As many of you know, I consult with clients on improving nutrition to help or heal a wide variety of health problems. Many of my clients have autoimmune diseases, though certainly not all. Here, I’m sharing two lovely stories of success on their journey, one a client of mine and one not.
This week, I was at a pot-luck and was talking to a woman who has suffered from Hashimoto’s disease for about 15 years. Now in her early-50s, she’d been on a health journey for years. As a professional in the field of alternative medicine, she’s been aware of plenty of ways to work at and improve body functions. Yet still, 10 years into her disease she wasn’t improving and so she decided to go on the GAPS diet. When I first met her last year, she casually mentioned that she had Hashimoto’s and was working through some things. She expressed some happiness with the results of the GAPS diet, but also was hoping some other things would have improved. At that point, she’d been on the diet for four years.
When I spoke to her this week, she’d been on the diet five years. She’d just recently gotten her blood tests back from her doctor, and it turns out that she no longer has Hashimoto’s disease. Let me say that another way: a healing nutritional protocol has healed this woman of her autoimmune disease!
This is unprecedented in the medical world, folks. When one is diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, they should expect to have it for life. Yet here is one example of how diligence and hard work can pay off. This woman has also worked on detoxifying heavy metals and other issues, but had her digestion not been strengthened by the GAPS diet, her body would have never have been able to handle the metal detox protocols. I’m certain that other GAPS practitioners see such rewards often; this diet has truly helped thousands around the world.
Next, meet a young woman in her mid-20s. She’s young, active, and works as a Registered Dietician. She’s busy, social and yet dealing with health issues. Since her youth, she’s always had digestive issues going on. From acid reflux to allergies, to problems with her esophagus. More recently, she’s noticed allergic reactions to foods. It seemed to her that every month she added another food to her list of allergies. Her training had not helped her learn how to deal with allergies or leaky gut.
I began working with her in the winter of 2014 when she began the GAPS diet. It was a hard road — she had to navigate a busy summer with lots of festivities on a relatively strict diet. I’m happy to say that a few weeks ago she ate the first apple she’d eaten in five years, with no reactions. Her digestive system is healing, her body is not attacking food or itself, and she’s on her way to a full recovery. She’s done a fantastic, amazing job with this diet thus far and is reaping the rewards.
To see such clear improvements after just six months on the diet is fantastic, though not always the case. A whole variety of factors go into how fast or slow one heals. Age matters; young people heal faster. My son, at six months old, healed his eczema in under a year. The 52 year-old woman took five years on the diet to reverse Hashimoto’s disease. Every individual has a unique biology that will effect how long it will take to heal.
I have to say, I haven’t met anyone yet, whether my client or not, who hasn’t seen some improvements result from an improved diet, whether they do just basic improvements or something more drastic such as GAPS. Whatever your issue, your meals can help you.
Food people, it’s all about the food. Eat well, BE well, LIVE well.