Auto-immune Diseases

Web Resources

  • PCRM Resources - Foods and Arthritis - New research shows that foods may be a more frequent contributor to arthritis than is commonly recognised. It is clear that, at least for some people, a healthier menu is the answer.
  • The Plantrician Project's Resource Portal - Multiple Sclerosis
  • The Paddison Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis - One of the most successful natural, plant-based Rheumatoid Arthritis treatments in the world. The Podcast/Blog includes many cases of reversal of RA and other inflammatory arthritis conditions.

Dr. McDougall's Health & Medical Center

  • Arthritis - Painful joints can be divided into “degenerative” and “inflammatory” forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the name often given to the degenerative form and can be helped by losing weight. Inflammatory forms of arthritis, like rheumatoid, Lupus, psoriatic, and ankylosing spondylitis are all very responsive to the McDougall Program. About 70% of people with rheumatoid arthritis (the most common form of inflammatory arthritis) can expect dramatic benefits, and often a cure, in less than 4 weeks of diet change.
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) & Diet - Too few people are told that within 10 years of diagnosis, even with the best treatments available, nearly half of those with Multiple Sclerosis will be wheelchair bound, bedridden, or dead. Given this hard look at the reality of Multiple Sclerosis, more people would be interested in a treatment that is cost-free, side-effect-free and stops the disease in over 90% of those people with early disease. The low-fat diet treatment for Multiple Sclerosis was developed by Roy Swank, MD, former head of the department of Neurology at the Oregon Health & Science University. He has treated more than 5,000 people over the past 50 years and the results are remarkable.


  • Diet: Only Hope for Arthritis - Dr. John McDougall - Discusses mechanisms, and includes many references to peer-reviewed studies.
  • Q&A: Diet, Arthritis & Autoimmune Disease - Dr. Michael Klaper - “Could what I eat be making my arthritis worse? Is there any kind of diet or supplement that might help my joint pain?”Ask these two questions to most physicians in practice today and the likely answer you’ll receive is, “The cause of arthritis and autoimmune diseases is unknown, and nothing that you eat, nor any supplement that you take, will make any difference at all.”Yet, it has long been known that many factors can affect arthritis - physical activity, emotions, even the weather. However, prevailing medical thought still holds that food has little or no effect upon joint pain. The diet-arthritis connection is often disdainfully dismissed as “unscientific” or as “magical thinking.” Fortunately for the millions who suffer from arthritic pain, recent medical studies indicate that relief can be as close as their dinner plate.
  • Autoimmune Disease: Genes, Infection, Environment & Gut - Dr. Thomas Campbell - Research shows that Western diets high in meat, dairy, saturated fats, and low in fiber, fruits and vegetables are linked to some autoimmune diseases and increases inflammation in general.
  • Plant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis - Dr. Michael Greger - Plant-based diets may help rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing exposure to an inflammatory “Trojan horse” compound found in animal products called Neu5Gc. In How Tumors Use Meat to Grow, he talks about the inflammatory role Neu5Gc may play in stimulating breast cancer growth, but what about inflammation in our joints?
  • Treating Multiple Sclerosis with Diet: Fact or Fraud? - - Multiple sclerosis is the most common degenerative inflammatory neurological disease in the U.S., striking people primarily between the ages of 15 and 55. It is characterized by numerous lesions—areas of damage—on the nerve cells of the brain and/or spinal cord. Dr. John McDougall discusses Multiple sclerosis stating that "I have yet to see a study that says diet will not help MS victims. In fact, all the existing scientific evidence points to diet as the most helpful approach."
  • Treating Multiple Sclerosis With Diet - Dr. Michael Greger - The bottom line is that the results Dr. Swank published remain the most effective treatment of multiple sclerosis ever reported in the peer reviewed medical literature. In patients with early stage MS, 95% were without progression of their disease 34 years later after adopting his low saturated fat dietary program. Even patients with initially advanced disease showed significant benefit. To date, no medication or invasive procedure has ever even come close, to demonstrating such success.

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