My wife's mother has had Multifocal Motor Neuropathy for the past 5 years or so and gone through various treatments involving plasmapheresis.
Generally she would follow the SAD diet but within the last couple of weeks has started to attempt a 'no carb' for two days per week. I would like to talk more about whether Paleo would be a good option to try. With all the other diseases that Paleo is correcting it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to think that Paleo may assist.
Is there any link between Paleo / No Carb / Low Carb ketogenic diets and correcting auto immune diseases such as Multifocal Motor Neuropathy?
asked byJay_Killeen (45)
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on October 10, 2012
at 11:37 AM
Auto immune diseases often benefit from going wheat/gluten free. I would suggest that as a minimum. The primary idea being that wheat/gluten causes a leaky gut allowing foreign proteins into the bloodstream invoking an immune response. I can't say that it will help in her case, but it's worth a try.
Paleo is about eating healthy. It's probably a good idea to eat healthy, even if you're not sick, but even more so if you are. Of course, defining what is meant by healthy gets down to nitty gritty details and varies by individual.
Ketogenic diets are useful in diseases where the brain isn't working properly, such as epilepsy, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, ADHD and possibly bipolar disorder (see Dr. Emily Deans' blog for more info). Perhaps the alternate fuel source of ketones allows nerons that aren't functioning well on glucose to start working better. I don't see how a ketogenic diet would be of benefit in this case, but it might be worth a try.
Certainly getting rid of autoimmune triggers like gluten (and possibly dairy) would be top priority. You should probably consider researching Robb Wolf's autoimmune protocol.
on October 10, 2012
at 12:36 PM
Virtually all autoimmune disease has a basis in the gut. Just as Dave S. said, leaky gut and gluten intolerance are very common. The best thing to do would be an allergen elimination diet. Have her try a minimum of 8 week of paleo. Make sure she is 100% grain free, dairy free, common allergen free (peanuts, shellfish, etc.), & nightshade free as well (white potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, tobacco). The only proteins I would have her completely avoid are shellfish and pork. After the 8 weeks she can start to add foods back into her diet but you do it in a certain manner. Have her add only 1 food she had been avoiding 1x then wait at least 3 days to see if she notices any adverse reactions. If not, its probably a food she can tolerate or the diet allowed the gut barrier time to heal and is not allowing proteins from her food to provoke an immune response. (you cannot chance eating out anywhere because gluten & other crap is hidden in everything, gonna have to keep it in house, buy @ farmers markets, prepare all your own meals)
The 2nd reason to go paleo is because it avoids chemicals & toxins found in most processed foods. There are too many toxins which effect the nervous system. Even if these toxins are not the direct cause, it is common sense to avoid things which directly affect the system having issues. An example is aluminum which causes neurodegeneration. It is commonly found everywhere from antiperspirant to baking powder. Using tin foil, caned food/drinks, cookware, and even many medications (antacids, injectables, etc.) contain it. Go as clean as possible for as long as possible to give the body a chance to detox and possible slow, halt, or reverse what is going on.
Also seek out experienced natural healers. I myself am an acupuncture physician. There are so many wonderful ancient and modern forms of treatment which hardly any of the public knows about due to big pharma. If it heals someone then it makes sense but not dollars and therefor will be kept quiet.