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Angel MJ
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   Posted 7/16/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all ... i am always researching everything to do with lupus and here is something that was sent to me by someone claiming to be able to *cure lupus*. if you read this please give me your comments, opinions, experiences.

Avoid Foods That Make You Feel Worse!

Lupus and allergies
People with Lupus often find they have an allergy to an amino acid called L-canavanine, which is found in all legumes.

If foods such as green peas, chick peas or alfalfa make you feel nauseous or dizzy then no, you’re not crazy. You’re likely sensitive to that food group so you may want to avoid it.

Because alfalfa is also contained in many food products do be careful about checking ingredients when purchasing your food.

Even beef may be alfalfa fed and can cause a reaction, so do your due diligence when shopping and ask about ingredients if you are unsure.

Other common food culprits

Other foods that lupus patients should avoid are peanuts, soybeans and lentils.

There is also evidence that suggests corn, spinach and carrots can cause a food reaction for some so keep an eye out when you eat these foods. ... find out what triggers you.

Sulfur foods

Sulfur-containing veggies are also difficult for many lupus sufferers to digest without upset. These include cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale and cauliflower. Because we know that many people with lupus are sensitive to sulfa drugs, it seems reasonable to be wary of these particular foods as well.

Because some foods trigger some people and not others it is very important to know what your body is telling you is ok for you.
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interestingly i found that pigs are often feed on L-canavanine - of course i LOVE bacon but will think twice now.

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   Posted 7/18/2009 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
In my Lupus group a couple of months back we had a nutrionist come and talk to us.  She pointed out that in all of her research she did there is nothing that supports certain foods that affects ALL Lupus patients.  But, you are right when you say avoid food that make you feel worse.  She also talked about increasing Lentils in your diet and fruits and veges.  Another way through nutrition to feel better is to cut down on saturated fats.  These types of fats can cause inflammation within your body.  You know as well as I do that Lupus is all about the inflammation.  We talked about the sprouts and legumes, but like I said before she said there isn't any specific research and facts that support these items causing a Lupus flare, probably because everybody is different.  So, I would go back to the original idea,if it affects you and makes you feel worse don't eat it-simple as that.  We would do that with or without Lupus I'm guessing. 
 "Challenges make you discover things about yourself you never really knew."
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   Posted 7/18/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
In "The Lupus Book" by Dr Daniel Wallace (referred to internationally as "the lupus bible"), used by both medical professionals & patients...

Dr Wallace clearly states that many many lupus patients find they have an allergy to an amino acid called L-canavanine, which is found in all legumes. This is medically proven research and fact.

I would personally believe the medical profession that investigates my specific illness over a generalist such as a nutritionist. Just like if I had eye issues I'd trust my optometrist over my GP.

You can always try things in small quantities for yourself and see what happpens -- but remember to always change only one thing at a time!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
Life is far too important to be taken seriously. - Oscar Wilde, 1882

Angel MJ
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   Posted 7/18/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the replies so far!
Lynwood idea thank you! you've quoted my 'go to book' Dr Wallace (i've loaned mine out and not got another yet). read it all the time but cannot remember things : blush
would you mind if i used your reply on other boards?

i am in total agreement that all things are individual and should be monitored by the individaul and their doctor. probably what sounded like simple advice from one of my docs really is great advice *if it makes you feel bad then don't eat it*

maybe buying local products that you can get information like 'what feed they use'. i am learning so much about food and got almost nothing left on my list that i *can* eat, between allergies, suspected gerd, ibs or something. i personally love all veg and naturally drawn to the ones proven to be bad for me LOL

Post Edited (Angel MJ) : 7/18/2009 3:16:33 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/18/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I've read the book many times. He does mention tattoos --- that they may cause flares in those who already have Lupus.

Nothing about them causing lupus! If you think otherwise, toss me the page number as I'll have to see that one with my own eyes to believe it!

Anyway, tattoos have nothing to do with foods....
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