Ep. 29 - The Hidden Role of Infectious Agents in Autoimmune Diseases with Antony Haynes



Episode 29

Antony Haynes is one of the most experienced registered nutritional therapists in the UK and has been in private practice for over 32-years. He is also one of the first practitioners to implement the principles of functional medicine in the UK, since 1992. 

In this episode, Nicole invites Antony onto the show to discuss the role of various infectious agents, such as viruses and bacteria, in causing autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s, Multiple Sclerosis and more. This episode delves into a holistic approach to health, focusing on a nutrient-dense diet, avoiding inflammation-triggering foods, and other lifestyle changes you can make to manage autoimmune conditions. 

*The slide Anthony refers to in this episode is linked below.

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Episode Timestamps


The impact of modern living and toxins on health


Understanding autoimmune conditions and their causes


The connection between viruses and autoimmune diseases


The importance of personalised treatment in autoimmune diseases


The challenge of testing for autoimmune triggers


The complexity of autoimmune conditions and the need for further research


Navigating treatment options in autoimmunity


The role of diet in autoimmunity


The importance of strengthening the immune system in autoimmunity

“You can almost always find someone who’s got one ultimate condition; they’ve got another one brewing which makes sense because the immune system is failing. It’s more trigger happy at making these things.”


Essential learnings from this episode…

Understanding the connection between viruses and autoimmune diseases

Why individualised treatment is so important when addressing autoimmune diseases

The challenges that come with testing for autoimmune triggers

The diet and lifestyle changes people can make to manage autoimmunity

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Functional Medicine Practitioner
Registered Nutritional Therapist BANT CNHC
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Nicole is one of the UK’s leading voices on immune health and optimal health, a specialist in autoimmune diseases, further specialised into thyroid, brain and fatigue conditions and optimising health for ambitious high achiever’s. Providing bespoke, personalised functional medicine programmes for clients worldwide.

Nicole has partnerships with worldwide global leaders in functional medicine including practitioner only supplement companies, testing laboratories (inc. from USA), to assess health, discover underlying imbalances and root causes of sub optimal health. In doing so Nicole works with clients on their own personal health history, root causes and genetics to achieve long lasting, effective results, providing optimal health status.