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Autoimmune Adventures

Julie Stiles, Health and Transformation Coach

Autoimmune Adventures is a podcast dedicated to helping people with autoimmune disorders reclaim their health and their life. The mission is to share cutting edge information and tools for people living with chronic illness and to create a community ...Show More

49:49 | Feb 10th, 2016

How much of your physical ailments is due to emotional stress, and what can you do about it? When it comes to taking back our power over health and well-being, some of the most exciting research comes from epigenetics and energy medicine. Epigenetics...Show More

36:21 | Nov 21st, 2015

If you have a chronic illness, you’re may experience numerous physical and emotional consequences, from physical pain and discomfort to anxiety about your body and the future to a loss of confidence in yourself. Practicing meditation regularly can he...Show More
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38:03 | Sep 15th, 2015

When does a healing protocol become unhealthy? There can be a fine line, as you take actions to promote healing, between when those actions support healing and when they start to detract from it. If you’ve ever started to see a food as “bad” or becom...Show More

38:40 | Aug 19th, 2015

What role do commitment, perfectionism, and shame play in healing? Self-love and self-care might be the most important factors in promoting healing, and yet are often difficult for people to tackle. Whether you’re a Type A personality, a natural care...Show More

50:38 | Jul 28th, 2015

How do the daily choices you make directly impact your health? With any chronic illness, you are likely to encounter recommendations for dietary and lifestyle changes to improve your condition. Yet what’s the basis for those recommendations, and how ...Show More

43:36 | Jun 14th, 2015

What is happening in the body with autoimmune disease? 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 th...Show More

50:17 | May 13th, 2015

What role does emotion play in chronic illness? Culture encourages us to disassociate mind from body, and many of us live most of our lives in our head. The consequence can be an imbalance in our emotions, which results in symptoms in the body. Psych...Show More

44:49 | Apr 26th, 2015

What dietary factors play a role in chronic pain and inflammation? Many people with autoimmune disorders deal with chronic pain daily. Chiropractor Dr. Daniel Twogood joins us to share how to shift your mindset about what causes chronic pain and dise...Show More

34:28 | Apr 10th, 2015

How does your attitude affect your health? With a history of challenging health issues including epilepsy as a child and multiple sclerosis, Mary Ellen Ciganovich has learned the importance of attitude to positively shift well-being. How you take you...Show More

45:07 | Mar 25th, 2015

Returning guest Mickey Trescott joins us to share an action plan for recovering from autoimmune disorders, focusing on a do-it-yourself approach that takes into account the key areas that make the most impact on your health. Mickey outlines some of t...Show More

48:33 | Mar 11th, 2015

Energy medicine provides powerful yet simple tools to help heal yourself of illness. Psychotherapist and Eden Energy Practitioner Mikel Carmon illuminates the important relationship between the triple warmer and spleen meridians for people with autoi...Show More

41:24 | Feb 25th, 2015

How is the balance of bacteria in your gut impacting your health, and what can you do about it? Fermented foods offer a low-impact and relatively safe way to affect the balance of bacteria in your gut. Bacteria impact digestion and help to modulate ...Show More

30:33 | Feb 10th, 2015

When you find yourself in times of uncertainty, as you will if you are on a healing journey, you might notice an abundance of questions. How you question has a lot to do with whether you sabotage your inward journey or dive deeper into it. Are you se...Show More

55:29 | Jan 29th, 2015

Are you listening to your body or at war with it? Many (if not most) people have an abundance of judgments about their body. With chronic illness, you may notice even more judgments about yourself and your body that contribute to dis-ease and dishar...Show More

56:30 | Jan 20th, 2015

How do toxic chemicals affect autoimmune disorders and what can you do to protect yourself?  Around 87,000 chemicals are currently in commercial use, and very few of them have been studied with regard to their impact on health. Yet the evidence is g...Show More

47:25 | Jan 13th, 2015

Different approaches can offer new perspectives on healing autoimmunity. Acupuncturist and herbalist Anne Angelone shares ideas from both Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine. From the inner tradition of Chinese Medicine comes the idea of medicin...Show More

26:54 | Dec 22nd, 2014

What don’t you know? How do you respond when in uncertainty and not knowing? When you are on the healing journey, unknowns abound, bringing up fear and discomfort. When instead of going into your habitual responses, you can let not knowing open you u...Show More

42:29 | Dec 13th, 2014

What steps do you take when the medical bills are piled high? Certified Financial Planner Candice McGarvey returns to share tips on the practical and logistical steps to take to begin digging yourself out of a financial hole. Understanding the medica...Show More

37:57 | Dec 6th, 2014

How do you emotionally handle financial difficulties due to a chronic illness? Candice McGarvey, a Certified Financial Planner and financial coach whose baby was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, joins host Julie Stiles to share how to cope emot...Show More

27:51 | Nov 29th, 2014

This installment of the series on transformation continues the theme of letting go. Episode 26 outlined a framework for letting go, but sometimes it proves to be difficult to let go of patterns of belief and identity that have defined your life. Lear...Show More

55:50 | Nov 23rd, 2014

How do you manage challenging health issues while raising a family? Katie Cleary, founder of, joins host Julie Stiles to share her experience and wisdom from five years of raising young kids while managing multiple autoimmune condit...Show More

28:56 | Nov 15th, 2014

What is holding you back from moving into the life that is waiting for you? Letting go allows you to set down any internal or external aspects of your life that are no longer serving you so that you can step into the new unencumbered by the past. You...Show More

58:22 | Nov 8th, 2014

Choosing to eat foods that nourish the body is a key way to support yourself on the healing journey. The Autoimmune Protocol is an elimination diet based on the Paleo diet that is intended to lessen autoimmune reactions. Mickey Trescott, author of Th...Show More

26:13 | Oct 31st, 2014

How can you better manage stress in order to heal? Dr. Kathy Gruver returns to Autoimmune Adventures to discuss the stress response. With stress the underlying cause for more than half of doctor visits and a primary cause of flares in people with aut...Show More

28:21 | Oct 24th, 2014

What role does (and should) alternative medicine have in healing? Many people with chronic illness look to alternative approaches when conventional medicine offers few good options. With so many alternatives to choose from, it can be daunting to deci...Show More

39:35 | Oct 17th, 2014

How can you increase your well being through balancing satisfaction in all areas of your life? Research shows that overall well being is not just about physical health. Instead, it is closely tied to how you are doing in all areas of your life. All a...Show More

26:48 | Oct 10th, 2014

The call to adventure that begins the transformative path happens in the context of your life, and this episode teases out some of the key components that you might begin to see in a new way. This new awareness can be difficult because it often revea...Show More

50:01 | Sep 26th, 2014

Diagnosed with myasthenia gravis when she was 22, Courtney underwent treatment that ultimately made her illness worse. As part of her healing journey, she produced the documentary film Beauty Does Lie: The Untold Stories of Autoimmune Diseases. After...Show More

56:21 | Sep 19th, 2014

Why are rates of autoimmune diseases, allergies, and asthma increasing? Moises Velasquez-Manoff, author of An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases, discusses the intriguing theory explaining the rise of im...Show More

22:36 | Sep 12th, 2014

How can you increase your resilience? When you are resilient, you can be in adversity and integrate all that happens. It’s a skill you can continually develop by making choices every day that build resilience. Seeing the challenges, finding meaning, ...Show More

33:30 | Sep 5th, 2014

The integral model provides a framework to understand illness and healing and create a well-rounded healthcare plan that takes into account all aspects of who you are. The four quadrants take into account the interior and exterior of both individual ...Show More

50:35 | Aug 29th, 2014

After being diagnosed with Graves’ disease, Dr. Lisa Cooney refused to believe that the usual medical options were her only choices and over the next few years healed herself through various modalities. In this episode, Dr. Lisa shares her seven step...Show More

19:43 | Aug 22nd, 2014

How do you respond to the call to adventure? Turning down the call is more comfortable, even when it keeps you in the discomfort of your present experience. It is challenging to say yes when your identity and worldview feel like they are under attack...Show More

50:51 | Aug 15th, 2014

What is wellbeing and how do we increase it? Fiona Moore shares three common mistakes that undermine wellbeing. When we can shift our internal attitude toward ourselves and our illness, we can tap into the constant state of wellbeing within us, and h...Show More

57:30 | Aug 8th, 2014

Autoimmune patients often face significant challenges getting diagnosed and treated, not to mention lack of awareness about autoimmunity in general. In this episode, Virginia Ladd, founder and president of the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Ass...Show More

46:31 | Aug 1st, 2014

The Autoimmune Protocol is one version of anti-inflammatory diet, based on the Paleo diet, which is recommended for people with autoimmunity. Clinical nutritionist Jessica Flanigan tells us about the basics of this diet and how we can support ourselv...Show More

32:08 | Jul 30th, 2014

Do your genes control your health? Do your beliefs have any impact on your wellness? Drawing from Dr. Bruce Lipton’s book The Biology of Belief, this episode explores how environmental signals control genetic expression, and how the beliefs in the su...Show More

47:30 | Jul 25th, 2014

What is self-compassion, and how can we increase it? John Kinyon shares how we can bring the same level of kindness, care, and acceptance to ourselves that we would to a friend. Learn a process you can use after anything happens that you don’t feel g...Show More

55:20 | Jul 18th, 2014

What is healing and what role do emotions and beliefs play in the process? Explore the power of energy healing to shift beliefs and feelings to better support health, and experience it through a ThetaHealing® meditation on the call. Show Notes availa...Show More

1:12:05 | Jul 11th, 2014

Warring voices within, beating yourself up, and relying on willpower to stick to your decisions are hallmarks of internal conflict. Learn how to work with your internal conflicts by acknowledging and honoring all parts of you so that you can experien...Show More

15:23 | Jul 8th, 2014

What is the call to adventure, and how do you know if you are in one? If you’ve ever had an experience that causes you to question who you are or the way you think the world works, you’ve experienced a call to adventure. A call might come through a c...Show More

38:47 | Jul 4th, 2014

Explore with LeeAnn Mallorie how to listen to intuition and body knowing and heal the “one thing” that holds you back. We also discuss the relationship between purpose and wellness and how being fierce can support healing. Show notes available online...Show More

36:33 | Jun 27th, 2014

Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2008, Kelly shares her journey, including the many things she has done to help herself heal, going from a brain that looked 90 years old to one that today looks her age. Show notes at

1:10:46 | Jun 20th, 2014

We all have a body, but how many of us really know how to be embodied? Jamie McHugh shares Somatic Expression, a unique approach that helps you to experience more support, ease, freedom, and success in your body. Show notes at http://www.aiadventures...Show More

41:48 | Jun 14th, 2014

How do we live a good life while having an autoimmune disorder? Kendra shares her experience of 20 years living with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Show notes at

56:47 | Jun 14th, 2014

What happens when you go from being a workaholic to suddenly being struck with an unknown and severe illness? Simla Somturk shares with us her experience of health breakdown and ultimately health breakthrough, and tips for eating to heal.

25:31 | Jun 14th, 2014

This first episode of Autoimmune Adventures introduces the podcast and myself, and lays the foundation through outlining my perspective on illness and the path of healing and transformation, and explaining all I want to explore in upcoming episodes.