Thanks to a tweet from Robb Wolf, I learned about this article in Pub Med: The diet-induced proinflammatory state: a cause of chronic pain and other degenerative diseases?
The conclusion for those who need ammunition to help convince a loved one to change the way that they eat is that:
We can no longer view different diseases as distinct biochemical entities. Nearly all degenerative diseases have the same underlying biochemical etiology, that is, a diet-induced proinflammatory state. Although specific diseases may require specific treatments, such as adjustments for hypomobile joints, beta-blockers for hypertension, and chemotherapy for cancer, the treatment program must also include nutritional protocols to reduce the proinflammatory state.
There it is – right in the MEDICAL LITERATURE! I quickly sent it to someone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis whose eyes I hopefully opened a couple of days ago. This person and her spouse (he has some health challenges too) will hopefully take it to their medical doctors and ask why in the heck the doctors haven’t mentioned a change in diet. Maybe they didn’t mention it because don’t read much of the MEDICAL LITERATURE? I know someone who was a medical literature librarian in a hospital and she said that only three doctors used the library. Granted, doctors do research on their own time, but why the heck wouldn’t they take advantage of the librarian too? Doctors are slammed for time and utilizing her services would seem like a good idea. Then again, I know some awesome MDs who do loads of research on their own and continuously learn, so not all docs need the help, but given the high rates of illness and medication it would seem like many do.
The other day I went for a follow-up appointment for a skin cancer screen (to learn more about that cluster see Variability in Medical Diagnoses – My Recent Adventure). Needless to say I checked out fine and was told to come back in two years. The doc and I started talking about cancer and the skyrocketing rates of breast cancer. For the record, I didn’t start this conversation in my own bold way – the doc did. She started the conversation in relation to how people come to see her preventatively when previously they came only when they had a problem, and then she meandered to breast cancer. I somewhat flippantly said that all the toxins we ingest via diet and skin certainly played a role and that diet was a big part of staying healthy. She said really – what do you eat? I told her: meat, eggs, veggies, fruit and some nuts. She said that I must cook a lot. I said I did, but it was worth it to feel so good at 47 and to keep my family healthy. Then I told her about some of what we cured with diet (see One Year Anniversay – A Year of Healing in Review for some of our amazing health improvements).
The doc was intrigued when I mentioned Ryan’s and Colson’s strong negative wheat responses. She stated that her sister was diagnosed with celiac disease and her nephew shows signs, but the insurance won’t cover the test so they aren’t getting it done. I went on to say that if they determine that wheat is harmful, and they didn’t need a test for that, and if he isn’t fully recovering when gluten is removed, then he may be cross-reacting to another grain, such as rice or corn, which both affect Ryan and Colson (see Corn Out, Darth Vader Breathing Gone and SO MANY LESSONS AGAIN!, Wheat/Gluten, Autoimmune, the Brain and Cancer and Oh No! White Rice Is On The Do Not Eat List!). She said something to the effect that wow, corn is in everything. The idea of cross-reacting with foods seemed to exceed her capacity at that moment, she stated her surprise, then abruptly left the room and I didn’t see her again. In all sincerity, maybe she didn’t have as much chatting time as she thought she did.
Granted, the doc is a dermatologist and shouldn’t be expected to know all about food. Skin is her specialty. But…food affects skin. Acne, eczema, psoriasis and so much more, not to mention that food affects cancer. A little food education for this doc would seem like a good idea. Maybe she is thinking about it more after our conversation.
Back to the original concept in the MEDICAL LITERATURE – the need to remove inflammatory foods. How do you do that? Do what Dr. Kurt Harris MD says: The Archevore Diet. Another great MD turned me on to him. If you still aren’t firing on all cylinders after a time on the Archevore plan, remove a few more foods, like eggs, nightshades or other foods that you suspect you might react to. You could search “Paleo Autoimmune Protocol” for more guidance about removing foods that are problematic for some people.
I have been blogging and actively seeking food solutions to health challenges for over five years. There is always more to learn, even after all of this time, so be patient. As an example, here is a post regarding how eggs affect Ryan: Eggs and Headaches. Eventually I learned that for Ryan
- chicken eggs = pain
- duck eggs = pain-free
The nuances of food and health are truly amazing and our bodies will guide us if we let them.
Here is to your health!