doctor is not yet aware of the exciting science.
Lifestyle Choices Matter More Than Genes
Until recently we all thought that our genes (our DNA) controlled our destiny. Research now reveals that our behavior and lifestyle are more important than whether we have “bad” genes. The science of how genes get expressed – that is, which genes get “expressed” based on our behavior and lifestyle choices — is called epigenetics. 1The Social Life of Genes, Pacific Standard, David Dobbs, Sept 3, 2013, http://www.psmag.com/health-and-behavior/the-social-life-of-genes-64616 While those of us with autoimmune disorders will always have the genes for our conditions, the empowering science of epigenetics means we can control to a great degree how those genes get expressed.2 The role of epigenetic mechanisms and processes in autoimmune disorders; Greer, J., et al.; Biologics. 2012; 6: 307–327; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3459549
Environmental Factors You Control
The CDC reports that 90% of health outcomes are due to environmental factors: what you eat, drink, think and do, and only 10% are due to genes.3Exposome and Exposomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/exposome/What are these disease-causing “environmental factors?” The big culprit categories are Food, Infections, Gut health, Hormone imbalance, Toxins, and Stress, which can be abbreviated as F.I.G.H.T.S.™ 4Environmental Determinants of Chronic Disease and Medical Approaches: Recognition, Avoidance, Supportive Therapy, and Detoxification, Margaret E. Sears and Stephen J. Genius, J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 356798.
Published online 2012 Jan 19. doi: 10.1155/2012/356798, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3270432/
The Autoimmune Onset Equation
Thanks to research conducted by Alessio Fasano, MD, renowned pediatric gastroenterologist and research scientist at Harvard Medical School, we now know of a necessary third element in the autoimmune disease equation: increased intestinal permeability, commonly known as a leaky gut. Our best understanding of how most autoimmune disorders occur is the following equation:
Here’s how it works:
The Autoimmune Reversal Equation
The beauty of an equation like the one above implies that by flipping the equation, you can potentially reverse or prevent the condition(s). The reversal equation is:
Here are the 3 key steps to autoimmune reversal: Detect, Remove, Repair!
It’s Time for a Root Cause Revolution!
After spending the past ten years researching, coaching, and witnessing people recover from numerous autoimmune conditions following the same F.I.G.H.T.S. framework, I wrote a book to help people who seek to reverse and prevent autoimmune conditions. I simply couldn’t sit idly by while people continued to suffer. I am honored that Mark Hyman, MD, Functional Medicine pioneer and thirteen-time New York Times bestselling author, wrote the foreword.
Beat Autoimmune, The 6 Keys to Reverse Your Condition and Reclaim Your Health became a #1 bestseller in 8 different categories on Amazon, including lupus, MS, and chronic pain. It’s available in all major bookstores and on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audio versions for about $10.
This book is much more than my personal journey of beating MS. It’s a collection of stories of multiple people who beat numerous autoimmune conditions including celiac disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Crohn’s disease, Ehler-Danlos syndrome (EDS), fibromyalgia, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, IBS, lupus, chronic Lyme disease, multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), multiple sclerosis (MS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), etc. It doesn’t matter the label — there are more than 150 autoimmune conditions and they can all be helped with this book.
Here are some of the five-star reviews from real people I don’t know:
Amazon Customer: “Healing is possible… with this book!”
“If you have an autoimmune disease (or really, any chronic illness), you need this book! Palmer uses her own story of healing fully from MS to explore the root causes behind autoimmune diseases. More significantly, she shares how to address these root causes to heal from these so-called untreatable conditions. She backups up everything with data-driven studies, but her writing makes even the most complicated topics approachable. Each of the six “keys” includes a step-by-step toolkit, with handy self-assessments, to help you come up with actionable ways to address your specific concerns. The stories she shares from other people who have healed from their autoimmune conditions (including many MDs) are heartening and inspirational. A true resource worth returning to again and again.”
Steven: “Life saving information in here”
“Excellent, comprehensive advice, complete with science, anecdotes, recommendations, menus, shopping lists. This is a remarkably readable and useful book, written by someone who is living what she writes about. Sad that SAD (standard American diet) is literally killing people and driving healthcare costs ever higher. The great news is that it’s a pretty simple fix that everyone should be able to do for themselves and their loved ones.”
Minny: “I love this book!”
“This is a book everyone should read. So much information in this book. Very thorough and gives you the answers you need all in one place. Gives anyone with an autoimmune disease hope in what they can do to help themselves. It’s like having a functional health coach in your own home!“
This book is also about the story within each person who picks up a copy and takes the first step toward healing… Will you join Steven, Minny, and me in this Root Cause Revolution?
YOU are the CEO of your health and wellbeing. As one of my mentors, Walter Bortz, MD and author of Dare to Be 100 warns: “Do not outsource your health.”
Take good care!
p.s. If you want my personal help (and you live in the U.S.) you are welcome to a 15-Minute Complimentary Call with me. We will discuss your health situation and goals. You will gain more clarity, greater confidence, and expert guidance on best next steps; which might include working with me in a Functional Medicine Health Transformation Program.