I'm not big on the diets du jour. One year they're telling you that fat is bad, Bad, BAD! The next year they're saying that well.....maybe not all fats are bad.....Maybe the problem is really sugar. And then the next year they're touting alkaline water. And vegetarian diets. And then Vegan. And then raw foods. And then they're saying that gluten is the culprit in all health problems. It's enough to make you want to say "Screw it!" and order a burger, fries and a beer!
I still pretty much feel that way, but I've had a first hand encounter with the inflammatory properties of wheat that made me sit up and take notice. For reasons which remain unknown to me, I developed bursitis in my hip. It became so painful that I found driving to work - a 4 mile journey - to be almost unbearable. And to make matters worse, I had a wedding to attend in Santa Barbara - a 5 hour drive.
I tried everything - acupuncture, herbs, chiropractic care, laser treatments, structural "massage" (OW!), yoga and physical therapy exercises. Nothing worked. I finally knuckled under and got a shot, knowing that all I could expect from it was perhaps 3 months of relief. And sure enough, 3 months later I began feeling it creeping back. I knew, though, that I wasn't interested in getting another shot - I wanted to get to the bottom of what was causing this.
I knew that there were those who espoused the elimination of all wheat from the diet saying that it caused inflammation. And one day, right about the time that I began feeling the pain return, I had a patient come to me with pain, who mentioned that she didn't eat wheat due to it's inflammatory properties. And then that night I happened to watch a special on TV with Dr. William Davis, author of "Wheat Belly", who advocates the elimination of all "seeds of grasses" - or grains, in everyday language. It seemed that everything was trying to tell me to stop eating wheat. Why not? I figured it wouldn't hurt, so I gave it a try.
Well, I started by eliminating all grains beginning in the middle of August. It's now almost 6 weeks later, and I haven't had any pain. I've added some quinoa and a little corn, (organic only) and I seem to tolerate those - at least in the small amounts that I've consumed. There may be reasons for some people to eliminate other types of non-wheat grains as well, and perhaps someday I'll decide to join those ranks. But in the meantime, I'm just overjoyed at being able to sit and relax and not be focused on my hip.
If you or someone you love has some kind of inflammation, you might want to try this approach and see if it works. You should notice a difference in 2-4 weeks.