Outside of the wonderful story about a woman who took back control of her health, the fact that this information was shared between groups of people who wanted to help others is what makes the story Judy shares so compelling. – Dr. Perlmutter
Every day I congratulate my sister in law on her miracle: that her rheumatoid arthritis is in remission, or maybe even cured! Let me back up and explain how it happened.
My daughter works with a woman who also has/had RA and she went on a gluten-free diet and, after a short period of time, all her symptoms diminished and she was able to stop taking all her medications. My daughter, so impressed, asked her friend to meet with my sister-in-law and explain what had happened to her symptoms simply by changing her diet. After a period of time my sister-in-law decided to try gluten-free and see if this could also help her. It did! Her hands, badly crippled, are free of pain and she is able to do so much more with them than she had for a long time. She was reluctant to believe her good luck but after several months in remission she is willing to believe that it is indeed in permanent remission. This is a woman who had RA for over twenty years and had gone through all the drugs used to treat It. There were no more treatments available to her other than some new medications that might cause serious side effects, which could possibly be death.
Now after hearing all this, and with other family members also trying gluten-free, I decided to check into it more. I saw your PBS program and it grabbed my interest. I then checked a YouTube radio interview you did and when you mentioned the Framingham Heart Study I stopped in my tracks! My mother was one of the original cohorts in that study and my husband and myself are participants. My mother, like your dad, had Alzheimer’s disease and passed away a few years ago. It was tragic what she went through at the end. When she passed away we had her brain donated to the FHS.
My husband and I are now committed. We are going gluten-free. My husband has Type 2 diabetes and needs to get his blood sugar levels in control. He’s done the Atkins diet in the past with great results but found it very limiting. I’m sure this will be life changing for my husband and myself.