CIDP and Processed Foods
Processed foods may have a larger role in the development of autoimmune diseases like CIDP than we thought. It is not always our genes that play a primary role in our diseases, but also the environments we create for our bodies.
By Shiraz Abbas
In a previous article, we wrote how bad gut bacteria may play a role in CIDP. This article explores this topic further by looking at how processed foods may aggravate and possibly be linked to the initial development of CIDP.
Processed foods are everywhere. Recent research published in Autoimmunity Reviews suggests that processed foods may weaken intestines to the extent that it increases the likelihood of developing autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune disease include ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and yes, CIDP neuropathy. The study showed how a 100 kinds of different diseases can come up as a result of eating processed foods.
The study looks at the relationship between the incidence of autoimmune diseases and processed foods. Industrial food additives seem to play an important role here. Processed foods damage tight-junctions that protect intestinal mucosa. These tight-junctions protect against bad bacteria, toxins, allergens, carcinogens and ultimately protects a person from autoimmune diseases.
There are seven common food additives that seem to play a key role in damaging the intestines:
- Fat solvents
- Certain kinds of acids
- Gluten (perhaps we should be staying away from wheat?)
- Microbial transglutaminase
- Nanometric Particles
The research advised patients with autoimmune diseases or those who are at risk of them (e.g. due to family history) to consider staying away from processed foods as much as possible.
We often blame our genes for our diseases, or bad luck. But more and more research is showing that our food, in addition to our mental stress, is playing a key role in the kinds of diseases we suffer from. Processed foods are key players in this. Remember that processed foods were mostly developed during WWII when foods needed to be preserved for soldiers who were on long campaigns. After the war, food manufacturers realized that they could make a lot of money by extending the shelf life of the foods they produced and as a result, marketed processed and canned foods to the masses. It is no wonder that our autoimmune diseases, cancer and other deadly disorders also began skyrocketing during this time.
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.