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The Girlfriend Doctor w/ Dr. Anna Cabeca

May 12, 2019

Autoimmune conditions are becoming more and more common, especially among American women. Why is that? And is it possible to reverse these conditions to live a healthy, happy life? Our guest, Palmer Kippola, has successfully reversed her Multiple Sclerosis and now works with others to naturally reverse their autoimmune diseases.

Palmer was a healthy teenager, but one day when she was 19, she woke up with pins and needles in her feet. When they didn’t go away, and, in fact, got worse, she went to a doctor who told her that, at 19 years of age, she had Multiple Sclerosis and would soon be in a wheelchair.

Determined to discover the root cause of her MS, Palmer thought back on her life, and considered whether chronic stress could have been a factor. When she started managing her stress levels, changing her diet, and exercising regularly, Palmer noticed improvements to her autoimmune condition.

In this episode, we talk about what it was like getting diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at only 19 years old. Palmer shares how identifying her triggers was crucial to curing the disease and why we need to look at external environmental indicators. She also shares the acronym FIGHTS that she lives by every day and encourages others to, as well.

A common question Palmer is asked by others trying to reverse their conditions is “what should I eat?”, so she explains what type of diet works well to for autoimmune conditions and gut health… and what foods you need to avoid and cut out of your diet. We also look at clear infections and what these have to do with chronic disease.

Then, we look at both the internal and external factors that make up our health and what we can do at a personal level to reduce our exposure to them. And finally, we explore all the different medical tests you can take to truly get to the bottom of your gut health, food intolerances, and autoimmune diseases.

Have you been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease? Do you eat a diet designed to give your gut the best food for it? How do you consider FIGHTS in your everyday life?

In This Episode:

  • How Palmer reversed her Multiple Sclerosis, healed her gut, and reclaimed her health
  • What can happen when you identify your autoimmune disease triggers
  • Why stress can have a dramatic impact on the development of autoimmune disease
  • How you can keep your immune system healthy during perimenopause and menopause
  • Why the factors of our health are not solely linked to DNA anymore as once thought
  • What FIGHTS stands for and why you should approach your health with it in mind
  • What you should eat to help heal your gut and, more importantly, what you should cut out of your diet
  • How infections are linked to autoimmune disease
  • What the difference between toxins and toxicants is and how you can start to reduce them in your life
  • What medical tests you should consider if you’re trying to figure out what gut issues you have


“We are way more in control of our health outcomes than we ever imagined possible. And even though your doctor may be telling you, “there's nothing you can do, except take medication,” I really would encourage people to become the CEO of their own health and well-being, and to do the research, it's there.” (11:28)

“Food [is] the first place to start because it's the highest leverage of any of the categories that they've examined. And [medical practitioners] often told me that 60 to 80% of their clients or patients saw symptom improvement, or complete resolution, when they addressed their inflammatory foods, took them out of the diet, and added in the nourishing foods.” (13:08)

“Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, in fact, I've heard that it's found in all grains, different types of gluten, maybe 23,000 different proteins. And it's about as digestible as human hair, which sounds terrible, gross and awful. So it's very difficult for anybody to be able to digest. And more recent research has come out showing that it creates a leaky gut in anyone who eats it.” (20:35)


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