The paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) is the brainchild of Dr. Loren Cordain, a scientist who discovered that certain primal foods can sometimes trigger inflammation in people with autoimmune disease (dairy, eggs, nightshades, nuts and seeds).
Robb Wolf outlined the AIP in his book, The Paleo Solution, introducing it as an elimination diet (you eliminate certain foods for 30 days and then reintroduce them one at a time, to test your body for food intolerance.)
Then Dr. Sarah Ballantyne came on the scene, aka the Paleo Mom. As a scientist with autoimmunity, she was very interested in the autoimmune protocol. She delved into the research, wrote a series of articles explaining the science behind it, and eventually expanded the AIP to the version detailed in her book, The Paleo Approach, which I’ve outlined in the table below. Sarah is now the leading expert on the autoimmune protocol.
Phoenix Helix is known for making the AIP easy to understand and follow, which is why I asked her permission to share this summary. I also recommend her book, A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol.