Can The Paleo Diet Help With CIDP?
The paleo diet can be helpful in the short-term for people with CIDP, but experts do not recommend it as a long term diet.
By Shiraz Abbas
The paleo diet, also known as the “caveman” diet is the new fad. Many people have claimed that it has cured them their autoimmune diseases like ulcerative colitis or multiple sclerosis. But does it actually work? Read carefully if you have CIDP.
It is important to remember that the paleo diet is supposed to be an anti-inflammatory diet. This means that it is meant to keep your body from attacking itself, something which is common among autoimmune diseases. Since CIDP is an autoimmune inflammatory disease, you may be wondering if this diet can help you.
Over a million people seem to be following the diet. Many have claimed that it has helped them, but the evidence so far seems to be anecdotal. The common sense effect is that the diet eliminates salts, refined sugars and other processed foods that contribute to autoimmune inflammatory diseases like CIDP.
However, there seems to be lacking evidence on the larger merits of the diet. Everyday Health quotes Kelly Kennedy, RD on the current research on the diet:
“Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough scientific evidence to clearly show that following a paleo diet would be helpful for improving symptoms of an autoimmune condition,” Kennedy says. “For some people, following the diet might help, but for others, it may not.”
Not only does more research need to be done on the diet, but Kelly Kennedy also warns about the potential hazardous effects of the diet as it may lead to nutritional deficiencies. Kennedy continues:
“My main goal is to make sure that a diet is realistic and maintainable for the person who wants to follow it,” Kennedy says. “However, with the paleo diet, I actually wouldn’t recommend following it long-term, simply because more research needs to be done and because it can contribute to nutrient deficiencies — something that people with autoimmune diseases are already at an increased risk of.”
So Kennedy’s views can be summed up into two points
First: There needs to be more research on the paleo diet and its merits
Second: The paleo diet can be dangerous as it is nutritionally restrictive. This includes the removal of beans and grains which are thought to be helpful and important in a health human diet.
If you have CIDP neuropathy and wish to try out the paleo diet, make sure to contact your doctor.
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.