Arthritis is one of the most debilitating conditions in the United States and a major cause of missed work. Unfortunately, traditional treatments are limited and almost solely focused on anti-inflammatory medications, not on eliminating the original trigger of that inflammation.
What Does "Arthritis" Mean?
The word "arthritis" simply means "joint inflammation." There are basically two types: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Osteoarthritis is inflammation caused by degeneration of the joint and is due to chronic wear and tear. Osteoarthritis is most commonly found in the knees.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a more common term for inflammation, pain, and swelling of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is often seen in the hands, although it can affect just about any part in the body.
The Traditional Approach to Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is considered by an autoimmune condition of unknown cause. This belief ignores a large volume of scientific evidence pointing to food allergies as a major cause of arthritis. The correlation between arthritis and allergies is found to be quite significant.
Dr. Theron G. Randolph of Illinois was the founder of environmental medicine. Over the course of his research, he tested over 1000 arthritis patients with commonly eaten foods and chemical substances. He tested substances ranging from natural gas, auto exhaust, paints, perfume, hair spray, insecticides, tobacco and smoke to find out which of these substances caused their symptoms.
Various other studies have shown that numerous foods, food additives, as well as foreign invaders like protozoa, bacteria, yeast,and fungus can trigger or aggravate arthritic symptoms. In the case of food allergies, eating too much of a certain food too often is another problem. "Most people eat the same few foods over and over again, sometimes quite literally 'ad nauseam', wrote Doctor Randolph.
In addition, Dr. Marshall Mandell, the author of, Dr. Mandell's Allergy-Free Cookbook, tested over 6000 patients. He found that foods, chemicals, grasses, pollen, molds, and other airborne substances caused allergic reactions in the joints of nearly 85% of arthritics he tested.
The medical community has focused almost solely on treating arthritis with anti-inflammatory medications, either prescription or over-the-counter. These medications only offer temporary relief of the pain and swelling, but they never cure arthritis. Over the long term this type of treatment also comes with a host of side-effects.
Is It Possible to Eliminate the Inflammation Without Drugs?
Very often it is actually possible to eliminate the cause of the inflammation without resorting to drugs to suppress it. Inflammation is actually caused by the immune system. The important question is, "Why is the immune system creating inflammation?"
What Triggers the Immune System to Create Inflammation?璽?玲?/p>
Anything that triggers an immune response also triggers inflammation. This includes allergies, foods that are incorrectly identified by the immune system as not belonging in the body. Therefore an allergic reaction to a food can result in inflammation of the joints and pain.
What Foods Cause Arthritis?
The body can be allergic to any food, therefore any food allergy is capable of causing inflammation and arthritis. This includes RA, juvenile arthritis, and undefined joint pains.
This is why it can be so difficult for one to recognize the relationship between their diet and their symptoms. Many times, there is a delay between eating the suspect food and the associated pain.
What can be done?
If we can erase the faulty programming and replace it with a program that doesn't create inflammation, the pain will reduce and in many cases go away completely.
Programs like NAET have been very effective in treating joint pain and allergies. And if you don't have the time or money to investigate this very successful allergy elimination treatment.
The Allergy Kit is another and I think your best option to eliminate the pain of RA. It's a home treatment, similar to NAET and eliminates the allergic response permanently. It's easy to do and much less expensive than seeing a practitioner.