Judy L.

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.
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Daily Dose of DHA

If you follow my work, you know that I strongly advocate for making sure that your diet includes a hearty dose of omega-3 fats, the healthy ones we’ve replaced in our current diet with omega-6 fats. For me, one of the most important omega-3 fats is Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, and that’s why fish oil or algae-derived DHA is so important.

For starters, DHA is a valuable anti-inflammatory, and you all know how dangerous inflammation is to our brains and our bodies. A recent study found that macrophages (a type of white blood cell) use DHA to produce maresins, which fight inflammation. Since our bodies encounter inflammation almost daily, it’s important to always make sure we’ve got enough omega-3 in our system to help our bodies quiet down these flare ups.

But the key reason that DHA has become such a darling of medical researchers lately is that it triggers the production of BDNF, meaning that it’s DHA which kickstarts the growth of new neurons in our brain, leading to improved memory. Continue reading