In 2016, I received a phone call from my sister. She was frustrated by no answers. She had been struggling with severe joint pain and overall feeling lousy for more than a year. She had visited multiple doctors, never really received a good definitive diagnosis, and was just given pills and bills and pills and bills. She needed her hands. As a professional dog groomer, she needed to be able to grip, and scissor, and move. On the other end of her line, desperately, she asked if there was anything she could do with her diet to improve her condition.
And so I began my journey exploring the immense world of inflammation, nutrition, and how our immune system and gut are intricately intertwined. I began working with the Mediator Release Test (MRT) and the Lifestyle Eating and Performance (LEAP) nutrition approach. I was floored by the results. My sister – within 10 days feeling better, within 90 days, she went from needing heavy pain medication daily, to needing none. And she wasn’t an isolated story. I had been a dietitian going on 10 years at the point and was delighted to see how quickly this very personal approach to dietary inflammation helped people turn the tables on their health.
Which leads me to kidney disease and why I love this approach. Let me come clean, I’ve had some clients that I felt we couldn’t get anywhere. We worked multiple angles and different dietary strategies and essentially nothing seemed to improve. In some cases, their kidney disease even worsened. I was confused and frustrated by this because I knew how hard they were working to exactly follow all the best evidence-based guidelines we discussed. MRT/LEAP approach finally provided answers to these scenarios. The puzzle pieces started fitting together on why some people get better with cutting salt, increasing fruits/veggies, etc… while others don’t.
THIS protocol is personalized and totally focused on inflammation. The role of inflammation and kidney disease is discussed heavily in the medical journals. Even more recently there is lots more discussion about the microbiome (your gut) and how it impacts kidney disease. The LEAP process is not studied specifically for people with kidney disease but here is why I think it makes a difference for my clients (see success stories below):
How does the MRT measure inflammation caused by food?
How does inflammation cause kidney decline? What causes the inflammation in our bodies that impacts our kidneys? How does cutting dietary inflammation offer benefit to our kidneys?
LEAP + classic renal recommendations works!
Videos that help explain food sensitivities!
LEAP Protocol for Food Sensitivities
Best Food Sensitivity Test: IgG vs MRT