115: Decoding Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O’Bryan

Decoding Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Most of you know about my (not so fun) journey with Hashimoto’s, a challenging autoimmune disease. It’s been a long road with more questions than answers at times. I’m so fortunate to meet people like Dr. Tom O’Bryan along the way to help me understand this silent driver of so many modern diseases.

Not sure if autoimmune disease affects you? If you live a generally healthy lifestyle and still have a host of symptoms, don’t miss this episode!

Dr. Tom O’Bryan on Autoimmune Disease Symptoms, Signs, and Causes

Dr. Tom is world-renowned expert on why autoimmune disease happens and what it really is. He serves on the faculty of the Institute of Functional Medicine and brought about the first Gluten Summit, gathering 29 experts from around the world to explore the real connection between gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disease.

Tom is also the author of the incredible book The Autoimmune Fix: How to Stop the Hidden Autoimmune Damage That Keeps You Sick, Fat, and Tired Before It Turns Into Disease. In it Dr. Tom shows his talent for translating the science behind autoimmune disease in a way we can all understand.

What’s more, I love his passion for reaching the next generation with this all-important message about the root cause of so many modern diseases. Take a listen and I think you’ll agree this is best explanation you’ve ever heard about this crucial (and sometimes confusing) topic.

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • the hidden reason even why people who take care of their health get diseases
  • how to get to the bottom of autoimmune disease and discover what’s triggering it
  • Dr. Tom’s super helpful (and entertaining) explanation of how antibodies work in the body
  • how infertility led Dr. Tom to a career of helping people fight autoimmune disease
  • something most people with infertility have in common
  • reasons why your thyroid, brain, and other organs would attack themselves
  • the most common foods sensitivities behind autoimmune disease
  • how to know if gluten is really a problem for you
  • whether or not it’s really possible to heal a gluten sensitivity
  • the reason women get more autoimmune disease 9x more than men
  • common endocrine disruptors in the environment (and easy ways to protect ourselves)
  • how many pounds of wheat most of us eat each year!
  • simple steps moms can take to help their kids avoid autoimmune problems
  • Dr. Tom’s take on vaccination (and a key risk factor to look for)
  • the chemicals in your yoga pants (what?!)
  • and more!

Resources We Mention

Follow Dr. Tom O’Bryan at theDr.com

Special gift for Wellness Mama listeners: Join Dr. Tom’s membership program free for 30 days.

The Gluten Summit

The Betrayal Documentary Series

The Autoimmune Fix: How to Stop the Hidden Autoimmune Damage That Keeps You Sick, Fat, and Tired Before It Turns Into Disease (2016)


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Do you or have you ever had symptoms of an autoimmune disease? What questions would you ask Dr. Tom given the chance? I’ll save your questions for Round 2!

Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors

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Reader Comments

  1. Episode doesn’t seem to be showing up in my podcast app on iPhone?

  2. Dr. O’Bryan does an incredible job of explaining the information that he shares, in a way that is understandable.
    Thank you Katie for having Dr. O’Bryan on your podcast, and for all that you do to educate your listeners so that we can learn how to be healthier ourselves, and how to help our families to be healthier. I have learned so much since discovering this podcast!

  3. I loved it! Dr. O’Bryan has been my favorite ever since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Someone told me about him and I have been a fan ever since. He is a wealth of of great information. His Gluten Free Summit has been an absolute life saver for me. Thank you so much for doing this interview with him.

  4. Did he happen to mention the testing that we should get ( what he said he would in the beginning) or did I miss it?

  5. Lauren nailed it! This was one of my favorite podcasts (I’ve already shared it numerous times). Thanks Katie!

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