Why I don't recommend the Paleo Diet for autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Hi, I'm Dr.. Shook, and I'd like to talk with [you] today. Why I don't recommend the paleo diet for patients with Hashimoto's thyroid the Paleo diet has really become a I guess a cultural Trend and Phenomenon over the last five to ten years [it] is a basically a diet that Looks to our ancestry into how we ate Before we were more civilized and before we had agricultural ISm and before the Industrial revolution Before we were farmers basically when we were more of a hunter and Gatherer And it basically eliminates a lot of grains and a lot of things from the diet And that and it can be a very very good diet for a person and it can help with autoimmune conditions But I will just tell you I don't recommend that diet there are a lot of potential problems with with the Paleo diet so You know I can I can't go into an exhaustive list of why I don't like it [but] let's just take a few things for consideration a lot of patients that have autoimmune conditions also have digestive disorders a lot of autoimmunity and immune system issues are in the gastrointestinal tract and If you don't know this, and it's the first time you've heard it.
It's absolutely [true] [a] very the majority of your immune system is actually in your gi tract a Lot of the foods that we eat cause gut inflammation and not in every single person but if your autoimmune 80 to 90 [percent] of my autoimmune patients have drivers or causes of their Autoimmune problem that are dietary and [food-related] and even foods that you might think are good for you like you're eating Asparagus for example, and you say, oh asparagus can't be bad for me It could what we do in our clinic is we put people on an elimination program Because we want to know what foods causing inflammation But I'll tell you that with the current science the state of science today. What we are starting to do is have everyone Order immune system tests for the different types of foods that they eat We have like 200 foods that we can run Testing on in a cooked and a raw form a lot of which are on the paleo diet to see if your immune system Reacts to them and what that means is if your immune system [reacts] to that You've got to get that food out of your diet Or that's going to cause inflammation and that will that will tend to perpetuate and push the autoimmune condition you have to you have to decrease inflammation and to decrease inflammation you have to get all of the the antigens or the triggers of the immune system [out] of the diet and out of the body an Antigen can be a food which we're talking about here, but it can also be bacterial infections Dysbiosis and overgrowth of getting back Bacteria in the gut it can be an h pylori Which is a bacteria which can live in the stomach or in the Gi tract it can be a fungal infection like a yeast overgrowth [it] can be a parasite [I] mean it can be a number of different things that we have to identify We have to kill that stuff or get it out of your diet, or you're going to have Continual inflammation, so the Paleo diet though, it's good it it has a lot of [foods] in it that can feed Sibo, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth a lot of patients [that] have thyroid problems or autoimmune conditions also have? digestive issues And those [digestive] issues can come from a number of different problems it can come from [that] you being having a Sensitivity to the food that causes an immune [response] which I'm talking about it can be that you have an overgrowth of Bacteria That live and feed off of fadh maps now I do an entire separate video on fought on Fodmaps but Fodmaps are a group of short chain and medium chain basically it's different types of sugars and compounds that bacteria that those bad Bacteria in your gut the small intestinal Bacteria that overgrow they feed off of it, and they'll either what they're going to do is they're going to they're going to produce Gases that are [either] going to ferment they're going to cause you to be To be gassy and have diarrhea or you're going to cause constipation [you] can't have that with an autoimmune condition The Paleo diet is full of Fodmaps full of Fodmaps That's one problem it also has night shades in it night shades. Which are a group of Plants that have compounds in them that can stimulate a leaky gut or a piper permeable intestinal tract that is another video that I do but my point with this being that the paleo diet is not the right diet for everyone and It might help you it might not and I want to let my patients and people that are Considering a paleo diet no Don't be defeated if you try something like that, and it helps you a little bit But you're not better or you go through periods of feeling better and worse or you just feel worse all together If there's a reason for it Here's the diet the best diet let me tell you I can tell you exactly what the best ideas.
It's a diet That's right for you the diet. That works for you every single person [needs] [to] eat an Individualized diet now we can get in the ballpark depending on what we know about your general health But if you really what we do and I want to get people better. We want to get people better here and so what we do we can order through Cyrex [laboratories] we can order a and I and I talked about it briefly a 200 food Antibody sensitivity panel and basically what that what that panel will tell us is it will tell us What foods you're reacting to right now and guess what we're going to do when you get that panel We're going to get all those foods out of your diet. We're going to focus on healing your dot healing your digestive tract We're going to focus on other priorities that you have metabolically and we're going to see what happens They're going to follow up with you now. We're going to we're going to address What's left and we're going to keep following up until we work through this problem? We may in our clinic we [have] to order advanced Diagnostic labs so that we can figure out what's going on if you don't do the right [test] You can't figure out how to help somebody so you can just do diets But listen you're talking about a process that can [take] Years to work through to figure out what's going on and sometimes? [you'll] feel better and then worse and then you're just you just don't know you [got] to order the tests to figure out what's going On to come up with the right plan to help you restore your health I'm Dr.
Schaack. I just want to talk about why the paleo diet and really any diet. Is there's not one diet That works just what diet is best for you? I wanted to talk about diet a little bit because it comes up quite a bit. There's this growing trend about Paleo with autumn in conditions, [and] yes It can help it has helped a lot of people because a lot of people have problems with grains and Grains are highly associated with With Hashimoto's but there are so many patients with Hashimoto's that have to have cross reactivity Basically there are a lot of foods that will react in your body like gluten does which is comes from wheat And it's in other grains. So you have to look at those cross-reactive foods, too You can't you can't [just] when you can try it and [see] how you do But these these generalized diets are actually a lot of people think That's going to be the thing that helps them that's going to be the magic [Bullet] and that the fact is if you try it and it doesn't work or you your symptoms wax and wane then then you just you're you're missing part of it and Don't be defeated I've just seen that way too many times where [people] become they become defeated and and they lose faith that they can ever get better You know there is a way that you can best work with your body to help it heal I'm doctor shook if you have any questions, let me know I appreciate you taking time from your day to learn more about your health.
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