3 Reasons To Eat Organic If You Have CIDP

The benefits of organic foods is not a myth. Switching to organic foods can benefit your CIDP in more than one way as research begins to pile up.

By Shiraz Abbas

Over the last few decades, the selection for organic foods has grown tremendously. If you go to Costco, Whole Foods, Safeway or even Walmart, you will find sections dedicated to organic foods.

Yes, organic foods are relatively more expensive than their non-organic counterparts, but the benefits dramatically outweigh the discomfort of its costs.

If you are someone who suffers from an autoimmune disease like CIDP, then you should be very careful in the kinds of foods that you buy in your grocery store.

In this article, we will look at the three reason why people who suffer from CIDP should think about going organic.


Pesticides and Autoimmune Diseases

Toxins have been linked to the development of autoimmune disorders in animals and in similarities to human diseases. An earlier study showed that many farmers may have died due to autoimmune diseases that were linked to years of exposure to pesticides.

Many people are under the illusion that by simply washing their produce they can eliminate the pesticides from their foods. Unfortunately, many of these pesticides have sunk into these foods. Some may also think that fruits and veggies that can be peeled are safe. But in many cases, pesticides can make it through the skin and enter the inside of fruits and veggies.

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Pesticide exposure at home also presents people with problems. According to Jan Ehrman of NIH Record, pesticides carry the following risks:

Parks and her associates looked at the possible relationship between self-reported household insecticide application and the development of either lupus or RA in almost 77,000 women participating in the Women’s Health Initiative. The WHI Observational Study, a cohort investigation that began in 1991, was initially designed to track the most common causes of mortality, disability and poor quality of life.

“Although the hypothesis was well-founded [based on higher rates of some autoimmune diseases associated with farming], I was somewhat surprised at the findings,” said Parks, who reported that the strongest association between pesticides and the two autoimmune disorders was seen in women who lived on a farm and reported personally applying insecticides. These individuals displayed nearly three times the risk for disease development, compared to women who used no pesticides whatsoever. Meanwhile, lupus/RA risk was doubled for women who underwent 20 or more years of direct exposure (personally applying pesticides) and for those who reported applying insecticides six or more times annually.

While most of the women in the study were Caucasian, no racial differences were seen and the findings were not changed in analyses that accounted for other disease risk factors.

If you have CIDP, exposure to chemical pesticides may be making you worse. Try switching to organic foods in order to avoid them as much as possible.


The Problem of Antibiotics

Last year we wrote an article about the role of bad gut bacteria in CIDP and chronic inflammation. A Yale study found the following:

It was discovered that a bacterium called Enterococcus gallinarum was able to spontaneously translocate from the gut to several other organs, including the liver, spleen and lymph nodes. Using mice engineered to be genetically susceptible to autoimmune diseases, the researchers identified the bacteria inducing the production of inflammation and specific antibodies known to be autoimmune promoting factors.

The problem with non-organic meats is that the animals are fed antibiotics in order to keep them free of disease. But the problem here is that the usage of antibiotics creates resistance among bacteria thereby producing “superbacteria” that are very dangerous and harmful.

These bacteria can make themselves into your food and make your immune system and inflammation go haywire if they manage to settle in your gut. If you have CIDP which is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder, this may affect you directly!


Organic Foods Are More Nutritious

A properly nutritious diet is important for healthy immune function and to combat inflammation in the body. Recent studies have shown that organic foods are generally more nutritious than non-organic ones. For example, NPR writes:

Scientists have been trying to answer this question. And the results of a huge new meta-analysis published this week in the British Journal of Nutrition adds to the evidence that organic production can boost key nutrients in foods.

The study finds that organic dairy and meat contain about 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids. The increase is the result of animals foraging on grasses rich in omega-3s, which then end up in dairy and meats. The findings are based on data pooled from more than 200 studies, and research in the U.S. has pointed to similar benefits.

“Omega-3s are linked to reductions in cardiovascular disease, improved neurological development and function, and better immune function,” writes study co-author Chris Seal, a professor of food and human nutrition at Newcastle University in the U.K. “So we think it’s important for nutrition,” Seal told us. That said, organic meat and dairy contain far lower concentrations of omega-3s than what are found in fish such as salmon.

The findings are part of a growing body of evidence documenting how farming methods can influence the nutritional content of foods. A good nutritional diet is very important in helping people with CIDP symptoms.

If you have CIDP neuropathy, make sure to consult with your doctor for any dietary change you wish to undertake.

Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.


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