It is no secret that autoimmune disease is on the rise, and many of us may have it and not even know. Today I talk to Dr. Guillermo Ruiz, a graduate medical student from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine about why we’re seeing such an increase and what to do about it.
Dr. Ruiz currently practices at Integrative Health in Scottsdale Arizona where he specializes in endocrinology. (Fun fact: His mentor is the doctor who finally diagnosed and helped me with my thyroid condition, Dr. Alan Christianson.) If you have an autoimmune imbalance or suspect you do, I highly recommend you check out Dr. Ruiz’s blog and podcast (see links below).
Episode Highlights With Dr. Guillermo Ruiz
- What autoimmune disease is (& warning signs to look for)
- The 3 big causes of autoimmune disease
- What inflammation has to do with it
- Major misunderstandings about how to treat autoimmunity
- Why we should cycle supplements
- The truth about remission: can autoimmune disease ever really go away?
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Autoimmune Strong (autoimmune-specific exercise program)
- Organifi Greens Powder
- Ojai Energetics
- MagSRT (magnesium supplement)
- Just Thrive (probiotic supplement)
- Podcast 142: Is Adrenal Fatigue Real or Just Bad Science? With Ari Whitten
- The Energy Blueprint Podcast with Ari Whitten
- Dr. Alan Christianson
Dr. Guillermo Recommends
- On the Road by Jack Karouac
- The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
- Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
- The Metabolism Reset Diet: Repair Your Liver, Stop Storing Fat, and Lose Weight Naturally by Dr. Alan Christianson
More From Wellness Mama
- 338: From Autoimmune Disease to Thriving Health With Ryan Lee
- 182: Why You Need to Exercise Differently If You Have Autoimmune Disease (& How) With Autoimmune Strong
- 74: Dr. Izabella Wentz on Improving Hashimoto’s in As Little As Two Weeks
- 115: Decoding Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O’Bryan
- 18: Thyroid Health & Autoimmune Disease
- My 30-Day Reset Autoimmune Diet Plan
- How to Know If You Have Hashimoto’s Disease (& What to Do)
- Lab Tests You Can Order From Home (Without A Doctor)
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