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Understanding what is going on in the immune system with autoimmune disease helps us appreciate the steps we can take to support healing. Sarah Ballantyne, scientist and a leading proponent of the Paleo lifestyle, explains the incredible complexity of the immune system and the imbalances that lead to autoimmune disease in an easy-to-comprehend manner, even if your last biology experience was in high school! Learn the key players in the immune system that lead to autoimmune disease and how the intricate dance among them creates either health or illness.
If you’ve ever wondered what is meant by Th1 and Th2 dominance, how autoimmunity starts in the body, and what is required to put autoimmune disease into remission, this episode will help!
What Sarah and I talk about
- The attacking and regulating aspects of the immune system
- The general and specific aspects of the immune system
- The common accident of the adaptive immune system that leads to autoimmunity
- What an antibody is
- Which part of the immune system is not working well in autoimmune disease
- The difference between autoimmunity and autoimmune disease
- How a healthy immune system controls autoimmunity
- What role the gland that is the “immune system university” plays
- Different types of chemicals, cells, and proteins involved and the balance between them
- The problem with the “Th1 dominant” and “Th2 dominant” understanding of autoimmune disease
- How autoimmune disease and cancer are opposite dysfunctions in the immune system
- How the immune system loses the ability to control itself
- The role of memory cells and whether the immune system can forget autoimmune disease
- How much is not yet known about autoimmune disease, and why we can be optimistic
“What the immune system really needs is it needs to be given back the reins to be able to control itself.”
“Autoimmunity is an accident that happens in everybody.”
Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. (a.k.a. The Paleo Mom) is the blogger behind the award-winning blog www.ThePaleoMom.com, cohost of the top-rated and syndicated The Paleo View podcast, and New York Times Bestselling author of The Paleo Approach and The Paleo Approach Cookbook. Sarah’s background includes a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria, a doctorate degree in medical biophysics at The University of Western Ontario, and four years doing medical research as a postdoctoral fellow.
As a scientist both by training and by nature, Sarah is deeply interested in understanding how the foods we eat interact with our gut barriers, immune systems, and hormones to influence health. She is also deeply interested in lifestyle factors like sleep, stress and activity. After her own health dramatically improved with a Paleo lifestyle, she is passionate about making the science behind it accessible to everyone. Sarah’s personal experiences with autoimmune disease have led her to be one of the top voices on healing through the Autoimmune Protocol.
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