The results are in!
What a wonderful experience this was for me. Although I had hoped everyone would demonstrate measurable improvements, I didn’t really believe it would be true. Thank you to all the participants!
The group started out 15 strong with an average age of 35.8 yo and 4 males/ 11 females. In the end I was able to collect pre and post whole foods data on 9 subjects for an average age of 38.3 yo and 2 males/7 females. Unfortunately, that is a drop out rate of 60%.
Symptom Log Results
The symptom log was designed to measure a numerical value of a broad range of symptoms related to digestion, mental health, skin, fatigue, sinus, and many others. The greater the value of this log indicated more symptoms and more symptom severity.
The average improvement of symptoms was 15.4 points, which correlated with an average 53% improvement of symptoms.
Functional Outcome and Pain
The functional outcomes were designed for those who have specific painful conditions; like the Foot and Ankle Outcome Score (FAOS) or the Hip disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (HOOS). These outcomes measure the percent impairment, where at 100% you are not impaired at all. These scores were broken down into categories of pain, symptom, Activities of Daily Living (ADL), Sports and Recreation and Quality of Life (QOL).
The average percent improvement in pain was 17%, in symptoms was 4%, in ADL was 11%, in sports and recreation was 24% and QOL was 18%.
Of those that completed the study, there was an average of 78% compliance on eating whole foods based on food logs with a range of 65% to 93% compliance.
Although I did not collect enough data to run statistical analysis, it appears that eating a nutrient rich diet with WHOLE foods does improve symptoms, by 53%. Those with orthopedic conditions showed improvement but less dramatic indicating it would likely take more time eating whole foods to see further change.
Remove. Replace. Restore.
Remove processed and refined foods.
Replace with whole foods, as close to nature as possible.
Restore and improve health both physically and mentally.
Eat well. Move well. Sleep well. Thrive on.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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