Despite the medical model which relies on pharmaceutical intervention for every known illness, there are well over one hundred common diseases that can be reversed naturally. That’s the difference between treatment for profit and healing for wellness. Arthritis both rheumatoid and osteo are reversible with proper herbal strategies, nutrition and exercise.
There are over 17,000 Americans who die yearly and unnecessarily from arthritis medications. Osteoarthritis is thought to be a normal consequence of aging, caused by routine “wear and tear” on joints. It is thought that cartilage cannot heal itself. Of foremost importance is the notion that osteoarthritis is associated with an inevitable progression to disability, and nothing can stop or reverse the process. These concepts have been overturned by recent research findings a number of studies are finding that inflammatory mediators promote more a rapid progression of cartilage to be degraded.
Five to 10 years ago it was thought that osteoarthritis was due to the degeneration of cartilage due to wear and tear.
There is substantial evidence that osteoarthritis can be reversible. A new term introduced from Europe describes the actions of two categories of nutrients found to aid in reversal of osteoarthritis. Chondroprotective agents promote repair of cartilage by stimulating anabolic metabolism of chondrocytes and/or inhibiting catabolic processes found in osteoarthritis. This concept of helping chondrocytes to heal cartilage, rather than reliance on palliative analgesics, is a relatively new concept that gets more to the actual causes of osteoarthritis, as well as treating the symptoms.
Antioxidants with known chondroprotective abilities are ascorbate (vitamin C), tocopherol (vitamin E), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase, and other antioxidant nutritents have shown in vitro protection. Antioxidants share common properties of inhibition of free radical damage to cartilage, modulation of immune functions to resist auto-immunity, decrease of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins, inhibition of degradative enzymes, and for vitamin C, direct anabolic stimulation of chondrocytes.
Joint cartilage can be repaired using a combination of glucosamine sulfate (most important: 750 mg 2 times a day for at least 6 weeks), MSM (2-3 grams a day), and Chondroitin (400 mg 3x day). It is also critical that you get broad nutritional support (a good multi-vitamin powder supplement is best).
Use natural anti-inflammatories to prevent damage and decrease or eliminate pain.
Boswellia (also known as Frankincense). In one study, this decreased arthritis pain by over 80% and it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Use 900-1,000 mg a day.
Willow bark. This is the original natural source for aspirin. Because it combines many natural compounds, it is more effective and has been shown to not cause the stomach bleeding caused by arthritis medications. In head on studies, it was twice as effective as Motrin, and as effective as Vioxx.
DMSO has many uses, but it is known mostly as a natural pain killer and transporter. First synthesized in 1866, DMSO is a sulfur-containing organic compound that is derived from MSM, and can be used internally or externally. DMSO can aid injuries such as sprained ankles, sore muscles and joints, and even fractures. It is very effective in treating joint pain when combined with capsaicin which dramatically increases effectiveness.
Restore function with stretching, exercise, weight loss, and heat. Exercise at least 20 minutes a day. Swimming, walking, and yoga are good choices. Use a heating pad or moist heat for up to 20 minutes at a time to give relief.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
RA is your immune system’s response to things going wrong within your body. The smaller joints get affected first, then larger ones and slowly the organs of the body also get affected. It is not very uncommon for RA patients to develop heart and other organ related diseases as their immune system works towards destroying their bodily functions.
One of the major underlying causes of RA is an accumulation of nutritional deficiencies. Since RA is primarily an immune system disorder, if the immune system is strengthened with the help of nutrition, the symptoms of RA reduce drastically.
Generally speaking, raw foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds should form 60 to 70 percent of your diet. You should also switch to green tea instead of their regular tea and coffee.
Certain types of intestinal bacteria could be linked to the development and progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Most importantly you should eliminate foods like sugar, white flour, processed meats and cold drinks. These foods are extremely dangerous for patients with RA as they only aggravate the process of inflammation and destruction of their body’s defense mechanism.
Modify your diet and including nuts, fruits and green vegetables, that help in controlling inflammation. Add raw garlic, green tea and fish oil supplements (these foods also have anti-inflammatory components). Many of those who follow the above suggestions decrease their blood markers for RA after just 6 months to 1 year. Some sooner.
Yoga and pranayama is great for people with RA. The pain and stiffness that they feel is often excruciating and causes their joints to freeze making it difficult for them to move. Therefore, a combination of yoga and pranayama helps reduce these symptoms considerably. While, yoga keeps their joints supple and flexible, pranayama helps in the efficient release of toxins from the body, thereby reducing pain.
Ta chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, may alleviate some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and help sufferers better cope with daily life.
Vitamin D — which the body makes when exposed to sunlight — may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis. Sufferers and some patients who have moved closer to the equator reverse their symptoms completely.
Stay away from creams and cosmetics with nanoparticles which have been linked to rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.