I recently ran into a colleague of mine who has RA. I could not believe the difference in her. She looked pain-free and about 30 pounds slimmer. My friend is a 39 year old teacher has three small children and has RA. Can you imagine being on your feet all day teaching with uncontrolled RA? When I was first diagnosed with PMR she was quite ill as well so we would commiserate. ShevWas inflamed everywhere and was the only person who understood that “flu feeling”. Anyway I was at Whole Foods when I saw her and she told me she was 99% pain-free and her inflammation levels were all the way down to 4. There was no change in medication so it was strictly due to diet. She told me she went on the Paddison program. She said it was incredibly difficult But she saw amazing results and feels great. As she started introducing foods she realized she was allergic to certain foods which would cause her to flareup. Last month I had a horrific flareup that really upset me. I knew I had to make some changes, so I decided to try this program. Instead of going full throttle I decided to wean off slowly and then start the program which will be this morning. For the last two weeks I have been plant based. I also gave up coffee, wine, and dairy. The only grains I eat are buckwheat, amaranth and Quinoa. I eat beans and tons of greens. I allow myself 1 tablespoon of olive oil a day which was quite difficult for me being of Italian descent . I have been drinking cucumber and celery juice two times a day. The changes have been substantial. No heartburn ( which I never had until starting steroids ) absolutely no fatigue, and have been able to taper by 1 mg. I also lost 10 pounds. The only thing that has been difficult is my social life because socializing with my friends and family was always associated with food. Going out to eat was challenging but I think the benefits outweigh and feelings of deprivation. I also started Bikram yoga which is supposed to be really good for Rheumatic conditions. Unfortunately I bruised my rib from coughing so much when I was sick two weeks ago so I have to go easy with the Yoga. Other than that I feel fantastic. I will keep you posted on how the program goes.