How to Treat Hashimoto’s using the Autoimmune Protocol

June 20, 2019

Functional medicine physician Rob Abbott, MD is back on the podcast this week.  Since he was with us last year his career and practice has evolved in exciting ways. While seeing patients at Resilient Roots Functional and Evolutionary Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, he is also the medical advisor at Autoimmune Wellness and is conducting collaborative research with founders Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott.

Today Rob talks about the results of his recently published pilot study of the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet for women with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. He describes the crowdfunding that made the research possible, the tools and supports they used with the participants, and the dramatic results found at the end of 10 weeks.

Here’s the outline of this interview with Rob Abbott:

[00:00:08] Rob's previous podcast: How to Become a Functional Medicine Doctor.

[00:02:23] Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Diet.

[00:04:24] Study: Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet as part of a multidisciplinary supported lifestyle intervention for Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

[00:05:30] Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt, Autoimmune Wellness.

[00:06:18] Study on AIP for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Konijeti, Gauree G., et al. "Efficacy of the autoimmune protocol diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease." Inflammatory bowel diseases 23.11 (2017): 2054-2060.

[00:07:12] Angie Alt's SAD to AIP in SIX.

[00:09:00] Crowd-funding research.

[00:13:10] Rob Abbott and Adam Sadowski on the 30/30 Health Podcast.

[00:16:20] Study design and questions they set out to answer; Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters (POEM).

[00:20:02] Quality of life questionnaire, SF-36.

[00:20:19] Medical Symptoms Questionnaire (MSQ).

[00:20:55] The study participants.

[00:24:45] How support was delivered during the study.

[00:31:21] James Maskell and Dr. Kelly Brogan.

[00:32:23] The study results.

[00:39:36] Graph of hs-CRP (figure 6 from study).

[00:41:50] The most surprising results.

[00:44:14] Are we putting too much stock in thyroid antibodies as a measure of health?

[00:47:20] Tommy Wood, MD on thyroid autoantibodies.

[00:50:28] Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

[00:52:40] Angie's quarterly SAD to AIP in SIX Program starts in September.

[00:53:01] Lucy Mailing.

[00:53:54] 2019 Ancestral Health Symposium, San Diego, CA.

[00:54:33] Attending AHS19: Megan, Zach, Clay, Josh, Mike T. Nelson.

[00:55:24] Resilient Roots: Functional and Evolutionary Medicine is our full name of the clinic, along with Nutritionist Ryan Hall.

[00:58:07] Crowdfunding for the next study: Eczema-Psoriasis and AIP.

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