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Hack this article on how to treat chronic inflammation

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Created January 31, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I've been Paleo since September, hoping it will help me recover from a ten-year illness. I went Paleo because I'd read so much about its effectiveness in treating chronic inflammation which I think is the source of my problem. I just found this article online. I would appreciate any feedback from members on why the food this nutritionist is recommending for chronic inflammation is NOT the right way to go! Thanks so much. Here's the article:

http://www.trivita.com/Web/US/content/wellness/article.aspx?id=3039

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on February 01, 2012
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Thanks, Nance. I'm on a strict autoimmune protocol: no dairy, eggs, or nightshades. I've experienced about a 10% improvement, but nothing since that "bump" a few months ago. I'm still mostly housebound. But my body really likes eating this way and I think that, in itself, says something and gives me hope.

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Thanks, Adam. That was very helpful.

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on January 31, 2012
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If you are sticking with a pretty strict Paleo lifestyle, then you will get much better results with your health than what this Doc is talking about. By the looks of it, this Doc is tied in with the Trivita nutrition company, and therefore is gonna promote their products, along with dietary recommendations that are half right. The fact that he is recommending whole grains tells me he does'nt know as much about functional nutrition as he thinks. Unfortunately, many medical doctors who utilize any nutrition or recommned supplements, will prescribe them like they would medications...if you have such and such disease, you need this or that supplement, plus recommending whole grains, artificial sweeteners, low-fat diets, and other out-dated or just plain wrong dietary advice.

As I mentioned, following a Paleo lifestyle is a great way to reduce chronic inflammation. Supplements can also be helpful, but should not be taken like meds. A good doc is gonna get specific with each individual person...performing different lab analysis or surveys to figure out what specifically that person needs or doesnt need in reguards to their physiology. Sub-clinical infections, blood sugar imbalances, anemia's, auto-immune dysregulation, leaky gut, etc can all lead to chronic inflammation and need to be addressed in addition to the dietary changes.

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:49 AM

Thanks, Adam. That was very helpful.

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As Adam said, the article seems to be a typical media overview tied to promoting a line of products.

I think we can agree that the advice to seek reduced inflammation is sound although we may disagree with how to achieve it.

You said you've been "paleo" since September. Have you experienced any differences in how your body is feeling and behaving? Have you tried any adjustments?

I'm assuming you may have tried an elimination diet--if not, you should consider it. Basically, you'd cut back to a short list of foods you know don't cause you problems and then you'd carefully add one food at a time, waiting about a week, to see if it's fine or causes symptoms. It takes a while, but you can slowly build a safe list of varied foods for good nutrition.

Also, based on what you learn you can look for patterns--are there specific food types that appear to be a source of problems? Nightshades, brassicas?

I suggest you try some searches here on topics such as FODMAPS or inflammation.

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:52 AM

Thanks, Nance. I'm on a strict autoimmune protocol: no dairy, eggs, or nightshades. I've experienced about a 10% improvement, but nothing since that "bump" a few months ago. I'm still mostly housebound. But my body really likes eating this way and I think that, in itself, says something and gives me hope.

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