Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Moisture Seekers Newsletter

Cover of TMS from Summer 2008

This month's issue of The Moisture Seekers, a newsletter published by the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, contains several interesting nuggets. As always. If you aren't already a member of the SSF, consider joining. Your fees help support research, advocacy and awareness of Sjogren's Syndrome. AND you receive The Moisture Seekers newsletter.

Page four contains a great picture of fellow Sjoggie Jenny Pettit, who writes UII Understanding Invisible Illness, and her team that participated in the Philadelphia Sjogren's Walkabout earlier this year. The groups participating this spring in Sjogren's Walkabouts or Sip for Sjogren's events collectively raised over $300,000. Impressive!

The front cover features an article written by Keith Wilkinson, NMD and discusses the benefits of eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods. If you aren't already a subscriber to The Moisture Seekers, here is the same information in a patient education sheet courtesy of the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation:

Inflammation is a component of Sjögren’s syndrome and essentially all autoimmune disease. From a naturopathic perspective of treating the cause of disease, one of the first ways to address this is through an Anti-Inflammatory Diet. This upstream approach to treatment focuses on avoiding pro-inflammatory foods and eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods. Additionally, since medical research is converging on inflammation as the common link in most diseases (i.e., heart disease, Alzheimer’s, asthma, diabetes, cancer, etc.), eating an anti- inflammatory diet is a great model of dietary health for everyone.

Avoid most packaged foods with a long list of ingredients. When preparing foods select raw, fresh, steamed, or broiled options over fried, BBQ’d or highly-processed choices. Specific recommendations are:

Eat More

• Colorful Whole Fruits and Vegetables – Eating foods with deep red, yellow, orange and green colors provides vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients, fiber and potent antioxidants that minimize inflamma- tion. Eating foods as close to their unrefined state preserves the content of these beneficial nutrients.

• Healthy Fats – This includes the omega 3 oils found in fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines) and foods such as avocados, extra virgin olive oil, raw nuts and seeds.

• Fiber – Fiber promotes adequate bowel movements, creates a favorable environment for healthy bacte- ria in your gut, and supports the body’s overall detoxification process. A few tablespoons of ground flax seeds daily are a great way to add soluble and insoluble fiber.

• Moderate Amounts of Organic Meat – Grass-fed beef or bison is higher in anti-inflammatory essen- tial fats. Organic free-range chicken tend to be lower in antibiotics and are fed a vegetable/grain based diet which tends to offer cleaner sources of protein.

• Spices/herbs – Seasonings such as garlic, ginger and turmeric add an anti-inflammatory component to the diet.

Eliminate / Eat Less

• Trans or Hydrogenated Fats – The body has no mechanism to use these unnatural fats that ultimately cause inflammation. These should be eliminated from your diet.

• Refined Oils – Commercial safflower, corn, and canola oils have had much of their health-promoting content removed for shelf-storage purposes and tend to be high in omega 6 fats that can be converted to inflammatory arachadonic acid, a type of fat that stimulates inflammation in the body.

• High Glycemic or Processed Foods – Highly processed carbohydrates such as bread, pastas, cakes, candy, fruit juice and corn syrup are quickly digested leading to a rapid rise in blood sugar and a subse- quent inflammatory cascade stimulated by insulin.

• Red Meat – Avoid these meats when possible or eat organic grass-fed meat to reduce ingesting high levels of pro-inflammatory arachadonic acid.

• Common Food Allergies – Milk products, eggs, gluten from wheat and peanuts can cause inflamma- tory reactions in many people and are best avoided.

• Artificial Sweeteners & Preservatives – These additives have no nutritional value and tend to promote inflammatory reactions.

For more information on Sjögren’s syndrome contact the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation at: 6707 Democracy Blvd, Suite 325, Bethesda, MD 20817 • 800-475-6473 • •

Um. About that diet, Dr. Wilkinson......I'm trying. Really I am. But can you tell me where it recommends frozen mango margaritas? Gotta be in that list somewhere..... 


Anonymous said...

Thanks you a lot for this ! I think I will join to have those news too, it's really interesing.

Anonymous said...

I imagine mold spores, mildew and diapers are moisture seeking as well. The newsletter name just as well be The Clamminess Coveters, which is no less silly than The Moisture Seekers. If I'm going to shell out good money for a subscription, I want to have confidence the product is good. Silliness does not inspire confidence.

Julia Oleinik said...

If you take a moment to go to the sjogrens syndrome foundation link, you will quickly see that "silly" would be a highly inappropriate label for this organization or their publication. Don't judge this book by it's cover.....

Anonymous said...

I have dry nasal passages and recently I 've noticed a severely diminished sense of taste and smell ; and what I do smell smell's all wrong, (e.g. things which usually smell and taste wonderful now smell bad, and when I give them to others to smell, they tell me "it smells great to me.")

Anonymous said...

I jog then have big pain, use all the prescibed drugs and still have severe dry eye, which is getting worse.�� losing teeth now. Nothing works.tired and want my life back.