Cheryl shared her first few week experience with myasthenia gravis on adopting the Wheat Belly lifestyle after having been on a gluten-free diet for several years:
“I am three weeks into being grain-free, low-carb, and high in good fats. My myasthenia gravis is in remission. I’ve had this autoimmune disease for 22 years, double vision and my right eye half closed. By the second week of being grain-free, I no longer have double vision. This morning for the first time in many years I woke to find my right eye completely open. The eye lid being open did not last but a few hours, but it opened and seems to be showing more strength.
“I removed all grains from my diet and now have so much more energy than I did before losing what was left of grains I was consuming on a gluten-free diet. I also have not had to use an inhaler or take allergy meds.
“Another improvement over the three weeks: I have dropped 18 pounds!”
Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune condition in which antibodies are generated against the nervous system, specifically the neuromuscular junction. This attack leads to impaired muscle function that can wax and wane and can substantially impair functionality. Cheryl’s form is among the most common with impairment of the muscles of the eyelid and eyes, leading to ptosis, or eyelid droop, and diplopia, or double vision. Cheryl also has a visible rash of rosacea on her face, another autoimmune condition.
What is wonderful is that, by converting from the half-effective gluten-free approach to the far more effective grain-free Wheat Belly lifestyle, she has–in just 3 weeks, very quick for an autoimmune condition to respond–experiencing a fairly rapid remission in both the eye impairment of her myasthenia and, I believe, partial remission of her facial rosacea. Because she has responded so quickly, this predicts that she will likely continue further improvements, perhaps complete remission, over another few months. I therefore urged her to take the additional steps that stack the odds in favor of full remission, as discussed at length in the Wheat Belly Total Health book, and summarized in this Wheat Belly Blog post, especially vitamin D and a full program of bowel flora cultivation. (Given her autoimmune condition, it is virtually guaranteed that Cheryl has massively screwed up bowel flora, or dysbiosis.)
To say that the Wheat Belly lifestyle can be life-changing, as you can see, is no exaggeration. Cheryl is likely to be able to see clearly again through two open eyes, not be exposed to the muscular fatigue of her myasthenia any longer . . . and be slender to boot!