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07-14-2008, 05:40 AM
Wondering if anyone has had success with the raw diet helping with RA?
I'm new to starting raw but its my husband that has a bad case of this disease. I will have a hard time convincing him to go on this diet with me to help him so if anyone has any information that would help convince him I'd appreciate it.
I don't embrace labels, but I have been dealing with some inflammation in my joints and since I've been raw more consistently I definitely don't have as many flare ups and the quality of my life as far as moving around more fluidly is higher. The main thing to be careful with, as I'm sure you probably know, when eating raw is the nighshades, wheat, and corn among others; everybody is different though. I miss tomatoes but, oh well! No, my symptoms are not fully gone, but that will take time. RA/inflammatory conditons took time to develope for most so I'd think it will take time to heal.
As far as where to go for more information....I'd just start doing a google search. If your husband has severe RA, I don't see why he would fight eating raw unless he wants to stay in stuckness.
07-14-2008, 01:22 PM
RA is supposed to respond beautifully to diet, since it is caused by an imbalanced immune system. I know that the Gerson therapy, which is based on juices, detox, and a lot of raw food, heals RA very successfully. YOu can look at their website if your husband really wants to get well. But he might just start with going raw first. Once he feels the difference and is a believer, he can use a more intensive therapy if necessary to reverse more damage. Congrats on finding raw food!
07-14-2008, 03:22 PM
In the meantime, while you're gathering info for him, just gradually incorporate more & more raw into his life! Especially green smoothies! (You can hide the greenness of it, if it bothers him, with blueberries! Frozen are great, then they get it cold, too!) Bring out a plate of veggies & dip, make him fruit salads for breakfast, or a snack, try some recipes that are similar to his old faves...
I'll be praying for him to be willing to take responsibility for his health ASAP, & to no longer think it's something that can't be changed! Remember to be gentle with him, go at a pace he's comfortable with, so he doesn't run in the other direction!
Getting healed is SOOOOOO worth giving up cooked foods!!!
07-14-2008, 03:34 PM
My oldest brother had severe RA in his early twenties. The doctors expected he'd need knee replacement surgery before the age of 30 and he's die of complications from all the medications he had to take by the age of 40. In his late twenties, just months before he was to have the surgery, he cut out all gluten (wheat, barley, rye, most oats) from his diet and that pretty much cured him within a month. (Try researching celiac disease.) He stopped all meds and his knees healed. In his thirties he cut out all dairy, eggs and soy and switched to only grass-fed organic meats. Now he's completely RA free. So I imagine if your husband starts by cutting out gluten and dairy he'll make huge strides in his health. And if he eventually goes raw vegan, no doubt he'll feel like a whole new man. Best of luck to him.
07-21-2008, 02:44 PM
I've been away on buisiness for 2 weeks so this morning was the first time I got a chance to show my husband your post. Because of your post and testimony about your brother my husband is at least considering trying this diet. Before he wouldn't even talk to me about it.
He said "Oh but I hate green vegetables but have to try something."
I should be getting my Vitamix in soon so hoping I can make some green smoothies that he likes. My plan is to have him have a quart a day like Victoria Boutenko did in her book and to use Alicias book to make some recipes.
Thank you so much for your post.
07-22-2008, 07:29 AM
sherilyn-please keep us posted on his progress becsue I know this will make a difference!
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