Autoimmunity & Food Allergens

January 24, 2013

in ABC's of Healing

Autoimmune disease are more common then ever. As I have mentioned in a previous post, there’s mounting evidence that our immune system misbehaves largely due to the fact that it is loaded down with countless environmental toxins to which we are currently exposed—toxins that disrupt communication between the brain and the rest of the body, and at the same time compromises the immune system’s ability to distinguish self from non-self.

The numbers are staggering:one in twelve Americans—and one in nine women—will develop an autoimmune disorder, a which makes Americans more likely to get an autoimmune disease than either cancer or heart disease.[1]

You can think of yourself as a barrel, and as you slowly fill your body (ie the barrel) with toxins throughout your life through the foods you eat, the air you breathe, the pesticides, herbicides and various other environmental toxins in your immediate environment, you slowly approach the top of the barrel.  We each have our own, customized threshold for toxins before our bodies say enough!. Unfortunately, it’s quite likely that at some point your barrel  will spill over and result in a full blown autoimmune freak show – MS. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease….you name it. So what is that last drop that causes the barrel to overflow?

The attack of self on self can be triggered by certain foods, amongst other things, which can activate the immune cells that start the cascade of events that lead to symptoms.  Food doesn’t CAUSE the disease, but may fuel the process after the disease has manifested itself in the body.

The good news is that, we can control what we put in our mouths, woot!, and stop eating those foods which over activate the immune system to keep our immune system from over reacting and attacking our nervous system. The first step is to stop eating the trigger foods that activate the disease process.

What are those trigger foods?  These are, of course, not the same for everyone, but for most people they are some or all of the following: gluten containing grains (wheat, rye, barley, and contaminated oats), peanuts, cow’s milk, wheat, corn, soy, shellfish, eggs, and tree nuts, legumes and yeast and potentially others!  These foods have not been a part of our diet for very long, relatively speaking in terms of our two million year evolutionary history.  Our distant ancestors did not consume any of these foods, and not surprisingly also did not suffer from most of the current ‘lifestyle diseases’, including MS, that are so very common these days.

It is very important to be well nourished with nutrient dense foods that our ancestors did eat such as:

    Lean, wild protein
    An abundance of vegetables/fruits of all colors
    Foods rich in antioxidants, such as deeply colored beans and berries
    Raw foods for enzyme support and probiotics
    Nuts and seeds

What else? Drink plenty of pure, filtered water; get sunshine (Vitamin D) and exercise and work on reducing your toxic load to clean out that barrel. As time goes on, you may be able to reclaim movement, sensations, your cognitive abilities, and full energy.

Want to find out more about which foods work for and against you? I’d be happy to do a free, one-on-one health consultation to get you started. Get in touch!

Source: [1]Jackson-Nakazawa, Donna. The Autoimmune Epidemic. New York: Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 2008. Print.


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