Dear Dr. Cordain,
I know that you are very busy, but I wanted to express to you my appreciation of The Paleo Diet. Thank you so much for doing this work and writing this book. It has changed my life.
In the spring of 2009 I first noticed a change in the coloration of the skin on my fingers, and that June it was diagnosed as vitiligo. For three years I watched the depigmented patches spread on my hands and face. Then last spring I read your book and went on a very strict paleo diet (100% paleo meals, plus no nightshades or even meat that had been fed grains (I eat a lot of grass-fed beef, thinking perhaps lectins or other substances from the grains might remain in the meat)). The depigmented patches have stopped growing! This has been a relief beyond words. (One of the agonizing parts of the disease was knowing intuitively that it was my body’s way of indicating that something was wrong, but not knowing what was wrong or what to do about it.) I wanted to share this with you both to express my appreciation for the incredible positive influence you have had on my life, as well as to potentially help people by sharing my personal experience. (I know that you are continuing to do research on the health effects of the paleo diet.)
Dr. Cordain, thank you again. If you have any advice for me about who else to talk to regarding my experience and possible ways to spread the word about The Paleo Diet, I would very much love to know.
Dr. Cordain’s Response:
Many thanks for your kind words and congratulations with your success with the Paleo Diet and your vitiligo. In my most recent book, The Paleo Diet, I describe before and after photos shown to me by a young man with vitiligo who attended one of my lectures in San Diego in 2009. His pre-Paleo photos showed vitiligo extending to his hands arms, legs and trunk. After 1 year on Paleo, the photos revealed about a 50 to 75 % regression of the lesions. I also know of a devoted CrossFitter and Paleo Diet fan from NYC whose vitiligo lesions did not improve, but did not worsen after a year of Paleo. I would like to post your comments on my blog and see what other vitiligo patients experiences are. If you are OK with this, let me know and I will have Kyle, my webmaster post your story. If you would like, we can do the post anonymously.
Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor