My friend has been diagnosed with this disorder. I was trying to explain to her that this is all based on inflammation and gluten but a more detailed technical info would be nice. I've heard Mat Lalonde and Robb Wolf mention it on a podcast but a quick google search of spondylosis+gluten came up with very little. Please help.
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on May 09, 2011
at 03:59 PM
As Mat LaLonde said in that same podcast "Gluten is death is sloppy, lazy and incomplete argument." That said, removal of generally problematic foods is often said to help arthritis. This should be particularly true of rheumatoid arthritis which has a big ol' autoimmune element to it. Arthristis generally causes crazy inflammation so an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy diet would be a sensible way to deal with it. I'd toy with adding some gelatin to the diet as glycine and proline are crucial for collagenous fiber maintenance. Even though they are "non-essential," their production is often insufficient to keep up with bodily demand.
on May 09, 2011
at 03:25 PM
I wouldn't try to convince her it's caused by gluten. I'd tell her that many seemingly unrelated maladies may be caused by gluten; that I and other friends of mine have cured a variety of problems by eliminating gluten; and that if she'd like to go gluten free for three months as a test, I'm willing to help with recipes and suggestions for alternatives.
Don't present it as, "I think gluten is hurting you and you'll never get to eat pasta again." Present it as, "What have you got to lose by temporarily cutting this one item out of your diet to see what happens?"
on May 09, 2011
at 02:12 PM
Yeah. I guess this will make me sound like a heretic but I don't believe every single illness ever suffered by humankind can be chalked up to gluten. You don't appear to have much real evidence that gluten is causing your friend's illness- you've basically just decided that that's what's going on after reading a few things on the internet, despite your (relative) lack of knowledge about the condition. If I were you I'd refrain from evangalising or giving health advice based on things you read from internet health gurus. You're not likely to inspire her to change anything based on that.
on May 06, 2011
at 07:56 PM
Why is it that you believe that it is due to gluten? I don't mean this the way it might sound :-), but if you think this is the cause and don't have any technical information to make that case, then why do you think so?
Gluten has a bad effect on a lot of people, but others have no ill effects at all. I think it would make sense that someone who has a problem with gluten might develop a syndrome like this in response to too much gluten; on the other hand, someone that tolerates gluten fine might not have such a problem.
This is another way of saying, maybe you should determine the person's gluten sensitivity before assuming that it is causing a problem. Good luck.