Which autoimmune diseases are known to do better under paleo?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 31, 2011 at 6:40 PM

On a recent Robb Wolf podcast, it was mentioned that some significant percentage (33%?)of autoimmune diseases appear to be linked to gluten sensitivity, insulin resistance, and/or intestinal permeability. Other autoimmune disease have not yet been adequately tested.

Does anyone have a link to a concise list of autoimmune diseases that have been shown to benefit substantially from a paleo-like diet? If not, let's make one.

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on April 01, 2011
at 01:21 PM

Robb has noted that in particular Celiac, Multiple Sclerosis, depression, Schizophrenia, Hashimoto???s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis, thyroid dysfunction, Scleroderma, Sarcoidosis, Crohns, Cushing???s, Lupus, eczema, acne, Rheumatoid and junior arthritis, chronic lymes, Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia and even cancer have all been documented as improved or put into remission with Paleo. Wikipedia has a huge table of Autoimmune diseases ??? I would say with enough time to research 100% would be improved.

The answer comes from this: Because Celiac is an autoimmune disorder of the intestines, medical professionals developed a test through tissue transglutaminase where a response is triggered from gut irritation. Medical professionals are now able to adapt this screening for diagnostics of other autoimmune diseases. So far (according to Robb, I can???t find journal studies in my quick Google search) every single tested condition has seen remission on an autoimmune version of the Paleo lifestyle (that includes diet, walking and sleeping).

More here: http://paleoparents.com/2011/laymans-autoimmune-disease-interpretation/



on April 01, 2011
at 07:52 PM

My money's on all of them. New research suggests that autoimmune diseases come from combination of environmental trigger + genetic tendency + leaky gut. Paleo fights leaky gut. It also curbs the inflammation which helps reduce triggers and severity of response.

More on the three factors behind autoimmune diseases here: http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/support-files/celiac-disease-surprises.pdf


on April 02, 2011
at 12:50 PM

I have hypgammaglobulinemia (say that three times fast)- not specifically an autoimmune disorder, but classified as an immune deficiency. There is very little research done on it, and neither a cause or cure known. Since going paleo (from 13 years of vegan/veg), my blood levels indicate the deficiency is getting worse, but I have been symptom free for 4 years. And that's good enough in my books!

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