Some time ago, after being on my anti-rheumatoid arthritis diet for around twelve months and being completely free from any symptoms, I decided to carry out an experiment to confirm the efficacy of my RA diet-cure.
In the back of my mind I always had the nagging doubt that maybe my recovery was a fluke or had been brought about by some other unrelated factors.
In order to be sure that my diet was working, I decided to suspend it and deliberately try to make myself ill again, and develop the full range of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Then, once RA was re-established, I would return to my diet-cure and see if I could repeat my original recovery back to full health.
Prior to starting my diet, I’d had RA for about twenty five years and I was aware of a number of foods that would trigger symptoms almost immediately (within half an hour of eating). These included meals like; fish & chips, pizza, eggs on toast, cheese on toast and any packaged or highly processed meals like vegetarian pies and sausages for example.
Also, specific food items such as; vinegar (including the much vaunted cider vinegar), butter, garlic, lemon juice and many others. Worst of all was anything fried or roasted, or anything containing chemically hydrogenated fat or trans-fats.
I had learned about these RA food triggers from very painful experience.
I began by eating some of my favourite foods and meals from the past, healthy stuff by normal standards, for example; goats’ milk yogurt with chopped bananas, beans on wholemeal toast, baked spuds with goats’ cheese (never actually tried lama cheese though!) and sweetcorn – and most of these foods were organic too.
The ‘More Good News’ Bit
I had expected to become ill within a few hours or perhaps a day and was very surprised when a few days later, I was still perfectly well. I couldn’t understand it, normally by this time I would have expected the backs of my wrists to have developed a sharp stabbing pain, my left knee should have become warm at least, and I should be feeling tired and fairly rough.
I decided to try some of the more aggressive food items to see if I could get things started, I wasn’t looking forward to the outcome but I had to get my experiment going somehow.
I began to eat fried eggs on toast, fried mushrooms and tomatoes, home-made soups with garlic, onions and lemon juice, I ate lots of toast with butter on (actually more like slices of butter with toast on!), I made vegetarian sausage butty’s (full of chemically hydrogenated fat) with tomato ketchup on and I even ate some highly processed ‘foods’ like chocolate, fizzy drinks, cakes and crisps… Still nothing happened, I was still fine and had no symptoms; even after several weeks.
I continued like this for around four months (I had never had a period of health even remotely close to this in over twenty five years) until eventually, finally, I developed my first symptom; a ‘twinge’ in my left knee and it also became a little warm. At last, I thought, I can begin my experiment…
Alas no, not yet, it took me a further two months to develop a set of symptoms which resembled my previous condition, prior to my original diet period. I couldn’t believe it, why had it taken so long to trigger my rheumatoid arthritis?
Having developed a full set of symptoms, I waited until the inflammation in my left knee had reached the point where I would normally begin considering direct treatment (with a corticosteroid injection), then I restarted my diet-cure. At this point I began to lose my confidence again, I became afraid that things would just get worse and my diet wouldn’t work a second time, or maybe I wouldn’t be able to stick to it this time having enjoyed a normal diet for so long.
Three months later, I was well again! (n.b. I also neglected my blog over that period and didn’t begin to post again until fairly recently.)
First of all the temperature in my left knee began to decrease, slowly. Then the pain in my wrists and fingers decreased. Then my neck became free from the burning, pressure-like pain. Getting out of bed became a little easier each day. My shoulders and even my jaw, froze for a few days (good grief it hurt!) then released themselves with a wonderful sensation of relief… Finally, the inflammation in my left knee began to reduce and it began to straighten until it became almost normal again.
I was fairly shaken by this whole process, not nice, I would rather have gone to the dentist every day for a month to have fillings, I think ;-) However, my experiment was successful and it gave me more confidence in my diet-cure.
Conclusions from My RA experiment
1) It appears that having been on my diet-cure for so long (about eighteen months), I had either developed some immunity to the effects of the foods which previously triggered my rheumatoid arthritis, or some repair/healing process had taken place which made those foods less able to affect me.
Either way, the good news is that my diet had additional benefits beyond removing all the symptoms of RA, benefits which may eventually allow me to enjoy normal foods again, permanently. For example, I have already confirmed that I can eat whatever I wish for one day out of a week, without triggering any RA symptoms, as long as I remain on my diet for the other six days.
2) My RA diet-cure really does work, having confirmed it twice I am now confident that my diet removes the causes of rheumatoid arthritis in my own case. I am now trying to extend the range of items in my diet, and eventually I hope to identify the actual causative item or items. I will of course continue to post my results here.