The Dr. Hedberg Show
About This Show
The Dr. Hedberg Show covers a variety of health topics including thyroid disorders, autoimmune disease, fatigue, weight loss, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, hormone imbalances and digestive health.
Most Recent Episode
Does the Autoimmune Paleo Diet Work? - The Dr. Hedberg Show
3 days ago
The autoimmune paleo diet (AIP) also known as the autoimmune protocol diet is an extremely popular diet these days for autoimmune disease but there has never been any studies done to evaluate if it actually works. Although testimonials should be taken into account, and there are many all over the internet, the ultimate test for validity is a clinical trial.
As of August 29th, 2017, we now have a study that looked at this diet and how effective it was for autoimmune disease. The paper is entitled, “Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” Dr. Konijeti is the lead author and it was published in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Let’s dig into the study and see what they came up with. The study included 18 adults but three of them withdrew because they couldn’t commit to the diet so there were only 15 participants. 9 of them had Crohn’s disease and 6 had ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are autoimmune inflammatory bowel diseases.
What causes these diseases? The authors note that Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are due to genetic factors, gut dysbiosis, dietary factors, environmental exposures, and immune system dysregulation. This is mostly true for all types of autoimmune diseases but I would also include infections in this list such as viruses and bacteria.
To be more specific regarding dietary factors that increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease, it is noted that a typical Western diet high in refined carbohydrates, omega-6 fatty acids, saturated fat, low in fiber, vitamins, and nutrient-dense foods are part of the problem.
What is the autoimmune paleo diet (AIP)?
The autoimmune protocol diet is also known as the autoimmune paleo diet since it is an offshoot of the classic paleo diet. The following foods are eliminated from this diet:
Refined carbohydrates and sugar
Why are these particular items avoided in the autoimmune paleo diet?
The goal is to remove any foods that tend to be inflammatory in nature and can lead to dysbiosis. Approximately 70% of the immune system is in the gut and the microbiota have key connections with t