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Arthritis 25 July 2009

Management of any form of arthritis should always include a search for the underlying cause.

Areas to investigate further include:

Over-Acidification of blood and tissues
Almost all chronic degenerative disorders have this as an underlying cause. For more information see- acid:alkaline balance. It is the accumulation and excretion of metabolic acids into the joints which causes the inflammation of arthritis. The consequences of the over-acidification can be demonstrated and proven by live blood microscopy.

Food allergies
75% of people with arthritis of any sort will improve dramatically by eliminating the deadly nightshade foods- potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant. Otherwise, testing for specific food allergies should be done. Food allergies are frequently associated with candida gut infections. Elimination of food allergies and candida frequently result in a dramatic improvement in arthritis.

Gluten Intolerance
Gluten intolerance has been associated with arthritis.

Chronic Infections
Difficult to diagnose chronic infections with fungus, mycoplasma and some species of chlamydia have been shown to be the root cause of many cases of arthritis, particularly rheumatoid and psoriatic. This probably occurs because parts of the bacteria resemble chemicals in the joint surface and the immune system attacks the joints by mistake. Mycoplasma can produce arthritis in animals. They must be diagnosed with a special DNA test known as PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing because the organisms are intracellular. Resolution of these infections often brings a dramatic improvement to the arthritis. Patients with rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis in particular respond well. Live blood microscopy can be used to look for the presence of systemic fungus which frequently causes arthritis. Fungus can either cause arthritis by infecting a joint directly or indirectly through their production of mycotoxins (fungal poisons).

Elevated heavy metal burden
Chelation therapy with intravenous EDTA can help dramatically with the arthritis of scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis. Mercury has also been associated with many forms of arthritis and an elevated body burden of mercury should be looked for.

Hormonal Imbalances
Correcting any DHEA deficiency with physiological doses of DHEA in particular has been shown to be useful in arthritis.

Temporary Pain Relief

While a search for an underlying cause is ongoing, relief from symptoms can be obtained from:

Boswellia
Boswellia is an anti-inflammatory herb from India. 1000 mg of boswellia per day has been shown in studies to be effective for the pain relief of arthritis.

Devil’s Claw
Devils claw is an herb from southern Africa. Recent research has shown that Devils claw works just as well as anti-inflammatory drugs in arthritis.

Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil

Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are traditionally used but studies have shown hat the prolonged use of these medications inhibits cartilage formation and may actually worsen the condition.

MSM
Methyl Sulphonyl Methane is a naturally occuring form of sulphur. It reduces acidity in inflamed joints.

Curcumin

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