This article makes the case that humans may actually be evolving towards some autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Supposedly there is a connection between RA and tuberculosis. It’s interesting to think that some of these autoimmune diseases that cause so much pain and are potentially fatal, may in fact be (somewhat) necessary violence. Is the body reconfiguring itself to prevent firm distinctions between self and other? What can this mean for the rhetoric of the autoimmune condition? Is the ability to recognize self not always needed?
I decided to go gluten-free a few weeks to about a month ago. I started feeling great – well, better – about a week or so after. Now, I’ve been getting headaches almost everyday. Apparently, it might be because I’ve increased my potato consumption too much. Many gluten-free food items use potato flour or starch as a substitute for wheat, and since I haven’t been eating wheat, I’ve increased my intake of whole potatoes as well. Potatoes are a nightshade food along with tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Supposedly, these foods can increase inflammation and release toxins into the body. Since I have increased inflammation due to my autoimmune conditions, it seems like an increase in these foods could be harmful for me, but my rheumatologist has claimed that it wouldn’t affect me that much.
It is hard to know what to eat anymore – what is especially good and what may be potentially harmful. It seems that everyone has a different opinion. Am I supposed to be gluten-, soy-, nightshade-, dairy-free? It is a struggle to control one’s own body in light of autoimmune conditions in the first place. Is a stricter control of diet too stressful? I’m not one to be pro-pills for bodily/mental control, but this is getting quite difficult.
To read up on nightshades and their affects, click here.
I just listened to this interview from blogtalkradio show Underground Wellness about gluten sensitivity and its affects on the body including autoimmune diseases and depression. It is a convincing interview, though sometimes it borders on fanaticism, but something worth looking into. As someone who deals with issues of autoimmunity and depression, exploring dietary options doesn’t seem like a bad idea. To listen to the interview, click on the link below.
an excerpt from Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard (A throw of the dice will never abolish chance) by Stephane Mallarmé – to read the entire poem visit this link – it has Mallarmé’s introduction and English translations.
de la mémorable crise
où se fût
l’événement accompli en vue de tout résultat nul
N’AURA EU LIEU
une élévation ordinaire verse l’absence
QUE LE LIEU
inférieur clapotis quelconque comme pour disperser l’acte vide
abruptement qui sinon
par son mensonge
dans ces parages
en quoi toute réalité se dissout
aussi loin qu’un endroit fusionne avec au-delà
quant à lui signalé
selon telle obliquité par telle déclivité
ce doit être
le Septentrion aussi Nord
froide d’oubli et de désuétude
sur quelque surface vacante et supérieure
le heurt successif
d’un compte total en formation
brillant et méditant
avant de s’arrêter
à quelque point dernier qui le sacre
Toute pensée émet un Coup de Dés
in English – condensed:
NOTHING of the memorable crisis where the event matured, accomplished in sight of all non-existent human outcomes, WILL HAVE TAKEN PLACE a commonplace elevation pours out absence BUT THE PLACE some lapping below, as if to scatter the empty act abruptly, that otherwise by its falsity would have plumbed perdition, in this region of waves, in which all reality dissolves
EXCEPT at the altitude PERHAPS, as far as a place fuses with, beyond, outside the interest signalled regarding it, in general, in accord with such obliquity, through such declination of fire, towards what must be the Wain also North A CONSTELLATION cold with neglect and desuetude, not so much though that it fails to enumerate, on some vacant and superior surface, the consecutive clash, sidereally, of a final account in formation, attending, doubting, rolling, shining and meditating before stopping at some last point that crowns it All Thought expresses a Throw of the Dice
I ask, how can we read this poem in light of the body and its vulnerability to chance? Disability can happen at any moment. Accidents happen. The body, because of an exposure to a virus, can turn on itself and produce autoantibodies – antibodies that attack the self rather than a pathogen. Are we ever in complete control of our own bodies, or are they, and we, just subjects to chance?