Most rheumatologists specializing in the treatment of arthritis, joint pain, and autoimmune diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system never even consider diet and food allergies/sensitivites as an important factor in the development of these conditions.

All of this information is supported in the current medical research, but you would probably never know it by visiting a doctor. This is because there is a big disconnect between medical research, which is often outstanding, and the practice of traditional medicine, which often leaves quite a bit to be desired when it comes to the management of chronic disorders.

I can personally say that food sensitivities, diet, and nutritional recommendations to patients are discouraged and in most cases frowned upon by most Rheumatologists. It was actually my experience with my dad when he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. He has a medical background and works in a hospital and he did want to take chemotherapeutics and very potent immuno suppressive agents with serious potential side effects.

I got a copy of all his labs, reviewed his medical records, and performed my functional medicine work up on him. I used some specialty labs to did deeper into the cause of his problem. I ordered a DNA/PCR comprehensive stool analysis, IgG food antibody testing, an antigenic intestinal permeability screen, salivary adrenal hormone testing, and urinary organic acid testing.

His initial labs at the time of diagnosis with showed a positive RA Factor and CCP antibodies as well as a C-reactive protein of 35.6 and a Sed rate of 27. The testing I performed showed a severe food sensitivities to egg and gluten. I addressed his overall health with the proper nutrient and gastrointestinal support based upon his labs and removed egg and gluten from his diet. Two months later at the follow up with the Rheumatologist, his C-reactive protein dropped to 1.7 and Sed rate to 6. At that time he was asymptomatic and the Rheumatologist stated, he has never seen this before. Why not? Because they never question or address the environmental factors that can be influence gene expression. Each person’s biochemical individuality exerts a major influence on his or her health. Lifestyle choices and environmental exposures filtered through genetic predisposition are fundamental factors in the expression of disease, and a successful treatment approach must include investigation into these factors.

When I went to the Rheumatologist with my dad for his follow up visit, I came with all the labs that I have done and shared with him the results as well as the approach he was taking. He pretty much frowned upon it and said your dad does not have Celiac disease. Can you believe that? I said all I’m saying is, when he consumes this specific protein, it causes inflammation. He said well keep doing what your doing, it seems to be working but really had no interest in it.

It is now two years later and my dad continues to remain symptom free as long as he continues a gluten and egg free diet. All my patients with autoimmune diseases do IgG food sensitivity in the office. I have found that medical research greatly supports this connection, but more importantly, I have found that patients get better after eliminating these inflammatory foods they react to from their diets. Forms of arthritis that I have found to benefit from this testing is osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sjogren’s, reactive arthritis, fibromyalgia, scleroderma, and psoriatic arthritis.

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