Author: Kathryn Kos

Paleo Diet and Celiac Disease

What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is a condition in that gut that causes weight loss, anemia, and gut inflammation. The etiology is an immune response from gluten (a protein found in wheat and some other grains). Although the exact trigger of Celiac disease is unknown, there is a gene that genetically predisposes certain people to Celiac disease. Currently over 3 million Americans struggle with Celiac Disease. What are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease? The most common symptoms of Celiac Disease are chronic diarrhea and weight loss. Children often present with a swollen abdomen. However, symptoms vary greatly from...

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Fibromyalgia and the Paleo/AIP Diet

What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a very common autoimmune condition, affecting nearly 5.8 million Americans. Sadly it can be a very frustrating and debilitating condition. Often difficult for outsiders to understand the pain people with fibromyalgia may be experiencing, as there is little underlying etiology in Western medicine. As a result ,any physical activity, even light housework can trigger intense, incapacitating pain. Additionally employment and relationships become difficult to maintain for people with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia Symptoms: Muscle and joint pain all over the body Pain in specific areas when pressure is applied Fatigue and difficulty falling asleep Bowel issues such as IBS,...

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Paleo Diet and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

What is Hashimoto’s? Hashimoto’s thyroid is an autoimmune condition where the body mistakes the thyroid as a foreign invader, and the thyroid is attacked. Thyroid disease is quite prevalent in the US. Many people suffer from hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid). In many cases of hypothyroidism the etiology lies in an autoimmune condition known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. With Hashimoto’s thyroid the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, gradually destroying it. This results in inflammation, and eventually leads to an under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), and may cause an enlarged thyroid, also known as a goiter. Hashimoto’s thyroid is the most common cause...

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Graves Disease and the Paleo Diet

What is Graves’ Disease? Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition that is associated with the overproduction of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism). Autoimmune conditions develop when your immune system causes disease by attacking healthy tissues. Graves’ disease is a common cause of hyperactive thyroid. According to Daniel J. Toft MD, PhD“Graves’ disease is named for the doctor who first described it in Ireland—Robert J. Graves. He noticed it in a patient in 1835. The disease is also referred to as Basedow’s disease—named after a German, Karl Adolph van Basedow, who described the disease in 1840. He didn’t know that Graves had...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Effects of Diet

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation. Inflammation from this condition primarily affects the small joints of the hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis attacks the lining of the joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. Often times with rheumatoid arthritis the individual will have large nodules on the joints of the hands and feet. The symptoms wax and wane based on flare ups.   Check Out Our AIP Menu Here.   Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s...

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