Episode 31 – Emily

Emily, a white woman with long wavy brown hair, smiles at the camera. There is a stylized purple octagon superimposed around her face.

Emily Varnese talks autoimmune disease, dietary interventions and naturopathic medicine.


Hi, I’m Brianne Benness and this is No End In Sight, a podcast about life with chronic illness.

I’m still behind on transcripts but I don’t have anything new to report there. I still think they’re super important and I’m still slogging away. My goal is to hire somebody over the summer to help me keep up, because this is getting untenable. 

Today I’m talking to Emily Varnese about autoimmune disease, dietary interventions and naturopathic care. When we spoke, Emily was in the middle of the diagnostic process for an autoimmune condition but had been experimenting with alternative medical treatments for her symptoms for years. 

I relate to Emily’s story so freaking much. Sometimes I’m amazed at how much of a difference these kinds of interventions have made for me, and sometimes I’m frustrated by the wellness industry that claims it can solve absolutely everything. Healthcare is messy and managing symptoms can take a lot of trial and error. I think you folks can probably relate.

Before we start, here’s my disclaimer:

This podcast is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Make sure you talk to your practitioner about any questions or symptoms.

[Interview transcript coming soon]

Thank you for listening to episode 31 of No End In Sight! 

You can find Emily on instagram @emlayyyxo can find this show on instagram @no.end.in.sight.pod, and you can find me on both instagram and twitter @bennessb. 

I’ve got so many more stories to share with you, so make sure you subscribe on apple podcasts or stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. And if you’ve been enjoying the show, I would be so grateful if you could share a review on apple podcasts so that other people know what to expect.

As usual, don’t forget that I have a small Facebook Group called Chronic Hustlers for people living with chronic conditions who are self employed. It’s quiet but growing, and you’ll even find a few podcast guests in the group.

And finally:

This podcast is supported by my cross stitch company, Digital Artisanal. When I’m up for it, I make simple modern patterns that you’ll actually want to hang in your home. I love to cross stitch as a way to feel productive during flares when I’m stranded in front of the television. One of these days I’m going to get to work on some spring and summer patterns. I’d love it if you checked us out at digitalartisanal.com