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“Autoimmune conditions are connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues.” Dr. Mark Hyman, …”the only way to treat an autoimmune disease is to treat the root cause of the inflammation and not the symptoms. ”
The crux of AIP is an anti-inflammatory diet, including nutrient dense foods, combined with lifestyle changes such as meditation, relaxing exercise (think long walks), focus on sleep, and improving emotional awareness to promote healing in the whole body.
Autoimmune Paleo Protocol click the link to be taken to my post, where I explain the what and why
Autoimmune Paleo has a great resource here that explains some common tricky foods on the AIP
Beyond the bite for Life’s AIP 101 with some great infographics
the Paleo Moms Leaky Gut resources
Is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. What does this mean? Essentially the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes gluten, a portion found in wheat, barley and rye. When the villi become damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to malnourishment. Complications include anemia, blood disorders, thyroid disease, osteoporosis and cancer.
While an ultimate cause for autoimmune disease remains unknown, research has shown that:
- People can have a genetic propensity for an autoimmune disease
- A trigger can activate or turn on the gene
- Suspected triggers include environmental, chemical, sunlight, stress, drugs and infection factors
- These triggers can cause a disease to “flare” up
- These disorders can appear at any and all ages, making it difficult to pinpoint exact causes
As with any other autoimmune disease, many of the symptoms of celiacs disease can mimic other conditions, making it difficult to diagnose.
Common symptoms include:
- anxiety, depression, “brain fog”
- weightloss/or gain
- severe abdominal pain and/or cramping
- extreme fatigue
- “puffiness” or edema
- joint pain and swelling
- infertility and/or dysmennorhea
- skin rash, itchy that looks like eczema
- mouth ulcers, pale mouth sores
- tingling or numb extremities
To diagnose celiacs disease, physicians screen through blood work to assess your bodies response to gluten, then can confirm through an intestinal biopsy. Often a full metabolic panel and a colonoscopy i s needed to assess for complications as well. If there is a rash present, then a skin biopsy might be ordered as well.
The only affirmative treatment for celiacs disease, is eating (and living) a completely gluten free diet. This means reading labels every single time for any product, no matter how many times you have eaten it. This is why I choose to make most of my food at home, as I am uber sensitive and react to even wheat flour dust on my skin. For more information on going gluten free, this is a comprehensive resource about the disease celiac.ca
Gluten Cross-reactivity occurs when substances that are similar to gluten behave like gluten in the body; the body treats them like they are gluten. In other words, you have a gluten-like reaction from foods that aren’t gluten! Read all about it on the Paleo Mom’s detailed post. or here for Phoenix Helix updated take on this hot topic.
Asthma has haunted me since I was ten years old. I have been in and out of the hospital, seen many doctors, specialists and and had many medication trials. All to little avail in managing my symptoms. Until I got a handle on my diet. I had to go beyond the conventional wisdom and start treating my asthma like an autoimmune condition. That it was the manifestation of something occurring very deep in my body and I could not only treat the symptoms.
Asthma is defined as a “chronic inflammatory disease of the airway. ” Until recently, when research has been focusing on the similarities asthma shares with other autoimmune disorders, including the management with stress reduction and lifestyle factors. Asthma has a close relationship to allergies, especially dairy allergy , which can trigger acute attacks.
- chronic, persistant cough. can be worse at night or first thing in the morning
- extra mucous
- tightness in chest
- susceptability to cold
- minimizing or removing personal triggers (food allergies, told, dust, pet dander, extreme temperatures, exercise)
- inhaled corticosteroids
- reducing stress
for more information, check out Asthma.ca
Asthma, Ezcema, Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases. By Myrto Ashe M.D.
- A food allergy is when the bodies immune system mistakenly takes a food protein for a foreign invader and attacks it
- to be technical, the immune system produces a large amount of IgE antibody (immunoglobulin E a part of the immune system) in recognition of the food protein as an antigen (against). IgE begins a cascade of events including releasing histamine and other chemicals in the body that cause the symptoms of a food allergy
- Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.
- symptoms: appear within minutes and can last hours, hives, itchiness, eczema, redness of the skin around the eyes or mouth, scratchy mouth and throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, runny nose, sneezing, cough, swelling of the lips, tongue and throat, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath/increased work of breathing, wheezing, fingers/lips turning blue, drop in blood pressure, sense of impending doom (the person will try to leave crowds), chest pain, a weak and thready pulse, loss of consciousness.
- if mild to moderated symptoms are present, antihistamines and/or steroids are used. If the symptoms persist and move systemically (more than one body system affected) the only treatment that will control symptoms is epinephrine. Once an anaphylactic reaction is known to occur, an epi-pen should be carried at all times and injected as soon as possible. Then further medical treatment sought.
- the only way to prevent a food allergy reaction is to avoid the offending food
Diagnosis of food allergies should be done my a qualified medical professional. If you suspect an actual food allergy (see the difference between intolerance and food allergy on Go Dairy Free)please do not wait to seek help as delaying treatment can be deadly.
Living with food allergies. This is a great resource page if you (or your kids) have just learned of a food allergy and have no idea what to do next.
Note: a telltale sign of food allergies in children is dark circles under the eyes, and of a dairy allergy in particular is eczema (raised red rash) on the lips extending out.
MTHFR is a genetic variant, that can make you susceptible to illness because the pathway is the primary source of glutathione production in the body. Glutathione is the body’s primary antioxidant and detoxifier. People with MTHFR anomalies usually have low glutathione, which makes them more susceptible to stress and less tolerant to toxins. As we age, MTHFR problems worsen due to the accumulation of toxins and the cumulative effect of oxidative stress.Fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraines, are all conditions associated with MTHFR, along with many other chronic illnesses.
10 Health Tips for Anyone with MTHFR
A simple and inclusive summary by The Paleo Pi.
A mind map to graphically illustrate the effects
NW Integrative Medicine summary and resources
Dr. Ben Lynch explains in a Ben Lynch MTHFR podcast
The FODMAPs in the diet are:
Fructose (fruits, honey, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), etc)
Fructans (wheat, garlic, onion, inulin etc)
Galactans (legumes such as beans, lentils, soybeans, etc)
Polyols (sweeteners containing isomalt, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, stone fruits such as avocado, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, etc)
Those with some sort of irritable bowel disease may be more prone to the osmotic effects of FODMAPS. Essentially the carbohydrates are not absorbed, pass through to the large intestine where bacteria feed and ferment. By eliminating the offenders, lingering abdominal bloating, gas, diarrhea and pain can disappear.
Check out Stanfords FODMAP list exhaustive list of FODMAPS
Autoimmune paleo FODMAPS by Gutsy by Nature
AIP Fodmaps by Petra 8 Paleo
Mindset Shifts to Reduce Inflammation There is always an emotional component with autoimmunity. Introspection and/or spiritual discovery should be part of every healing journey. Psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) is an emerging field and the interaction between these systems in the body is scientific fact