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No Grain, No Pain

May 3rd, 2017 at 11:08 pm

So I am reading the book No Grain, No Pain by Dr. Peter Osborne. He says that grain causes inflammation in those with autoimmune diseases and that eliminating it from you diet can result in a massive decrease in the amount of pain people with autoimmune diseases have.

Well, we are giving it a try for a week and then hopefully for 30 days. It will be hard. Rice, corn, and bread are pretty woven in to my meal plans. It's not as hard for me as it will be for my daughter, since I only ate them at one meal a day anyway. I have plenty of base items that are gluten free anyway, like coconut aminos or fish sauce, so I can make my sauces for stir-fries without worrying. And we can eat riced cauliflower done up like stir-fried rice. I am still keeping pork and shellfish out of the diet as well, since those are not recommended for lupus.

There are a couple of vitamins I will have to get different brands of because they use corn oil. And while reading through the ingredients on all the bottles, I discovered polysorbate 80 in one of them, so I'll have to get a different brand of that as well. Hopefully I can find them without those ingredients. It's only 3 vitamins I need to replace. The other 6 have clean ingredients. So that won't get too expensive all at once. It is the gel capsules that are the problem.

8 Responses to “No Grain, No Pain”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    There's another book, written by a doctor, called Wheat Belly, which talks about this topic as well.

    For what it's worth, I think you know I have an auto immune disease (MS) and I see no difference in my health whether or not I eat grains.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    Thank you for your prayers about my job situation, by the way.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh geez really, Polysorbate 80 in vitamins. I'm going to look closer at ours. Good plain on trying to reduce inflammation through diet. Inflammation can be tested for right? So you could get a blood test to see if the inflammation marker is reduced after a diet of whole grains.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    CCF--The polysorbate 80 was in Nature's Bounty Fish Oil capsules. That was the only vitamin I found it in, but it really surprised me to see that in there.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    PS--I read Wheat Belly a long time ago and thought it would be too hard, but that was before I was tested. Did you eliminate all grains when tried, including corn and rice? And the pseudo grains like quinoa? Or just wheat, oats, and barley?

    It's worth giving it a whirl for me and my daughter. It might help and going a week without grains won't hurt. I think we are so individual that while it might work for some, it won't work for others. Or there are other factors as well. I'm kind of hoping it doesn't work so I don't have to give up spaghetti and pizza, to be honest. But if it does, I'd rather be in less pain and have less swelling.

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    No, sorry, LR, I should have been more clear. I didn't do any elimination diet, but I haven't had any kind of issues that required something like that. I've never had pain associated with the MS and from what I know, it's not that common.

  7. Dido Says:

    I'm temporarily eliminating all grains too--as well as all legumes, fungi (mushrooms), eggs, dairy, nightshades, alcohol, and coffee (well, that last one is in progress as I have to be productive at work so won't go cold turkey). I'm following a protocol called the Repairvite diet, but it's just for a couple of weeks. This phase of the program is accompanied by probiotics, a leaky gut remedy, and herbals (an antifungal, antiparastic, and one other "anti"). Then I'll move to a liver detox phase where I get to introduce many non-gluten grains back as well as beans (but I'll take out beef and pork for a week, then another week that is vegan before beginning to re-introduce foods back). This is for my Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, another auto-immune disease. Essentially it's another variation on "AIP," or the Autoimmune Protocol.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Dido--I've looked at the AIP and it seemed so overwhelming to me to have to cut so many things at once. But it's clear to me that it may be necessary at some point to do that drastic of an elimination diet. I don't think I could handle a vegan diet even for a day. I get crazy blood sugar if I try to take meat protein out of my diet. I mostly eat chicken, rabbit, and fish, which I think are a lot easier to digest than beef and pork.

    There sure are a lot of us with autoimmune diseases. It never used to be so prevalent in the population. I wish we all knew what the underlying cause was. I have my suspicions, but not enough to back them up.

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