Vasculitis foundation - inflammation of blood vessels/ capillaries in different areas of the body made a statement to avoid carbohydrates or fast releasing carbohydrates such as white flour, sugar, and white potatoes.
The epilepsy foundation published an article about this time last year that recommended the Atkin's diet of 15 carbs a day or low glycemic diet to help and even cure 39 % of epilepsy (not even using medications or replacing medication) . The thought is - once again is an immune response toward the brain. They also recommended this diet for alzeiheimer and autism too. Again these are all auto immune responses (inflammation of the cells lining the capillaraies of the brain)
arthritis is an autoimmune response (inflammation)
Research is showing there is a problem at the cell level, and involves problems with producing energy.
The pathways that take carbohydrates and convert them to glucose is damaged. The other and the only other pathway of making energy is fats and producing ketones (for energy) ,but will not work if there is a presents of carbohydrates. So the diet for autoimmune diseases is shaping up to be the Atkins Diet or slow releasing carbohydrate foods. If too many carbs are present the cell has no way of producing energy and will shut down. This cell can no longer pump calcium out of itself and swells ups.
Dr. Atkins in his diet book uses Rhubarb extensively. Berries of all kinds (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries) are all slow releasing low glycemic food. Combining berries with rhurbarb helps me save on my berries when I make a crisp (with oatmeal, whole wheat flour, and the fake sugar for cooking).
It could be all the sugar that is added to rhubarb to sweeten it up rather than the rhubarb itself is causing flare up of arthritis.
Try using those fake wood sugars that the intestines will not absorb in your pies and see how that does???? You know the ones that say you can bake with it.
The reason I know all this; is because my two kids have autoimmune disease brought on by a whooping cough vaccine and my husband has an acquired autoimmune disease too at age 34 from a tetanus vaccine. They are are dignosed with acquired mitochondria cytopathy - autism, autoimmune disease, kawasaki's disease.
Well; It has been 2 years since; and I found out something else about rhubarb.
It has lots of oxalates in it.
During WWII the war effort was encouraging eating all parts of rhubarb But people became ill and and that is when they discovered that the leaves were not safe to eat because they have high amount of oxalates.
It takes a lot of oxalates to make one sick, but the leaves of the rhubarb really do have lots of oxalates , but not so much the stems.
What they have found out recently;
People have ways of getting rid of oxalates.. And there are oxalates in almost all plant food.
People that have problems with certian types of kidney stones -- they think it is because they have trouble getting rid of oxalates. If they cannot get rid of oxalates it tends to get absorbed in the blood, and stores in the bones. it will then combine to calcium and form crystals (kidney stones).
Some people that tends to get kidney stones have less of a certian type of bacteria called O formigenes in their gut than other people.(that is what the article above is about). They are considering marketing this bacteria soon -- just like the bacteria they sell in yogurt. This bacteria usually breaks down the oxalates in the intestines and they pass out of the gut and into the toilet!
Also if people eat a lot of carbs, and sugars, or have trouble breaking down sugars because of certian type of metabolic conditions -- they have a tendency to grow yeast or Candidia.
This yeast actually produces more oxalates as a by-product making the body have to absorb more oxalates.
2 punches here - not enough O formigenes breaking up oxalates, and too much yeast producing more oxalates.
It is thought that perhaps it is oxalates that are settling in the muscles that is causing arthritis.
But who knows.
Now, wether to eat rhubarb????
I don't know any more. I have a freezer full, I have a beautiful patch -- they are so pretty! And my family loves the sour taste esp combined with strawberries