My friends 21 year old boy was diagnosed with RA and I'm trying to gather all the documentation I can about the effects of eating paleo would have on reducing the symptoms. Does anyone have any links and/or documentation saved they could share? Thank you!
Robb explains this on his blog. Short answer is that by not eating inflammation-inducing carbs, the symptoms can be prevented altogether. See below - Robb's answer to Mary, who asked a similar question...
So Mary’s final question is essentially “Is the best route to avoiding cancer, autoimmunity and metabolic derangement a gluten free, low carb diet?” to which I’d have to respond a pretty resounding “yes”. We have pretty clear proposed mechanisms for how hyperinsulinism affects cancer propagation:
1-Increased mitosis (cell division) due to increased growth factors such as Insulin Like Growth Factor (IGF) and Epithelial Growth Factor (EGF).
2-Disruption apoptosis (programmed cell death) by disruption in retinoic acid metabolism in the liver.
Add to this what we know about various neolithic lectins and we exacerbate the situation by disruption of insulin signaling and immune function, especially with gluten.
We have proposed mechanisms, cause and effect but not too many people care to look at this stuff because it demonizes the basis of our modern food pyramid instead of fat. Oy-vey!
Mary, you alluded to another piece in all this. Hyperinsulinism and autoimmunity affect different people differently. You are a perfect illustration of how diverse the effects are: Everyone knows Carpal Tunnel is an overwork orthopedic issue, right? Well, no. It’s an inflammatory issue and the surgery prescribed to fix it does little good. A Low carb diet and fish oil (a low inflammation diet) fix the problem completely.
Mary, I REALLY appreciate the question and I wanted to throw out one more thing. In your question you mention that you have a family history of RA, cancer and some other goodies. I’d counter that with this: If go back in your family history, somewhere between 2,000 and 10,000 years your family DID NOT have these diseases. That is your normal birthright because when our ancestors lived as hunter gatherers we simply did not see these diseases.