Eat For Health: Autoimmune Disease and Arthritis

This is an excerpt from Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat For Health.

Working with patients who have autoimmune diseases is one of the most rewarding aspects of my medical practice. Autoimmune and immune-mediated illnesses include diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, connective tissue disease, and the inflammatory bowel diseases called ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s, but there are also more than 100 clinical syndromes considered autoimmune diseases. Obviously, not every patient with these diseases can make a complete, drug-free recovery; however, the amazing thing is that so many patients can, and do, recover. The recoveries are not limited to recognized autoimmune diseases. I see many patients with pain syndromes without laboratory documentation of autoimmune disease. The ability to achieve substantial improvement, and in many cases complete remission of these supposedly incurable illnesses, is exciting. I have been writing about these success stories for many years, including submissions to medical publications.1 For the last 20 years, multiple studies have been published in medical journals documenting the effectiveness of high vegetable diets on autoimmune illnesses.2 These have been largely ignored by the medical profession and most doctors still deny the effectiveness of nutrition on autoimmune and inflammatory conditions; however these pages describe the critical features of the eating-style most effective in aiding people suffering with these conditions. Although it is not clear why these studies are quickly forgotten or ignored after their publication, one factor may be that there is no financial incentive for anyone to promote the power of dietary intervention as a medical therapy like pharmaceutical companies do when studies show some efficacy for their products.

And here’s Jodi’s success story:

“I was desperate when I traveled to New Jersey to see Dr. Fuhrman. I had been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and had suffered from open skin lesions and full body itchiness for years. I followed his advice to the letter. He put me on a special eating plan, and, after about three months, I started to get better. My legs and arms cleared up first. My body healed from the extremities inward, and six months later my psoriasis was totally gone. My doctors are amazed. Today my skin is completely clear with no itchiness or blotches, and I have no more arthritic pain. Recent blood tests show I no longer have the blood test markers that show inflammation. I cannot fully express what this recovery means to me. I am so grateful that Dr. Fuhrman insisted I could be helped and then guided me to wellness.”
1. Fuhrman J, Sarter B, Calabro DJ. Brief case reports of medically supervised, water-only fasting associated with remission of autoimmune disease. Altern-Ther-Health-Med. 2002 Jul-Aug; 8(4):110-112.

2. Nenonen M, Törrönen R, Häkkinen AS, et al. Antioxidants in vegan diet and rheumatic disorders. Toxicology. 2000;155(1-3):45-53. Müller H, de Toledo FW, Resch KL, et al. Fasting followed by vegetarian diet in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review. Scand J Rheumatol. 2001;30(1):1-10. McDougall J, Bruce B, Spiller G, et al. Effects of a very low-fat, vegan diet in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis. J Altern Complement Med. 2002;8(1):71-75. Darlington LG, Ramsey NW, Mansfield JR. Placebocontrolled, blind study of dietary manipulation therapy in rheumatoid arthritis. Lancet 1986;1(8475):236-238.
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Anne - December 26, 2008 4:50 PM

I can relate to this . i have psoriatic arthritis and had been taking bromelain and cats claw but stopped about 7 months ago because i was not eating correctly and i couldnt sleep. poor concentration and memory ( which all used to be great prior) and i was getting depressed and even very anxious.. Was advised by my dr to take antidepressants instead. am still on them . i have an appt with you dr fuhrman in Jan and am looking forward very much for your guidance to help me get back to feeling like my true self . i believe in your knowledge. I want to do things now to help my state of mind . can you advise me of foods etc. which would help me get on track until i see you? i would appreciate it so much........thank you sincerely anne marie

Beverly VanZon - March 30, 2012 9:23 PM

I have been suffering from an autoimmine dis order called sjogrens starting at twelve when i used to just collapse anywhere and have been to numerous drs.who have prescribed numerous prescriptions which were supposed to help but i kept getting worse and had a full blown heart attack with quad bypass surgery after i was taking over and up to 15 pills a day now i am 82 and have discovered Dr.furmans eating program which i have been on for 30 days and i feel so much better and have lost some weight and can now go out side and work in my garden when before was lucky to even get out of bed. This is just great!!YES!!

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