Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Patent idea

Home CPK monitoring kit: No more waiting 3 weeks to know if you indeed have a flare coming! No more mind games with phantom pains and soreness! No more doomsday worries that your meds have stopped working! Simply prick and stop obsessing over your latest round of bloodwork. Now, that's peace of mind.

Yep, I'd buy one.


  1. I searched your blog looking for your diet, but found nothing. Can you elborate on your diet now versus how you used to eat prior to your diagnosis? I want to know if a plant based diet improves health for those with our disease...

  2. Hello,
    I wouldn't say that I follow any hard-and-fast rules. For the most part, I focus on whole grains (oatmeal and whole wheat pastas and breads), non-meat protein (eggs, beans, dairy), and plenty of fruits and vegetables. However, I would describe this as my general trend, not my universal rule. I tend to have a sweet tooth and eat plenty of desserts/baked goods. I also have low-quality meat more often than I would like... if I am at a picnic where hot dogs are the only item served, then I will have them. In my opinion, it would be too cumbersome and "un-fun" to be that strict, although plenty of people do and report that they feel great. I have contemplated going cold-turkey on things like meat, gluten, etc. in hopes of creating the most "anti-inflammatory" diet possible, but have not gone that far yet. In general, a plant-based diet that emphasizes whole grains, whole ingredients (instead of processed ones), healthy fats, lots of produce, and lean high-quality protein is going to enable good general health. Unless you have a very specific G-I condition (such as celiac disease), I don't think that completely eliminating anything is as beneficial as having a sensible and nutritious diet most of the time. There are certain anti-inflammatory "super-foods" that I do try and incorporate regularly, though. Spinach, garlic, cinnamon, flaxseed, and olive oil are some staples that I cook with.

    1. And you asked if my eating habits are different pre- and post- diagnosis. I would say that my diet is somewhat healthier now, but I don't think that I would attribute that to my diagnosis. Rather, it's because I've gotten older and more per-snickety about what high-quality food is and what I'm willing to put into my body.