Dr. Alison Danby specializes in autoimmune conditions and knows how to treat it well

129- Causes of Autoimmunity and Ways to Treat it with Dr. Alison Danby

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

October 1, 2020

If you have an autoimmune condition, then you know firsthand how much of a battle it is to deal with autoimmunity. It can take years for a diagnosis, plus you never know if tomorrow will be a good day, or a bad day.

But you do learn quite a bit about your body. You learn how stress impacts symptoms. You also learn how your fluctuations in hormones can impact it as well.

When Dr. Alison Danby received her diagnosis of autoimmunity, that was when she went on her long journey of learning everything she possibly could about how autoimmunity occurs in the body.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • What is it like to go through the process of trying to diagnose an autoimmune condition
  • How can hormones influence our susceptibility to autoimmunity
  • Can we have autoimmune reactions to our own gut bugs in the microbiome
  • Ways to calm an overreactive immune system


  • [1:45] What got Dr. Alison Danby into naturopathic medicine
  • [2:45] Alison was diagnosed with her own autoimmune condition which made her very interested in autoimmunity
  • [4:15] What is it like to go through the conventional system for autoimmunity, and what do the treatments look like
  • [7:30] 70% of autoimmunity is found in women, why is that
  • [8:45] How does xenoestrogens impact hormonal pathways in women
  • [9:30] What exactly is an autoimmune condition
  • [13:15] Can we have autoimmune responses to our gut microbiome
  • [15:30] If you have Mixed Connective Tissue autoimmunity, what is actually happening
  • [18:00] How do you get the immune system to calm down
  • [23:30] Is it a good idea to run autoimmune panels to track data over the years to see how your body changes
  • [26:15] Can you have autoimmune symptoms but have lab tests show up with no markers that stand out
  • [28:00] What would it be like to be a patient of Dr. Alison's
  • [32:45] Alison takes 90 minutes in the first visit putting your health puzzle together, which is different than the conventional methods which gives you 6 minutes

Resources From This Episode

Some of these resources may contain affiliate links, which provides a small commission to me (at no extra expense to you).

  • Join Dr. Alison's Private Autoimmune Facebook Group- Learn More
  • Another episode on ways to reduce autoimmune flare-ups- Listen Now

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Dr. Alison Danby

Website: AlisonDanby.com

Social Media: Facebook , Instagram

Learn from Dr. Alison Danby on how to treat autoimmune conditions

Learn from Dr. Alison Danby on how to treat autoimmune conditions

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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