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The original website was published through the courtesy of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Jim Andris, Sept. 17, 2003.
This reflection on my own personal experience is intended to point out the obvious: your medical condition affects your diet, and your diet affects your medical condition.
Perhaps an even more important point is that given the will and proper methods to change to a more healthy diet, this approach may well be the most powerful healing tool you have available. At the same time, you must proceed with reason, caution and good medical advice, every step of the way. In my own life, I have a history of zealously using a new approach to health and diet and then finding that my body could not keep up with the pace I had set for it, and became injured or ill.
Consider these more or less established facts:
If these facts don't make you want to loose weight and exercise, nothing will. But let me tell you about some other health problems I have solved through diet.
I have had gout since I was in my early twenties. Uric acid deposits out in your joints, and can be excruciating if left untreated. It is still a very misunderstood disease. We don't kid diabetics about their sugar consumption, but I can assure you, we kid people with gout about their "rich and excessive lifestyle." Over the forty-five years I have lived with and treated my gout (assisted by varous physicians), I have discovered the following helpful dietary practices.
As you can see, this is no recipe for sainthood, but you won't score any points with your bingeing friends. They'll see you as an old stick-in-the-mud.
And occasionally I still get out of balance and then I have to go to the doctor and get various forms of medication to get me back in balance.