This weeks reading included a lot of talk about a raw diet. This would include, well, anything raw, it’s quite self explanatory. Anyway, the book mentioned in chapter 1 the author references a book that claims raw food diets improve rheumatoid arthritis.
This claim interested me quite a bit because I have had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for about four years now. Therefore, the possibility that a diet could reduce pain and inflammation caused me to do a little research about the connection between raw food diets and the effect they have on rheumatoid arthritis. The first website I found told the story of a woman with RA who had gone to a clinic that supported a raw food diet as a treatment for RA. She told about her experience and her acquaintances who had largely benefited from the diet.
Next I found two other websites that suggest foods to eat that will reduce RA symptoms. I noticed that every food these two websites mention are a good raw food. Another website I found had a more extensive list but showed the exact same thing. I also learned from the first website, that cutting out dairy from your diet can greatly reduce RA pain. I found this interesting because of the fact that many raw food diets are vegan. So, I began to notice how a raw food diet coincides perfectly the ideal RA diet.
After conducting this research and finding promising treatment for my RA pain, I am somewhat considering one of these RA diets, that are extremely similar to the raw diets we have been reading about in “Catching Fire.” I plan for this to exclude dairy products because of the miraculous claims I saw on every website, yet it will include cooked meat. Simply because I have no other means for getting protein and I have not found that it causes any RA symptoms. Because every medication I have tried for RA has failed, lets hope the diet helps!