How one woman put mixed connective tissue disease and several autoimmune disorders into remission with the Plant Paradox lifestyle.

Kina’s Remission Story

April 24, 2019lectinfreemama

The following is an ongoing health success story on the Plant Paradox Diet, as told by one of my readers, Kina. She is in remission from mixed connective tissue disease, as well as several other autoimmune disorders. She is an inspiration and beacon of hope for me and for many who are striving for similar outcomes.

The woman who is in remission from mixed connective tissue disease using the Plant Paradox diet.
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My name is Kina. I am 57 years old–never married and no kids–with a couple of degrees in Therapeutic Recreation. I am an Assistant Organizer for an outdoor adventure club. Taking people to places they never knew existed and teaching them climbing and creek-walking skills is what I love to do.  I also organize annual earth day clean-ups and pick up over 1000 pounds of trash every April.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

My health issues began in my late 20’s. I had a lump like a swollen gland and was given several rounds of antibiotics to make it go away…which it did. But, shortly thereafter, it reappeared. My internist did a sonogram of my neck and my thyroid was huge and misshapen. I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and a brachial cleft cyst which left a scar from my ear to my throat when removed. I told people I got in a knife fight and I was the victor.

For 30 years, I managed the Hashimoto’s with frequent changes in thyroid hormones. I knew that the disease frequently morphed into other diseases, but I had gone almost 30 years with no additional maladies. 

Slam. Six years ago that changed. I went into ketacidosis. I couldn’t stay awake after eating an apple. The thirst was unbelievable and I lost 40 pounds in 3 weeks. I went to the doctor and was immediately hospitalized. My blood sugar was almost 700.

At this time, I went through a battery of tests and it turns out,  my immune system was hating on me…bad.

Multiple Autoimmune Disorders

I was Type 1 diabetic at 51 years old AND had lupus, mixed connective tissue disease, osteomalcacia, psoriasis, chronic kidney failure, Raynaud’s syndrome, Sjögren’s Syndrome, fibromyalgia, neuropathy and TMJ. These, in addition to sleep/wake disorder my whole life–it was the icing on my proverbial cake.

I cannot tell you the despair I felt at my diagnoses. Doctors prescribed all kinds of drugs to try to put my lupus in remission. That never happened. With Sjögren’s there is no spit, tears or snot. The damage to my teeth from no saliva was the most devastating. I never had a cavity my whole life and in April 2018, I had to have all of my bottom teeth pulled.

My lupus was so bad, I was losing my ability to walk and my muscle was wasting away. I was spending days at a time in bed trying to cope with the pain and trying to wrap my head around my failing body. I had to have a case manager help me map out a future requiring long term care.

The Plant Paradox

In October 2017, my case manager gave me an excerpt from Dr. Gundry’s book The Plant Paradox. It read,  “If you suffer from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, hypothyroidism (or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome (dry eyes and mouth), scleroderma, systemic sclerosis, psoriasis, Raynaud’s syndrome, dermatomyositis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis…or any autoimmune disease-the goods news is you can eliminate it without using drugs!”

That was it. I went and bought the book, read it in three days, cleaned out every cupboard in my house and began the Keto Intensive protocol immediately. The only thing I kept was my olive oil.

I had no struggles with “keto flu,” but I did struggle with gathering ingredients. Amazon and Costco made that struggle much easier as well as the advice of other Plant Paradox participants in Lectin Free Mama’s Weeknight Meal Plan group on Facebook.

It took about two weeks to get into ketosis.  It felt like I had done too many ab crunches and I could see how some might mistake it for hunger. I followed the book exactly and realized I didn’t need snacks, nor did I need 3 meals a day.

Healing from Autoimmunity

The healing began immediately. By three weeks in, I could bend my fingers which were riddled with rheumatoid arthritis. Three months in, I started manufacturing spit and saliva again and was able to stop using Restasis 2x/day. Six months in, I had reduced my long acting insulin from 21u to 6u and my short acting insulin from 5-12u to 0u. The money I saved on Restasis and insulins was now dedicated to food and supplements.

My next round of blood work demonstrated my inflammation markers were non-existent. I had put my Lupus, Sjögren’s,  rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney failure, and mixed connective tissue disease in complete remission and I lost 40 pounds in the first 3 months. My doctors were shocked.

Getting My Life Back

So, here I am 1 1/2 years later, thriving instead of dying. I survived the oral surgery as well as a total hysterectomy during my Plant Paradox journey and refused antibiotics after both.

I am grateful for Dr. Gundry’s research. His discoveries saved me where no other medical professional could. With the support of several Plant Paradox groups on Facebook, this journey was daunting but completely doable.

I am currently paying it forward with hundreds of friends and followers on the same journey, experiencing the same successes. If I can do this, so can you.


  • Tara

    April 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I had a bronchial cleft cyst removed at the age of 20 age well, and have the same scar! I also lost the feeling in the right side of my face and ear ever since. I’ve only been on PP for 7 months, but I know it’s changed my family’s life and will only continue doing great things. Thank you so much for sharing your story, and cheers to the wonderful journey ahead for all of us on this way of life!


      April 25, 2019 at 1:19 am

      Cheers, Tara!

  • Robin Hall

    April 24, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    That’s wonderful! What a wonderful testimony!

  • Kathleen

    April 25, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    What a great story! Thanks for sharing!

  • Monica Ranson

    April 28, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I was diagnosed of RA in 2009. I was put on Naprosyn and after some time i didn’t feel any different, so i started on a Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Formula treatment protocol from RICH HERBS FOUNDATION (www. richherbsfoundation. com), the treatment made a great difference for me, it effectively treated my Rheumatoid Arthritis and symptoms. The swellings, stiffness, fatigue and joint/muscle/body pains has subsided, I feel better overall than i have felt in years.


      May 7, 2019 at 5:57 pm

      Good for you!! So glad you found herbal remedies 🙂 That has been the answer to human health conditions for thousands of years.

  • Karen Ledet

    April 29, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, and I was 40. They put me on Rebif which I took until 2008 and was switched to Copaxone. I had two relapses on Rebif, none on Copaxone. I noticed my balance getting worse, and my memory, as well as muscle spasms. I’m 54 now, In Febuary this year my neurologist referred me to Organic Herbal Clinic, i immediately started on their natural organic MS Herbal treatment. I had a total decline in all symptoms including the balance, fatigue, muscle spasms, Pain, excessive urination and others. Visit Organic Herbal Clinic web page ww w. organicherbalclinic. c om. The MS treatment totally reversed my Multiple Sclerosis condition and most amazingly i can go about my daily activities!


      May 7, 2019 at 5:55 pm

      This is so, so good to hear. Where modern medicine fails, herbal traditions that are thousands of years old step in 🙂 I just started acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine today, actually. I’ve heard such good things.

  • Susan Hornsby

    April 29, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I don’t have any problems or diseases (that I know of!) but my husband and I believe food is medicine. Congratulations on your success as a blogger!


      May 7, 2019 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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