The Autoimmune Wellness Podcast Episode #4: Step 2: Collaborate – Our Stories

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Welcome to The Autoimmune Wellness Podcast Season 1! We’ve created this podcast as a free resource to accompany our upcoming book, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook: A DIY Guide to Living Well with Chronic Illness.

Episode #4: Step 2: Collaborate – Our Stories is centered on what collaboration with your healthcare team should look like and how that has realistically played out for us in our own journeys (hint: it was messy!). We discuss the types of healthcare practitioners out there and what it means to take responsibility for leading the collaborative effort in your own care. We even chat about nitty-gritty topics that aren’t often touch-on, like firing a provider, recognizing the need for medications or surgery, and the toll that medical debt can take on a person with chronic illness. Again, this is a personal episode, but meant to help our listeners be able to see this step on the wellness journey through an honest lens.

If you’d like to go more in-depth on Step 2: Collaborate, check out the “Evaluating Potential Providers Checklist” or the “Prioritizing Action Infographic,” both in Chapter 2. The checklist can help you ask the right questions as you seek to build a collaborative healthcare team, while the infographic helps you look at all the suggestions from Chapters 1 and 2 and then logically move forward on only those areas that are high priority for you.

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Show Notes:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 3:00 What is Collaborate?
  • 3:56 Mickey shares when she recognized collaborative care was necessary
    • The term “key player” is mentioned here, for more detail see the “How Do You Build A Collaborative Team” section of Chapter 2.
  • 6:30 Taking responsibility for leading collaboration in your care
  • 8:10 Describing the types of practitioners (understanding this allows you to choose the right people for the job, more detail can be found in Chapter 2)
    • Licensed Conventional Medical
    • Licensed Natural Medical
    • Licensed Complementary-Care
    • Non-medical, Non-Licensed
  • 10:00 Angie talks about her experience integrating care
  • 11:50 Patient lead open communication with providers
  • 13:50 Mickey talks about firing practitioners
  • 17:55 The need for medication and/or surgery and our experiences
  • 21:40 How to navigate healthcare spending
  • 25:15 Mickey shares about the toll medical debt took on her and her family
  • 29:00 Angie explains how medical debt stirred her to action in her journey
  • 31:20 Realistic look at transitioning a budget to focus on food/self-care
  • 34:13 Your homework for Step 2, Collaborate!
    • Take a look at the “Prioritizing Action Infographic” in Chapter 2 of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook to prioritize areas explored in Chapter 1 and 2, before moving on to the next steps in the wellness journey.
  • 35:34 Outro

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Check out the previous episode, Episode #3: Sarah Ballantyne, PhD on Getting Informed, and the next episode, Episode #5: Titus Chiu, DC on Practitioner Collaboration. For the full podcast archive, click here.

About Angie Alt

Angie Alt is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness. She helps others take charge of their health the same way she took charge of her own after suffering with celiac disease, endometriosis, and lichen sclerosis; one nutritious step at a time. Her special focus is on mixing “data with soul” by looking at the honest heart of the autoimmune journey (which sometimes includes curse words). She is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy Consultant through The Nutritional Therapy Association and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for All Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. You can also find her on Instagram.


  • Kat says

    I’m just starting to really dig deep into building my wellness team, and this was perfect timing. Even though it’s been scary and nerve-wracking, it’s comforting to know that I’m not alone and that there’s helpful resources like you guys 🙂 Thank you so much for this podcast! Keep em coming.

    • Kat says

      In addition, will you be covering how the body is affected (with autoimmune) as a result of trauma, and experiences/tips/resources in aiding that side of recovery?

      • Angie Alt says

        Kat, we don’t have an episode on this specifically, but you may find upcoming episodes about stress management helpful & this is a good future topic suggestion. Thanks!

      • Mickey Trescott says

        Kat, we don’t specifically address trauma, but we do have a chapter on support and connection which might provide you with some resources in this area.

    • Angie Alt says

      You are welcome Kat! Thanks for listening.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Thanks for joining us, Angie and I are both wishing you well on your journey!

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