"Stop Telling me How to Eat to Cure My Incurable Disease!" screams the title of a blogpost provided by Woo. Thanks Woo!
LOL! I could have written this at one time, but I don't feel that way anymore.
A long time ago, a few months after being diagnosed with lupus, I still wasn't feeling very well. I was getting discouraged by my inability to carry on throughout a normal day, thinking that I would never get better.
We got together with friends over the 4th of July, and I was talking about my illness with my friend, who has a BSN, so the conversations can get fairly technical at times and she is right there with me. I was also drowning my sorrows in non-local wine.
They had another new friend at the party, a guy someone met at the gym. At first he seemed friendly. But when the others left to get more beers or to go to another part of the roof for an ocean view, I was left alone with him. He got right into my face and started SCREAMING at me about what vegan food I should eat, what supplements I should take, how I should exercise. Just like a drill sergeant.
This went on and on. I was stunned. I couldn't move. I just sat there saying to myself, "Somebody rescue me! Please! Why can't they help me?" Eventually the others came back, and the drill sergeant went onto other things, but I don't think I moved out of that chair until we were ready to leave.
Then again, if someone had told me at the time that I shouldn't eat wheat, I wouldn't have appreciated it either. I didn't reduce wheat until over a year later. By that time, I had figured out the appetite-stimulating aspect of wheat, and started reading about a low carb diet. By the time Dr. Davis' book came out, I was planted firmly in the "wheat is poison" camp. After a couple of years of monitoring (and a stint with Robb Wolf's autoimmune Paleo diet) my rheumy told me I didn't have to come back anymore.
I sort of forgot that I had an autoimmune disease. And the concept that it might even be celiac was absolutely off the radar until I started reading Dr. Perlmutter. So I am really glad that people like Dr. Wahls and Dr. Davis and Dr. Permutter are still telling people what to eat to cure their incurable diseases. I just wish I had heard this information years ago.
Some time after the party, I mentioned the incident to my host. He had no idea that the nutritional bullying was going on. He still recounts the story to new guests, at every holiday, and he still keeps apologizing to me. By now it seems pretty funny to all of us, but at times I am just so surprised at how many people think they can attack sick people.