The Autoimmune Plant-Based Cookbook 3

The Autoimmune Plant Based Cookbook

The Autoimmune Plant-Based Cookbook

Autoimmune disease is one of the fastest-growing chronic diseases in this country, and it has many different manifestations: multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, . . . and the list of debilitating diseases goes on and on.  The good news is that many of these conditions can improve significantly by changing the diet and lifestyle.

There are more than 80 different autoimmune diseases.  According to officials with the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, about 20 percent of the population—or 50 million Americans—have an autoimmune condition.  This is a condition where your body’s defense system—the immune system—loses its ability to recognize its own cells and starts attacking healthy cells as it would a bacterial or viral invader.

Mercy Ballard, a nurse, and Dr. Joyce Choe, an ophthalmologist, are medical practitioners who struggled with their own symptoms for years before they discovered that they had developed multiple food sensitivities.  They determined to discover safe, plant-based methods to recover their health.  Their journey caused them to see the enormity of the autoimmune epidemic and fueled their desire to help others who suffer through similar experiences, to find answers.

The plant-based recipes in this book are free of soy, corn, oats, wheat, grains, and nuts because these are foods more commonly associated with food sensitivities.  A seven-day meal plan is included to help readers understand how to put these recipes into balanced meals.  Principles for eating to decrease inflammation and recommendations for food sensitivity testing are provided as well.  This book teaches how gut and microbiome health affects overall health.  It also teaches the basics of eating to heal by using the most anti-inflammatory of plant-based methods.

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  • Tom Phipps

    Readers should be aware that the opinions expressed in this column are, to be kind, controversial. At least in the setting of multiple sclerosis, which is the condition I am most familiar with, these approaches are actively being studied at multiple sites including OHSU but thus far remain unproven. At the same time there are several therapies available that are clearly of benefit. For anyone who may be dealing with one of these challenging conditions I would strongly advise that you keep an open mind to all available options but consult with your provider before considering abandoning proven therapies in favor of theoretically intriguing but unproven options such as presented here. I would also suggest that AquaMaster may not be the ideal venue for the presentation of advice on the management of complex and difficult medical conditions.
    Tom Phipps MD

    • Alice Zabudsky

      Opinions should be based on facts. For 23 years, Roy Swank, MD, headed the Neurology Department at OHSU and cared for over 5,000 patients with MS. His conclusions, according to dozens of research studies published in respected scientific journals; and his colleague, world-renowned physician and expert in human nutrition, John McDougall, MD, were: MS is due to the Western Diet; and that almost all compliant patients were able to stop or slow the progression of their disease (including avoiding major disabilities) by changing to a diet low in saturated fats (primarily found in meat, dairy and eggs). A randomized, rater-blinded, study recently published by the OHSU Neurology Department showed significant benefits for people with active MS.

      Why not recommend a healthy diet for people with MS? A therapy with no costs and no side effects, with many other benefits (reduced obesity, heart disease, diabetes, multiple cancers, etc.); especially when compared to standard therapies that can cost $100,000 per patient, per year, just for the drugs, with side effects as severe as death, and without proven long-term benefits for the overall progression of this disease. So where is the controversy? Shouldn’t all physicians be recommending a healthy diet as a fundamental, common-sense, (and in Dr. McDougall’s opinion: a proven) therapy?

    • Sue Calnek-Morris

      Excellent rebuttal! I saw options presented. Fundamental common sense and an open mind. Wish there was more of that! I submit to you that AquaMaster readers unfamiliar with the possible health benefits of this eating plan would most assuredly open a dialogue with their primary care physician; I feel that you give short shrift to our readers.

      Sorry, “to be kind,” I failed to see any inference to “abondoning proven therapies.” “For anyone who may be dealing with one of these challenging conditions I would strongly advise that you keep an open mind to all available options but consult with your provider before considering abandoning proven therapies.” This is where the dialogue comes in with your doctor, wtih whom you entrust your health and quality of life.

      What better, practical and common sense venue would be “ideal” to convey this message?
      Sue Calnek LS…(loves to swim)