Certified Primal Health Coach
Certified Raw Food Nutritionist
I was doing great with my health following the USDA recommended high carb, low fat and moderate protein diet until the spring of 2000 when my health took a turn for the worst! I had recently turned 39 years old when my body started to stiffen up. I was very physically active, working at a stressful job, a father of two kids and a husband.
The stiffness initiated in my neck then shifted throughout my body and finally stopping at the Achilles tendon on the left leg. All of my fitness training came to a screeching halt and I had difficulty working at my job.
It was very interesting how the stiffness diminished by the end of the day but every morning I woke up stiff, sore and in considerable pain. After six weeks working with the doctor, I was referred to a Rheumatologist. The Rheumatologist’s testing identifying I tested positive for the human leukocyte antigen (HLA-B27) as well as the physical exam showed all the signs of Ankylosing Spondylitis. The Rheumatologist confirmed I had the incurable autoimmune disease labelled Ankylosing Spondylitis. I was excited to finally find out what was causing the stiffness but was unaware of the significances of this condition.
I was prescribed a daily dose of an anti-inflammatory drug along with a weekly dose of an immune-suppressing drug. In about four weeks I was feeling great as the pain and stiffness reduced to the point I could start to function close to normal. This was great I thought.
As time passed I started to wonder why I had to go for monthly liver and kidney bloodwork. How dangerous was the medication to have the doctor order monthly bloodwork to monitor my liver and kidney function?
This was the impetus to start the journey to take my own health into my own hands and find alternative natural methods to put Ankylosing Spondylitis into remission.
I started researching everything I could get my hands on regarding Ankylosing Spondylitis. Still, there was nothing concrete I could find on non-pharmaceutical treatment, so I decided to start with my diet. I had read gluten causes a lot of issues for people; therefore I decided to remove all gluten from my diet.
Removing gluten helped a little with the stiffness but it was still present. Over the next four years I tried numerous diets; vegetarian, vegan, fruitarian, raw foodist but still could not entirely eliminate the symptoms caused by Ankylosing Spondylitis.
I even went to the extent of having the mercury fillings removed from my teeth by a Biological Dentist. To this day, I am still glad I had the fillings removed and happy I followed the various nutritional approaches as they provided insights on how these diets helped in some areas but not in other areas.
It was not until I switched over to a Paleo/Primal lifestyle of no grains, low carbs, moderate animal protein and good quality fats that the stiffness/inflammation started to disappear in parallel with reducing my prescribed medication under the direction of the Rheumatologist.
Fast-forwarding to December 2010 I took my last immune suppressing and anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs for Ankylosing Spondylitis. The inflammation and stiffness in my body caused by Ankylosing Spondylitis was gone for good as long as I stayed away from inflammatory foods such as; grains, bad oils, excessive training, a stressful lifestyle and lived a primal lifestyle. To this day I am still free of Ankylosing Spondylitis and live a normal healthy lifestyle.
With the extensive knowledge and experience gained reversing Ankylosing Spondylitis I have set my mission in life to assist other people struggling with autoimmune diseases. Helping them reduce and/or eliminate their inflammation with modifications to their diet and lifestyle with the end goal of reducing or eliminating their dependency on the dangerous pharmaceutical drugs required to keep autoimmunity at bay.