This entry is going to focus on Lupus. I just found out that the wife of a friend of mine from high-school has it. Frank is a good guy and I'm sure his wife is a fabulous girl. I have asked him to consider coming over "to the other side" and look into his wife (and him) going gluten-free dairy-free.
Diet is extremely important when dealing with any auto-immune disease. Many doctors will tell you there is no correlation but I truely believe they are wrong. My main reason for this belief is because I have seen the proof in my own blood work and I have felt the difference in my body. If you have an auto-immune disease, you should try to look into getting an immunologist on your team of doctors. I have added one to my arsenal and it has made a huge difference.
Since there are many commonalities between auto-immune diseases, there are also commonalities among what you should and shouldn't eat. For example, having RA, I should avoid veggies in the nightshade family such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. The same can be said fo rthose with lupus. People with lupus should also avoid alfalfa due to one of the amino acids in the plant as it can lead to flares.
Fish oils, especially from cold-water fish such as salmon and sardines, is very good for auto-immune sufferers. We are typically lower in the omegas found in these oils. If you choose to take a suppliment, make sure you choose an oil that has been molecularly distilled to remove all heavy metals and that has been extracted at low temeratures.
Frank, this is for you & your wife!
This link is the blog of a woman who has Lupus. She is also on the gfcf diet and she has seen remarkable changes in how she feels.
This web site is all about the gluten-free casein-free diet. Although it is centered around Autistic Spectrum Disorders, it can apply to anyone.
This link has a long list of those who would benefit from a gfcf diet.
This link has some very good dietary info for people with Lupus. It also has a link to the lupus search page.
I love this site, Everyday Health. It has lots of cool stuff. Lots of info, recipes, and sound advice. It's a free on-line health magaine.
This is a link to Amaon for a book that kept popping up in my research. It sounds like it may be worth the read. There are also a lot of other reference books about lupus included.
This link talks about diet and lupus.
- I started this blog to keep track of my kitchen creations. I love cooking and eating. In 2008 I was diagnosed with RA. Food started becoming a huge problem. I needed to find a better way to eat the flavors I love. All the recipes I create are driven by my desire to eat good food that won't create extra pain and inflammation in my internal ecosystem. While the recipes are wholesome, the language is not. I swear. I use the word 'fuck'. A lot! I make no apologies for that. It's just a fair warning. I'm raw and real. Happy cooking! Even happier eating! Cheers! Angie