- This week The Food Hospital welcomes patients with conditions from the common to the bizarre. Anne is a menopausal woman with hot flushes that are affecting both her daily life and her self confidence. Teenager Taigh seems to be a healthy fitness instructor but is terrified of eating vegetables. A photographer, Kate, also comes to The Food Hospital with a disabling disease that food may in fact be causing, and a pair of body builders with incredible appetites find out whether their diets really are healthy. Also Dr Pixie McKenna investigates how reliable DIY food intolerance tests actually are and the results of the Insomnia Big Food Trial are revealed.
And secondly, the case of Kate who suffered from Ankylosing Spondylitis:
- Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of long-term arthritis that causes pain in the muscles, ligaments and bones of the spine. The condition is more common in men than women and can develop from the teenage years onwards but it rarely starts in old age. Treatment involves medication and physiotherapy but, as yet, there is no cure. The condition can result in total stiffness of the back.
- [Dr] Gio started Kate on a starch exclusion food plan because there is a theory within the scientific community that symptoms of A.S. can be improved by reducing the amount of starch in your diet. However this food plan is controversial. It was devised in the 1990s and the theory is that when A.S. sufferers digest starch it comes into contact with a type of bacteria, called Klebsiella, which causes the production of antibodies that attack a molecule found in the spine because the autoimmune system wrongly identifies it. The body reacts by sending calcium to the damaged joints which can cause spinal fusion. Lucy cut out major starchy foods such as potatoes, pasta, bread and pulses. But meat, fish, most fruit and vegetables, dairy products, nuts and seeds were fine.
Finally, just when you thought things were improving we meet Rob and Vanda who eat an enormous amount of food in general, but specifically eat a lot of CHOLESTEROL-laden red meat (four times the amount recommended, which, you know, can cause ahem heart disease)! They took a cholesterol check and "dan dan daaaaaa!" - their readings were 6 and 5 respectively. Notwithstanding the problems with the Friedwald equation, what was funny was that their cholesterol laden diet does not seem to really be reflected in their serum cholesterol. Whodathunkit?
Here are my TV rants from week one, two, three and five of TFH (week four was too dire to comment on).