Natural Ways to Treat Arthritis

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There are many diseases which fall under the arthritic umbrella, affecting over 20 million adults in the U.S. The two most common varieties of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease, and osteoarthritis (OA), a gradual wearing and tearing of the cartilage. Polymyalgia and fibromyalgia also could be considered arthritic diseases. Collectively, these joint disorders form the most common disability in the U.S.

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) and steroidal prescriptions or over the counters may speed up the debilitating conditions, despite providing temporary relief.

There are natural ways to prevent, or help reverse arthritic symptoms, though self-administering natural supplements without scrutinizing the diet or levels of exposure to pollutants will not find the root cause of arthritis.

What is the root cause of arthritis?
In one word: inflammation. A major cause of joint inflammation is eating pro-inflammatory foods and not getting enough nutrients to lubricate the joint and support the cushioning cartilage in between the joints.

PPNF Vice President David Getoff says that in traditional societies that Weston Price studied (link book) and enjoyed perfect health, arthritis was virtually non-existent. “Look at some of the societies that ate no processed food and weren’t exposed to chemical pollution…people who are 80 or 90 years old in those cultures are able to lift heavy sacks with no problem,” says Getoff. This would indicate arthritis and other inflammatory diseases are not a natural part of the aging process.

Inflammation caused by modified wheat, soy, and sugars of all kinds, as well as exposure to herbicides, pesticides, compounds in plastics, lead, mercury, aluminum and other chemicals both organic and inorganic are major factors why some people in their 50s and 60s can barely walk in modern, western societies.

Exposure to chemicals
“We must reduce our exposure to chemical solvents that were made in a laboratory and did not exist a relatively short time ago. If we do not curb the exposure, we risk drastically reducing the body’s ability to heal,” says Getoff.

Arthritis was absent from the societies that Weston Price studied. “Rheumatoid arthritis did not exist in other places where people aren’t exposed to toxic chemicals because the body can repair itself like it’s supposed to,” Getoff adds.

Why not treat arthritis with pain-reducing Western medicine?
Drugs that alleviate pain also may, for reasons that are not entirely understood, accelerate the progression of the disease. So the paradox is the progression of the disease will escalate, even though you’re feeling better.

Natural supplements to treat arthritis
Glucosamine, if it’s a good brand, administered at the right dose for the right person may help joint repair; however, this is not a one-size fits all solution. Getoff recommends a supplement that contains both glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate. Hyaluronic acid in other people may work so effectively that they may no longer need arthritis drugs. A fatty acid—cetyl myristoleate—isolated in Swiss albino mice, who for some genetic fluke never get arthritis, helps lubricate joints.

Getoff says that cetyl myristoleate can be taken orally or from an injectable source.

Be wary, however, of treating a symptom (joint pain) with a natural remedy if the problem that caused the symptom does not stem from a deficiency in a certain nutrient. This would be no different than taking pharmaceutical drugs instead of finding out the root cause.

Protocols to help alleviate arthritis

Consider seeing a naturopath, certified clinical nutritionist or other wellness professional whose beliefs and practice are steeped in sound nutrition. Eat healthy for at least two months. One month will not cut it. It takes six weeks for wheat, an autoimmune trigger (the body starts attacking itself) for many people, to clear out of the body.

For at least one month, eliminate all forms of sugar, including fruit (curb fruit, you don’t have to eliminate completely), honey, molasses, or foods like grains that turn to sugar rapidly in the body, such as candy, alcohol and sweetening agents like high fructose corn syrup. After 30 days, the body has the opportunity to start healing itself.

To learn more about arthritis and how to prevent chronic illness, PPNF offers the most comprehensive and affordable online natural wellness course (taught by David Getoff). Click here to learn more.

JUDD HANDLER

 

Comments

  1. The immune syetsm produces reactive oxygen to kill pathogens. With an over active immune syetsm and one that mistakes our own bodies as the enemy, it produces an over abundance of reactive oxygen. This reactive oxygen is a corrosive or oxidizer. The inflammation and destruction of tissue is the end result. The two reactive oxygen species is Peroxide and Ozone. To break down excessive peroxide you would need a Antioxidant Catalyst (SOD). To break down Ozone you need single chlorine atoms (CFC’s).

  2. D. Smith says:

    Chondroiton isn’t really as great as people think. YOu’re more likely to need magnesium, or a combo of magnesium and calcium in proper proportions as what is found in dolomite. 1 tsp of dolomite mixed into a glass of raw milk daily will do wonders against RA. If only my two sisters who died of the toxic, chemical, pharma pills given to them by the “doctors” would have listened to me. But they didn’t because I’m the “alternative girl” who lives outside the box and, of course, their doctors knew better.

    Inflammation is tough to deal with.

  3. Any info on xylitol as a sweetener? Is it also inflammatory?

    I have RA and use ibuprofen for pain as needed. I hate doing this, but I have not found any natural substance that helps. Does anyone have ideas about this?

    • Inflammation depends on the individual. If a person has a negative physical reaction to a substance, that substance causes inflammation in the body for that individual. Inflammation can be caused by any substance, from a chemical to a food.
      Xylitol is actually manufactured in small quantities in our bodies. We recommend the non-GMO product from Xylitol USA. If consumed in large amounts, xylitol can cause problems in the gastrointestinal tract. The amount of xylitol an individual can consume while avoiding this effect will vary from person to person, so you may need to slowly experiment.

    • NSAIDS such as ibuprofen and Tylenol have been found to accelerate the progression of arthritis in the body while they relieving pain. Therefore, it may be preferable to seek out non-toxic products which relieve pain without exacerbating the disease. For further information on how to naturally relieve arthritis pain, we refer you to David Getoff’s recording on this topic:http://ppnf.org/product/audio-visual-products/overcoming-arthritis-cd/. You may also wish to read our blog on this topic at http://blog.ppnf.org/natural-ways-to-treat-arthritis/.

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