Great article. I guess I have to start eating red meat a little more. I have arthritis and I hurt all the time. Bursitis in my left hip.
2/5/2013 11:08:33 PM
Sister in law gave up all meat, not just red meat for one year, and her arthritis got so bad, could hardly move her hands..............so she went back to eating meat and can play the piano again. My husband is diabetic, and his blood sugars do so much better when he has some steak 3 times a week, makes a noticable difference, in fact. Doesn't matter if the beef danced in the grass or in the pen, either.
It's hard to know what the scientists controlled for without reading the actual article. Correlation does not equal causation. If the meat consumption is the cause of the arthritis, I suspect it's due to the type of high Omega-6 grain fed beef widely available for the past few decades. Any other grain fed meats - including farm raised fish will have those pro-inflammatory Omega-6 fatty acids. On the flip side, grass fed beef will be higher in Omega-3 antiinflammatory fats, and I suspect they would not be causal for RA. Then there are all the confounding factors, such as people eating high meat diets often eating low fruit/veggie amounts. All in all, I don't think avoiding red meat is going to be the thing that is likely to prevent a person from developing RA.
Thanks for the link Carol!!! I personally don't think today's "meat" with all its hormone. ANTIBIOTICS TO MAKE THE COWS GROW and "other" things are very good for anyone except someone's BOTTOM LINE. As a teenager I used to prefer to eat wild game that my Dad harvested in the fall.
I believe it is what in our meat today that is the problem, not the meat itself. I eat it everyday, am on a low carb, paleo eating plan and don't have any joint problems. I try to get organic when I can but if not I try and get good quality. I think chicken has more crap in it now then beef.
I don't believe our ancestors ate as much red meat as people might think. I have been around for 7 decades and know that my family and friends eat much more meat today than 50 years ago. I believe it is more of the impurities added to our foods that causes problems. I don't eat much beef because it no longer tastes like beef.
Arthritis has been linked, strongly, to Type 1 and Type 2 Hypothyroidism, the latter which does NOT show up in thyroid blood tests.
If you or your family history have chronic pain and/or fatigue, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, depression, weight gain, and many more, I highly recommend the book by Mark Starr, MD: Hypothyroidism Type 2, The Epidemic. He writes like a doctor, very scholarly, in a clinical fashion; when he uses words like "Epidemic" he is specifically referring to the clinical definition of the word, epidemic. Wow I thought it was just another punk / blast / shock marketing title, but no.
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