Progressive inflammation of joints in adults while Rheumatoid Arthritis affects the younger.

Lady with Arthritis of the hands

What is arthritis?

Arthritis describes the slow, progressive inflammation of joints which mostly affects people in middle age and beyond. Rheumatoid arthritis generally affects younger people and tends to be more aggressive with more acute symptoms. Prostaglandins are the substances generated in inflammed joints thought to provide the message of pain. Endorphins are known to counteract their effects.

Cause of arthritis

Clearly some types of arthritis can be explained as wear and tear, which is expected as some sport enthusiasts grow older and medicine has made vast progress in recent years to perfect operations of joint replacement.  There is considerable material to suggest that arthritis, osteo or rheumatoid, are the result of localised inflammation linked with the immune system.  The immune system is the buffer between a person's chemistry and his or her environment and habitat.  So, are there any factors which can be identified as causes? Controlling these factors would mean that arthritis could also be controlled without powerful medications or surgery.

Thank you for your help with my husband's rhematoid arthritis pains. Our lives have changed quite a bit since you managed to rid him of his pains - in his words - he got his life back.  P.G. Surrey

During the last 60 years, clinicians in different countries published their observations on patients whose arthritis pains would miraculously clear on occasions when they were unable to eat for a few days, for example because of acute gastroenteritis.  Several studies carried out consistently linked joint pain with various foods, but the absence of accurate laboratory tests hindered further research.  Another confusing issue is that different individuals don't seem to react to the same foods.

Osteoarthritis has a strong association with simple food intolerance.  Rheumatoid arthritis is linked with food intolerances, allergy to some common inhalant allergens and or frequent contact with chemical emissions, e.g. gas, detergents, formaldehyde and others.

Treatment of Arthritis

  • Careful history can offer specific clues on possible causes.
  • With food tests and simple changes in the diet, reactive foods can be earmarked and be replaced with safer items.
  • Many of our clients are delighted to regain their mobility and freedom from pain with the minor inconvenience of having to be extra vigilant with certain foods.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis has more complex underlying causes, which are also amenable to accurate detection and control.
  • We check important anti-oxidant nutrients in blood tests in order to correct any deficiencies and for their anti-inflammatory effects.

Clinical Trials re: Rheumatoid Arthritis
The following is a sample of papers to give a flavour of some of the evidence to support the view that allergy, environmental medicine and nutritional medicine has a major role to play in the modern medical practice.

Placebo-Controlled Blind Study of Dietary Manipulation Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Darlington G., Epsom District Hospital, Mansfield J., The Burghwood Clinic, Banstead.  Lancet 1986: Feb 1st; pp236-8.
75% of 44 patients improved substantially or totally on dietary elimination.  Link to article

Controlled Trial of Fasting and One-Year Vegetarian Diet in Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Kjeldson-Kragh et al.  (Oslon Norway).  Lancet 1991: 338; pp899-902
Most patients responded to restricted diet and responded adversely to the reintroduction of specific foods.  Link to article

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Specialist tips and notes

  1. A high percentage of people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can actually improve or clear their symptoms with simple dietary changes.
  2. Many people with osteo or rheumatoid arthritis are unaware of the concept that some external factors are the cause(s) of their condition and, due to lack of expertise, they are not encouraged to investigate this area further.
  3. For most of the last hundred years, emphasis has been placed on how to effectively control the symptoms but few searched for the underlying causes.
  4. 75% of people with arthritis are also aware of fatigue which prevents them from enjoying life to the full.
  5. Non-steroid anti-inflammatory medicines can cause microscopic blood loss and a tendency for anaemia.
  6. The total NHS costs for prescriptions, physiotherapy, expert care and surgery for all types of arthritis are far greater than the costs of resorting to changes of the diet needed to remain free of pain.

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