Episode 3 of my collaborative project with Rory Linehan of The Paleo PI and Petra Chambers-Sinclair of BiohackU – two of my favourite peeps in this corner of the health caper world – is up and running!
The three of us all hail from different corners of the globe, and have very different life experiences, but we share both a friendship and passion for seeking health through an holistic approach. The intention behind our podcast is to seek out and interview others who share the same goal – and hopefully impart what we learn and have a little fun along the way. We hope you’ll join us!
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In this episode of Healing Protocols: the Global Edition, I address how I suffered from chronic health issues that I kept secret for 20 years before starting my healing protocol lifestyle. Discover how I learned to manage Hidradenitis Suppurativa through nutritional therapy and lifestyle practices. Bonus! I spill the beans on how I cleaned up my colon, addressed my periodontal disease and learned to like myself in the process!
Episode 3: Joanna Frankham
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0.00 Introduction to the Healing Protocols: the global edition
1.20 Welcome to Episode 3: Interview with Joanna Frankham
1.32 Rory: Tell us about you & your history. How & why you started your healing journey.
- 45: At age 40, several events occurred:
- 1.) Learned about my family’s health history, which includes a lot of colorectal cancer;
- 2.) Had a full medical and blood panel: I was very low in vitamin D:
- 3.) Oral health issues: facing the prospect of losing teeth.
- 46: Learned that the skin issue I had been suffering from for two decades had a name: Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). HS is a chronic skin condition that features deep-seated and incredibly painful lumps that typically develop in the armpits, groin, between the buttocks and under the breasts. I found an article on Mark’s Daily Apple by Tara Chester Grant about HS that changed my life.
5.40 Rory: Were you health conscious before age 40?
- 56: I wasn’t very proactive: ad-hoc approach. The Autoimmune Protocol gave me a template.
6.26 Petra: Why do you think the HS and your other health issues occurred? Were they a function of genetics, environment, or diet and lifestyle choices?
- 30: A combination. A predisposition to certain health issues. Epigenetics tells us that the life choices we make matter. I took the responsibility of being an oldest child seriously. Had a few health issues in childhood and adolescence which were treated with antibiotics and impacted my gut health. Bad acne as a teenager: prescribed Accutane which we now know can have serious consequences. Learned to cook for myself after age 30. A smoker. Travelled and enjoyed my life as a young adult: didn’t always make the best choices. And, I was a stress-head.
- 20: HS started in early 20s. Common for sufferers to hide the symptoms because they are so shameful.
10.00 Rory: What specific things do you do now that make a difference to your health, particularly for stress management?
- 28: Follow an amended Autoimmune Protocol. Vegetables at every meal, including breakfast. First name basis with my local farmers. Ferment my own vegetables. Morning ritual: rising early, 40-minute walk directly into the rising sun (to keep my circadian rhythms on track). Yoga poses, breath work, and I set an intention for the day. Sleep is my friend. Wonderful support network, including online. Mindset. Continue to be my own guinea pig: ‘yin’ yoga– not just the poses, also the breath work, meditation and chanting.
15.40 Petra: Could you tell us about the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) and what health issues have you resolved?
- 13: Undertook a process to eradicate a parasite infection before I started the AIP. Started AIP in January 2014, stayed in the elimination phase for 9 months.
- 10: My HS improved materially. Didn’t go away. One HS site that I had had for 5 years disappeared. It also improved my mood and my energy levels.
- 50: My colon was declared ‘clean as a whistle’. Gums are now healthy. ‘Jumpy leg syndrome’ is completely gone. Less anxious, more positive, mind is clearer and sleep is improved and I’m now kinder to myself.
20.05 Rory: Do you have any advice for people who are starting out on the Autoimmune Protocol?
- 40: Rather than focusing on what you are removing, instead look at what you can add. Made a game out of trying new vegetables. I reduced my sugar intake because I am sensitive, which is common in the HS community.
22.03 Rory: A healing protocol takes work. What is your best advice to someone who is just starting out?
- 17: Three pieces of advice:
1.) Get support: professional and personal.
2.) Be gentle with yourself. Start by implementing small changes and build.
3.) Keep a food and mood journal. Track food, medication, sleep, stress, mood, movement, bathroom habits and symptoms.
23.22 Petra: Is there a template that you use for your protocol diary?
- 31: People need to find what works for them. I use a pen and paper journal.
24.11 Petra: Who has been the most influential person for you as you have pursued your healing protocol lifestyle?
- 24: If I had to pick just two, they would be Tara Chester Grant and her book, ‘The Hidden Plague’, and Sarah Ballantyne and her book ‘The Paleo Approach’.
Joanna (Jo) Frankham is a Certified Health Coach and also holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Auckland University. She specialises in supporting others to change their diet and lifestyle choices. Drawing on her twenty-plus years of experience in the field of strategic human resources, she works with people to effect positive behavioural change using the principles of the Autoimmune Protocol. She has a pragmatic and friendly approach – coaching is all about finding sustainable changes that work for you.