Has anyone had any experience with positive changes in allergies or auto-immune disorders after going Paleo?

by (45) Updated April 03, 2014 at 12:33 AM Created May 07, 2011 at 12:50 AM

So two months ago I decided to go paleo a) to lose about 20 lbs and b) because I have an autoimmune disorder and developed solar urticaria (sun allergy) as a result last year. So far I've lost about 10-12 lbs but I'm wondering if anyone has had any actual remission of autoimmune disorders (i.e. lupus) or general allergy improvements that they can share because I haven't seen any improvement in those yet. Thanks in advance!

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15120 · May 07, 2011 at 1:16 AM

i have multiple sclerosis, diagnosed in september 2008, and also some weight to lose. i went paleo in october 2010, and immediately felt just "better". within a month, i stopped my medication (sort of an accident, or as a result of extended noncompliance due to a a paleo-babby who wouldnt let me sleep and made me forget my own name, let alone a nightly injection). ive been totally asymptomatic for over six months now and on my last MRI, one of my lesions had actually disappeared. for the first time in about six years i have no heat sensitivity, no fatigue, and the numbness and tingling in my hands, feet and torso is totally gone. im able to exercise for the first time in years without experiencing any pseud-exacerbation of the disease. i think that the heat of summer will be a real test to see how good things really are- heat sensitivity was a huge trigger for me, but overall, ive not felt this good since i was a teenager, and im off all my medication. ill be seeing my new neurologist in a couple of weeks and see what he has to say, if he wants to do more imaging or what, but for now, im going to go with it and enjoy it.

currently im doing a whole30, but until a week ago i got these results without doing the autoimmune protocol and have been enjoying full-fat dairy almost daily and have also been eating nightshades and lots of eggs without a problem. ive also lost 30 pounds!

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592 · May 07, 2011 at 1:39 PM

I "HAD" Reflex Sympathetic dystrophy. RSD. I was told, at the University of Chicago Hospital that as a result, in about 3 years I would probably lose my right leg because of lack of blood flow. The doc said that the bone would gradually disintegrate. My lower leg was blue and cold. I could not walk on it. The nerve pain was intense. I could feel every hair follicle after my cast was taken off. My leg was overly nerve sensitive. I had spasms in my lower leg every few minutes. I could not sleep. I had broken the smaller bone in my lower leg and the fifth metatarsal while playing soft ball 11 years ago. I was also told that there was no way of knowing what caused it and there was no cure. I was put on Neurontin ( an old anti seizure medication to stop the spasms, Trazadone to help me sleep and narcotics for the pain. After a month I asked "why is my leg spasming?" The doc said ...."because it is trying to get blood flow" I had gained 30 pounds in one month so far. The neurontin was the culprit. I thought...great..now I can't walk and I am getting obese. AND the neurontin was stopping the spasms that were trying to bring blood back into my leg. I threw all the meds in the trash. I bought an exercise bike and every time I woke up in the middle of the night with charlie horse type spasms, I rode till I was dripping with sweat. Then I could go back to bed. I was also contacted by a RSD support group. The woman was very negative, so I decided not to join,,,but,,, I picked her brain over the phone and discovered that most of the RSD patients found that a low carb diet helped them relieve some of the pain. At the time, I was on the McDougal no fat diet....and gaining weight around my stomach. I needed to use a CPAP to breathe at night. I changed my diet and lost some of the weight and some of the pain. I kept up the biking. I began to lift weights. I currently leg press 500 pounds. I am a 56 year old woman.(grandma) I began to take the advise of a personal trainer and added carbs back into my diet. MISTAKE...I worked out fiendishly and never lost my stomach weight. My blood sugar climbed to 110 in the morning. My blood pressure became high...In spite of all I was doing. I had chronic sinus infections and candida. Then I found paleo... end of story..

no really... I have lost 8 pounds in the last month that I have been eating paleo. Strict. I eat no fruit except a few berries every morning. I have changed my workout routine to include intervals. I have lost 3 inches off my waist in a month. My foot and leg pain is non existent. My morning blood sugar so far is 89. My blood pressure is already normal with out meds. I can breathe and wonder how soon I can be off of my CPAP. I need to lose 40 more pounds. I have begun to walk each day. I am confident that I will lose the rest and I will never go back.

3395 · May 07, 2011 at 2:40 PM

I used to have awful allergies and acne. Within a month of starting Paleo, I was acne-free, and I remain so. In fact, my skin looks awesome, nice olive tone to it, too, that I didn't have before :D

Seasonal allergies were a killer. This spring, all my friends keep telling me they can't go to the gym with me because they're too congested. I asked if they were sick, but they told me it was from allergies. I had totally forgotten that seasonal allergies even existed after months of being able to breath through both nostrils.

The ultimate test was when I fried up some shrimp a couple of months ago. I had been deathly allergic to shrimp in the past. One of the only times I'd ever tried it, I broke out terribly, and my throat swelled to the point where I could hardly breathe. I battered em up in coconut flakes, flour, paprika, salt, and dill, fried em, and had me a pound of delicious fried shrimp without the funeral. No reaction whatsoever.

9983 · May 07, 2011 at 1:11 AM


There were references to Robb Wolf and Dr William Davis blog regarding various types of auto immune problems.

It is going to take quite a while to stop the body attacking itself. A ketogenic diet will keep you headed in the right direction.

For sun and sunscreens, see this paleohack thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/37200/are-you-aware-that-using-sunscreen-may-cause-skin-cancer#axzz1LcnOeNuB

Are you able to supplement with Vit D3 to increase your immune system?

3793 · May 07, 2011 at 2:48 AM

The arthritis in my right shoulder is 90% improved. The rashes in very sensitive areas that had been giving me fits for more than a year before I went paleo disappeared when I went gluten free.

Unfortunately, my seasonal allergic rhinitis is only a little better.

375 · May 07, 2011 at 2:17 AM

YES! I had terrible allergies and asthma my whole life, now completely 100% gone. No meds, no inhalers. My 2 yo daughter is recovering from autism in an astounding way. see our full story on my about me page http://www.paleofreedom.com/about-me for what we did and how it's working for us. I blog about it :)

0 · July 19, 2011 at 11:44 PM

I had a flare up of my Ulcerative Colitis during my 30 day challenge. I hadn't had an issue or flare up of my symptoms for years, but after 23 days of eating strict Auto Immune protocol Paleo I had a 2 week long flare up. I attributed it to excessive consumption of greens and salads to get my 50g's -+ of carbs a day. I backed off the greens, subbed in squash, peeled potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, and all seems to be in check. Meals and food is boring as hell during this Auto Immune paleo but I trust it is better?!?


9983 · May 07, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Cindy M, Any chance you are juicing buckwheat sprouts? Consuming the juice leads to fagopyroism---sunlight skin sensitivity. http://bit.ly/123xmS

1034 · May 07, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I had horrendous seasonal allergies from around April-August for the past few years. Went Paleo this January, no allergies yet.

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