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In my dietary research, I continually came across references and blogs from people using GAPS Diet to get their AS into remission. I hadn’t felt interested in it because it basically suggested… “Hey, instead of merely removing every imaginable form of starch and lactose from your diet, why not remove…


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On the first week of February, 2018, I had the fortune of being invited to spend a couple weeks in Delray Beach, Florida with some friends. I’m a big fan of the holidays, largely because of all the baking I typically do, but shortly after New Year’s Eve I’m ready…


A couple years before my arthritis began, I’d gone online and purchased a hula hoop. I’d seen people hooping in Fairfield, IA some years before, doing all manner of extraordinary tricks. Some of them were truly world class fire dancers who’d moved to town from Chicago. …


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When I was a little girl my Grandmother taught me how to bake. She taught me the difference between soft peaks, firms peaks, and dry, how to tell whether sugar’s been boiled long enough for syrup or for candy, how to mix wet and dry ingredients without lumpiness, how to…


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As the pain began receding, I immediately sought some new careful movements to add to my roster of stretches. A very important detail that differentiates my AS case from some others: it did begin with an injury.

No, my right psoas was not yanked out by the roots or overextended…


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I cannot exaggerate how quickly my starch and lactose-free diet began to work. For the first time in 3 ½ years I could turn over in bed with minimal help from my hands. …


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I love to have a mission in life, to have goals, a good challenge, and a clear path forward that I have formulated. Naïve as it may have been, I felt excited about starting my new diet. …


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Ever since my illness took over, 6 years ago, surely Jeremy’s friends and family have marveled over my ‘delicate health’. For most of my life I’ve lived in a new age spiritual community in south Iowa. There I’ve had a number of friends with substantial health issues (mostly gut related)…


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Upon finding that western medicine has no cure for Ankylosing Spondylitis, and that it’s minimally controlled through the use of powerful biologics (which shut down your entire immune system leaving you at the mercy of Tuberculosis, various cancers, and every cold and flu that comes your way), along with powerful…


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Within a week or two of going in for my blood draw, I received a phone call from the nurse. “All of your test results came back negative,” she said. “Yesssss!” I exclaimed. “Except for one.”

Why any human being would phrase a sentence like that, I cannot tell you…

Rachael Wendell

This is the ongoing story of my experience with a crippling autoimmune disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis, that I’m putting in remission with diet and stem cells!

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