I'm looking for some help for my 63 year old mom who has started to experience really bad arthritis in her hands. There are few posts here about nightshades but she doesn't eat any of that. Do any seniors on here, or anyone with parents in their 60s/70s have some helpful info to share? I'm trying to get her off gluten and she's open to that but I doubt the gluten is the sole culprit. I'm hunting around the tags for anti-inflammatory info but not coming up with much. I need something specifically for seniors.
The BIG problem is that she had colon cancer about 8 years ago and her doc said it was a direct result of red meat so she's now beef-phobic. (damn doctors) I'd really appreciate any insight as she's more likely to listen to people other than me :)
I am one of those seniors. Eleven years ago I was being tested for RA. My fingers were looking knobby and crooked. Had joint pain in many joints. My biggest change came from dropping gluten. My fingers now look nice and straight and I wake up with no joint pain. 8 yrs gluten free and now 2 years paleo. I highly recommend getting rid of all the grains and see what happens.
There was a time I was a red-meatophobic. I was having problems with coronary artery disease and took the advice of the AHA about eating a low fat diet. Never felt worse and problems kept coming no matter how many wholehealthygrains I ate. As far as I am concerned, changing my diet to gluten free and then paleo has saved my life.
Some links that may help:
Peter at Hyperlipid has a couple of posts on rheumatoid arthritis (does she have RA?)
"I doubt the gluten is the sole culprit."
I don't doubt that it CAN be...whether it is or not in your mother's case, I can't say.
My husband had nearly instant relief upon stopping all gluten. He plays the violin professionally, and the arthritis in his hands was severely impacting his ability to play. Here's an interview where he talks about this...(surely not as scholarly as the other links, but you did ask for personal experience.)
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