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Food as Medicine for “Incurable” Conditions

Can food help to heal autoimmune conditions as well as other "incurable" illnesses?  Find out why food might be the best medicine for you!

Can Food Cure Disease?

Most people would say that what one eats does have an impact on health.  But how powerful is food really?  Can food actually cure disease?  As I have studied case histories I have been amazed at how food often turned conditions around when nothing else could!  And I am talking about “incurable” conditions like rheumatoid arthritis,  Crohn’s disease,  small intestinal bowel overgrowth (SIBO),  and autism.  Years ago, I suffered from many symptoms that were a mystery to doctors.  My symptoms included the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Debilitating Headaches
  • Weight Gain
  • Fatigue
  • Malaise (I felt like I was often coming down with something-achy cold like symptoms)
  • Hypoglycemic Like Episodes (shaking and irritable when hungry)
  • Abdominal Bloating (very noticeable when it occured!)
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Intolerant To Exercise (exercise made me feel sicker and exhausted)
  • Cracked Heels
  • Breathlessness
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heartburn
  • Sinus Drainage
  • PMS
  • Ammenorhea
As I saw different doctors I was told I had PCOS, low ferritin (iron deficiency), liver problems (elevated liver enzymes), low adrenal function, and suspected lyme disease and/or heavy metal poisoning.
There are alot of things that helped me to recover.  Food was a very important part!  I remember that before I knew what foods were helpful I ate a piece of cake and I felt worse immediately.  I could eat homemade chicken soup and feel better immediately.  I didn’t feel great, but that would come later as I addressed multiple issues.  There are two categories of foods that helped to heal me-nourishing foods and detox foods.

Nourishing Foods

Nourishing foods include:
You might be thinking “Do these fatty foods really heal people?  And don’t they cause weight problems and heart disease?”  The short answer is no!  I know they played an important part in my healing, and I have lost the extra weight that I had.  In fact, all my cellulite has disappeared.  (Cellulite can be a sign of a need to detox.)  Here are some other healing stories that also show what nourishing foods can do.  Click on the links to read the stories.
Keeper of the Home has a post here with stories of people who healed their tooth decay with nutrition, and didn’t need dental work!
Lauren healed from ulcerative colitis.  Her doctors wanted to remove her large intestine when she was 18. She changed her diet instead.  Her symptoms disappeared.
Caris suffered from what was thought to be a stomach bug, but she didn’t get better.  She went on the SCD diet and went from being in horrible tummy pain to acting normal.  She described her pain as being like someone slamming a board into her belly really hard!  She stopped smiling, and was obviously in pain.  Doctors were unable to help her.  She went on the SCD diet and started acting normal!  Don’t forget to read the update that was posted 9 months after the first article.
Ann Marie suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal exhaustion, and chronic respiratory allergies and recurring sinus infections. She was eventually diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.  Her symptoms reversed when she changed her diet.

Detox Foods

Detox foods include:

Raw Vegetables
Cooked Vegetables
Eggs (especially from chickens raised on pasture)

There are many stories of people reversing health conditions with a detox.  Katherine was able to reverse her chronic fatigue and lose 56 pounds through eating detox foods.  One word of caution though-becoming a vegan or vegetarian long term can cause other health problems.  Many vegans eventually have to change their lifestyle or they end up having tooth decay and other health problems.  But short term detox can be very healing.

Carrie was able to overcome multiple health problems with detox foods.  She suffered with migraines, Hashimoto’s Disease, hives, and mercury poisoning.

It is important to note that both detox foods and nourishing foods are vital for health, but sometimes it is more important to focus on one or the other depending upon your health condition.

My Experience with Nourishing and Detox Foods

I believe real food stabilized my health enough that I was able to improve little by little.  Eventually, I felt strong enough to tackle some deeper health issues.  In my case I had my mercury fillings removed (NEVER do that without alot of research first-see Carrie’s story above).  I prayed and researched for a long time before taking that step.  I chose a carefully researched dentist.  I have also been on multiple supplements in the past, and  I do believe that the right supplements can also be a big help in healing chronic conditions.   But food is also like medicine!  It is powerful.  Maybe it is part of the answer for you or someone you care about.

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Disclaimer:  This post is not medical advice.  You should consult your health practitioner before making changes in your diet or supplements.  I am not a doctor or medical professional.

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  1. says

    This is really interesting. I will have to research more. I know that I feel a lot differently depending on the type of foods that I am eating.


    • says

      I am so glad you want to research more! That is one of my hopes for my blog-that it will help people find information that will improve their lives!

  2. says

    Hi Kristie! Visiting you back from your comment in my post “” — I agree that diet can significantly affect how we feel and prognosis for disease. I have, however, had some serious episodes that wound up with me in the ER when I try to stop taking meds and just alter diet and lifestyle, so people need to be careful. It can be tempting to not want to swallow pills when we feel like we are doing better, but I know I have worsened my Systemic Lupus when I have tried that (and been soundly reprimanded by my doctors). Thanks for sharing these great stories. I hope they will help others as well 🙂

    • says

      I agree that everyone is different! It is important to consult doctors. I actually don’t know alot about Systemic Lupus, but from the little I do know it seems to be a complicated disease.

  3. says

    It’s interesting to me how many people make no correlation between food and how they feel – I used to not either – and yet, what we eat is the biggest factor on our health. I enjoyed reading some of the stories. Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday.

    • says

      I agree that food is a huge factor in health! I hope to get the word out to as many people as I can. 🙂 I remember a time when I didn’t realize either how food was impacting me. By the way I checked out your site and it is really neat!

  4. says

    Great Post Kristie. Food is a powerful healing tool or it can be a deadly weapon. Shared on google & twitter. Thanks for providing this information for us at Real Food Fridays Blog Hop.

  5. says

    Hi Kristie,
    Loved you post so I choose it as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays Blog Hop. Thanks so much for sharing with REAL FOOD FRIDAYS!


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