Gluten-free testimony!Submitted by The Pen on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 15:23
I’m in the final stages of treatment for the “assumed” condition of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Regardless of all blood tests coming up negative for inflammatory or arthritic factors, all x-rays and MRI rendering no arthritic abnormalities, it has been pinned on my family history, rather let me say my family’s history of treatment under the watch of Big Medicine that has been the continued culprit that finds my treatment to the default of pharmaceuticals (which I will not take). The last few months I have been dealing with something I have been little able to define, but I have refused the traditional treatment of a condition that is unsure and uncertain. I have realized that it would be detrimental to my health if I were to comply with traditional remedies at this point and regardless of compliance, I have already subjected my body to enough shit in the past to be wary of allowing it again.
As of almost eight weeks ago, I chose to alter my diet in order to challenge the complications I had been experiencing over the last several months. I chose to subtract Gluten from my diet as I have read several reports/studies that have linked joint swelling/pain and many other issues to the diet of someone who is Non-Celiac Gluten-intolerant/sensitive. In the last four weeks my pain and feeling of swollen joints has reduced 80%-90% and the pain that does affect me almost always occurs in the fingers/hands in certain areas. My job requires me to type most of the day and the effects are normally felt as the night comes to an end, rather after I have ceased to use them under the same demand. I have a greater clarity of mind, a lesser strain and irritation of my eyes, not to mention lesser dryness, a greater sense of capacity for learning and a renewed sense of hope of all things.
My elbow is actually an old injury that caused a decent size portion of the cartilage between my upper and lower arm to erode/detach, leaving a void and invitation for the onset of fluid buildup and inflammation. Just yesterday I had what will be my final appointment for treatment and I would like to share what my Rheumatologist shared with me regarding Gluten and the effects of Gluten to those who are intolerant. I was going in primarily to get my elbow drained, which has been restricted to full motion and in pain since November 2013. It was enough for me that there was absolutely no fluid in my elbow (which meant no arthritic inflammation/factor) to send me into euphoria. The Rheumatologist basically told me to “stick with my dietary change” and gave even more fuel to me for doing so by what he told me next.
Without any specifics conveyed to me he told me that he had attended a conference two weeks ago. One of the key speakers was another Rheumatologist who had been for some time upon initial consultation with new patients directing them to immediately cut out Gluten from their diets. Let me say from experience this isn’t a necessarily easy thing to do. I have been Vegan for 3 years so I was possibly a little more determined and ready to make another drastic change in my diet. However, at 35 years of age I am willing and stubbornly so to take any natural measure over traditional medicine to remedy a condition I’ve dealt with since the age of five. Apparently this Rheumatologist has around 800 patients that have received this initial treatment option and due to the success and relief his patients are getting from this dietary change, he will be writing/publishing a book with regards to administration of a Gluten-free diet for those afflicted with [arthritic] conditions. I was floored!
I could tell my Rheumatologist was somewhat enlightened as to the possible efficacy of this remedy and the fact that I had been relieved of almost all arthritic effects since cutting Gluten out of my diet added even more fuel to stoke the fires of alternatives for those suffering from arthritis in general. I am CONVINCED that my remission is due to this dietary change. I do not know if such a remedy will help all suffering from arthritis, but I do know it is about to become much more discussed in the circles of Rheumatology. I would like to think that my self-administering of this remedy will serve to change the tenants of modern arthritic remedies and point out that there is so much we have yet to understand about our own bodies. I share this with you all in order to possibly help one other person.
Peace and Love always...