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To Paleo or Not to Paleo, that is the question

To Paleo or Not to Paleo, that is the question . . . . .
I, myself, am embarking on a Paleo-like diet. I was first introduced to it with the 28 Days to Health program. This program is Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Coffee and Alcohol free with limitation in legumes, sugar and other refined foods. I did the 28 Day program for the first time about 4-5 years ago and immediately felt 20 years younger and even lost 20 pounds. Since that first cleanse I ate fairly well most of the time and would do the full cleanse once or twice a year. After doing that first cleanse I am now able to eat cashews again. Before doing the cleanse I couldn’t eat them without my tongue swelling up. Now I can eat handfuls of them with no negative reactions. This not only was a blessing since I really like cashews, but it was also a real eye opener. How does not eating some foods allow you to now eat other foods?

Since my foray into cleaner eating I have heard a lot more about functional medicine. (medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine.)


What Is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease. It is a science-based field of health care that is grounded in the following principles:

  1. Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in each persons metabolism.   We know that all humans are 99.9% genetically similar, but differ tremendously in their environmental exposures, which cause different clinical manifestations.  Biochemical markers are measured in the lab each time you go in for testing.  Our goal is to balance these biochemical abnormalities to bring the body back to optimal health.
  2. Patient-centered medicine emphasizes “patient care” rather than “disease care,” following Sir William Osler’s admonition that “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has.”
  3. Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.
  4. Web-like interconnections of physiological factors.  An abundance of research now supports the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other. For example, we now know that immunological dysfunctions can promote cardiovascular disease, that dietary imbalances can cause hormonal disturbances, and that environmental exposures can precipitate neurologic syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease.
  5. Health as a positive vitality not merely the absence of disease.
  6. Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance health span.

 (taken from the DaSilva Institute web page as seen on Dr. Oz. www.dasilvainstitute.com)

The paleo diet attempts to address the dietary aspects of functional medicine. While functional medicine doesn’t specifically use the paleo diet the similarities are close enough for me to include in this blog. For more information on Functional Medicine try www.dasilvainstitute.com

The most exciting thing I read recently was the book: 
The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine

In her book, Terry Wahls chronicles her journey through traditional and alternative treatments trying to reverse the symptoms of her progressive MS. Using traditional methods she declined to the point of having to use a walker and a wheelchair. She started looking at functional medicine and a paleo diet to see if it would help where traditional medicine had not. Using the science behind her methods, Dr. Wahls progressed to the point where she not only is out of a wheelchair, but she rides her bike 5 miles to and from work at the hospital she works at. Not only has she helped herself, but she has a growing list of patients with MS and other autoimmune disorders that are getting amazing results.

Now I am easing more and more into Dr. Wahls diet. She has three levels depending on what your goals are. I am leaning to her second stage program called Wahls Paleo. For those suffering from the effects of an autoimmune disorder like MS, I recommend starting slowly and eventually trying to get to her program called Wahls Paleo Plus. If you want an easy way to get started on this type of diet and lifestyle, join us for the 28 Days to Health Cleanse. Remember, you don’t have to have a disease to benefit from eating healthy.

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