It has been found over the years that eliminating certain foods from the diet and including others can help you eat away arthritis. This is one of the “good news” messages out there of the quick growth of healing called “alternative” or “natural healing” medicine.
Looking To Alternative Methods
People today are taking a closer look at healing through alternatives methods to the tune of 20 billion dollars annually. The thought wave is the high cost of drugs and their side effects in the treatment; with the many different side effects, it is not worth the cost or trouble when severe damage may be done. Natural healing medicine is a lot less expensive and there are no side effects in most cases when taken as directed.
The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation for many years has been warning the public that arthritis is an incurable disease and only by using what they recommend can symptoms be suppressed. They tell the public that the disease is always there, ready to flare up at any time. To make you feel even worse, if you have it, the Arthritis Foundation tells us the disease will be epidemic in the future unless proper funding actions are taken now to limit its impact.
According to rheumatologists associated with the foundation, the cause of the disease remains unclear, while only theories and not fact continue to mount. “Arthritis” today has become a collective name for the hundred or so many different varieties of arthritis. According to the foundation there are no drugs out there today that can cure the disease. Perhaps they are making these dreadful predictions to keep the research money rolling in and their jobs secure.
The Arthritis Foundation admits that people who are overweight provokes osteoarthritis and includes fish oils, fasting and food allergy as possible treatments for arthritis. They flatly state, however, no diet or food has any important beneficial or causative effect on the disease of arthritis.
Much Information Emerges
Much new information began to emerge in the late 1970's from research institutions, medical centers and universities that has made the information-seeking public re-evaluate almost everything we previously knew about this destructive disease. This intensive research continues today and finally its ideas are sinking into the conventional wisdom of arthritic treatment.
Today there has been convincing clinical proof from various branches of medicine that various foods are a contributing cause of arthritic disease. More importantly there is now convincing evidence that healthy joints are dependent on gastrointestinal health and well-being.
Double Blind Study
There was a double blind study done in late 1979 by Dr. Anthony Conte, a Pittsburg nutritionist, and his associate Dr. Marshall Mandell, a well know allergist, that provide evidence that arthritis can be in many cases, an allergy related disease that can be treated by simply avoiding certain common foods.
Another study done by a Dr. Robert Stroud, a prominent rheumatologist at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, states that patients with arthritic disease respond very well when certain foods are completely eliminated from their diet. He also discovered that during a fast, arthritic symptoms completely clear up and become non-existent. This should prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that arthritis is food-related, in many cases. Unfortunately one cannot fast forever.
Expansion on the Food Allergy Theory
In recent years scientists have expanded on the food allergy theory using diet to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In an ongoing experiment, Drs. L.G. Darlington and N.W. Ramsey from Epsom General Hospital in England took 100 patients and treated them to a special diet-only treatment. After 7 1/2 years patients were still doing well, with most signs of rheumatoid arthritis gone. The doctors also found the foods you eat can influence your digestive tract, the bacteria in your gut and inflammation, all of which ultimately affect arthritis.
New Information Found
What has been found in the last decade is that arthritis is not the incurable disease we once believed. Doctors and scientists today are now saying that many forms of arthritis are aggravated by the very foods we eat. While food allergies do not cause arthritis, they may, along with poor eating habits and genetic susceptibility, encourage your body to attack its own joints.
Other studies have drawn a connection between leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis. Some arthritic individuals have sieve like gastrointestinal tracts that allow partially digested food to seep into their bloodstream. This is how food allergies and possibly allergy to your own body, called autoimmunity, happens.
This confirms what folk healers have said for years, that certain health destroying foods are a primary reason for arthritis. By replacing them with certain health restorative foods, we can encourage remission of this disease together with the elimination of stiffness, pain, and inflammation associated with it.
Gary Kent Boyd is a professional writer and member of the American Medical Writers Association. Specializing in web content for the last twelve years, he has created thousands of informational articles and blog posts for clients throughout the United States. Gary has also been a ghost writer on several white papers and manuscripts covering breakthrough drugs, cancer biology, stem cells research, and even hot air balloons. An active researcher, Gary is a “know-it-all” on medical related topics as well as in the fields of health and meteorology. Check out Gary’s blog, GK Boyd Ink LLC, or find more of his work on Ezine Articles®.
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