November 29, 2011

Lupus, Gluten and Hypo Allergenic Diet Research (A Repost)

11/29/2011 Another link that I found today on the subject, check the end of the articles medical references too if you want to read further and delve deeper!

Want a book to read to learn more (I found it at my local library)....has the story of how Dr. Wright "cured" 100 cases of Lupus completely with diet change (from reading the book a long while ago I believe it was a diet free from gluten, dairy and beef--not sure if there were more foods eliminated I will request the book to take a look again- he also gave high doses of supplements/vitamins)...worth a look! Knowledge is power!

The rest of this is from an older blog post (an oldie but a goodie) Please read!

Someone had posted a website link on my blog a while back and I was just re-reading it the other day. The rest of this post is from someone else. Below is this person's opinion and research. Read on below. I am doing more research on Dr. Reading and Dr. Wright for myself.

A little bit more on Lupus...

There are actually many cause and many approach towards treatment of Lupus depending on how you look at it. If the treatment is to prevent hair loss caused by lupus, treatment with prednisone might stop hair loss. There is a story of an Australian doctor who successfully treated lupus based on gluten allergies which was to avoid all grains except corn and rice. Here is some information:

Dr Reading, an Australian doctor who cured a hundred Lupus [SLE] patients by [among other things] taking them off all grains except RICE and CORN. Dr Wright discussed the connection between a Lancet article recently reporting a link between the genetic marker HLA-B8 and 17 diseases with what he had learned from Dr Reading. All but one of the 17 diseases [Celiac Disease] arethought to be autoimmune diseases. Dr Wright deduced that if dietary restriction of gluten cured the one gene-linked disease known to have an external cause that perhaps all of the gene-linked diseases had an external cause and that it might just be gluten sensitivity!

I would bet on it!!

Here is the list of the diseases linked to the gene that might respond to restriction of gluten containing foods. My advice is that ANY patient with one of the following diagnoses be taken off ALL grain and ALL dairy products until their involvement is ruled out.

Addison's Disease

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia

Celiac disease

Childhood asthma

Chronic autoimmune hepatitis

Dermatitis herpetiformis

Grave's disease

Insulin dependent (type 1) Diabetes mellitus

Lupus erythematosis

Myesthenia gravis

Pernicious anemia [100% also suffer total lack of

stomach acid]

Polymyalgia rheumatica


Sjogren's syndrome


Ulcerative colitis


Dr Wright recommends the tTG test for gluten/gliadin sensitivity, a measure of tissue transglutaminase and supposedly the most sensitive test now available. Information from a website is included below for your convenience.

Other tests are the endomysial antibody test [EMA] for short lived antibodies and the antigliadin antibody [AGA] test for the longer lived IgA and IgG antibodies.

Be sure the patient has consumed gluten containing foods right up until test day or the tests might show negative even in gluten sensitive people.

Again there is a story of someone who was "cured" of lupus taking a common medicine available in most pharmacy stores, Calorad.

Some people are allergic to certain drugs and environmental toxins. So stopping certain medications, or drugs might help. Common drugs that induced lupus are procainamide (Pronestyl) hydralazine (Apresoline) quinidine (Quinaglute). Also, its been known that taking nasal vaccines causes lupus to be much worse. Discontinuation of vaccines might also be helpful.

Personally, I suspect that many authorities know what causes lupus and its cures, but they are keeping it mum and for a good reason. There has been many stories I hear of people taking vaccinations such as polio and hepatitis A for example then suddenly wham, lupus! I hear that taking high dose steroids for example cured lupus. Hormone therapy such as prednisone were also helpful.

Let me conclude about treatment with Lupus to make it simple: The main cause of lupus is nucleic acid deficiency. Supplementation with RNA/DNA, liquid protein supplements (e.g. calorad) and Sulfur rich foods and sulfur supplements (MSM, Brewer's Yeast, Selenium) and cofactors for DNA synthesis such as vitamin B complex should help along with TMG (Trimethyglycine).

Finally avoidance of gluten containing foods such as white flour and wheat, sugar, overcooked meats, drug medications, and vaccine should eliminate most of the lupus conditions. Short term treatments such as steroids and prednisone might be helpful. Detoxification is necessary in first stages such as liver detoxification, and reduction heavy metal toxicity by using EDTA for example are the basics. Elimination of environmental toxins is also important. If you just follow this email alone, most of the conditions of Lupus should be alleviated."

November 28, 2011

Healing Scriptures

Hope you all had a Happy Thankgiving and a pleasant weekend!

This post is dedicated to Rosa, who fought with me that God makes certain people sick for them to suffer and that for some there is no hope of getting well....this is for her....

God wants you to be well! He will show you how to get well if you will follow His lead. He led me along step by step and He will do the same for anyone else! Read the Healing Scriptures link below.

I definitely feel I got sick for a reason. It was a learning experience. Getting sick helped me learn to be healthier and to help my family, friends and everyone I meet to be healthier as well! I learned:

1) I shouldn't treat my body like garbage and just throw in unhealthy food
2) I need to exercise
3) I need to have healthy relationships/less stress
4) I need to say "No" if I am too tired
5) I need to take time to care for myself first then I will have more to give to others
6) I needed to research how to be and stay well naturally/holistically

November 23, 2011

You or someone you love has Lupus? What next...

I get letters occasionally that ask for specifics of what to do to help someone that has Lupus or has been diagnosed with Lupus. Feel free to contact me. I would love to talk to you or help you in any way that I can.

First thing though...I am NOT a doctor....I am a Nutrition Consultant and a person that has Lupus and a blogger that researches diet and holistic healing with reference to Lupus (and other diseases) ....but I do have some things that I can recommend through my experience and the research and reading that I've done for the past 6 years.

1) Get tested for Celiac Disease through your regular doctor or even better a gastroenterologist.

2) Find a great holistic doctor

3) Get an IgG food allergy test, or an ALCAT test

4) Avoid any food allergens that you are found to have

5) If all the food allergy tests come back negative...I seriously doubt it...try an elimination diet (only try the elimination diet AFTER you are tested for Celiac Disease- though you can try an elimination diet after the Celiac test and before the IgG or ALCAT test)

When you are finished with the above steps, then gradually do as many of the action items on the following 2 links that you can (go slow don't get overwhelmed)

I need to combine these 2 lists into one but I haven't yet....please look at both....

So you have Lupus What do you do next?

General Health Tips for Everyone

November 22, 2011

November 21, 2011

Who Owns the Organic Brands?

Who owns those organic health food brands at the grocery/health food store? Scary....You can only hope they are doing "the right thing". Using non GMO, organic, and sustainable farming etc.
Click on the links for the article/video and organizational chart.

November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Recipes- Egg Free, Dairy free, Gluten Free, Some Classic, Some Raw, Some Vegan

Easy Thanksgiving recipe substitutions for food allergies or to have a vegan Thanksgiving.

I pick Martha Stewart Recipes because I know she uses "classic" type recipes for Thanksgiving. You can use your favorites and just adjust the ingredients as necessary. Have questions just email me
Turkey or Vegan meal ??? You decide..... Links for a raw, vegan, and macrobiotic plant based Thanksgiving are at the bottom of this post.

To prepare your turkey use your favorite turkey recipe or use the farmer's recommendation on how to cook their turkey. We have been purchasing our turkey each year from a local farmer, the turkey comes with directions on how to prepare it.

Use organic ingredients where possible.
Cranberry Sauce or applesauce use real cranberries and apples and cook and add what you like..

Cranberry sauce
....can substitute maple syrup for the sugar or add less sugar etc to get the taste you desire

....can use turkey drippings separated with a fat separating measure cup
...instead of wheat flour use brown rice flour
...instead of butter use earth balance or olive oil or a combination (or leave this out entirely usually the gravy has enough fat in it already)

Green bean casserole
       ..... Instead of cream of mushroom soup use mushrooms minced and cooked with earth balance, salt  and pepper and a litttle rice milk (use rice flour to thicken if necessary)
       .....Instead of soy sauce use wheat free Tamari or Bragg's liquid aminos
      ......Add enough rice milk to make a thick mushroom sauce for the casserole (won't need 1 full cup)
         ..... Make your own fried onions to put on top....won't be crunchy

Mashed potatoes
....instead of butter use earth balance spread
....instead of milk use a mixture of chicken broth and rice milk
....I wouldn't use the nutmeg...just my personal preference
Sweet potatoes- with brown sugar and earth balance salt and pepper

Pumpkin Pie

This recipe looks like it would work but I haven't perfected it...was trying to do it without cornstarch...try it at your own risk....a great GF vegan pie crust can be found in "The Flying Apron Cookbook" (I found it at my local library)


Corn Bread or Corn Muffins (can use this for GF stuffing if you don't have a corn intolerance)

Pie Crust (Need to get the book from the library (copyrighted))

Roasted Fall Veggie Salad

Apple Crisp (Raw or Cooked)

Raw Carrot Cake

Walnut Date Rolls/Balls

Plant based Thanksgiving Recipes (Gluten Free/Vegetarian)

Raw food Thanksgiving Recipes haven't tried these just passing this on (Living Foods)

November 16, 2011

Is Healing a Full Time Job? Tips for Easing the Overwhelm from Crazy Sexy Life Blog

I know I get overwhelmed at times with healing protocols.(and also overwhelmed by the costs as well)  Here is an article for all of you... and I.... to scale back, go slow, prioritze...but above all never throw in the towel and give up.  Click below for the article from the blog Crazy Sexy Life written by guest blogger Laurie Erdman. Please click below to read more.

November 15, 2011

Cancer Clusters in the USA

If there's cancer clusters there's toxins and more other sicknesses as well (like more Lupus, MS, Fibromyalgia etc). Found an old friend on Facebook from high school and he lives in West Virginia. When investigating the area my I saw that land  and housing is very inxpensive there. I wondered why.... My husband said coal mining was prevalent in West Virginia...looked it up on this map and sure enough more coal mining, more cancer on the link below to check out the US cancer clusters map in your area.

Does this mean you need to move? Sometimes.... but not always, just know the information so you know what you are up against so that you can take extra precautions. If you are thinking of relocating, however, you may want to skip certain areas....

November 11, 2011

Under the weather...

Feeling "under the weather" daughter has been sick I may have caught it from her or maybe Lupus? Ate something that was cross contaminated? I really have a nasty headache and joint pains ...feel flu-ish.... (maybe because I told the real estate agent I was out with yesterday that I haven't had a headache in a long time...did I jinx myself?)

I hate it when I feel this way and I want to say a special prayer for anyone that is in pain today...

May God free you from your pain and give you the knowledge that you need and help you navigate your healing path. May He help you feel your best and make better choices and to help you find the time to care for yourself each day. Amen.

Just a quick note that I will be trying to get together gluten free/egg free/and dairy free recipes for Thanksgiving, like I did for Halloween alternative goody recipes. Hope you are all having a better day than me!

Feeling better this evening already..... looks like it was cross contamination. ...Hope you all feel better too!

Veteran's Day 11-11-11

Just a quick gratitude note. Thank you to all the people that are Veterans that fought for our freedom. I like the quote below.

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. 
~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler

November 10, 2011

Eat More Kale

Cute store too! But really, Eat more Kale!!
Vermont's one-at-a-time orginal design shirts, hand-printed by the eat more kale guy, Bo Muller-Moore.

November 9, 2011

Celiac Disease and Multiple Sclerosis Link

It is worth getting tested for Celiac Disease if you have Lupus or Multiple Sclerosis. If you have Celiac Disease one of the major symptoms in many people is joint pains and even an uneven gait and trouble walking. Going gluten free especially if you are diagnosed with Celiac Disease can lessen all pains tremendously! Please read on. Research more on the internet. Many doctors have helped lessen their patient's pain with diet change. Click below.

November 8, 2011

Colder and Colder...

Just a quick reminder from New York...where it is getting colder and remember a few things if you have Lupus.

1) The sun is still strong watch for discoid lupus flares, and regular Lupus flares from sun exposure. Protect yourself with clothes rather than sunscreen (too many yucky chemicals in most sunscreens that can all be absorbed into your pores- if you do choose to use sunscreen choose wisely)

2) Wear gloves or mittens (ski gloves/mittens are best)  especially if you have Raynaud's Syndrome

3) Wear heavy lined comfy boots like Uggs type, Minnetonka type (buy off brand if you don't have money for the name brands) Pick good insulated shoes too and get nice thick socks or layer socks. I don't know the brand but I found socks that look like wool but are softer, and they are pretty thick... and I love them, I'll try to get the name if I see them again.

4) Wear natural material clothes, coats, cotton and wool (leather/animal hides if you are OK with that, some people feel better about buying animal products if they shop the second hand thrift stored for this because they are not adding to the population of animals losing their lives for their warmth) rather than polyester and other "fake" man-made fabrics. These fabric create static electicity and have chemicals that can be absorbed into your pores and breathed in also.

5) If your hands get Raynaud's symptoms, lose blood flow, use luke warm water/ air to warm them don't use extra hot water/ air, this can shock your body too much

6) Have warmer foods whether you eat raw or cooked foods(raw foods can be warmed in a dehydrator or from the friction of a blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtek. These blenders have a soup setting to warm foods gently. You just need the foods to be 105-115 degrees and it will feel warm to you and warming to your body which is at 98.6 - or lower with thyroid issues) Cooked foods folks try soups, stews, teas cooked veggies, etc.

7) Use warmer spices, cinnamon, ginger, garlic these stimulate blood flow and circulation for more warming spices click below

8) Eat root veggies/seasonal foods, winter foods like carrots, squash, pumpkin, onions, etc Click below for more ideas on winter seasonal produce

November 4, 2011

2 Funny Comedian Clips on being Gluten Free and Vegan

If you are Gluten Free or Vegan or know someone that is you will get a laugh out of these 2 videos, click the links below....Have a Happy Weekend!

Doctor Oz- The Prehistoric Diet

The results from the "truth tube" were amazing on this. Eating a plant based diet works to bring down cholesterol, blood pressure, triglycerides, weight and more in just a few days! Part 2, and Part 3 as well as the diet plan are below this first video, just click on the links...

November 3, 2011

Pomegranates  (this website says pomegranates are anti- inflammatory- I always thought they were good for you/anti inflammatory--something more to research!!!) (this website says that pomegranates are slightly inflammatory???)

Nuts and Tater Chips

May I offer some helpful advice, and when I say it you may think why didn't I think of that!

Nuts should be bought in a shell, they are fresher that way.  The shell is a nut's natural protective coating. If you take the time to shell and eat each one you will eat a smaller serving of nuts (a serving size is a small handful). On the other hand, it would lots easier to shovel the nuts in your mouth by multiple handfuls if bought in a bag, shelled from grocery store (Also forget the salt! and the roasting,  these take the nuts from being a healthy snack to being an unhealthy snack) a quick bake in the oven at 300 degress for 3-5 minutes will release their aromatic oils and make the nuts taste great.

Also try this recipe for tasty, healthier nuts

"Tater Chips"( Potato chips) should be cooked yourself if you really want them. Imagine if you had to slice each potato very thin (even with a mandoline this takes time) and then fry them in oil til just right. What would your serving size be? OR would you just be too lazy to make them at all...don't buy potato chips in a bag from grocery store. This should be illegal, it is just too tempting to eat more than you should.

That is my 2 cents worth!

November 1, 2011

Watch out for GMO corn - buy organic corn!

Our Carved Pumpkins from Yesterday

First off my body doesn't like corn anyway (makes my joints stiffen up- organic or not) and I've heard many others with Lupus don't tolerate corn well either.

Anything with corn in it that doesn't say organic or non GMO, is likely GMO. You may ask, "So? what's the big problem with that?"  The problem is they are splicing pesticide creating genes right into the corn plants. The corn produces it's own GMO pesticide. I know I don't want to eat pesticides! Here is an email from Kelloggs. Click below.

Watch out for GMO corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn chips, corn sugar, breakfast cereals, corn flakes etc. Corn is EVERYWHERE in processed foods. Just don't eat it!