My mother in law has MS and has for 25 years + now. She's doing well considering. She can still walk with canes dragging her leg over short distances! Also father in law has arthritis.
Me and my partner came across Dr Terry Wahl and her Protocol book. We saw some reviews on Amazon and bought they a copy. They have started reading it and serious about getting into it. We are going over to see them this weekend and help them clear out the junk food and make online weekly orders of fresh organic produce etc.
Has anyone with any autoimmune illnesses used paleo as a means of stopping the effects of that illness and reversing it?
I'd love to hear from you. Your story etc. This is a very interesting time for both my parents.
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on April 22, 2014
at 07:48 PM
paleo hasn't helped my autoimmune disease per say, but it has made my body stronger so i can fight my disease better. for example, i have ulcerative colitis and prior to paleo, i was 84 lbs and my doctors wanted me on home TPN for a few months to help me gain weight. i didn't wanna do that so i started paleo. i was able to gain weight and get my protein levels, b-12 levels, and other nutrients up to a better level. this in turn has helped me stay stronger even though my ulcerative colitis inflammation has still been very severe.
on April 24, 2014
at 01:58 AM
Dr. Wahl's premise is that Paleo is good, but it alone isn't enough. In Paleo, we often talk about what foods to cut OUT, what she says is that we must also take care to add certain foods IN to make sure our micronutrient needs are met. That's what turned the corner for her. She stopped getting worse on Paleo, but didn't get BETTER until she added in a lot of vegetables for the micronutrients.
That's where her 6 to 9 cups of different types of vegetables a day (leafy greens, sulphurous vegetables, and colorful fruit and vegetables) come in, to provide those micronutrients that might be the missing link between Paleo and truly healing auto-immune issues. She calls her second and third level diets "Wahls Paleo" and "Wahls Paleo Plus" (the plus is ketogenic with fewer veggies, more fat). They are Paleo, but much more than just Paleo.
I think this is an important distinction, because people who have had little or no success with autoimmune on the Paleo diet haven't tried the same diet as the Wahl's Paleo or Paleo Plus diets. Apples and oranges for comparison purposes. And don't forget that added sleep, exercise, and meditation are important parts of her approach as well.
Good luck with your mom, Scotty. I'm interested to hear how it works for her.
on April 24, 2014
at 12:37 AM
Or what if Paleo hasn't cleared your autoimmune illness? I'd like to hear those stories, too!
on April 23, 2014
at 11:29 AM
Paleo amy be severely lacking in your opinion - but in mine, there are things in your list that I wouldn't dream of having in the house, let alone in my body.
on April 23, 2014
at 03:51 AM
I've tried paleo and every other diet under the sun. I've also done massive amounts of research. I've come up with a list of foods that are the least inflammatory. All of my autoimmune issues and health problems vanished and I don't need to take supplements if I stick with these foods.
My acceptable foods are 95% "paleo".
All of my clients who have tried this have benefited more from it than any other diet.
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