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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Allergies, Blood Sugars, Cancer, Diabetes, Dementia, Eczema and more ...

No this is not the A-Z of illnesses, and I may well be passing on information that you know and have already thought about. On the inter-net and in ‘Blogging Land’ there is so much information available - what we read, what we choose to 'take on board' is of course an individuals choice.

You may have read I am not diabetic, and I have no underlying health problems. My husband Eddie is a Type 2 diabetic. We both follow the Low Carb High Fat lifestyle and since discovering this lifestyle wouldn’t go back to our old eating habits.

Back in 2014 I discovered a lovely lady called Ilona - her story and blog struck a chord, I liked it and I shared it with you then ... and I'm sharing it with you again today. All the words below are Ilona’s and the link to her blog can be found at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for taking the time to read.

All the best Jan

"There are essential amino acids and essential fatty acids, but there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate."
- Dr. Bernstein (Diabetes Solution)

"In reality, those who repudiate a theory that they had once proposed, or a theory that they had accepted enthusiastically and with which they had identified themselves are very rare. The great majority of them shut their ears so as not to hear the crying facts, and shut their eyes so as not to see the glaring facts, in order to remain faithful to their theories in spite of all and everything." - Maurice Arthur (Philosophy of Scientific Investigation, 1921)

Ilona’s Story:

My allergic symptoms appeared in the early 1990s. Over the years, after numerous medical tests in different countries, doctors were still unable to name my condition. The symptoms were similar to sinus infection and hay fever. The only solution was to take antihistamines and nose sprays to ease these debilitating symptoms. The side effects were: drowsiness, dizziness... A few years ago, I started to take the medicines more and more frequently, almost every day. I guess my body got used to them and their effect was not the same anymore. 

I started to be interested in nutrition when my kids developed eczema in 2001. I knew eczema was an immune disorder, and if we give the right nutrients to our body to function well, the immune system will rebalanced itself and the symptoms will disappear. After a few month on a low-fat, low-sugar (vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, whole grains) my kids got better. The symptoms almost completely disappeared within 2 month (without steroids). So I switched to this diet as well.

I was quite happy with the results as I really felt better. I never considered becoming a vegetarian as I knew about the importance of animal food in our diet. I also knew about the harmful effects of sugar. I could not stay long on a high vegetable/fruit diet as I was losing weight (muscle mass). So I went on and off, which allowed me symptom free periods without losing massive weight. When I was off the diet, I was always sick.

A few years ago I started to question conventional wisdom about nutrition, I was doing something wrong. I wanted to know more. I wanted to know how native populations avoided chronic diseases. If it's true that if I eat the right food (designed for my "species"), then I am not supposed to develop allergic symptoms, nor lose or gain weight.

In 2008, I tumbled upon the work of Dr Weston Price: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. It gave me an insight on the health of populations transitioning from their native diet to our modern, "civilized" food. This study has been made in the 1930s and it cannot be repeated today. Everywhere around the world, we all rely on modern food... and try to fix it's consequences.

I also started to read more about biochemistry. I wanted to understand the metabolic effects of our food on our cells. I came to understand that hormones are the main regulators of energy in our body, and insulin is the only hormone responsible for storing fat in our tissues. This led me to understand more about our obesity epidemic and chronic diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart disease...) linked to this condition, and its connection to high insulin levels. My biggest inspiration was Gary Taubes (Good Calories Bad Calories). His logic and critical thinking taught me a lot about the science of nutrition... or the lack of it. 

What I've learned could explain many of my symptoms, my kids disease and many other chronic diseases in my family. I have to admit that I was wrong on the huge importance of saturated fat in our diet. Almost everything I knew about diet was wrong.

I learned that:

- From an evolutionary point of view we are designed to eat dietary fat (bone marrow, organ meat, meat, fish, butter...)
- Native populations considered fat as an important nutrient.
- Saturated fat consumption is not linked to heart disease and does not have an effect on cholesterol in our blood, but sugar does.
- A high carbohydrate and sugar diet is dangerous.
- Obesity cannot be solved by eating less and exercising more.
- Cancer growth is slowed down or reversed on a low-carbohydrate diet.
- On a high fat diet we are not hungry

... and many more.

So I gave the "caveman" diet a try. I guinea-pigged myself to see if it really worked. I cut out all starches and sugars (I reduced the amount of fruits in my diet as well) and replaced them with fat (meat, fish, eggs, organ meat, butter...). In a week my allergic symptoms disappeared completely, and today I am totally off medication.. All this after more than 20 years of suffering from this disease.

My friends and friend's friends became curious about this diet and I am very happy to share my story and what I've learned during these years. When they start eating this way, they tell me about the improvements in their body. The most I hear about is weight loss, better skin, better digestion, absence of hunger, much less allergic reactions...

I hope this blog will help other people learn more about the impact of our food on our health. “



Sorry about the picture quality - Ilona’s Blog is here

13 comments:

mxtodis123 said...

My husband has Stage 3 emphysema and has been taking prednisone. Because of it, he developed diabetes. He has been weaned off the drug and we are hoping that this will help him go back to his non-diabetes status. I am pre-diabetic for years. I eat healthy. The number never budge either way.

mxtodis123 said...

By the way, really enjoyed the article.

laurie said...

That is amazing, I also worried that the high animal fat would kill my husband who already has stents! There are so many doctors saying that they see the inside of hearts in surgery and they know it’s from animal fats, so many conflicting opinions, my husband has had two major heart attacks and for him to start eating fatty meats and butter is scary after all we’ve been led to understand, but this is a very convincing argument for sure. I just wish it wasn’t so conflicting,

Ygraine said...

Wow...what a revelation...this really turns on its head everything we've been told about diet, doesn't it?!
Thank you so much for posting this. It will help many people, I am certain.
I have suffered from inexplicable allergies for many years too...so will definitely give this a try.
Thank you again...so much!😊😊

Sami said...

Always nice to hear from people who change their diets and improve their health.
I'll go over to Ilona's blog and have a read.
Thanks Jan

Sue said...

What a great article, our diet has change more in the last 100 years than in thousands before. No wonder our bodies can't cope with the sugar - it wasn't designed to! xx

Elephant's Child said...

The old phrase 'we are what we eat' has a heap of truth to it.

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing!

William Kendall said...

Thank you for sharing her post.

Out on the prairie said...

That is amazing, hard to stay away from some allergies here with all the farming

Teresa said...

Muy interesante. Saludos.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Muito interessante este artigo.
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Magic Love Crow said...

Very interesting! Thank you for this post!!