May is Lupus Awareness Month. In my blog today, I have shared with everyone not only how Lupus effects my every day life, but also how veganism has nearly saved me from all of the ill-effects of my illness....GO VEGAN!!!!
Dani, I'm so glad to hear that veganism is helping you, even though you still have a lot to deal with. I am extremely impressed that your doctor attributes so much to your diet as well, as so many physicians fail to acknowledge the benefits of a vegan diet. I love that you have looked into McDougall's studies, he is amazing! He is the reason that my husband got started on this journey.
I hope someday they will start using the knowledge about diet to help patients reverse disease or at least live a more comfortable life. It makes me sad to know that the information is out there, that people like you have seen the benefits, yet it is not common advice give from physicians. My husband is currently shadowing an oncologist and when people lose weight they tell them to go home and eat as much fat as possible .. . donuts, cheese, etc. Nothing healthy. These poor people are already struggling with a disease, their body is taxed, and the doctors are telling them to poison their bodies with fat and sugar. They may gain weight, but they are also malnourished. Sad. Hopefully your doctor will spread the knowledge that he has gained from your case to his other patients.
I live in Wisconsin, the land of Milk and Cheese, and it SHOCKED me when my rheumey discussed with me that he is a firm believer that dairy causes the majority of chronic inflammation in patients, but it's one of the hardest things to get his patients to believe/cut out. My jaw nearly hit the floor to hear a doctor basically shun dairy, but it also made me realize that I was in good hands :-)
i also started following your blog, and its great.........i am sorry to hear about your lupus as it sounds like a nasty condition to have, but its great to see that veganism has helped you tremendously :)
my MIL has severe scolosis and a host of other problems (rheumetoid arthritis, HBP, heart valve stuff, etc) and i have been advising her to cut out the dairy (meat would also be wonderful, but baby steps) to reduce her inflammation, but........her doctor didn't tell her that, and since i'm not a doctor, i'm not qualified to be doling out medical advice. hmm. she's never specifically said it like that, but implied.....she's on heart meds, hbp meds, 800mg ibprofin x 2-3/day, but her doc didn't talk nutrition so it can't be all that helpful or important to truly consider. i love her and want my son to know his grandmother, but at the rate she's going.........it saddens me.
if your message could reach more people, dani, that would be wonderful......i hope you continue to feel well and hopefully one day, be cured. veganism is so crucial to keeping disease at bay, i just wish more folks would do their research.
It's a hard pill for some people to swallow...the fact that their doctor may not know everything...or anything for that matter...about nutrition. We put our faith in these people to KNOW these things, when really they know very little, if anything, about it. I hope that your MIL someday finds it within her to listen to your advice....maybe you could get her to see a nutritionist or a naturopathic doctor?