Dear Pharmacist: Your post on rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune disease intrigued me. I didn’t realize eating beans, peanuts, peas, lentils, soy or tofu was an issue. I eat these foods frequently, and I still hurt. Can you tell me more? — D.B., Houston, Texas
Answer: We have many medications for autoimmune diseases, but what you eat could negate the effects of your drug. I feel the avoidance of lectin-containing foods is wise for people who have a pain syndrome like lupus, MS, rheumatoid or Lou Gehrig’s. I’m not saying these food groups are bad, they have fiber and some nutrients, it’s just that some people experience flares from the consumption.
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