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Marathon Runner Housebound After Developing ME Claims Diet Change Gave Him His Life Back
Tuesday 17 July 2018
Marathon runner housebound after developing ME claims diet change gave him his life back
ME is a debilitating and mysterious condition that often strikes people when they’re in their prime of their life.
Ian Moore was 38, a keen marathon runner and working in a busy job as an auditor when he first developed his symptoms.
After a year, he found his chronic fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, headaches and nausea had become so severe that not only was he forced to give up running, he was also unable to work and became housebound.
Told by his doctors the best they could advise was plenty of rest, Ian says he “wasn’t ready to give up and have no life” and set about researching about the role of diet, specifically leaky-gut syndrome theory.
‘I was so drained of energy, beyond just feeling tired, it felt like my body was just giving up’
Some people claim this is the cause of a wide range of long-term conditions, including ME (also known as myalgic encephalopathy, chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS/ME) and multiple sclerosis. The belief is that the intestines have lost the ability to prevent food particles and toxins from entering the blood stream, and this triggers the illnesses through an autoimmune response.
Some say probiotics, gluten-free foods and low-sugar diets can ‘cure’ leaky gut syndrome. However, health officials, including the NHS, say there is currently little evidence to suggest this plays a role in ME.
But Ian, from Norfolk, feels strongly that there’s a link, after he eliminated his ‘trigger foods’, identified by an intolerance test, and his symptoms improved within weeks and disappeared within four months. He’s now back at work, training and looking forward to the arrival of his first baby.
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