Medication vs. Diet
So, we’ve had a chat about how diet means more to a population and to our own bodies than the activities we partake in. We found out together that more often than not, it’s our heavy-grain diet that inflames joints affected by arthritis, and not their leisurely activities that they feel they’ve had to sacrifice because of their ailment.
Those with severe arthritis know one thing: You’ll end up taking medication. There’s almost no way around it and when the pain and throbbing gets too bad, you’ll reach over to the medication prescribed by the doctor, and quickly find that relief you’ve wanted. It’s a nasty cycle when you think about how this will repeat, and continue to repeat for as long as you can afford it.
We’ve yet to see a medication enter the market that actually solves the problem and doesn’t cover up the symptoms. We’ve seen methotrexate, prednisone and enbrel enter the markets and those of us who are more seriously affected have likely tried at least one of those. The side effects are terrible, and you’re forced to inject yourself with a needle every week. But no where along the line have these drugs actually solved the problem.
Luckily, there is a fair bit of research in how a diet might affect arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis. The results are appealing. Looking through a long list of personal experience stories, you’ll find that people who switched to a gluten-free diet felt a lot better in general due to the lack of wheat and grains, and that people who had arthritis suffered from their symptoms less than they did with a normal diet.
That’s a good start. Could we take that a step further, though? We’ve discovered that removing gluten from our diet helps a little, but what else can help?
As the paleo diet dictates, you shouldn’t eat grains, legumes, artificial sweeteners, dairy and potatoes. The first restriction is exactly what other people have done with positive results, it’s curious to think about how it might impact a person who follows all the rules. So, I had a look at some stories of people who tried a paleo diet to combat their arthritis, and I can say with confidence that I’m pleasantly surprised.Those who began the paleo diet noticed after a few weeks that their symptoms seemingly faded away. Their medication was promptly forgotten in the back of the medicine cabinet and they found that they could start doing their daily activities again without risk. Then upon cheating on the diet by eating something they shouldn’t, they find that the symptoms come rushing back with a feisty flare up.
We know that the paleolithic diet is based on the diets our ancestors lived on, and we know that our bodies have been dominantly adapted for this diet and that the switch to grains is both recent and detrimental to us. It makes an eerie amount of sense when you consider the idea that perhaps switching to a proper diet can relieve such a crippling ailment as severe rheumatoid arthritis.
With the might of modern medicine and dieticians, we throw pills and injections at the problem and clap our hands when the symptoms are hidden and you can battle your way through another week before needing to do it all over again. This is seen as a success story rather than a horrible fate. We try going to dieticians, who claim that your diet can’t affect such a condition.
Why is it, then, that all these people switch to a paleo diet and notice incredible results both as already healthy human beings but even when sick with a previously crippling condition? Why is it, then, that both sceptics and enthusiasts alike agree on the benefits of the paleo diet when they dedicate themselves to it for a month?