ARTHRITIS, OSTEOARTHRITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, GOUT, LUPUS
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
In the United States, over 54 million people (23% of all adults) have arthritis and more than 10 million people suffer from the same condition in the UK. There are more than 200 types of arthritis. Common arthritis symptoms of inflammation, pain, and stiffness are usually caused by degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis). Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK with an estimated 9 million people affected by the condition. Other types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Osteoarthritis is more common and more severe in women while gout in men.
TYPES OF ARTHRITIS
– Osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) – Most common arthritis caused by degeneration of joints (especially the cartilage wears away).
Osteoarthritis isn’t an unavoidable condition of older age and not even a ‘wear and tear’ problem but a metabolic disease caused by poor blood circulation, deficiency of nutrients and antioxidants, and body’s inability to process bad foods. Osteoarthritis, therefore, can be avoided with a healthy lifestyle, good unrefined diet, regular exercise and proper blood circulation.
Osteoarthritis is the result of mechanical damage of the cartilage with insufficient self-repair caused by unhealthy lifestyle, bad diet, free radicals, excess body weight, lack of exercise and sunlight, loss of strength in the muscles supporting a joint; and impairment of peripheral nerves, leading to sudden or uncoordinated movements.
Although we are told the cause of this condition is unknown yet a group of researchers from the University of Surrey, who carefully a reviewed all the research and scientific data dealing with osteoarthritis, seem to solve the problem. After reading their conclusion it becomes clear that sedentary lifestyle (lack of exercise) and regular consumption of bad refined foods (high in sugar and bad fat), make the cells in our body (including joints) unable to generate enough energy to maintain proper metabolism. As a result cells make too much glucose in order to cope with this energy short-fall. Unfortunately, the unused glucose is converted into lactic acid, which can’t be efficiently removed and triggers inflammation in joint cartilage, gradually leading to osteoarthritis.
Although overweight and other factors can contribute to osteoarthritis, a main factor in the development of this most common by far type of arthritis seems to be especially the poor blood circulation in capillaries (the smallest blood vessels) which are responsible for delivering nutrients and oxygen to the joints. Unfortunately, an unhealthy and high in refined foods, sugar and pro-inflammatory fats diet as well as stimulants and animal foods damage and clog capillaries. As a result the blood can’t flow through those tiny blood vessels and oxygen and nutrients are not delivered to the joint tissue leading to gradual damage. Poor oxygenation of the cells found in joints interferes with efficient repair and regeneration of joints leading to degeneration and increased pain which progresses with age. The joint cartilage and articulating bone receive nutrients and oxygen from both capillaries and joint capsule fluid. This most vital supply of blood is often impaired by bad lifestyle, stimulants and especially refined diet low in nutrients and high in cholesterol. Fortunately, by switch to the healthy unrefined plant-based at least 50% raw diet and the use of natural remedies, super grasses, good quality supplements and hydrotherapy the damaged joints can be regenerated.
– Gout – Caused by uric acid crystals forming in the joints – particularly the big toe, ankles, hands and wrists. It can be very painful, but is easily controlled by medication and a change in diet. In gout purines metabolize into uric acid. Foods that are high in purines include meat and fish. A study showed that meat purines put us at a larger risk for gout where vegetable purines don’t have any effect on our risk. Also dehydration (drinking insufficient amounts of water) and poor functioning of kidneys and liver due to bad diet, toxin overload, stimulants, etc. contributes to inability to effective elimination of uric acid.
– Other most common types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, etc. are usually autoimmune conditions which means that your own immune system starts behaving in a very strange way as instead of protecting your joints it attacks them by sending antibodies against joint tissues thus causing inflammation and damage. Read more about possible causes of autoimmune diseases >. It is not entirely understood why autoimmune diseases develop and why immune system attacks parts of own body. There are however, reasons to assume that it is also associated with lifestyle factors, diet, nutritional deficiencies, pessimism, anxiety, depression, inability to control stress, vitamin D deficiency, consumption of heated animal protein found in dairy and meat, refined diet high in pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids, refined foods, gluten, stimulants, sugar, drugs, etc. Another important factor which contributes to autoimmune diseases is insufficient number of probiotic beneficial bacteria in the gut which leads to overgrowth of bad bacteria and increased gut permeability (leaky gut syndrome). It causes immune system hyper-reactivity through retention of toxic metabolites which trigger the immune response. It is believed that the immune system, trying to cope with toxins, mistakenly attacks also own cells and, as a result, causes also inflammation of the joints. The same mechanism is hidden behind lupus or psoriatic arthritis in which the immune system attacks joints and skin. Read more about possible causes of autoimmune diseases >.
– Rheumatoid arthritis – An autoimmune inflammatory condition. Read more about possible causes of autoimmune diseases > There are many more important causes but according to Dr Mercola, even “Environmental Exposure to Hairspray, Lipstick and Pollution Can Trigger Arthritis.” >
– Juvenile arthritis – Usually also an autoimmune disorder.
– Systemic lupus erythematosus – sometimes known as lupus, is an autoimmune disease and affects nine times as many women as men. It causes inflammation of the joints and skin and frequently other organs such as the kidneys and lungs.
MAIN CAUSES OF OSTEOARTHRITIS
Since key causes of rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune condition) and gout (uric acid accumulation) are much easier to explain than it is in case of osteoarthritis, as it is still regarded as unknown, let me share with you some ideas that may be helpful in better understanding of possible causes that trigger this type of arthritis.
Joints consist of two or more bones that meat together in elbows, knees and other parts of the body. But to prevent damage the ends of both opposite hard bones are covered with softer material made of cartilage tissue. In addition, to make movements smoother and to prevent bones and even cartilages from touching each other the space between both cartilages that cover two separate bones is filled with a special greasy substance called synovial fluid, which in a healthy joint works as a lubricant for the joint. In this way, together with synovial fluid cartilage make a very effective shock absorber between bones.
In the past we were taught that osteoarthritis is just a wear and tear problem involving only cartilage which slowly progresses with age. Obviously this idea is nonsense as there are many elderly people who never suffer from osteoarthritis. The true cause, therefore, must involve our lifestyle, diet, lack of proper physical activity, toxins, stress, faulty genes, that trigger this damage in the joints and not age.
It has been recently discovered that osteoarthritis involves not only the cartilage degeneration but the entire joint area, including the underlying bones and synovial membrane. The cells in all these three tissues start degenerating for some reason. And we are told that the reason why they degenerate is unknown.
In addition, we also know now that condition of the joint cartilage depends on health and activity of chondrocytes (the only cells found in healthy cartilage) which produce and maintain the cartilaginous matrix that consists mainly of collagen and proteoglycans. It is believed that degeneration of cartilage in osteoarthritis involves two phases: a biosynthetic phase, during which chondrocytes desperately try to repair the damaged matrix; and a degradative phase, in which the activity of enzymes produced by the chondrocytes digests the matrix, matrix synthesis (regeneration) is inhibited, and the consequent erosion of the cartilage is accelerated. It means that at some point the biosynthetic anabolic activity is unable to keep pace with the degradative catabolic activity, and degeneration of the tissue results. The question, however, is why the cartilage retains function for many years, and then begins to erode rapidly.
Our bodies are in a constant state of repair and we are able to heal naturally but in order to reverse various damages associated with arthritis, bulging disc, etc. we must provide the body with oxygen, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, healthy fatty acids (such as omega 3) and everything else it requires in order to prevent damage or heal itself. Proper internal hydration of the body (including joints and bones) through drinking distilled (perfectly clean) or at least properly filtered water is also crucial.
However, even if we manage to supply the body with all these nutrients, yet without proper blood circulation and clean, healthy blood vessels, especially the smallest ones (capillaries), the body may still fail to reverse the damage as capillaries wont be able to provide oxygen, nutrients, phytochemicals, antioxidants to the cells found in the joint.
It means that in order to recover from osteoarthritis our diet must consist of only most healthy foods (including especially raw fresh vegetable juices, super grasses (barley grass, alfalfa, and wheat grass), sprouts, chlorella, etc.) with highest possible concentrations of most important nutrients (especially antioxidants, vitamins and minerals).
In addition, for better results we should take best quality supplements such as Vitamin D3, Magnesium, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Hyaluronic acid, Turmeric, Zinc, sublingual Methylcobalamin, Alpha lipoic acid, Acetyl L-carnitine and NAC as they will greatly accelerate the healing process.
And finally we have to detoxify the body and improve blood circulation through regular energetic physical activity, water treatments (hot and cold alternative showers) and herbal remedies such as Ginkgo biloba.
Patient implementation of all these principles will slowly lead to recovery.
Osteoarthritis, therefore, is not a ‘wear and tear’ problem of older people but a metabolic condition caused by lack of physical activity, poor blood circulation in joints and especially body’s inability to process an unhealthy diet which is high in refined sugar and bad fats and deprived of antioxidants and essential nutrients. Consuming junk food and avoiding physical activity make smallest blood vessels in the joints unable to provide cells with enough oxygen, antioxidants and nutrients necessary for regeneration, rapier and sufficient energy production. According to newer scientific discoveries, due to this problem cells in the joints start absorb more sugar as a way of overcoming this energy short-fall. But, the unused sugars are converted into lactic acid, which can’t be completely removed. As a result higher levels of lactic acid with some other factors contribute to inflammation in joint cartilage, which gradually leads to its damage.
Many people suffering from arthritis still believe that the problem is just a matter of bad luck or ageing. The truth, however, is that the same factors such as unhealthy diet, nutritional deficiencies, too much stress, environmental toxins and lack of exercise that lead both our hearts and brains to age and die prematurely, also contribute to inflammation and the deterioration of joints. Therefore, in the same way as it is possible to revise atherosclerosis, diabetes or dementia you can also recover from osteoarthritis.
The adoption of dietary improvements described in the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN > and the thoughtful use of good quality nutritional supplements (listed below), will gradually reduce inflammation, sooth the pain and even regenerate damaged joints.
If lack of exercise contributes to osteoarthritis then why osteoarthritis is also more common among athletes and other people who are engaged in strenuous physical activity on a regular basis. According to a PhD thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy a strenuous physical activity causes microscopic injuries in joints which trigger inflammation slowly leading to osteoarthritis, especially when it is combined with high levels of stress and pro-inflammatory diet.
What about a normal regular exercise? Does it contribute to the development of osteoarthritis as well? According to Professor Patrick McNeil – a Sydney arthritis expert, “it is a myth to make the general statement that exercise is bad for joints or actually wears them out. There’s no evidence for that.” He suggests that many of elderly people who’ve been regularly active all their lives never develop osteoarthritis, and the idea that our joints are like car tyres that wear out with regular use is untrue. For most people, proper exercise helps joints stay healthy as it improves blood circulation, metabolism, detoxification, and promotes healthy immune system. But in some rare instances, with abnormal alignment of a joint (caused by weak muscles or anatomical defects) it is possible that movements may have some role in wearing cartilage away. A person may also have a genetic predisposition to experience this problem. Some individuals are born with cartilage that will not wear out, no matter what they do to it, while others inherit cartilage which can be prevented from damages only when they take care of it through healthy diet and lifestyle.
Also, in case of someone who has already been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and painful joint damage, it is important to choose a proper form of exercise as wrong one may possibly make things worse. Cycling, swimming (not in chlorinated water) and other types of exercise that put less stress on the affected joints are recommended for those who already suffer from osteoarthritis. Proper exercise can be only beneficial as it reduces pain, provides more nutrients and oxygen to the joints and together with healthy diet help the body to heal and regenerate itself. Physical activity also helps maintain a healthy body weight (very important in arthritis) and improves muscle strength, which helps hold joints in their correct alignment.
It is important to understand blood does not directly provide cartilage with oxygen and nutrients. It does it through synovial fluid and the effectiveness of this fluid in nourishing cartilage depends on regular movement of the joint. Although cartilage is a living tissue yet it is deprived of blood vessels that deliver blood. Instead it relies on movements of the joint which creates a pumping action that circulates synovial fluid containing oxygen and nutrients. That is one of the reasons why proper and regular exercise (movements of the joints) is so vital in preventing and treating osteoarthritis.
SUPPLEMENTS, SUPER GRASSES, AND HERBAL REMEDIES
The treatment with regards to all types of arthritis is the same as it involves similar lifestyle improvements, regeneration of damaged tissue and anti-inflammatory agents. The more of the following remedies, supplements and principles you manage to implement at the same time the better will be the results:
– Serrapeptase: Start from 60.000 IU – 2 times a day 1 caps a day on an empty stomach. In case of sever pain you can increase to 3 times 1 caps (60’000) a day. The Miracle Enzyme – regarded as the most effective natural pain-killer (without side effects), also removes dead tissue and inflammation (inflammation is a major player in many chronic pain conditions). READ MORE > Serrapeptase is one of the best and most effective natural remedies to treat all types of arthritis (including pain and inflammation).
The following testimonial was written by Dr Anthony Edwards, and it is an excellent example of the effectiveness of Serrapeptase: “I have been getting good overall results with Serrapeptase on my patients and even myself, but one patient has exceeded expectations. He had suffered severe agonizing gout for the past 9 years and just about tried everything. Within 3 weeks of taking Serrapeptase it has completely gone and created a very happy patient.” (source >)
Another testimonial about Serrapeptase: “I have a client who has suffered with a severe gout-like arthritic pain for 5 years, possibly as a result of taking ecstasy in his youth. His general health also suffered, he developed a lung problem and he was at a very low ebb. He was taking large doses of Ibuprofen, with little relief. He started taking serrapeptase, but after 3 months he was still in some pain and was going to give up. I persuaded him to carry on and he started to improve. He is now fully recovered, playing golf and enjoying life again. He is absolutely delighted.” – A Practitioner (source >)
The above story proves that natural remedies can be very effective but often require patience and must be taken every day for months. Another good example is turmeric which reversed memory loss in patients with Alzheimer’s but after one year of regular supplementation!
Read more about Serrapeptase >
– Turmeric and its key active ingredient Curcumin relieves pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis patients: Take 1 caps of wholistic Turmeric 3 times a day. Benefits of turmeric: Anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, anxiety, depression, improves mood, detoxifies the body, and kills cancer stem cells.
– Glucosamine hydrochloride – 1000mg with meal. The body uses glucosamine to form the chemicals it needs to repair cartilage, tendons and ligaments, and synovial fluid (the naturally occurring fluid that bathes the spinal joints). Collagen helps to maintain and repair spinal joint cartilage. Should you use glucosamine hydrochloride or glucosamine sulphate? The active ingredient in any glucosamine product is only the glucosamine element, and the hydrochloride or sulphate acid salt is purely a delivery vehicle. The simple answer is that both forms are equally effective.
Should you use glucosamine with chondroitin? You can although it is not necessary. A number of glucosamine products include chondroitin (a cattle-sourced compound) and many believe that they should be used together for better results. Some, however, suggest chondroitin is more beneficial in the form of direct injections to the affected part of the body. As an orally-taken compound, chondroitin is not as effective because part of it is destroyed during the digestive process.
– Hyaluronic acid supplements have been shown to help in the treatment of arthritic joints. It can help with the repair and protection of joints. In one study “sixty osteoarthritic subjects were randomly assigned to the HA or placebo group. The subjects in the HA group were given 200 mg of HA once a day everyday for 12 months, while the subjects in the control group were given placebo. The subjects in both groups were requested to conduct quadriceps strengthening exercise everyday as part of the treatment. The subjects’ symptoms were evaluated by the Japanese Knee Osteoarthritis Measure (JKOM) score. The symptoms of the subjects as determined by the JKOM score improved with time in both the HA and placebo groups. This improvement tended to be more obvious with the HA group, and this trend was more obvious with the subjects aged 70 years or less. For these relatively younger subjects, the JKOM score was significantly better than the one for the placebo group at the 2nd and 4th months after the initiation of administration.” (source >)
– Combination of Glucosamine, Turmeric, Manganese and Hyaluronic acid such as Osteoflex Plus (HealthAid) seems to be an excellent formula:
– Chlorella (Pukka): 3 tabl (or 1 teaspoon of powder) 30 min before breakfast and 1 tabl 30 min before lunch with vegetable juice or water. Every day increase dosage by 1 tabl until 10 tabl (or 1 heaped tablespoon) 30 min before breakfast and 10 tabl 30 min before lunch (always with 2-3 glasses of water or vegetable juice).
Chlorella is regarded as the best natural energy booster, detoxifier, pain reliever, and regenerating agent. It is a highest source of nucleic acids RNA and DNA which are capable of repairing damaged DNA. Chlorella together with other supplements and herbal remedies will slowly rebuild damaged tissue. Since chlorella is 10 times higher in chlorophyll than green leafy vegetables it is best possible oxygen pump in human body.
– Clean Greens (Pukka): 1 teaspoon of the powder 30 min before breakfast with vegetable juice or water and 1 teaspoon 30 min before lunch. It can be taken together with chlorella.
Raw Reserve has similar benefits as Chlorella but it has many different ingredients. It is a complete raw food with powerful antioxidants, herbs, super grasses, vitamins and minerals. It is a blend of raw and high-quality, nutrient dense ingredients from the land, fresh water, and the sea with 25 billion probiotics per serving and digestive enzymes to aid digestion and absorption.
– Boswellia (Viridian) 270mg of Boswellia in 1 caps. (65% boswellic acid) (Anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, etc.): 2 times a day 1 caps between meals.
– Vitamin B12 (MetCobin by HealthAid) (must be sublingual and only in the form of methylcobalamin, not cyanocobalamin): 1000mcg to 2000mcg (1 to 2 tablets) a day under tongue only after brekfast. Methylcobalamin can reverse neurological damage, detoxify the body, and improve memory and concentration. It will help to regenerate the spinal nerve injury and eliminate pain.
– Vitamin D3 – 50,000 IU a day with meal for one or two months and 20,000 IU a day after that. The most important way of obtaining vitamin D is of course through regular sun exposures during summer time between 10am and 2pm. Unfortunately, since in the UK almost every person is deficient in vitamin D the only solution seems to be supplementation. Vitamin D deficiency plays important role in the development of arthritis. Vitamin D has properties that defend against cell injury caused via free radicals and it affects detoxification pathways. Vitamin D also affects sensory neurons to modulate pain and influences neuron excitability. Apart from having anti-inflammatory properties vitamin D is essential in helping your body to properly absorb and use calcium which helps to keep joints and bones strong. Since vitamin D supplements lead to magnesium deficiency, and because according to recent studies almost every in the UK person is now deficient not only in vitamin D but also magnesium, you must take 400 to 800mg of good quality magnesium every day.
TESTIMONIAL BY JEFF T BOWLES ABOUT RECOVERY AFTER TAKING HIGH DOSES OF VITAMIN D3
“Upon realizing that taking 4,000 IU of Vitamin D3 a day was not enough for me, I decided to embark on a ‘dangerous’ experiment that directly contradicted everything MD’s had told me for years: ‘Don’t take too much vitamin D. It is dangerous!’ I started taking 20,000 IU a day – 50 x times the recommended dose of 400 IU a day. After about 4 months upped the dose to 50,000 IU a day or 150 x the old recommended ‘safe’ dose I then boosted it to 100,000 IU a day or 300 x times the old maximum safe dose! What happened over these last 10 months? Did I die? Get sick? No! Just the opposite! High dose vitamin D3 therapy over the last year cured all the following chronic conditions I’d had for 20 + years:
Painful, clicking, popping, stiff Arthritic shoulders that prevented me from even throwing a ball from home plate past the infield. A condition I’ve had for 15 years. Gone. No more popping snapping or clicking and I can throw the ball twice as far.
A painful snapping hip syndrome which I had been suffering from for 23 years and no Dr could help me. It is now 100% gone. No pain and no snapping!
Yellow fungus infected toenails. I tried everything over 20 years to treat it and nothing worked. Ten months of high dose vitamin D3 and they are clear as a bell! 100% cured.
A knobby bone spur on my elbow that made me look like Popeye the sailor man. It has now 100% dissolved and my elbow is back to the way it used to be 20 years ago.
A ganglion cyst that persisted on my wrist for over 5 years has shrunk from the size of half a golf ball to the size of a pea and now it is rock hard, painless, and shrinking.
A small subcutaneous cyst on my face that had not gone away for 20 years. Now gone!
And, without even trying my weight has dropped by 25 pounds from 204 to 179.”
Dr James Dowd from the Arthritis Institute of Michigan, has been prescribing mega doses of vitamin D3 to patients suffering from chronic disorders such as arthritis, back pain and headaches and he claims it resulted in a huge improvement in their symptoms. >
– Deficiency of Magnesium and Vitamin B6 in animals causes arthritis. Take Magnesium citrate: 800mg or 2 x 400mg of well-absorbed magnesium citrate between meals with water. MagCitra is excellent supplement as it is high in elemental magnesium citrate – 400-800mg a day. Also remember to take magnesium whenever you use vitamin D supplements as it leads to magnesium deficiency! The more vitamin D3 you take the higher doses of magnesium you need.
– Omega 3 fish oil (HealthAid – good quality pharmaceutical grade). Omega 3 helps to ease the inflammation and pain caused by many chronic conditions: 2 caps (1000mg each) with breakfast and 1 caps with second meal (altogether 3000mg a day). The dose used in the most convincing research is 2 to 4 grams of DHA + EPA daily. Ground flax seed (best plant source of omega 3): 1 heaped tablespoon of ground flax seed consumed with warm (not hot) breakfast or before breakfast. Another excellent plant source of omega 3 is soaked chia seeds (1-2 tablespoons a day with meal).
– Cherry (Uriprinol) – Very effective especially in gout (removes uric acid) but it is helpful also in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as it fights inflammation. Our customers often tell us they are free from pain caused by gout in a few days to two weeks as a result of using Cherry supplements. Cherry is a rich source of anthocyanins which possess natural, anti-inflammatory properties and also help to maintain healthy levels of uric acid. In a study of over 600 people with gout, participants who consumed a ½-cup serving of cherries every day, or took cherry extract, had a 35 percent lower risk of a a gout attack. Those who ate up to three servings, had 50 percent lower risk.
According to the Greenmedinfo, “A modern study of 633 gout sufferers found that eating cherries reduced the risk of having a gout attack by 35% and that supplementing a cherry extract reduced the risk by an even more impressive 45%… The next study gave gout sufferers a cherry juice concentrate (1tbsp=45-60 cherries) while they continued to take their medication. In the first part of the study, more than 50% of the cherry group were attack free at 60 days and could cut back on their meds. In the second, attacks were reduced by 50% in half the people taking cherry juice for four months or longer.” (SOURCE >)
– Devil’s claw (similar effect as Cherry active)
– Pomegranate may also reduce arthritis symptoms. According to a study published in the Israeli Medical Association Journal, patients who received 10 ml of pomegranate extract a day for 3 months, significantly reduced inflammatory response and tender joint count by 62 percent.
– Vitamin C is required for the proper repair of all tissues. Packed with antioxidants, vitamin C works as an anti-inflammatory agent that can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Vitamin C is crucial for the formation of collagen. Vitamin C can be found in a variety of food products you consume regularly, including citrus fruits, strawberries, berries, kiwis and red peppers.
– Zinc is generally low in arthritic patients. Zinc helps to promote tissue healing. Take 15-30mg a day after breakfast.
– Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – 3 gr a day leads to a cure! Read more about Niacin >
– Some beneficial herbs include golden seal, ground flaxseed (2-4 tablespoons a day on food), feverfew, evening primrose oil, CoQ-10, nettles, herbs high in plant sterols (alfalfa, red raspberry, red clover, etc.), bromelain (two capsules three times a day), yucca, alfalfa, catnip, horsetail.
Comfrey, garlic, charcoal, castor oil external poultices are also useful in reducing inflammation.
– Boron (3 mg a day, or use a combination of boron, magnesium, and garlic).
– Other remedies which are usually very helpful: MSM (sulphur), copper, free-form amino acids, NAC, manganese (very important, at least 40 mg a day), biotin, chromium, vitamin B complex.
– Alpha lipoic acid. According to Dr Mercola, “Alpha Lipoic Acid Can Smash Insulin Resistance and Autoimmune Disease.” >
– Avoid hard water (high in inorganic calcium). Drink only distilled water >
– Water treatments should be performed every day, especially alternative heat and ice therapy. It is very effective in easing pain and removing inflammation. Alternative hot and cold treatment will also improve blood circulation, elimination of toxins, will stimulate regeneration, and improve working of the nervous and immune system. Apart from that, it increases the flow of healing oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area, and it suppresses pain signals sent to the brain.
Heat treatment should be cooled with ice. Pain almost always comes with some level of inflammation, and ice is the best natural way to reduce it. Ice also helps by acting as a local anaesthetic, and by slowing nerve impulses, which interrupts the pain signals in the affected area. Ice, however, should be applied after prolonged hot treatment. Start with heat first (hot water bottle, electric heating pad, hot shower, hot towel compress, or hot bath) and after about 5 minutes, when the treated area is warm enough, apply an ice pack or any very cold treatment (shower, compress, etc.) for about 3 to 5 min. Then alternate the hot and cold application (3-5 min each), back and forth 5-7 times in a row.
According to Dr Michael Greger, “Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be more prevalent in populations with high meat consumption. This joint inflammation could be the result of an autoimmune attack response to foreign animal protein. Some researchers have proposed a “Leaky Gut Theory,” where the saturated fats in animal products contribute to the breakdown of the intestinal barrier, causing our own gut bacteria to leak into our bloodstream, thus triggering an inflammatory response. Newer research points to a state of endotoxemia caused by the bacterial toxins in animal products. The saturated fat in meat may instead facilitate the absorption of these toxins into the bloodstream. Other components in meat also aggravate inflammation. Arachidonic acid is an inflammatory 6 fatty acid found in animal products. Neu5c, a non-human molecule which is found in human tumours most likely through meat consumption, may also cause the body to produce an inflammatory response. Plant-based diets in general are associated with a drastic reduction in symptoms. Rose hips and potassium ease the arthritic pain caused by inflammation, while fruit and vegetables (particularly berries) help to inhibit platelet activity that is associated with inflammation. Curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric, worked better at easing pain than the leading pharmaceutical treatment for rheumatoid arthritis… Animal products, including eggs, dairy, meat, and animal protein in general may increase inflammation. A single meal of meat, eggs, or dairy may cause a spike of inflammation within hours that can stiffen one’s arteries. Several factors may account for this effect, including heme iron, endotoxins, saturated fat, high bacteria load, TMAO, tapeworms, advanced glycation end products or AGEs, and NeuGc, a foreign meat that may increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. A plant-based diet may improve or even eliminate arthritis symptoms. Specifically, turmeric may provide people with as much relief as medications for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Avocados, berries and flaxseed oil have also been shown to be helpful in decreasing general arthritis symptoms. Arthritis may be triggered by the Yersinia bacteria found in pork products. Avoiding animal products may prevent the onset of auto-immune conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis may also be improved with potassium supplementation and cilantro. Animal foods are rich in purines, which are associated with increased gout risk. This is why gout patients may see an improvement in symptoms when they switch to a plant-based diet. Ingestion of cherries, or cherry juice, appears to be a side effect free treatment option for gout. Osteoarthritis appears to respond to anti-inflammatory foods, for example, rose hips. Studies also have shown improvement of symptoms of osteoarthritis through the addition of açai berries to the diet.””
– It is very important to detoxify the body and effected area and supply nutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants through the means of the most beneficial and optimal diet. The best results will be achieved in this area by implementing key principles of Hallelujah diet (the most effective among all diets) by eating mostly raw plant-based unrefined foods for 3-6 months.
– You will greatly speed up the regeneration and the recovery by drinking raw fresh cold-pressed vegetable juices (carrots, celery, kale, broccoli, beetroot, etc.): 2 times a day 2 glasses 30 min before meals. To make it easier you can make enough juice for one or two days (not longer than 2 days) and keep it in the fridge. If you don’t like the taste of vegetable juice made out of the mentioned above vegetables you may drink the carrot juice alone.
– Fresh pineapple (contains bromelain – painkiller) or Bromelain in the form of supplement. Research shows that bromelain found in fresh pineapples reduces levels of prostaglandins, which are hormones that induce inflammation.
– Avoid soda and orange juices. It was demonstrated that drinking one soda a day caused 74 % increase in gout symptoms while glass of orange juice increased the same risk by 41 percent. It is believed that the primary cause is fructose, which generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion.
– Use only coconut oil (raw, organic). Other fats and plant oils and spreads (margarines, etc.) are high in proinflamatory omega 6 fatty acids. Please keep in mind that especially dangerous are foods which are high in hydrogenated fats and trans-fats such as doughnuts, chips, frozen pizzas, cakes, many bakery goods, etc.
– Eat foods rich in resveratrol (red grapes, cranberries, and blueberries) as it slows down degradation. Scientists at Rush Medical University showed that resveratrol blocks the enzyme that is responsible for tissue degeneration.
– Avoid any caffeinated drinks (coffee, black tea, green tea, cola, chocolate, etc.)
– Vitamin K is important in allowing a joints to heal. Found in leafy green vegetables, and soy products as well as in supplements, vitamin K plays an important role in the healing of joints and bones, bone formation and in the synthesis of osteocalcin. Osteocalcin is a bone protein need to crystallize calcium throughout our body. Vitamin K can help to bind calcium.
– Your diet should contain organic calcium but not from dairy products as although they are high in calcium they weaken bones due to high animal protein content. The healthy sources of calcium are plant foods such as: green-leafy vegetables (kale, etc.), okra, beans, sesame seeds and tahini paste, nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, and figs, apricots, tofu, soy bean, etc.
– Eat sulphur rich foods as it accelerates protein and collagen production. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, garlic, onion, turnips, are rich sources of sulphur-containing substances known as glucosinolates.
– Avoid dairy products (especially cheese), gluten, processed products, foods high in nitrites (meats), white flour products, white pasta, refined rice, artificial sweeteners, any foods containing high fructose corn syrup, high-glucose syrup, and refined sugar as all of them can exacerbate the inflammation and pain.
– Reduce your intake of grains. Excessive intake of grains and sugars will elevate your insulin and leptin levels primarily through causing your body to be resistant to them, resulting in the increase of inflammatory prostaglandin production.
– Learn to control stress through regular exercise, walking outside, meditation (prayer), proper breathing, etc. Too much stress causes overproduction of adrenalin and cortisol (catabolic or stress hormones) which can be very destructive to the body. Stress is also one of key sources of free radicals which greatly contribute to chronic and degenerative conditions. Apart from stress also diet which is too high in carbohydrates (especially refined ones) can increase blood levels of stress hormones by elevating blood insulin levels.
– Good hydration is needed. Drink at least ten glasses of distilled water or clear herbal teas every day.
– Breathe deeply and forcibly, inhaling and exhaling through the nose, for a minute every hour.
– Food allergies or intolerance contributes to rheumatoid arthritis.
– Do not consume animal products, sugars, salt, spices, preservatives, alcohol, tea or coffee.
– One cup of chopped or blended celery should be eaten each day. If you are trying the “grape cure,” celery would be added after the grape fast.
– Follow a gluten-free diet by not consuming wheat, barley, rye, or oats.
– For flare-ups, consume a diet of raw foods. Eat a visible, fat-free diet without margarine, mayonnaise, cooking fats, salad oils, or peanut butter. Read food labels to check for fats.
– Avoid carrageenan, guar gum and other gum thickeners.
– Avoid all free or refined sugars.
– Exercise At least 95% of people with arthritis participating in an exercise program find real benefit. Learn to breathe deeply while exercising.
– Hydrotherapy Cold is more effective for pain relief and inflammation than heat in most cases, but it is not so pleasant to apply. Administer by ice massage, compresses, gel-filled re-freezable cold packs or plastic bags filled with ice or mixed ice and water. Put a thin cloth between the cold pack and the skin. Limit to 20 minutes, three times a day.
– Weight loss, if you need it, is beneficial.
– Sleep for six to eight hours.
– Avoid steroids.
– Daily bowel movements are essential. Take two tablespoons full of ground flax seed, psyllium seeds or bran to help.
– Gout most often occurs in people who are overweight, alcohol and consuming excessive amounts of fat. In contrast to other inflammatory joint disorder is up to 90% in men.
– Control stress because stress often precedes attacks of gout.
– Avoid the need of excess protein, because it leads to the formation of large quantities of ammonia, which is converted in the body to uric acid.
– A vegan diet (no meat or dairy) gives best results.
– With dairy foods should be particularly avoided yellow cheese, as it is believed that they may also result in some type of allergy, leading to worsening of symptoms of arthritis.
– Eating only fruit and vegetables gives excellent results (once a week, 1 to 3 days).
– You should consume foods rich in sulphur, as it is essential to rebuild bone, cartilage and connective tissue, and further enhances the absorption of calcium. In particular, there is a lot of sulphur in the onion and garlic and asparagus.
– Eat brown rice because it contains a lot of histidine – an amino acid that removes excess metals from the body, and for many people with arthritis found an excess amount of copper and iron.
– Consume grapefruit and pineapples, because they contain a lot of bromelain – an enzyme that helps to fight inflammation. It must, however, be fresh because freezing and processing and preserving destroy the enzyme.
– Many believe that in arthritis, you should avoid eating potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers because these foods are high in solanine which may cause worsening of symptoms. But it is uncertain whether this is the right recommendation.
– Do not use synthetic iron supplements, because it is suspected that an excess of iron in the form will produce a larger amount of harmful free radicals and may lead to a worsening of the pain.
– Conducted in the U.S. experience with aspirin and breathing exercises showed that deep breathing resulted in a reduction of CO2 concentration in the blood leading to relief of arthritic pain. Practice a vigorous daily exercise with deep breathing, because they cause the body to reduce carbon dioxide and eliminate arthritic pain.
– Be sure to drink more distilled water between meals and eat more fruits and vegetables.
– Avoid brewer’s yeast as they contain large amounts of purines (Dr. A. Trash).
– Avoid consumption of animal fat, as it interferes with the excretion of uric acid. The same causes alcohol and coffee.
– Breathe deeply and forcibly, inhaling and exhaling through the nose, for a minute every hour.
– In case of intense pain press any painful point in a muscle firmly for about one minute.
– Food allergies or intolerance contributes to rheumatoid arthritis and in order to detect which food triggers autoimmune reaction, inflammation and pain you need to go through the grape therapy: Fast for two days consuming no food nothing but water. After two day of fasting eat only fresh grapes three times a day. After three days of nothing but grapes add one cup of chopped or blended celery. On fifth day start introducing one type of new plant unrefined food every second day. If pain or joint swelling occurs within 2 hours and 2 days, the last food introduced can be suspected of triggering the reaction and should be avoided.
– Do not consume any animal foods, any refined plant products, sugar, citrus foods, refined salt, spices, preservatives, stimulants (alcohol, tea, chocolate, cola drinks, or coffee).
– One cup of chopped or blended celery should be eaten each day.
– Avoid gluten (wheat, barley, rye, oats).
– The plant food you eat should be mostly raw.
– Avoid margarine, mayonnaise, fats, salad oils, peanut butter. Read food labels to check for fats.
– Avoid carrageenan, guar gum and other gum thickeners.
– Avoid all free or refined sugars.
– Fasting for up to five days or more has an anti-inflammatory effect.
A new study published in the February, 2003 issue of Annals of Rheumatic Diseases confirms that those people eating adiet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and certain oils also known as the “Mediterranean diet” helps ease symptoms in people with rheumatoid arthritis. This study was performed on non-vegetarians living in Sweden. The authors obtained dramatic results by placing 26 subjects on a dairy-free diet for three months, while 25people continued to eat a typical Swedish smorgasbord of meat and dairy products. According to Dr. Lars Skoldstam: “The current results suggest that patients with rheumatoid arthritis can obtain better physical function and increase their vitality from eating a Mediterranean diet for three months.”
In 1985, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (volume 78) reported the case of an eight-year-old girl with severe rheumatoid arthritis: “Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was a milk allergy. After avoiding dairy products, all pain was gone in three weeks.”
In 1991, the British journal Lancet (Volume 338) published the results of a study in which the subjects ate a vegetarian diet: “Controlled trial of fasting and a one-year vegetarian diet eased symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.”
The British Journal of Rheumatology (36;1, 1997) reported: “43 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, those assigned to a vegan diet…had improvement in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.”
Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition, and it is tragic that many physicians let their patients know that there is no cure. Ignorance is the most horrible of diseases, and keeps arthritis sufferers from the simple relief of their pain: a Not Milk diet!
Dr Joel Fuhrman
Arthritis sufferers spend more than $1 billion annually on drug treatments. One million new cases are diagnosed every year, and the number is growing. Drugs and surgery are the standard treatments offered by the medical profession without attention to cause or nutrition. The Arthritis Foundation boldly declares in their literature that there is no special diet for arthritis and that food has nothing to do with causing it. Fortunately, there is solid evidence to refute this ill-informed and irresponsible opinion, including hundreds of scientific studies reported in medical journals.
As stated earlier, the traditional approach for treatment of arthritis revolves around medication. In autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the typical medications utilized are considerably toxic and can result in serious disability.
My approach to treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differs in that it incorporates dietary modifications and nutritional supplements, avoiding the use of toxic drugs in the vast majority of cases. The recommendations are customized to the needs and response of each patient to treatment and involve more than just putting them on a special diet. However, in most cases, dramatic improvement and even complete recoveries occur.
In spite of well, conducted scientific investigations and the clinical experience of many physicians, this effective nutritional treatment of autoimmune disease is generally ignored. I have seen scores of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and connective tissue disease obtain complete recoveries through these natural interventions. Also, I have many patients who have made complete recoveries from allergies and asthma. Not every patient obtains a complete remission, but the majority is able to avoid the use of medication.
The key to treating autoimmune illnesses is to obey the H = N/C formula. Only then can the immune system begin to normalize its haywire circuitry. H = N/C means Health is proportional to the Nutrient per Calorie density of your diet. This formula is always considered in my nutritional recommendations and forms the foundation of my nutritional medicine practice. Research confirms the effectiveness of this approach for rheumatoid arthritis.
Since we are primates, designed best for a plant predominant diet, many people have a limited capacity to digest animal proteins efficiently. When we eat a diet rich in animal protein, our ability to efficiently cleave all the amino acid bonds may be limited. All the protein may not be totally broken down into its amino acid building blocks. There is evidence that when animal peptides (pieces of partially broken-down proteins) are absorbed. They can lead to the formation of antibodies against themselves. Our immune system will not only attack these foreign proteins, but it can also cross-react, attacking human proteins in the body that resemble the amino acid sequences found on dietary animal proteins.
In other words, because animal proteins closely resemble the amino acid sequences of human body proteins, our own reaction (antibodies) against inadequately broken down proteins (peptides) can also attack our own tissues. Plant proteins are less likely to cause this reaction, even if their peptides pass into the bloodstream, because they bear little resemblance to human proteins. Because we cannot efficiently dissolve animal proteins in the digestive tract and, frequently, consumption exceeds the digestive capacity, more incompletely digested peptides are apt to be absorbed. These peptides also results in the stimulation of unhealthy bacterial flora and the absorption of toxic bacterial by-products, which can create an inflammatory environment and, hence, immune dysfunction.
When patients with rheumatoid arthritis adopt a diet that is lower in animal protein and higher in vegetable protein, they typically feel better. Certain foods such as wheat and citrus fruit, as well as others, can also occasionally play a role.
A large percentage of my patients who follow my nutritional recommendations for rheumatoid arthritis see dramatic improvement. A certain percentage of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers see a tremendous improvement with high-dose fish oil. It is worth a trial.
Working with dietary modifications that target the individual’s unique sensitivities, in conjunction with the judicious use of nutritional supplements that are helpful, and an occasional fast, the recommendations can be modified to help even the patient with a more severe case of rheumatoid arthritis. Of course, the biggest likelihood of complete remission and recovery is in the earlier stages or milder cases of the disease.
A recent meta–analysis of available scientific reports on fasting followed by a vegetarian diet in patients with rheumatoid arthritis reviewed thirty-one studies and concluded that fasting, followed by a vegetarian diet, is useful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Not all patients need to fast to resolve their symptoms, but it is helpful for some. For many, dietary modifications and the judicious use of appropriate nutritional supplements can eliminate pain and induce a remission. My experience of monitoring over 500 fasts in a variety of clinical conditions has allowed me to observe that fasting, followed by a vegan diet, can offer both reduction in pain and lower inflammatory markers in patients with autoimmune illnesses. In addition, if the fasting period is extended long enough, a substantial number of patients actually experience total remission of autoimmune symptoms that do not return with re-feeding in about half the time. A series of my illustrative cases, were published in the medical journal: Alternative Therapies 2001;8(4):1-3.
A Few of Many Arthritis Success Stories
Late in 1992, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The rheumatologist, who I was seeing, prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and when my condition worsened he recommended Methotrexate®. After reading about the dangerous side effects of this and other potent drugs being used for rheumatoid arthritis, I began looking for other options. I was lucky enough to hear about Dr. Fuhrman, and in March of 1993, I began his Arthritis Reversal Diet. I started to improve immediately and gradually stopped taking NSAIDs. I have switched to his recommended nutritional supplements instead. Now, I have no stiffness or pain, and my sedimentation rate, an indicator of inflammation, has gone from the 50’s to 11. I have progressed from being barely able to climb stairs to working out regularly at a gym, and I don’t have to worry about the side effects of drugs that can be worse than the disease itself. I am very grateful to Dr. Fuhrman and his staff for their patience and their professionalism. They have helped me back to health on the “Road Less Traveled”. — M. McColgan
Two years ago, I started getting a lot of pain in my right wrist, and no one knew why. I had been to eight doctors, and I thought that there was no hope for me until I found Dr. Fuhrman. I had been on heavy medication such as Methotrexate®, Oraval®, Voltarin® and others. I had an MRI, many X-rays and a bone scan to try to find out what was wrong. I was given the diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. Each drug had a different side effect, and even with all of this going on, I still wasn’t getting better. Iin just a few short months, Dr. Fuhrman not only eliminated the pain in my wrist, but my blood pressure went down. Furthermore, I lost 60 pounds and have remained healthy. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me. I have kept the weight and pain away. I feel great and owe it all to you! I can’t thank you enough. — M. Graciano
I have cared for hundreds of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue disease, systemic lupus, fibromyalgia and other painful disorders. The vast majority of all these patients have been able to achieve complete remission or significant reduction in pain and need for medications. The majority of patients did not need to fast, but the most stubborn cases have found that periodic fasting was helpful for achieving long-term remission. For those interested in a complete primer on this approach to treating autoimmune diseases please read my book, Fasting and Eating for Health, St. Martin’s Press, New York.
This information is intended to encourage you to strive for excellent health with the understanding that the human body, under the appropriate circumstances, can heal itself. Please contact me should you be interested in pursuing a nutritional road to wellness. Phone consultations are available for those who require individualized advice and for those on medication requiring personalized nutritional management and gradual medication reduction. If you are one of those with the motivation and desire to improve and even resolve your arthritic condition, I look forward to hearing from you.
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Schlesinger N, Schlesinger M. Previously reported prior studies of cherry juice concentrate for gout flare prophylaxis: comment on the article by Zhang et al. Arthritis Rheum 2013;65:1135-6.
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