Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Arthritis including Osteoarthritis OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis RA

Arthritis including Osteoarthritis OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis RA

Arthritis including Osteoarthritis OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis RA

There are few diseases for which less hope is offered by traditional physicians than arthritis. Happily, alternative medicine has a lot of hope to offer arthritis sufferers. Arthritis is one of the conditions sometimes termed a "dead end diagnosis" meaning, "there's no more we can do for you". Arthritis patients are offered only pain and anti-inflammatory medications to enable them to tolerate the pain until the disease progresses to where more radical procedures such as joint replacement can be justified. Rarely is the CAUSE of arthritis addressed let alone a plan to actually correct the cause. Modern medicine is great at treating crises and emergencies but when it comes to chronic degenerative illnesses such as arthritis, conventional medicine is woefully lacking. Yet, the good news is, you will routinely find arthritis sufferers gaining good relief under the guidance of alternative medicine and nutritional practitioners.

Arthritis is often associated with an intestinal disorder termed "leaky gut" or leaky gut syndrome, a problem commonly addressed by alternative medicine practitioners but overlooked by medical doctors. Usually associated with leaky gut is a wide variety of food allergies which create toxicity to the muscles and joints eventually leading to arthritis. Food allergies and leaky gut are discussed in detail elsewhere on this web site.

Low stomach acid levels are also commonly found to be involved with arthritis. In spite of what the TV commercials tell you, 40 to 50% of the population over the age of 50 is LOW in stomach acid. Low acid leads to incomplete digestion of food and ultimately to the leaky gut and arthritis in some individuals. This hypochlorhydria, as it is called, is discussed in the Gastrointestinal pages of this web site (Link to follow). There are several vitamins, minerals, and herbs which studies have shown to be beneficial for arthritis, as well.

Food Allergies and Arthritis

There is a class of foods known as nightshades which, when eliminated from the diet afford not only long term relief but in some cases an improvement in the development of joint deformity. The study regarding nightshades and arthritis was long term, 7 years, so don't expect an immediate fix when you eliminate these foods. The improvement was progressive over time. Nightshade foods include white potato, tomato, all peppers except black pepper, eggplant, and tobacco. If you have arthritis, you should eliminate these foods from your diet even if they don't test positive on a food allergy blood panel. Remember, you have to do it for months to see if it will help.

Leaky Gut, Leaky Gut Syndrome

Increased intestinal permeability or "leaky gut" is a problem commonly seen in arthritis patients, both OA and RA, by alternative practitioners but not usually considered by conventional doctors. It can be a very important player in arthritis and you should study carefully the Gastrointestinal pages of this web site.

Low Stomach Acid

Unless you have a known stomach lining inflammation such as ulcers or esophagitis, It may be of benefit to use hydrochloric acid supplements. You should do this under the supervision of a physician who understands the use of HCl supplements (most traditional physicians don't). Please refer to the Gastrointestinal pages of this web site for details. If you are deficient in HCl, supplementation will support the function of your digestive tract and help heal the leaky gut.

Over-consumption of Toxic Foods

It is astounding how often we see "arthritis" symptoms disappear with the simple elimination of coffee. Some people drink incredible quantities of coffee, measured in pots, not cups, consumed per day. If you are one of those people, now is the time to kick the habit. Coffee is addictive, and you will go through withdrawal for a few days. To make it easier, drink a lot of water and eat frequent between meal healthy snacks such as fruit and vegetables. Co-conspirators to coffee are tea, soda and chocolate. Even though we usually think of the caffeine as the culprit, it is actually the acidity level of those drinks. So don't think you can get away with decaffeinated drinks. It won't work. Decaffeinated drinks are still highly acid. If you are consuming more than a soda every few days or an occasional tea or coffee, you may be pouring gasoline on the fire of your arthritis.

If you expect to succeed in improving your arthritis, it is essential that you stick to a very good healthy diet with at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables enable you to maintain an alkaline diet. We strongly recommend the food supplement "Juice Plus " which is comparable to five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. You can learn more about this product at the web site listed below. If you want Juice Plus, contact us and we will give you information on how to order the product. You should avoid alcohol and minimize the consumption of red meat. Try to replace red meat with fish. Do not use any partially hydrogenated oils which are found in deep fried foods, packaged snack foods, chips and all butter substitutes and spreads. Partially hydrogenated or "trans fats" are one of the most dangerous foods (if you want to call them food) in our environment. They promote inflammation in the body and with arthritis, that's the last thing you want. The food label will say something like "partially hydrogenated oil". Avoid it.

In addition, a low fat diet is important for RA sufferers. Try to have about 70% of your calories from carbohydrates, 15% from fats and 15% from protein. See the Diabetes and Weight Loss pages of this web site (links to follow) for details on calculating your caloric intake of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Toxic Metal Overload

Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and others are much more common in our environment than most people, including physicians, realize. The really overlooked issue here is the dramatic impact these toxic metals can have on your health. Commonly, when the body burden of these metals is excessive, the symptoms manifest in the form of muscle and joint complaints. This is because heavy metals interfere with the normal biochemical processes involving calcium, magnesium, zinc and other nutrients in the cells of your body. When these essential healthy minerals in the body are disrupted by heavy metals, musculoskeletal symptoms such as muscle and joint pain commonly occur. Please read carefully the Toxic Metals pages of this web site for details (links to follow).

Vitamins and Other Supplements

One very effective nutritional support protocol effective for arthritis is offered by the Metagenics company (see Vitamin Supplement Companies page). The product is called UltrainflammX. It is specifically formulated to address the inflammation and leaky gut associated with arthritis. It includes the nutrients and antioxidants specific to the needs of arthritic patients. Included with the protocol is a booklet outlining the dietary requirements which will make the program more effective. It is a rice based product. Except for those who test positive for rice allergy, we recommend it for every arthritic patient. A nutrition oriented and experienced chiropractor or other alternative medicine practitioner can help you with the protocols and supply you with the product. Metagenics products are not sold over the counter, only through professionals. You can order the product online through our clinic website Performance Plus Rehabilitation Center. You will need to log in, get a password and then click on Online Store You can then order UltraInflammX and be sure to ask them to include the patient guide book.

For years Niacinamide has been recognized as a successful supplement for osteoarthritis. If you take niacinamide, you should have your doctor monitor your liver enzymes. One problem with niacin is the "flush" feeling some people get when taking large doses. The preferred form of niacin is inositol hexaniacinamide which eliminates the flushing problem.

Vitamins C and E have been helpful in studies to assist in combating arthritis.

Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is supportive of adrenal function. The adrenals secrete your body's cortisone, essential for pain free joints.

Glucosamine sulfate and Chondroitin sulfate are very popular supplements for arthritis. You should take about 500 mg. of each three times a day. Be sure you get products containing these two ingredients. Others, such as glucosamine HCl are not found to be as effective.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are always beneficial in inflammatory conditions and apply to arthritis, especially RA. Omega 3 FA's are found in fish oil and flax oil and are available at your health food store.

Herbs which have been shown beneficial include Boswella, Horse Chestnut, Garlic, Cayenne , Ash, Blackcurrent, Rose Hip, and Feverfew. Of this list, Boswella is probably the most commonly used.

There are a number of minerals which have been studied and found helpful. The most common is probably copper. We have all seen people wearing copper bracelets for arthritis. One study done in 1976 found the bracelets to be helpful in arthritis pain. The most effective form of copper for oral use is copper salicylate.

Zinc has been found helpful in joint swelling and pain. The typical dose is 25-50 mg three times a day. If you want to take a larger dose, you should consult a nutritionist. It is important to also understand that zinc and copper should be taken together because they have an antagonistic effect against one another in the body. You should take the two in a 10:1 zinc to copper ratio. Also, zinc is bound in the digestive tract by cereal grains, especially oats, and some of its effectiveness is lost. If you are a large cereal consumer, you will want to take your zinc a few hours removed from the cereal.

Arthritis, particularly RA can be a result of impaired amino acid or fatty acid metabolism. Your amino acid and fatty acid status can be measured by laboratory tests. We suggest you talk to your alternative physician about these tests. You can learn about them on the Great Smokies Laboratory website. Laboratories are listed elsewhere on this site.

Arhritis is a condition that requires ongoing management. There is hope for you to be completely free of symptoms if you are successful with the suggestions made in this report. If you are able to heal your leaky gut, rid yourself of offending toxins and restore the gut to normalcy through good nutrition, you will, indeed, feel much better.

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