The Autoimmune Disease Series
All our lives we have been told that protein is necessary for building and repairing the body and that we need a certain amount of it each day to maintain our turnover of cells. By the end of this blog I hope to suggest that there might be a case for eliminating all protein when you are trying to heal your body from an auto immune or other chronic disease.
For a long time now I have been assembling pieces of this autoimmune puzzle and the thing that I keep coming back to is protein. Time and time again I keep hearing how it is amino acids, the building blocks of protein that are creating inflammation and triggering disease symptoms.
Dr Ben Kim stresses the need for a low protein diet when treating autoimmune diseases:
“Leaky gut syndrome can cause incompletely digested food to enter your bloodstream. And the most problematic incompletely digested food group in autoimmune illness is protein.”
“My clinical experiences have led me to believe that animal-based protein, especially when cooked at high temperatures, tends to contribute to antigen-antibody complex formation in people with autoimmune illness more easily than plant-based protein.”
“If possible, I even recommend staying away from all animal-based protein for a period of six months to give your digestive tract complete rest from having to digest animal protein. During such a time, it is best to avoid eating large amounts of protein-dense plant foods as well, such as nuts, seeds, and legumes. So long as you eat plenty of vegetables, especially green ones like broccoli, lettuce, and cabbage, you will get plenty of protein for your daily needs.”
There are amino acids in all foods: Dr Tom O Brien, another Doctor that I recently featured here has shown that gluten, the amino acid in wheat is very damaging to our gut wall. It tears holes in it and that, he states is whether or not you are celiac. So gluten (among other things) can damage your gut, but then those undigested proteins get through the gut wall and start their damage.
In Unblind My Mind, the Ted X talk that I recently featured on this blog, Dr Katie Reid, adds to this protein puzzle. She makes the connection with glutamates being bound in the amino acid chains found in the proteins of wheat (gluten) and dairy (casein), causing issues when our modern processing methods break down the chains and release these glutamates. She is particularly concerned with the neurotoxicity and over excitation of the nervous system and organs that is created when these free glutamates hit our system. Is anxiety, diabetes or depression one of your symptoms?
Dr Gerson was healing cancer patients. Here the body needs to completely regenerate. So surely there must have been huge amounts of protein in his dietary protocol? No. This is the Gerson take:
“As we go through life, we become less able to digest animal proteins. These poorly digested, incompletely broken down parts linger in the body as toxins.”
Healing The Gerson Way, by Charlotte Gerson
The main part of his protocol was juicing, mainly vegetables (oh and did I mention the coffee enemas?). There is enough plant based protein/amino acids in vegetables to sustain even this intensive healing process.
So far each of the Doctors that I have mentioned have pointed the finger at protein molecules causing inflammation or toxicity in one way or another.
So what if you were to simply eliminate protein from your diet?
What, all protein?
Yes kind of.
Thanks to Raederle Phoenix for this inspiration. I found this clip on her blog.
For some of you, I might just have triggered a lot of exasperated what? where? how’s?
But for those of you who are really searching for an end to their symptoms, please know that I am just searching for the truth and letting you know what I find.
Now go get juicing!
With love from