Mention of the Paddison program crops up on my Facebook feed quite often.
I'd be interested in an unbiased opinion from someone that has actually tried it,as it's quite difficult to come across completely objective information
In total approximately about two years. It makes a great difference if you stick to it. It is very restrictive. Its all dependent on you. My diet has been plant based for about 20 years but during that time I used alot of oils which according to the paddison program is very harmful to RA, now and if you hurt enough you will try almost anything. Sticking to it is hard at times but when you notice the difference the foods your not suppose to eat and the difference it makes on your inflammation and your pain levels. You can look at it this way as well, its only a change of a life style and your body is telling you,I don't like what your doing to be. The philosophy also goes as well because we are all different various foods have different reactions and you'll find what others can tolerate your can't. You'll have to figure out what foods is like medicine to your body while other foods are like poison. I have a sweet tooth thats a big problem for me. You drink alot of green juices and I actually enjoy the green juices. For me I didn't want to be using the medicines they have out their to treat RA. At first when I started I totally did it wrong . I took myself off MTX and didn't notice any difference but kept using the NSAID , my biggest mistake. The problem with the disease taking the NSAID's was still creating havoc in my body as the disease is a gut based problem and the NSAID interfere with the gut flora. So after talking to Clint and others, get rid of the NSAID's and stay on the MTX and as your gut heals you'll be able to reduce the MTX . MTX doesn't affect the gut but does help with reducing the inflammation . I found using tumeric helped my inflammation levels instead. I have never been on any biologics. The Paddison program also has a RA community that you can talk to people and thier success stories and the trials they had to go thru. Its not just a diet change that your looking at, other factors as mind body and soul come to play. So exercise and time to yourself and a relaxed form I do Bikram yoga and I meditate as well. When i started I got an ebook from Clint explaining alot of the effects the foods had on our bodies. I hope this is helpful to you and your determination of the Paddison program
There is no-one who is completely objective. I used it, succeeded and would therefore highly recommend it. I started the diet April 2016 and became pain free January 2017. I finally stopped my last drug July 2017, but the goal of the diet is not necessarily to become drug free. Some people may necessarily stay on drugs for years. The goal is to reduce pain and inflammation.
The starting days of the diet can be very difficult for some people. The people who succeed are ones who stick with it very accurately. It is often considered akin to walking a tightrope. Fall off a bit and it is likely to fail. Follow it precisely and success can be had.
Part of the problem of following it is people who may argue that what you are doing is stupid, or its not going to work. Lots of challenges on top of those. That's why Clint provides a support forum (extra charge) for people who have a spate of such challenges.
The process advocates incredibly strongly the values of hard daily exercise, which may not be possible at the beginning. When I started I was in a wheelchair. It took me six months until October 2016 when I went to my first yoga class. I have been back most days ever since. The diet got me to yoga: yoga has rebuilt my body.
To quote one person who has fibro, "I have been on the PP program for a month and 16 days! It works as my CRP went from.050 to .08 MG/DL. ( I am a person not showing though blood work how my RA really feels). MY ESR was 16 to 13! These test results are from March of this year to August. I also have Fibromyalgia. Both RA and Fibromyalgia came on at the same time. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give my RA a 5 and a 8 or 9 to Fibro"
Later the same person said, "I have had several wonderful days on the PP! Know that I am getting close to 2 months now and that I am very strict and eat only what Clint has on the plan. I just began eating oats and I think it has turned things around for me, especially the Fibro! It is crazy good right now, and I am SO THANKFUL! I love the way I am looking (healthier) and enjoy telling friends and family what and why I am eating the foods Clint recommends and not what everyone else is eating. Because it is making a difference."
I don't think there is such a thing as an unbiased opinion. Those who try it are usually at the end of their tether, as I was. It worked for me so I am very very biased in favour.
Not only has it helped me remove RA and medication from my life but each day I get even more healthy. Eg my gums no longer bleed as they have done for mostly 40 years.