I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis - diagnosed officially in 1999 at age 25, although I self-diagnosed a year earlier. Been on Synthroid ever since during which time I took advantage of the fact I worked in a medical office - I didn't really see a doctor for several years. Convinced the docs I worked with to order my bloodwork and prescribe my Synthroid. I also would do stupid crap like not take my Synthroid for a week before my blood was drawn to falsely elevate my TSH and thereby convince the docs to give me a higher dose of Synthroid. Ended up at 265lbs on 275mcg of Synthroid per day.
After a combination of promising my mother on her deathbed that I would take better care of myself and being diagnosed with high blood pressure (and the doctor just shoving pills in my face) I started paying more attention to what I was eating. I started with the Zone diet, then a whole foods/clean eating approach. Lost about 25lbs. Also started going to the endocrinologist and taking my Synthroid properly.
In October 2010 my husband and I started Paleo, but for the first year was still kind of half-assed about it. I'd cheat a lot...a little bread wasn't going to kill me, right? And I still lost weight - down to 212lbs. And my Synthroid dose was decreasing.
I first read about the correlation between gluten and autoimmune disease in October 2011. First I went hog-wild with gluten free "treats," and gained 10lbs. Then I started cheating here and there. Finally, in March of this year, I asked my endocrinologist to order a blood test for thyroid antibodies and give me three months. Most of March and all of April and May I was 99.9% gluten free (there were a couple of accidental exposures when I wasn't clear in my ordering at a restaurant). I dabbled with cutting dairy, nuts and nightshades...but I just can't give up dairy (I do stick with grass fed raw milk products).
Blood test results today - thyroid antibodies have reduced from 512 to 320. My hemoglobin A1C, which was ALWAYS borderline at 5.7, is 5.3. So now I'm completely sold...gluten free for life. I consider myself Paleo (plus dairy and occasional non-GMO corn and rice) and I'm excited to see in 6 or 12 months if my antibodies will come down even further.
I know many people have seen improvement of symptoms related to their autoimmune disease when following a Paleo diet. My question is - has anyone seen a remission?
Ive achieved remission of crohn's, an autoimmune condition, by going paleo and more importantly, supplementing w vitamin d to 70-80 level.
I am recovering from ulcerative colitis - Crohn's disease (the distinction between these two in the beginning stages isn't always clear) and it seems to be working.
I have been vegetarian for a long time, whilst thinking I was being healthy. My diet was based on carbohydrates, with very little protein and fats. Chrohn & ulcerative colitis are auto-immune diseases and I am convinced it was caused by my diet. I believe high carbohydrate diets with lots of grains and so on are one of the main causes of auto-immune diseases. Please bear in mind it's not just gluten, it's much more. The chemical composition of all foods is important; that's exactly what GAPS/SCD/Paleo diet creators took into account. Gluten is just one (well-known) issue, but definitely not the only one.
Now I'm on something of a low-histamine GAPS/SCD/Paleo diet (my own version; based on my own experiences and my own research). It's tough, but being ill and in pain all the time is much, much tougher. I am not completely cured yet, it has its ups and downs, but there have been many more ups than downs lately. I do believe I'm heading towards complete relief; it just takes time.
Forgive me. The auto-immune conditions I suffered from pale in comparison to the severity of the ones mentioned above, but I've achieved remission of three conditions:
-Acne. Yes, it is considered an autoimmune disease if you have chronic acne into adulthood.
-Arthritis. I had it in my toes for a couple of years and now it is completely gone.
-Seasonal allergies. Though not strictly an autoimmune condition, it is nonetheless an immune overreaction, and mine have reduced by about 98%.
When I was 52 y.o. I developed severe psoriasis on my hands/feet. It looked like I had leprosy, and the pain and discomfort was maddening. My condition improved substantially after going gluten free and dairy free. A couple years later (April 2012) I went full paleo. My psoriasis continued to improve, slowly but surely. Although I am not yet in full remission I'm getting rather close. Without question, dietary changes have enabled me to control my autoimmune disease.
I should add that prior to developing psoriasis I had severe IBS for a few years. Dietary changes improved the condition by about 70%. A few months ago it was determined I had an H. pylori infection. Upon successful treatment my IBS has seems to have cleared up 100%. It is possible that this H. pylori eradication has also made a positive impact on my psoriasis. If so, the impact has been minor compared to dietary changes.
And so based on my experience, autoimmune disease sufferers might very well be helped by going paleo especially if digestion maladies are present.
My Ankylosing Spondylitis has gone into remission for the first time in 10 years (other than a few months during my last pregnancy). I think this is due to healing my gut and staying low starch, as starch in particular is bad for AS. If I eat gluten or too much starch, my symptoms come back. I do still have some pain from damage previously done, but I am med free for the first time in my adult life.
It is pretty awesome.
Yes! In 2009 I got connected with Tony Perrone, PhD who had expertise in autoimmune disorders including Hashimoto's. He was known for his expertise in oxidative stress and curing autoimmune diseases. My Tpo was 345 when I started with him and within 18 months it was in the negative range (under 35). It has been as low as 30. I had hoped to get it into the 20s but perhaps there was too much damage to my thyroid gland from years of autoimmune attack.
Sadly, Tony died last year but his Auto-Immune and Oxidative Stress audio lectures are still up on his site. The GI lecture is also very informative.
I was able to lower my thyroid hrt but still need it, which is fine. I would rather take some pills than suffer the affects of low thyroid hormones! http://drtonyperrone.com/ Audio lectures are on the Right.
I was diagnosed 2 years ago, and just found out I was pregnant, I just had all the necessary tests done and all my antibodies are with in the normal range, as far as my dr is concerned I don't have hashimotos anymore, I couldn't be happier at this point! :)
I am no longer celiac (but will be gluten intolerant for the rest of my life). But I still have my chronic gastritis to take care of. But life is definitely easier.
I have also cured my binge eating and insomnia. I don't have time to mention all the symptoms but I have cured many many bad things (at least 20 or more).
If you imagine a scale where 10 would be picture - perfect health and 0 is a very very sick person, I am getting to an 8 (I was only 4 last summer, before I started Paleo).
I have severe rheumatoid arthritis in my large joints, and after about 1 month of paleo, I can say that it has helped, but it has not gone all the way as to make it go into remission. I'll check back in a few months though.