Plant Based Diet Danger? Over Active Immune System? Autoimmune Disease? Dr Greger
A wholefood plant based diet is centered on
fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes,
nuts and seed which are loaded with vitamins,
minerals, antioxidants , polyphenols, fiber
etc. and so its widely known that this diet
can enhance and strengthen your immune system
function and help build strong healthy cells.
Take for example the cruciferous family of
vegetables (kale, collards, cabbage broccoli
etc) which appear to be some of the most powerful
foods when it comes to boosting our immune
However what happens if you are already dealing
with an overactive immune system for example
in autoimmune diseases where you have immune
system over activity and your body starts
attacking and damaging its own tissues.
Will a plant based diet cause even more over
activity of the immune system and therefore
make an autoimmune diseases worse?
Well lets hear as Dr Michael Greger answers
[Dr Greger] There’s been this theoretical
concern that wait a second if just adding
a few fruits and vegetables to your diet can
so boost your immune system, right that’s
great if we’re trying to prevent infections
but there are diseases that caused by an over
reactive immune system, inflammatory diseases
like asthma, seasonal allergies and then these
autoimmune diseases where your body actually
attacks itself like MS, like Crohn’s diseases,
like lupus and so these diets were put to
the test and that was something in the back
of peoples minds.
What they found was that actually you get
the best of both worlds and so for example
Crohn’s disease, which is an inflammatory
bowel disease and an autoimmune disease, the
best treatment ever devised by man so far
,better than any medication that has ever
been tried is a study out of Japan with a
plant based diet, So a 2 year relapse free
rate of 90% after 2 years something that we
don’t see in this kind of patient population
so it had the best of both worlds where it
calmed down the inflammation at the same time.
And the same thing with multiple sclerosis
so Dr Roy Swank this famous neurologist, I
have videos about the so called Swank diet,
which was a plant based diet is the most effective
treatment ever discovered in modern medicine.
No drug can do what Dr Swank did and he followed
people out for decades so it’s like a 30/40
year follow up and could show something that
no other intervention could do now if people
strayed from the diet then all of a sudden
the disease could come raging back.