Eating Against the Grain Helps a Canadian with Sjogren’s Syndrome

A reader from Canada wrote me to let me know about a post she wrote today on the Sjogren’s World Community Forum. She told me that my Going Against the Grain book helped her and that eating completely against the grain proved to be the answer to greatly improve many symptoms she was experiencing.

Sjogren’s disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by dry eyes and a dry mouth. It also can be a more systemic disease, affecting many organs and involving connective tissue disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erthematosus or scleroderma.

Here are a few excerpts from her post:

I tried going gluten free and my symptoms did improve somewhat. So I Googled more and more and then I found the answer:

A completely nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, grain and legume free diet. No bread, pasta, cake, cookies, cereal, beans, barley, wine, beer, coffee, tea, etc…

I found an author, Melissa Diane Smith, and her book “Going Against the Grain.” Smith talks about delayed food allergies. Unlike a peanut or other food allergy that requires immediate medical attention, these foods don’t cause anaphylactic shock; they are more insidious because you don’t realize they are harming you.

It took about two weeks for my symptoms to reduce. My eyes stopped itching, my sleep improved, my lips stopped being so dry…. My sleep was improved, my brain fog lifted, and I actually felt myself being more focused and able to function. Because of the better sleep, I was more energized.

To view this woman’s complete post, click here.

I love getting emails from people who have been helped by my books or articles or an against-the-grain diet, so please keep sending those letters! You can email me here.

© Copyright 2008 Melissa Diane Smith

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