Autoimmunity is becoming increasingly prevalent today, affecting an estimated 300 million people worldwide. As one of the fastest-growing areas of chronic illness, more and more individuals are seeking help to get to the bottom of what’s driving their symptoms. The conventional medical approach often fails to identify the root cause of autoimmune conditions, leaving patients dependent on immunosuppressant drugs or embarking on an extensive journey of searching for answers.
Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. Akil Palanisamy to discuss why there’s been such an explosion in autoimmune disease and how certain insults in our modern-day society—like heavy metals, pesticides, poor diet, and chronic stress—could be to blame.
Dr. Akil shares the top factors that contribute to autoimmune disease and walks us through his TIGER Protocol, which addresses them using diet, lifestyle, and Ayurvedic principles. Dhru and Dr. Akil also talk about the importance of mindset and putting things into perspective to find what works best for you to avoid getting overwhelmed.
Dr. Akil is a renowned Integrative Medicine practitioner who combines conventional medicine with holistic approaches like Functional Medicine and Ayurveda. He is a Harvard graduate and received his MD from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Akil completed his residency training at Stanford University and a fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. He is the Department Chair for Integrative Medicine at the Sutter Health Institute for Health and Healing (IHH), where he also serves as IHH Physician Director for Community Education and leads educational initiatives and programs.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Akil is a well-known author, speaker, and educator. He has authored two books, The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease and The TIGER Protocol: An Integrative, 5-Step Program to Treat and Heal Your Autoimmunity, which is set to be released on May 9th.
Also mentioned in this episode:
- Try This: How Indoor Air Quality Impacts Your Brain And What to Do About It
- AG Daily article, A dozen reasons to ditch the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list for good
- The Buffalo Lupus Project: A Community-Based Participatory Research Investigation of Toxic Waste Exposure and Lupus
- Functionhealth.com (the functional lab testing company Dr. Mark Hyman cofounded)
- Dr. Akil’s clinic, Sutter Health
- The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease
- Preorder Dr. Akil’s new book, The TIGER Protocol: An Integrative, 5-Step Program to Treat and Heal Your Autoimmunity, here.
For more on Dr. Akil Palanisamy, follow him on Instagram @doctorakil, Facebook @doctorakil, or through his website, doctorakil.com.
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