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   Posted 8/9/2010 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I've read that dairy products can cause flares for some lupus patients. I then thought about having soy milk, but I read that does the same. Has anyone had trouble with dairy or soy milk? If so, have you found any alternatives?

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   Posted 8/10/2010 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Many foods start the flares for me. Soy of any kind is awful. Milk I can tolerate in small amounts before I notice trouble starting, so I limit my intake. I am also celiac, so no wheat, barley, rye, oats, etc. I tested positive to many other foods and my allergist and my rheumatologist thinks the multiple and severe allergies and the lupus are all linked together, As you get more familiar with your "triggers" you will begin to know what and when to avoid. Good Luck!
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   Posted 8/11/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not have any issues with Dairy products. I am actually finding if I have a lot of steak or red meat, I tend to falre and my labs will get worse!!! I am not sure if thats with everyone but I know it has been proven for me. And I am one of the biggest steak lovers you will find but it has been a big relief on my joints cutting back my red meats!
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   Posted 8/16/2010 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't tel if dairy or red meat makes me feel worse or not. The one thing that I have found is that if I eat too much at any one time then I feel worse. So maybe there is some kind of balance between all of it. A little milk helps me sleep a little bit. I am guessing that it is the Casian in the milk. I can't drink much though because of bloating. Like everything else small amounts.

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   Posted 8/17/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I read in one of my lupus books to stay away from red meat as the fat in it causes swelling in the joints. It also stated there are chemicals in dairy products that can cause issues. The book is called "Lupus Alternative Therapies that Work" by Sharon Moore. It goes on to state that since high protein diets can irritate the immune system, the less protein we eat, "the less our hyperactive immune system will attack protein in our tissues and organs in our bodies." They suggest our diet should be 10% protein. Take care!

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   Posted 8/19/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow great info. Thanks

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   Posted 8/21/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, not everything works for everyone, and not everyone agrees.

I feel a LOT better eating plenty of "clean protein" -- natural protein without processing or additives - and veggies & fruit. Most Americans, esp. women eat much less protein than the FDA recommends. Women aged 19–70 need to consume 46 grams of protein per day -- check your labels and see what you are really eating!

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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 8/21/2010 10:24:57 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/23/2010 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Lynnwood
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