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3/23/10 7:01 P

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I have a very high rheumatoid factor. It hasn't shown any other symptoms, so they haven't diagnosed lupus or RA yet. They are waiting for symptoms. Besides hives, I haven't really had any other symptoms. Since going gluten free, the hives have gone away. Should I have the rheumatoid factor rechecked next time I go to the doctor to see if gluten free has improved it?


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3/23/10 3:04 A

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Thought I would share my story here

I was diagnosed with seronegative arthritis when I was 23 - my knee had just swelled up over a couple of weeks and the doctors were baffled. My specialist had me on the usual medications, but the swelling, restricted movement and pain was spreading to other joints (started in my knee). Things were getting worse for 3 years until I moved cities and changed doctors. My new doctor had been to a conference and heard about a link between sero-negative arthritis and gluten intolerance, and suggested I had nothing to loose from a GF diet. My gluten antibodies were high in the blood test. Desperate to try anything, but sceptical that GF could be making my joints inflamed I went GF that day. After about 6 weeks, I noticed I wasn't needing to take the large dose of anti-inflammatories, and my whole body had shrunk - I looked less puffy and a few digestive issues I thought were normal had also gone. I thought it was just a coincidence, but persisted with the diet. After 6 months I was not needing any pain medications and had restored most of the movement in my joints. My blood test inflammation levels were also normal.

That was 2 years ago, and today I rarely think about joint pain and never need to take anti-inflammatories.
I do have some permanent damage to my knee (where it all started) due to an arthroscope I had when the docs were trying to figure out what was wrong, but everything else is returned to normal

I often thank my doctor for going to that conference and being pro-active enough to suggest GF

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2/10/10 12:41 P

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LIKE2PLAY, I went to a speech by celiac and gf author, Shelley Case, and I asked this question of her because I'd read gf vegan is helpful for RA. She concurred.

On another and similar note, Dh has a friend who had an ALCAT test and changed his diet based on his food sensitivities. He attributes his recovery to gf and taking out other foods he was reacting to. He lost 17 lbs on an already slight frame, down to 130 lbs. I should share his email as he expressed his thoughts to Dh:

"Hereís the link to the website that has the information on the blood test for food hypersensitivities. I highly recommend that you read the book. Itís written by a woman who cured her arthritis mainly through diet (though she also used exercise, and stress reduction techniques as well). The test is done by a lab in Hallandale called ALCAT. It costs over $600 and my insurance doesnít cover it, but it was the best $600 I ever spent. The diet that the test produced for me reduced my joint inflammation, I lost 17 lbs., got me off of blood pressure meds, and I was able to reduce my corticosteroid dose by almost 50% (which is good cause the steroids have very bad long term side effects). I now go to the gym every week and work out vigorously. My knees are much better and all my other joints are normal. Itís definitely worth a try. I wish that I had known about this option when I first got RA. I might have avoided the hip operations. Hope it works for you. Let me know if you have any questions.

His name here.

book mentioned: bit.ly/aSAJax

When I queried Dh to ask what his sensitivities were (I'm nosy and was looking for "you-know-what", he responded:)

"Happy to help in any way. The foods that trigger my arthritis include wheat, milk, sugar, spinach, grapes and a whole bunch of other healthy foods. Every person is different, though and you may have very different sensitivities. I am gluten free and it helps me a lot but not everyone has that sensitivity. Only the ALCAT test can tell for sure. I wish that I'd known about it when I first got sick. I think I would not have lost the hips. I encourage you to do the test and follow the diet. I hope it saves you all the trouble I dealt with. Let me know if you want to talk about it.

His name here."

Am I surprised? Nope. But I don't know his jump from wheat- to gluten-free.


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I don't have RA but I do have a friend who does and she is not only GF but also Vegan. She notices a tremendous difference if she goes "off program".

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1/24/10 8:49 P

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I have RA and the only thing that keeps it "in check" is to be gluten free. If I slip-up and start to eat wheat or it sneaks into my diet my joints start aching and turn red and swollen. It works for me to be totally gluten-free.

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1/23/10 11:41 P

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I think the body/liver recognizes honey and knows what to do with it vs HFCS. I hope you enjoy.

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1/23/10 11:20 P

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I use honey but rarely.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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1/22/10 9:16 P

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FYI, my older sister's ex-husband has RA and he was exploring the benefits of a wheat free diet (possibley gf) a couple of years ago through his doctor.

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1/22/10 8:39 P

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emoticon GOOD CATCH WOMAN! I noticed that also - sooo, they haven't totally caught up - lol.

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I don't have RA nor does anyone in my family. I watched the video and what jumped out at me when they said to try blue agave syrup. According to this article www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-go
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Agave syrup is worse the HFCS! I can't imagine that being good for anyone.

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1/22/10 1:23 P

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I have relatives with RA on my dad's side and have sent them info re: gf diet but honestly, the info seemed mostly anecdotal and from smaller sites, not "mainstream" enough for them to "believe." Times, they are a changin' however!

www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arth
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If you have arthritis, won't you share your experience here? Lurkers might learn.

KNOWLEDGE = POWER. BODY = TEMPLE. FOOD = MEDICINE. PREVENTION IS THE CURE. YOU ARE WHAT YOU ABSORB!
One person's food is another person's poison.
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CD stories: bit.ly/cdstories
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