Rheumatoid arthritis can be painful and debilitating, depending on your general state of health.
It is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that mostly affects your joints. Inflammation with the usual soreness, swelling and lack of mobility is the common symptom. And joint cartilage can be destroyed as the disease progresses.
Rheumatoid arthritis can also effect your lungs, heart, pleura and skin.
Medical treatment is typically just managing the pain. But help may be available to you from an unusual source. And it may not cost you anything, except a bit of time.
Diet is all important in your overall health. And yet, the typical western diet is full of pit holes, even if you think it's healthy.
I'm not referring to the typical diet of the 21st century, of fast food, junk food, soft drinks and micro waving everything. I'm sure no-one in their wildest dreams considers this a healthy diet.
No, I'm talking about how dairy is considered the best source of calcium, how animal protein is considered the best source of protein, how a cooked meal is considered the height of a good diet, how cereal and bread are considered nutritious breakfast foods.
In many Asian countries, dairy is not a food for humans. It just isn't produced.
And in these countries, arthritis in any form just isn't a problem. It hardly exists.
So, if you consume any dairy product (milk, cheese, yoghurt, butter, cream) either on its own or as an ingredient in the processed food you purchase, then the chances are that this is causing your rheumatoid arthritis. It may take a month or so for the symptoms to diminish, after you stop consumption of dairy. And maybe longer for them to go altogether, but isn't it worth a try?
But, I love dairy, I hear you cry. And I agree, old habits can be difficult to dispose.
Let's look at some alternatives. Soy is not one of them. Western soy is probably a worse option, for different reasons. Eastern soy is always fermented and that is healthy. Unfermented, western soy is not.
But oat milk or almond milk make excellent substitutes for milk. Personally I dislike rice milk, but others love it.
Margarine is again a less healthy option than butter. Try using coconut oil preferably, or olive oil.
An alternative to cream can be quite creative. Blending cashew nuts with honey is delicious and looks a bit like cream. Experiment with different nuts. I don't think there is an alternative to yogurt or cheese, not one that I know of. So you might have to forgo those while you experiment with your dairy fast.
What about calcium, I hear you ask? Surely I need dairy for the calcium?
That is one huge myth. Agreed dairy is very rich in calcium and all those nutrients needed for healthy, but GROWING bones, in baby COWS. If you are an adult, you were weaned some time ago. Which means you can no longer digest and utilise milk. And if you are not a cow (or goat or sheep, or whatever the milk comes from), then dairy is not your best food.
So what is the best source of calcium and all the associated nutrients to help it digest properly? You're going to be amazed. Because it's green, leafy vegetables. Like spinach, broccoli, silver beet and the like. And blue green algae.
And nuts and seeds.
Dairy tends to give a lot of people mucus. That's a good indication it's not a healthy food.
Even raw milk, considered far healthier than pasteurised, is not the right food for an adult human.
Try it. What do you have to lose? If, after a month you notice the symptoms of your rheumatoid arthritis are less, then life looks rosy for your future.
And you do get used to new habits, in time.
Do you now see why the western diet is so bad for your health?