That's right, old guy! Even YOU can wake up in the morning and crawl out of bed in under 5 minutes...pain, and yelp, free.
a nice little anecdote:
Some background: My wife and I decided to go on a low-carb diet over a decade ago. It was a move of desperation, because we were both more than
150 lbs overweight. She had been diagnosed with diabetes, and was on two medications (avandia and glucophage), and was still having wild blood sugar
swings, along with extreme fatigue. I wasn’t quite to that point, but I had a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, poor night
vision, chronic acne, almost constant heartburn — and a mysterious pain in my hands and knees. That “arthritis” started back in the mid-90′s,
and had gradually worsened to the point where I was forced to quit playing my violin in public because I was unable to practice enough to preserve my
skill — it hurt too much. I had complained to several doctors about it, and none of them could find anything wrong. One gave me some medication
which had side-effects even worse than the arthritis (and, as I discovered when I quit taking it, it was highly addictive!). I decided to simply quit
complaining and just live with it after one doctor suggested that I see a shrink. My mother also complained of constant arthritis pain, so I assumed
that it was just a genetic thing, and I would just have to live with it.
A little less than a week into the diet, I cut out the grains completely. No more bread. No more raisin bran with skim milk. No more rice, no more
oatmeal. At that point, my wife and I went through the kitchen throwing out stuff.
It was almost as traumatic as going through a divorce, throwing out all those boxes of cereal, loaves of bread, bags of flour (we baked our own bread
in those days, because we thought it was ‘healthier’ that way…), canned colas, popcorn (along with the air-popper) and other items we decided we
weren’t going to eat anymore.
Two days after I had cut out all grains, something amazing happened. I woke up that morning with no hand pain!
Pretty amazing...but, as all of those fad diets and exercise programs say.."Results aren't typical!"
So...I'll just throw some gas on this one and let it burn...
Gluten (from Latin gluten "glue") is a protein composite that appears in foods processed from wheat and related species.
Source: Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org...
Conclusion. The data provide evidence that [elimination of gluten] may be of clinical benefit for certain RA patients,
Rheumatoid arthritis treated with vegetarian diets
In a controlled, single-blind trial we tested the effect of fasting for 7–10 d, then consuming an individually adjusted, gluten-free, vegan diet
for 3.5 mo, and then consuming an individually adjusted lactovegetarian diet for 9 mo on patients with [Rheumatoid Arthritis].
Gluten and the Small Intestine in Rheumatoid Arthritis
In summary, the results show that some patients with RA can benefit from a fasting period followed by a vegetarian diet [that is also gluten-free]
An entirely new concept of the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis and other connective-tissue diseases, a theory in which a genetically
determined abnormality of the small imtestine is the basic defect, has been proposed. Shatin's hypothesis1 is that patients with rheumatoid arthritis
are heterozygous for nontropical sprue (adult celiac disease). Although they have no intestinal complaints, the intestinal mucosa is abnormal and
important metabolites essential to connective tissue are not absorbed. The clinical expression of this heterozygotic condition is rheumatoid
arthritis. He further states that the worldwide distribution of rheumatoid arthritis corresponds to the distribution of wheat ingestion, lending
indirect support for his hypothesis. The validity of this theory is strengthened by Shatin's report that 18 out of 18 patients with rheumatoid
arthritis improved on a gluten-free diet, often within two weeks after the beginning of the dietary restriction of cereal grains.
Duration of exposure to gluten and risk for autoimmune disorders in patients with celiac disease
Conclusions: Our data show for the first time that the prevalence of autoimmune disorders [such as Arthritis] in celiac disease is related to the
duration of exposure to gluten
Lectins, sugar binding proteins found prevalently in cereal grains, can ruin your metabolism and cause inflammation and autoimmune problems...and
Modulation of immune function by dietary lectins in rheumatoid
Despite the almost universal clinical observation that inflammation of the gut is frequently associated with inflammation of the joints and vice
versa, the nature of this relationship remains elusive. In the present review, we provide evidence for how the interaction of dietary lectins with
enterocytes and lymphocytes may facilitate the translocation of both dietary and gut-derived pathogenic antigens to peripheral tissues, which in turn
causes persistent peripheral antigenic stimulation. In genetically susceptible individuals, this antigenic stimulation may ultimately result in the
expression of overt rheumatoid arthritis (RA) via molecular mimicry, a process whereby foreign peptides, similar in structure to endogenous peptides,
may cause antibodies or T-lymphocytes to cross-react with both foreign and endogenous peptides and thereby break immunological tolerance. By
eliminating dietary elements, particularly lectins, which adversely influence both enterocyte and lymphocyte structure and function, it is proposed
that the peripheral antigenic stimulus (both pathogenic and dietary) will be reduced and thereby result in a diminution of disease symptoms in certain
patients with [Rheumatoid Arthriritis].
There are tons of anecdotes and case studies demonstrating the therapeutic effects of a grain-free diet. Emelioration of arthritis is one of many
such positive effects.
Here's a thread by one of our own describing his own experience with a grain-free diet: