Sarah Ballantyne

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Sarah Ballantyne

BESTSELLING AUTHOR, BLOGGER, CO-HOST, PALEO DIET EXPERT

Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D., started her academic career in physics, earning an Honors Bachelor of Science with Distinction from the University of Victoria, Canada in 1999. Sarah earned her doctorate degree in medical biophysics at The University of Western Ontario in 2003, at the age of 26. Her doctoral research spanned the gamut of inflammation, innate immunity, endogenous anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant enzymes, gene therapy techniques, microcirculation and vascular biology, liver health, and critical care medicine. Sarah spent the next four years doing medical research in the fields of innate immunity, inflammation, vascular biology, critical care medicine, and gene therapy, with a new focus on Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and the role of angiogenic growth factors in controlling inflammation and the innate immune system. After her second daughter was born, Sarah discovered the Paleo lifestyle. It had an amazing effect on her health, including contributing to her 120-pound weight loss! Over time, she healed herself of a long laundry list of physical complaints including: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux, migraines, anxiety, asthma, allergies, psoriasis and an autoimmune skin condition called lichen planus. In fact, Sarah was able to discontinue six prescription medications, some of which she has been taking for 12 years, within two weeks of changing her diet! The dramatic improvements in Sarah’s conditions convinced her never to revert to her previous eating habits.

Sarah is passionate about scientific literacy and about distilling scientific concepts into straightforward and accessible explanations. As a scientist both by training and by nature, Sarah is deeply interested in understanding how the foods we eat interact with our gut barriers, immune systems, and hormones to influence health. Sarah’s innate curiosity goes further than just understanding diet and she is also deeply interested and lifestyle factors like sleep, stress and activity. Sarah believes that the true rationale for this way of eating and living stems, not from evolutionary biology (although that is a great place to start for forming hypotheses), but the thousands of scientific articles that each evaluate one small piece to the picture of how diet and lifestyle contribute to health and longevity.

Events

ID Event Name Duration Start Date
UE-665 The Parasite Summit 16 Weeks September 11, 2017
UE-449 Sleep Success Summit 2017 20 Weeks August 16, 2017
UE-554 The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2 28 Weeks June 19, 2017
UE-308 The Adrenal Reset Summit 60 Weeks November 7, 2016
UE-158 The Thyroid Connection Summit 62 Weeks October 24, 2016
UE-262 The Thriving Child Summit 65 Weeks October 3, 2016
U-153 The Sleep Success Summit 73 Weeks August 8, 2016
UE-138 The Healing Hashimoto’s Summit: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis 68 Weeks June 13, 2016
UE-260 Fibromyalgia Summit 85 Weeks May 12, 2016
UE-134 The 2016 Diabetes World Summit 67 Weeks April 18, 2016
E-304 The Prosperous Practitioner Summit 96 Weeks March 1, 2016
UE-055 Natural Health Summit 52 Weeks January 1, 2016
UE-173 The Autoimmune Summit 111 Weeks November 14, 2015
UE-147 The Evolution of Medicine II Summit 119 Weeks September 21, 2015