A Plea for Human Food

Hi folks,

It has been a long time since last I posted on my blog.  I’m still here and am actively answering your emails and questions when they come in but I’ve not had anything interesting to post in a long time.  Until now.  Here’s a link to an article by “Charlie” who wrote one of our success stories below.  This is a fantastic essay and well worth the read.  Find it here: A Plea for Human Food

And if you’ve just been diagnosed with AS and have stumbled upon this blog in your search for treatment for your condition, welcome.  You’re in the right place and hopefully some of the information contained here will help you to use diet to cure your Ankylosing Spondylitis.  Yes, I did say CURE.

How do you start?  Start here

Email me anytime if you have questions.  Or post questions here

Good luck!  And thanks to Charlie for writing such a fantastic essay!

  • Tia

    This blog is wonderful. I was diagnosed 2.5 years ago after 11.5 years of undiagnosed/misdiagnosed/”you’re too young” pain. I’m 28 and have mostly SI pain but also chronic costochondritis and hip involvement (extra bone growth from AS causing impingement). I do yoga other non-med therapies. I have been gluten-free for about 2 years and have had great success as far as pain management/remission. I recently visited my rheumatologist though and I have some significant progression in my SI and hip. The pain wasn’t there but apparently the disease was still working away. This makes me wonder if GF was enough to reduce the inflammation to a manageable level but still enough for the klebs to do their thing – kinda on the DL. So now I’m at this point where I feel like I need to use a TNF-blocker to stop it but I’d like to try paleo/NS but I’m nervous that if I go any longer without the biologic/TNF-blocker, I’ll get more damage. Thoughts? Also, I’m taking diclofenac in the meantime and I hate it.

    • That’s a difficult one for me as I’ve never taken TNF-blocker or biologics. If you’re already gluten free then it won’t be too hard to go NSD. Might be worth it as those drugs seem to have significant side effects from what I’ve read. Anyway, you should know if the diet is working pretty quickly (days or weeks in some cases like mine). Damage is permanent once done so I totally understand your concern. Probably a good idea to talk w/your doc before making a decision.

    • fazal

      TIA- How are you getting on, i too have just been diagnosed and thinking of TNF blockers
      Interesting to note that if you dont feel the pain when on a NSD, does the disease still rob you and take control although you dont feel anything?
      I would like to know if anyone can answer this, i.e there is no point if you dont feel pain but the disease is working its way and eating you

  • Libin

    It had been working well for me since I adpoted NSD unitll the end of 2012; my right hip started hurt again, it was possible that I ate some food containing starch; but the hurt has not gone away till now; I am confused now, I has been eating some supplements, such as glucosamine sulfate, MSM, chondroitin sulfate and glutamine, do these provide energy for Klebsiella?

    • Libin

      I read some posts written by ASer, saying eggs may bring in some bad effects, does this situation happen to you?

    • Yes, it’s confusing for sure. Your supplements may have starch in them as a binder. You’ll need to test those with iodine and/or read the ingredients very carefully.

  • Lee

    Greetings all. I have been gluten free for 4 days now and I am seeing some success being gluten free. I am doing this since I have done a food sensitivity blood test (IgG) and my blood results showed that I am moderately sensitive to wheat + gluten + yeast+ onions, so I am staying off them to see what happens. I believe being gluten free is not enough since there is still lingering pain and I am considering going No-starch…. I am also keeping a food journal to see which foods make me flare and which do not…