My personal story with autoimmune disease

I am not a doctor and thank my lucky stars that I am not. The pressure must be intense. Instead I am among a much smaller group of scientists, doctors, and laymen who care more about preventing illness than treating it. None the less, some of us reach a point  when doctors get full credit for saving our lives. We reach a point where prevention is no longer an option.

Here is my story, some of which was garnered in conversation with doctors, family, and friends. Because I was in la-la land. Continue reading

What to do about pain RIGHT NOW?

DO YOUR FRIENDS A FAVOR AND SEND THEM THIS POST.

Surprise! I’m not going to talk about food, at least not directly.

My book, It’s All about the Food, is about how the right foods can make you healthy and how the wrong foods “don’t”. But sometimes, just sometimes, what makes us healthy (not sick) is less important than what to do about pain RIGHT NOW. Continue reading

An Ounce of Prevention

An Ounce of Prevention

I learned this week that another friend has cancer, reminding me once again that cancer is ugly and devious. Treating active cancer is a battle.

Gardeners, this is very much like the battle of the squash beetles in your vegetable garden. If you catch them at the very first sign you can save your crop pretty easily. But once they run rampant there may be no effective treatment and your plants will eventually die. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure both in gardening and cancer. Continue reading

I am so sick of being sick!

I had lunch with a new acquaintance, Martha, a couple months ago. Our acquaintance began when all the tables in the restaurant were full and she graciously invited me to join her. She was a lovely and friendly lady and we liked each other right away. Conversations can get interesting when two people like each other and this conversation certainly did. She told me how sick she was of being sick.

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Your genes and your health

We always feel sorry for anyone who is sick and in pain. But aren’t you especially sorry when that someone is YOU and it goes on forever.

In the beginning, whenever that was, it was just an aggravation. Then, slowly but surely, it got worse and worse until the ugly diagnosis by the doctor. “You have ****, an autoimmune disease, and here is your prescription.” Medications don’t usually heal a condition; they just attempt to slow down the destruction and mask the symptoms. Continue reading

Sugar Calorie Creep!

Calories creep, just sneak up on you when you aren’t looking.

You do need calories because they provide energy. Sources of calories (called macro-nutrients) are protein, fat, and carbohydrates (sugar). But vitamins and minerals (called micro-nutrients) are the stuff that makes that energy work for you, tells your body to operate correctly. You find vitamins and minerals hiding out in the whole food sources of calories.

Virtually every natural food from the pasture or the garden contains some protein, fat, carbohydrate (sugar), vitamins and minerals. Your health is ultimately attached to the vitamins and minerals, not the calories. Got it? Continue reading

The Difference Between Full and Not-Hungry

What’s the difference between full and no-longer-hungry?

I have out-of-town friends who have both changed their way of eating. We will call them Dick and Sally. Dick’s primary interest was to control his blood sugar because he is a diabetic. Sally, on the other hand, was just being a supportive wife but she wouldn’t be unhappy if she lost some extra pounds.

This new way of eating (WOE) eliminated or almost eliminated processed food and sugar, pretty much a whole food diet of meat and vegetables. You know, the food that is around the perimeter of the grocery store. Continue reading

Diabetics – Take Heed

My most recent posts are autoimmune related. While there is evidence that even diabetes has an autoimmune component, that component may just be that the food that got you to diabetes is likely to create other conditions as well.

In other words, pretty much everything that goes wrong in your body will be tied to food. Don’t you just hate it! So if you think of your diabetes as a stand-alone condition you are wrong. Continue reading

Peter, Miriam, and Jack Autoimmune Recoveries

In these two posts, Autoimmune  and What to do about Arthritis, I tried to bring you up to speed on autoimmune disease. In another post I shared three autoimmune recovery stories and promised to post more. True to my word, here are three more. As before, the names are fictitious but the stories are true. Continue reading