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

“There was no way that food could be causing this,” she said.

“I said there was no way that food could be causing this,” were Margaret’s words. “But I was wrong.” And indeed she was.

In my last post, Autoimmune, I explained how autoimmune diseases happen. I promised to share the experiences of people who have accomplished autoimmune remission through diet. Continue reading

Autoimmune – what is it?

Today’s question: “You keep talking about autoimmune diseases and I don’t think most people have these. So what is that and what’s the big deal?”

Answer:  An autoimmune disorder occurs when your body’s immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disorders and they may attack body parts like blood vessels, connective tissue, lungs, glands like the thyroid or pancreas, joints, muscles, red blood cells, skin, and nerves (including the brain.) In other words, anywhere. Continue reading

It was Serendipity!

Was life perfect yesterday? You had a plan and the plan played out exactly as you intended? More likely, a thing or two went awry.

The election didn’t go as you hoped. Perhaps a deer found the front of your car, your child gets up with these words, “Mom, I have to bring treats to school today,” or you spend the day in pain in the emergency room. This is just how life is going to be, “making the best of a bad situation.” Do you remember that old song?

Hard as it is to believe, any one of these plans gone awry may be a serendipitous moment. One of my favorite sayings is this, “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” A fortunate happenstance sometimes called serendipity. Continue reading

The Rock Bottom Line

The Rock Bottom Line

We all yearn to “feel great”, don’t we?

We want to wake up daily full of energy, think clearly, and have no pain or discomfort. Periods of illness are short lived and disappear on their own. Only healthy folks can make that claim.

If you watch TV, follow Facebook, read newspapers and magazines, you know one thing for sure. They are all filled with promises of amazing symptom relief with some supplement or medication. Don’t be fooled. Continue reading

What to do about arthritis flares!

Joint Pain

“I have arthritis and am sometimes in constant pain. I thought maybe it was gluten related so I eat gluten free bread but that didn’t help. The doctor says I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and none of the medicine is working. What do I do?” Continue reading