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Sunday, 1 June 2014

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.

Looking around today I discovered a lovely lady called Ilona - her story and blog struck a chord, I liked it and I’m sharing it with you. 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. “

Ilona’s Blog is Here 


Anonymous said...

Interesting to read, some I found out by researching and using my computer. It is by reading and understanding that others problems are often our own do we learn and progress to better health. Doctors can help but they do not know everything.


Anonymous said...

Wasn't it Hippocrates who said "Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food."

Anonymous said...

It wasn't until diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes that made me appreciate what I ate and how ill I was went together.

Galina L. said...

Many LCarbers have unbelievably long list of resolved health issues, me included. It is sort-of bad because is IS hard to believe that a normal food people grew-up on could be the reason they are sick and miserable now.

Anonymous said...

food what we eat how it is prepared how it is grown amount eaten are in the equation,

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Margret .... I agree with you I thought Ilona's story was an interesting read and helpful to others. Thanks for your comment.

Hi James .... You're right it was Hippocrates who said "Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food." We use these wise words on our website and refer to them quite often. Thanks for your comment.

Hi Sue .... Many thanks for your comment. I don't think you are the only person who appreciated this. For many we 'chug' along and then something happens that makes us think, What are we doing, What are we eating? We are right to question and act upon what each of us thinks is the answer for us. Certainly for Eddie and I the LCHF lifestyle is the way to go, and has been for over six years now.

Hello Galina .... Many thanks for your comment. I agree so many people who are now 'LCarbers' have put right their illnesses, and are so thankful. Over the years the amount of carbohydrates, sugars in our foods increased and so many were/are unaware of the damage it does. I know the massive difference it has made for Eddie and his Type 2 diabetes.

Hi Anon .... thanks for stopping by and commenting on this post. We all have to make choices in the food we eat and the amount eaten depending on each individuals lifestyle. For the past six years I live a lifestyle that is low carb, high fat, moderate protein. I just add exercise and a regular sleep pattern into the equation. I'm feeling good.

Thanks again to all for your comments, to all who have read/are still reading this article and to Ilona for writing her story.

All the best Jan

Lynda said...

I love Ilona's blog... I've been a reader for a long time :)

Gwen said...

It's really pathetic that if we did the exact OPPOSITE of what all the doctors ever told us to do about food, we wouldn't have gotten all of these diseases. Geesh.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Lynda .... many thanks for stopping by. Yes there are many good articles on Ilona's blog.

Hello Gwen .... thanks for your comment, it's appreciated.

All the best Jan