I had an interesting, yet frustrating, discussion on Facebook today. I made the simple statement that I am grain-free. Someone replied, “You eat no grains at all?” (I thought that’s what I said, but…) I replied, “No grains at all.” The same person responded, “So no rice, no nothing?” Still not sure what I had been unclear about, I replied, “No.” Again, the same person came back with, “So no quinoa or amaranth either?” Again, I said, “No grains.” It seems to have ended there (I hope). Apparently, not eating any grains is confusing for some people. So, I’m going to explain to you why I don’t eat grains.
In 1993, an advertising company developed the “got milk?™” campaign. It became the most successful commodity advertisement in history and still runs to this day. It has been incredibly influential on the way a generation of parents feeds their children. It seemed to validate the idea (around for even more generations) that humans need cow’s milk and other dairy products for essential health. But does the science validate this sentiment? Why do we think milk is healthy for human consumption?
What do lupus, Sjogren syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves disease, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile (type 1) diabetes, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, and asthma have in common? They are all autoimmune diseases. According to Wikipedia, autoimmunity is the system of immune responses of an organism against its own healthy cells and tissues. Why would your body attack itself? [Read more…] about Autoimmune Disease: Why is Your Body Attacking Itself?