Have you suffered from excruciating pain, sore joints and extreme fatigue for many years and have been to many doctors and been prescribed many different medications?
Deep aches, knots, when your joints start fusing together and arches, falling, and the discs in your spine start popping.
You feel that the insides of your bones in your hands, feet, hips have been filled with cement and then smashed with a sledgehammer.
That is exactly what happened to Seamus Mullen. The celebrity, then 33 years old, was battling a cycle of terrible pain and frequent hospital visits starting from 2004. At one point, it became so bad that doctors found 36 blood clots inside his body on one occasion. He also had to had his lungs drained and put on life support.
Then in 2009 he competed in “The Next Iron Chef”, while crippling with pain. Seamus was eliminated from the show and taken home in a wheelchair unsure if he would ever walk or stand again. Seamus had Rheumatoid arthritis, a systemic inflammatory disease, and it was ruining his life.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that is so much more than joint pain, or just “arthritis. The key lies in the word ‘rheumatoid’, that makes RA a full body autoimmune disease. It does not just affect your joints, but also your connective and soft tissues, and it can even affect your organs.
Many RA patients describe RA as very severe intense inflammation, and the pain is comparable to the trauma after a car accident. Sometimes the movement is so painful and sore that you need assistance to do simple activities like walking.
And since RA is an inflammatory disease, it means that your immune system is just completely out of whack and begins to attack its own cells. As a result, you’ll suffer from frequent fatigue, fever, colds, and nausea. And you end up feeling completely exhausted after battling all these at the same time.
In severe cases like Seamus’, it can be completely debilitating.
So what did Seamus do?
He decided that he was not willing to just sit back and watch his life come grinding to halt. Instead he consulted with doctors who understood both conventional and contemporary medicine, and found Dr Frank Lipman.
Besides prescribing a list of foods that excluded processed foods, sugar, gluten, Dr Lipman also included more leafy organic vegetables, good quality fish and grass-fed meat.
But that wasn’t enough.
Dr Lipman suspected that Seamus had excessive microorganisms, or ‘bad bacteria’ that live inside his gut. So Dr Lipman began to correct the microbiome balance inside his gut.
His first step was to remove the parasites, and then the candida.
That’s exactly how he cured his Rheumatoid Arthritis, by eliminating the levels of bad bacteria inside Seamus’s gut.
Research done at the New York University School of Medicine looked into whether a lack of probiotic bacteria in your gut could cause rheumatoid arthritis.
What they found was that patients with new-onset rheumatoid arthritis generally harboured a higher than normal level of pro-inflammatory intestinal hooligan bacteria Prevotella copi in their gut. These patients also had far fewer good bacteria (intestinal microbiome) in their gut.
According researchers at Mayo Clinic, “Larger-than-normal populations of specific gut bacteria may trigger the development of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and possibly fuel disease progression in people genetically predisposed to this crippling and confounding condition.”
Seamus decided to use their concepts and he(with the help of Dr Lipman) re-structured his life to fit in with it. The underlying principles were:
Fostering a healthy lifestyle, including enough sleep.
Seamus realised that another problem with his diet was the regularity of his meals times. He worked long hours and seldom (if ever) sat down to a real meal.
When he embarked on his probiotic focused diet Seamus also started sitting down to three set meal times a day. This way he was focused on his meal, but he was also relaxing during the time that he was eating and not running around doing other things while snacking on bread as used to.
Sitting down to a meal helps your body to start the process of digestion the way your body is intended to. You are not meant to run around under high levels of stress while grabbing a quick bite to eat. You are meant to eat, digest and let your body absorb the nutrients you put into it.
Seamus’ health started to improve, but he there was another problem in his diet. Sugar. So Seamus cut out all gluten and sugar from his diet. Although he maintains that some people seem to be able to eat gluten without ill effects, he could feel the effect it had on his gut. Without gluten or sugar in his new diet, his health soon started to improve in leaps and bounds.
Seamus realised that for his body to operate optimally it needed to be fit and strong. So She started an exercise program three times a week.
Maintaining a healthy level of good gut bacteria (microbiome stewardship);
As a chef, Seamus was in a good position to implement a serious change in his diet. The problem was he couldn’t find any delicious recipes that followed his proposed diet, so he decided to create some.
Seamus created a menu that included plenty of probiotic in his every day diet. He also made sure there was more than enough omega-3 and all of the healthy oils such as olive oil.
In addition to the probiotics in his food Seamus also takes probiotic supplements like ProbioShield. These probiotics introduced more healthy bacteria in your intestine and make it difficult for bad bacteria to live in the environment.
Seamus stuck to his guns and after a few months of upping his probiotics, relaxing at regular meal times, cutting out gluten and exercising, he was no longer in pain.
A few years down the line Seamus shows no signs of the disease when tested. As long as he maintains his diet and healthy lifestyle Seamus is no longer in pain and is hardly recognisable as the man he was before.
Many Rheumatoid Arthritis patients have suffered for many years and a cure on the horizon is not a dream. Seamus is a sterling example of how a simple change in diet and lifestyle can change your health, make you well again, and add life to your years as well as years to your life.
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About the Author:
Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice. Learn how you can lose weight fast – How to lose weight by adding these alkaline foods.
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