Some of you know that I had total knee replacement surgery 10 years ago, a completely successful procedure but with a difficult and painful recuperation. As my other knee deteriorated I tried lots of exercises and treatments to try to avoid another surgery, just limping through life. Finally I had to give in as my knee bowed out painfully, limiting my activities pretty severely.
Today I’m 3 weeks post op from left knee replacement and had a completely different experience, with pain and nausea under control. Both contribute to easier and faster rehab. So I’m actually going up the stairs like normal adults instead of one at a time like a two year old.
The technology and after care for this surgery have improved tremendously, but I’m also sure that I’m much healthier now than I was 10 years ago. I credit an anti-inflammatory diet—very low sugar, low simple carbs, healthy fats and proteins, and organic as much as possible. I admit I haven’t any scientific evidence for my experience, but I have followed scientific advice from Functional Medicine for quite a number of years. Functional medicine teaches us to nurture gut health to avoid illness.
The deterioration of my knee joint was not caused by arthritis but rather by a mechanical issue. I have walked on the outside of my feet my whole life, and this late it’s tough to change even though I work at it. Mechanically it threw my knees out of alignment, pulling muscles painfully and causing irritation in the joint leading to arthritis.
My belief is that as a society we’ve focused on fitness as health. Of course fitness is a part of health, but there is too much assumption that fitness means we can eat whatever we want to because exercise will burn it off. I know of too many tragic stories of extremely fit people dying of cancer. My husband was a runner with a huge sugar addiction. He died of cancer at age 56.
I have not been fit for a number of years because pain kept me from most exercise other than short walks. Yet my anti-inflammatory diet provided me with healthy test results. My pre-op checkup showed a resting heart rate of 69 and blood pressure of 120/73. Prior to making dietary changes, my tests weren’t so good, with blood pressure inching up toward 150/80.
I’ve controlled my blood pressure for at least 5-6 years by severely limiting sugars of all kinds rather than take medication, both on the advice of physicians. Do not construe this as medical advice. But what I draw from this is that what we eat is of far more importance than we realize.
And diet affects the expression of any genetic predisposition toward disease, can prevent the development of chronic illnesses that change our lives dramatically.
Sources of information, if you are interested, include Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Josh Axe, Dr. David Perlmutter and Dr. Joseph Mercola. Do yourself a favor and acquaint yourself with these people. Drhyman.com, mercola.com, drperlmutter.com and draxe.com. Prevention of disease is easier, much less expensive, and more successful than treatment!