My Unintentional Fast! And a Remarkeable Discovery :)

I’ve missed all of you!  Due to a sports injury I was admitted to the hospital for six nights :(!  What an ordeal.  Long story short, I underwent every test & poke & jab imaginable to rule out what was causing the groin & back pain that IV Morphine did not touch Oy!.  My arms feel like pin pricks from all the blood work drawn!  Image

Well, in the end it was determined via an MRI (why they waited to perform that test last is beyond me) that I was a fine & healthy specimen inside & out & had put my not too young spine into contortions that caused some muscle strain & pinched nerves. 

In the meantime I lay in an IV Morphine stupor for six days, wretching my guts out & wasting away.   From now on if I’m asked what I’m allergic to I’m gonna say Morphine & any & all narcotics!

So here’s where the discovery comes and is something I’d read about in excerpts from Clint Paddison‘s book, The Paddison Cure To Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I’ve not read the book, but can relate to his theory that food can contribute to an Autoimmune Disorder such as RA.

I will remind you that my RA was 98% cured when I was admitted, but knew that the parasites & food triggers still existed in my body. What I did not expect to find after the involuntary fast was that my joints felt like they were new again, not because of the Morphine but because there was NO nutrition other than my IV normal saline dripping into my veins.  For some reason, the initial attending would not allow me to have any food or even ice chips although surgery was ruled out.  I lay there like on a Sahara desert dune feeling deprived of sustenance but as if I’d been given brand new joints from head to toe.

So my plan of action continues as mentioned in my previous diet blog:  continue with my Food Trigger & Good Food Diary.  And eat, eat, eat the good stuff to put that lost weight back on!




Don’t Sweat The Diet Stuff!

There are some books out there about curing RA through diet, for example Barbara Allen’s Conquering Rheumatoid Arthritis & The Paddison Program to Rheumatoid Arthritis. These programs highly emphasize making drastic diet changes. The testimonials for these approaches are numerous, but if you are like me, I find it very difficult to restrict or drastically alter my diet. I was looking for a much easier way to CURE my RA & take back my amazing life.

That said, diet does play a role in RA and I will keep it simple:

Keep a log of foods that trigger RA symptoms & stay away from those trigger foods as much as possible.

Keep a log of foods that DON’T trigger RA symptoms (so you can enjoy them again!)

And that’s it! This is you taking action as you become your own Body Detective. Sometimes it will be easy to know which foods are triggers & other times not so easy, such as when you dine out at that French restaurant and can’t say no to all those rich sauces, accompanying wines & apertifs!


I will share an example of my own simple Diet Log here. Yours will be different, but not to worry, that’s what makes us so special.  You can create categories for your lists for future referencing.

ETOH triggers:

  • Beer: Stella Artois 😦 
  • Triple Cream Cheese 😦 !!!!! 3/24/13

ETOH :)!

  • Plum Wine 🙂

Restaurants :)!

  • Dinner @ Royal Palace 🙂
  • Hanami II in Branford, CT, Japanese, Sushi