The internet is currently awash with chatter about fibromyalgia patients using the Whole30 diet as a therapy for their condition. Many have taken it upon themselves to adopt the dietary intervention after reading the testimonials of others but plenty more have been 'prescribed' it by nutritionists and even their rheumatologists in some cases. The science that it is of benefit however is far from clear cut.
The Whole30 diet is essentially a version of the Paleolithic diet, often referred to also as the 'Caveman Diet' or the 'Stone Age Diet'. It is based on the premise that our bodies are essentially the same as they were in Paleolithic times, evolutionarily speaking, thus we should be eating the same diet that our ancient ancesters did to atain or maintain optimal health. Indeed, this sounds like a logical approach to take and it's fairly safe to say it is a far healthier way to eat than the typical modern Western diet with its processed microwave meals and fast food.
If the diet is to be recommended in the context of a therapy for a condition as painful, disabling and serious as fibromyalgia however, patients should expect this advice to be based on specific studies that prove its efficacy and safety. Having searched the main medical research databases it quickly becomes apparent that this is currently lacking.