I hope you're feeling good today. If you don't feel good today, I hope you feel good tomorrow!
I haven't been on here as much as I'd like recently as I'm busy building a blog where I can write about my research relating to RA and share my findings in a lot more detail than I can do here. I'm conscious that these kinds of posts are not everyone's cup of tea, so I don't like to go into too much detail in my posts in case I scare anyone or overload them with information.
But on the flip side I do think it's extremely important that information like this gets shared on busy forums like this. Google search results are dominated by articles that talk too much about reduced life expectancy, dangerous medications and incurable disease. There is a lot of hope and solutions for people living with RA, but it is not easy to find. We need to try and find a way to get as many people to see this information as possible.
Over the last few months I've been banging the drum on here pretty hard about how there is now overwhelming Scientific research that shows that symptoms of RA are caused and driven by various environmental factors. The factors differ from person to person, but there's strong evidence to suggest that if you can identify your triggers, you can start to reverse the disease. How long it will take to see a noticeable improvement in symptoms is difficult to say, but it's getting to the point where it is pretty hard to deny that removing triggers results in greatly improved symptoms and massively reduced levels of pain. Figuring out the triggers is the most difficult part...
I listened to a podcast earlier today where a leading Biohacker was discussing the role that specific foods play in modern Disease with the former President of the American Heart Association.
They talk in great detail about Lectins, which are a type of protein found in many foods and I've read strong scientific research linking them to RA. Lectins appear to be Kryptonite for RA sufferers and yet many people with RA eat a diet very high in Lectins.
I've posted a bit on here before about how Lectins can aggravate RA, but this podcast does a much better job of explaining the Science behind it than I can.
I thought I'd share the podcast here for anyone that would like to listen. I found it fascinating.
We are embarking upon a very interesting time in our history where large organizations are no longer able to control the flow of information like they used to. 20 years ago it would be very difficult for people like Dr Gundry to share their knowledge and research on a mass scale, but now with the internet it is very easy easy.
I found the part where they talk about TnF levels rising in the blood after someone eats Lectins particularly fascinating. Could the Pharmaceutical industry have worked out the link between Lectin consumption and increased TnF levels many years ago which ultimately led to the development of Biologic drugs which block TnF production in the body?
Who knows. I'm not going to get into conspiracy theories, but the fact that we can influence our TnF levels with what we eat is extremely exciting.
Could removing Lectins from the diet be more effective at treating RA than taking Anti TnF Biologic drugs? Both strategies reduce TnF levels in the body, so it's definitely something interesting to think about.
I hope you enjoy the podcast...