View Full Version : Would Raw Foods Kill This Person?
12-06-2008, 12:00 AM
Today at work, I was working with one of our engineers who had a liver transplant about two years ago. Of course he would be on anti-rejection drugs for life.
Then I pondered what raw foods would do for him. If raw foods increases our health, then it would follow that it would improve our immunity as well - exactly what you don't want with a transplant, as it could increase the chances of rejection.
Not only would raw foods increase one's immunity, but seems like it could increase the detox of the anti-rejection drugs. Thus, would it follow that such a person is in a no-win situation with raw foods?
I don't know the answer, just pondering. But if a person with a liver transplant asked you if raw foods could help them, what would you say?
12-06-2008, 05:42 AM
My best friend had a kidney transplant a few years ago. When I went raw, she told me that she could not. There are all sorts of issues with transplant patients in terms of their potassium levels, Vitamin K levels, etc. I have no idea if a raw food diet would work, but it would definitely have to be medically supervised.
12-06-2008, 09:05 AM
I have no idea about this topic at all, but it is very interesting. I never realized increased immunity could be a bad thing, but it totally makes sense.
12-06-2008, 05:48 PM
This is a really good question, and it makes me wonder as well. I have 2 autoimmune disorders, both involve my immune system beeing overactive in that my body is attacking itself. All the things I was doing to improve my immune system (ie vitamins and herbs) were actually the WORST thing I could have done! Raw food has helped me tremendously wrt energy and overall health. I am still in the early-ish stages of healing, but my Dr. says remission is defintiely on the horizon in the near future for me. But what about people who are on immune suppression drugs? That could be something in my future as well...Because it is food, is that different than say, a drug or even an herb? Will raw simply assist your body back to a more natural state, a healed state, whatever that is for *your* own body? What about green smoothies? I know for me, when I could eat nothing else, I could drink GS. I wonder if this person would benefit from GS?
OP- I wish I had an answer for you. I hope someone here does!
12-06-2008, 06:35 PM
Well I have autoimmune issues too, which a lot have largely been eliminated from a vegan diet alone. I found some research that noted whey protein found in milk was triggering one of my particular autoimmune problems, so I quit high-whey foods and was virtually cured. Now that I am off dairy entirely, it appears my immune system is smarter...well, actually I don't think it's smarter, I think certain things trigger autoimmune responses, remove the triggers, remove the problem.
My thoughts on the liver transplant would be that he is not guaranteed to reject the liver even if he has no immunosuppressing drugs. If I were in that situation I would scale back the drugs to see if I Start to show signs of rejecting it, under close supervision...and if the coast is clear, continue.
But hey, I am no doctor or anything, lol...I just do know those drugs are a Precaution. But maybe rejecting would be Very likely and not rejecting Unlikely. Guess I would want to know percentages on that and stuff.
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