Does nutritional therapy have it's limits in terms of condition severity/chronological age? I have several family members who have made it into their 90's (yay!), but diseases of civilization are certainly taking their toll, RA in particular. I am sometimes asked for advice because they know I study this stuff, and I usually try to help come up with a few dietary or herbal treatments that won't interfere with their meds. Over and over again whatever I suggest will be tried for maybe a week, and then abandoned because "it doesn't seem to be working". I'm wondering if I should just provide emotional support and encourage them to keep up with their pain medications at this point.
Excellent question! I often ponder what could have happened if Mom had actually read my Paleo Diet book while she had it for 5 months. Could she have done the house purge given her and Dad's post-Depression mentality. Hard for them to throw away anything let alone FOOD bought with coupons. Plus I don't often see coupons for fresh meat, vegetables and fruit. Mom has also pretty big follower of the CW, so I'm sure she hopes the I will change my ways and stop this silly fad diet. It would be a nice n=2 if I could get over those hurdles. Diabetes, a-fib, congestive heart failure, arthritis... Octagenarianism plus some off the wagon WWs in the family. I'm up against a lot! Hoping my example and paleo nephew's will make a difference. Maybe some successes will chime in
Maybe age and metabolic damage are not reversable at some point - after all, life pretty much always ends in death. But I still cling to the hope that whatever time we have can have the quality improved (and maybe even extended?). The hard thing is that we are creatures of habit and the older you are the more ingrained your habits are - the harder it is to change them.
Here's a post by Peter@Hyperlipid that illustrates both the hope and the frustration:
And again, to finish with comedic pathos (all paradoxical truth is contained jokes):
"How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?
But it take a long time... And the light bulb has to want to change."
I would call it limitations of matter....yes, sometimes systems can't be restored. I must say though its is ALWAYS worth trying, because in many cases these "limitations" are only of our own mind. The body has an extraordinary innate capacity for health given the proper changes in lifestyle.