While most of the focus on reasons to read the Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey is to lose weight and increase brain function and energy, it could be a worthwhile resource for those suffering from Lyme disease. In the book Asprey talks about his plan that ultimately helped him lose 100 pounds of body fat, but some may not know that he also had Lyme disease. He also talks a lot about the dangers of mold exposure but Lyme disease is not the focus of this book. MSIDS or Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome is also not mentioned in this book but I feel those with a compromised immune system or multiple infections and disease may also benefit from the Bulletproof Diet.
Like many elimination diets for autoimmune diseases, the Bulletproof Diet concentrates on removing the most common irritating foods first and recommends also eliminating foods that may cause inflammation or problems for some. Unfortunately, as is also the case with many elimination diets, the foods left that you can eat that won’t cause problems are few and may be difficult to obtain, especially for those who live in remote parts of the world with limited access to food choices other than the local supermarket. The Internet is a great place to shop, but I find it difficult for some people that are not yet used to shopping in a new way and it is still tough to find fresh, chemical free produce or perishables in most mainstream grocery stores.
If you feel mold may be contributing to symptoms along with Lyme, the Bulletproof Diet is worth looking into. The book does heavily emphasize molds in foods and could almost be a guide for that purpose. It’s fitting that the Bulletproof brand coffee is tested to be a source of non moldy beans. Other Bulletproof products are suggested at the top of the recommended lists but Asprey does mention that you don’t have to buy his products to make the diet work. It is great to see that the Bulletproof brand of products do adhere to such testing standards to encourage cleaner versions from other brands as well. I also did not feel the book was just trying to sell products. It is a valid resource for eating healthier.
For someone who does not like the taste of coffee, this diet is a hard one to jump into but you can effectively still drink tea with grass fed butter and start the day off with other foods depending on your goals. Overall, I found the “neighborhood” guides in the book to be an easy way to remember what foods to stay away from and they generally are good for anyone trying to overcome a health issue. For those with Lyme disease or MSIDS, eliminating some parts of a multifactorial disease such as mold triggers can be a huge help to getting the body back into balance. And for those who need small steps before jumping into a serious elimination diet like this one it can be helpful just to start with following Asprey’s recommendations of cleaning out cupboards of all processed junk foods. That can be a diet all of it’s own and would be a great first step.
The Bulletproof Diet may be good for Lyme disease and MSIDS mainly because it can reduce inflammatory ingredients, molds and other foods that contribute to overall body burden and allow the body to have a better chance of fighting infections if it doesn’t have to deal with other stressors. I would recommend reading this book if you have Lyme disease or a multifactorial health issue.