Not sure how the rest of folks on this site are treating their APS, but on a lot of other sites I see a heavy bias towards medication. People take one thing for pain, another for GERD, something else for neurological issues, and of course, Coumadin and/or Heparin.
Now I am not against medicine. I take my Coumadin religiously and have my INR checked. However, I do believe in getting at the source of the problem more directly; and if it is possible to address the autoimmunity issue directly, I want to do this.
For this reason, I am about the embark on a dietary protocol designed to address autoimmune issues.
About 7 months ago I started eating essentially a Paleo diet in order to address rising blood sugar levels and obesity. It worked extremely well for me. In addition to the 50 pounds I had lost through exercise, I lost almost another 50 pounds by eating Paleo, and I am not just about at my target body weight.
It just so happens that there is a "Paleo Autoimmunity Protocol." I did not do this at first, because I was not really entirely aware of all the implications of having APS. However, now that I have had a serious flare of my APS, I feel now is the time to do the autoimmune protocol.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Paleo diet, the thinking goes like this: human beings developed as hunter gatherers and remained as such for thousands of years. Agriculture and the modern diet came much later. Therefore, there are certain foods that better suit our systems than others, and most of those were the ones we ate in pre-modern times.
With regard to autoimmunity, Paleo proponents are concerned with something called intestinal permeability, otherwise known as leaky gut. Basically, lots of our neolithic foods and the modern diet work to damage the guy lining, allowing certain offensive substances to cross the gut barrier and to enter the blood stream. Once in the blood stream, the body mounts an immune response to these foreign substances. By definition that immune response is inflammatory.
I don't know to what extent APS is effected by other inflammatory events taking place in the body; but I plan to give this a try to work on keeping myself out of the inflammatory state in general. I suppose this would, at the very least, have a positive impact on my overall health.
Is anyone else focused on anti-inflammatory diet protocols? If so, what are they and what success have you had?