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Eating Your Way to Better Health

By Erin J. Shea

Photo: Beth Berry

In March 2008, Beth Berry was very sick. Her body was wracked with pain so severe she spent most days in bed. She suffered from a herniated disc, but more troubling, Berry’s doctor diagnosed her with fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disorder characterized by widespread joint and muscle pain.

“I was given a 90-count bottle of Vicodin,” Berry says. “I got mad. I was pissed, and kept saying: ‘That’s it? Just take narcotics for the rest of my life? I’m only 38 years old!'”

Instead of filling the prescription, Berry pored over the latest research on the benefits of diet and nutrition on autoimmune disorders and learned about the successes people suffering from symptoms similar to hers were having with raw food diets. “That’s when the real journey began,” she says. “Within three days of being on raw food, almost all of my symptoms had gone away.”

In an era of ever-rising healthcare costs and increased attention to holistic, organic living practices, using diet and nutrition to treat disease and illness has become more popular than ever. Raw foods, probiotics and macrobiotics are just some of the diets people are following on the path to better health.

What Is a Raw Food Diet?

According to Berry, a raw food diet consists of removing all processed foods from the diet; eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, avocado and young coconuts; and avoiding any foods that have been cooked at higher than 105 degrees. The idea is that raw food is easier to digest and expends less energy in digesting and more in cleansing and healing the body.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Ariel C.

    Fibromyalgia is absolutely not an autoimmune disease, though they are often misdiagnosed as such. If someone HAS an autoimmune disease like RA, Lupus, or under-active thyroid they’re more likely to get fibromyalgia (or be misdiagnosed).

    I always get frustrated by statements like this, because I have lupus. I’ve remained healthy without the traditional battery of treatment for over 2 years, but that isn’t a praise in the direction of any one group. Because people call things autoimmune disorders when they’re not, people give sound advice for daily living and apply it as a general cure all.

    It becomes a problem for people with serious medical conditions (that, granted are almost solely caused by generations of poor diet).

    I just wanted to play devils advocate on this as a disclaimer for people to always be accurately informed. Cure-alls are a slippery slope, and when you bring autoimmune disorders into play you’re leaving a lot out. The risk of a sudden spike of white blood cell count due to your diet; The importance of being proactive about preventing anemia; The importance of calcium in the diet; And the urge to balance medical science with common sense.

    Mind over matter is an incredible resource. But you do want to urge someone in the direction of self help without applying a rounded view of things. Not when you’re considering conditions that have the possibility of attacking your kidneys, liver, lungs, or central nervous system. Its not uncommon for autoimmune disorders to go into remission, or to suddenly flair up again. On the other hand, people with autoimmune disorders are at a higher risk for certain cancers than others.

    I could go on and on. But that’s essentially it. I’ve read your disclaimer, but perhaps you might have a signature that urges your readers to question every source… including your own.

  2. Rayvin Nyte

    Thank you Ariel, I completely agree that people should always check information from more than one source. Alway be your own advocate. The story above I shared I didn’t write. It was posted on as credited. I know Bunny Berry that’s why I shared it. She is a great person.

  3. Ablor

    I am liking it

  4. Tanu

    I’ve found that a smoothie with prtieon powder is more satiating than just a plain smoothie. From there, it’s either whey prtieon or egg prtieon. I don’t drink milk, so egg prtieon seems the more Paleo of the two. In other words, I’m assuming it’s less allergenic.

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