Natural Treatments for Arthritis
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in my late 40's, and for the past three years I have had some
form of arthritis. Up to that time I was very active. Now, my
elbow and thumb and the sides of my hands are noticeably misshapen.
I also get swelling of the ankles and wrists that are so painful
it's an effort to stand. I have had fluid removed from my knee
on 2 occasions. When I first began to notice symptoms, I had a
body scan and was told that I had some inflammation in the wrists
and ankles; nothing was mentioned about my knee or hip showing
any signs of arthritis. I was put on Sulphasalazine and Naprozen
E 1500 ml daily. This past fall I was told I have advanced osteoarthritis
in the hip. Now, they're talking hip replacement. Some days I'm
in so much pain that I don't want to get up after spending a sleepless
night. The only relief I get is from a short course of predinsone
which I know is bad but it's the only thing that can get me moving.
I've tried homeopathy, I've been taking flax seed oil, evening
primrose oil, and some other supplements for almost a year.
Clark, Charlottetown, PEI
from Nutritional Consultant, Dr. David Rowland, PhD.
literally means "inflamed joints". It is simply a label
given to a particular symptom and says nothing about what may
be causing it. Drugs treat only the symptoms of arthritis, not
its cause(s). What is tricky about treating arthritis is that
the same condition can have different causes in different people.
We are not all the same biochemically.
cases of arthritis are caused or aggravated by hidden food allergies.
Almost any food (or beverage) could be a culprit in this regard,
depending on one's unique sensitivities to it. One of the most
common offenders is the nightshade family of plants (e.g. tomatoes,
potatoes, peppers, paprika, eggplant, cayenne, tobacco, chili).
Another is wheat. Try eliminating these foods for at least 40
days to see if your condition improves - BUT -- the elimination
must be 100%. Even one molecule, one lick or one taste of an allergenic
food can contribute to symptoms. If your body is sensitive to
these (or other foods), it will react to them as if they are poisons
-- and a little bit of a poison is still a poison.
and addiction are two sides of the same coin. If there are any
foods you eat every day and feel that you cannot live without,
chances are you are allergic to them.
deficiencies also contribute to arthritis. Which deficiencies
are a problem depends on which person has them. I have developed
a form of nutritional assessment that enables a practitioner to
readily find out which nutrients a particular person's body is
most likely to benefit from. It is called Nutri-BodyTM Analysis
and is available from many Registered Nutritional Consultants
(RNCs). To locate an RNC near you, call the International Organization
of Nutritional Consultants at 1-800-406-2703.
forms of arthritis are actually symptoms of auto-immunity -- where
the body makes antibodies to some of its own tissues. This phenomenon
is the result of four factors working together: weak digestion,
a leaky gut, food allergies, and low thyroid function. Again,
a knowledgeable Nutritional Consultant may be able to give you
advice specifically tailored to your needs.
David W. Rowland, PhD is a Nutritional Consultant and Educational
Director of the Edison Institute of Nutrition.
from Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective (Daniel Schulman).
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), arthritis is what we call
a 'Bi Condition' (pronounced 'Bee'); loosely translated as 'painful
obstruction'. In TCM, we say 'if there is free flow, there is
no pain; if there is no free flow, there is pain'. Within the
logic of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are many possible
manifestations of arthritis, including such TCM concepts as Qi
stagnation, Blood stasis, Qi deficiency, Blood deficiency, Dampness,
Phlegm, Cold and Heat. A TCM practitioner will evaluate all of
your particular signs and symptoms to develop an individualized
program using approaches like body acupuncture, ear acupuncture,
moxibustion, magnet therapy, herbal medicine, lifestyle and dietary
case seems particularly advanced. In general, the more advanced
such a condition, the less likely Traditional Chinese Medicine
can offer a cure and the more likely that prolonged treatment
will be of use in 'managing' and 'stabilizing' your condition.
It may well be possible at this stage to delay hip replacement
for many years with treatment through TCM. An initial course of
acupuncture and herbal treatment is the only way you can establish
what TCM can do for you.
definitely recommend you begin a long-term unwavering commitment
to the gentle practice of Tai Chi through classes under qualified
instruction as soon as you possibly can. Shop around for a Tai
Chi style that is especially suited for people with significant
health problems such as yours. ( We have an article on TaiChi
in this issue. Editor's Note)
Schulman Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) practices Classical Japanese and Chinese
Acupuncture in Charlottetown - 902-628-1478.
Natural Choice Journal, How do kidney stones form? What types
of foods are best for people who are prone to kidney stones. What
are Kidney Stones?
MacLean, Cornwall, PEI
from Registered Nutritional Consultant, Heather Scott, R.C.N.P.
minerals collect in the kidneys and crystalize, stones develop.
This occurs more often when the urine is highly concentrated.
Not drinking enough fluids forces the kidneys to work harder and
leads to more concentrated urines. Animal proteins are believed
to increase urine concentration. If calcium is not properly absorbed
in the body, the calcium level in the blood increases. When this
blood is filtered through the kidneys, calcium deposits form.
at least two litres of water, juices or herbal teas to dilute
urine and effectively flush substances through the kidneys. Cranberry
juice is helpful in preventing stones from forming and the juice
of three lemons in one litre of water will help keep the urine
alkaline preventing stones. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables such
as carrots, yams, apricots, peaches, cantaloupe and mango for
adequate vitamin A. Reduce animal protein and increase protein
from plant sources such as peas, beans and lentils. Eat vitamin
B6 and magnesium-rich foods. Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Limit caffeine and alcohol.
Scott, R.C.N.P. practices in Wallace, N.S., (902) 257-2428
from Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Kali Simmonds, N.D.
stones are hard masses which can grow from crystals forming in
the kidneys. Most stones are made of calcium oxalate. Kidney stones
often cause severe pain, and maybe accompanied by gastrointestinal
symptoms, chills fever and blood in the urine.
is the best diet for someone prone to Kidney Stones?
to be avoided: Spinach, rhubarb, beet greens, nuts, chocolate,
tea, bran, almonds and strawberries, if the stones are calcium
oxalate. * Vitamin C intake should be limited to 500 mg/day because
it is converted to oxalate in its metabolism and 1 in 400 people
do have trouble metabolizing the oxalate to its end product. However,
vitamin C would be the least of concern in the things to avoid.
has been reported to increase urinary oxalate. * Dairy products
should be avoided because they are both high in protein and calcium,
this increasing calcium urinary excretion. * Calcium carbonate
supplements should be taken with meals because it decreases oxalic
* The greater the intake of caffeine, the greater the calcium
urinary excretion, this applies to phosphoric acid found in soda.
Foods/Substances to consume: Citric acid in citrus fruits and
citrate bound to minerals is thought to protect against stone
formation. Magnesium citrate decreases urinary calcium excretions,
and 150 mg. 3 times a day with food is the recommended dosage.
This is considered to very effective due to the fact that greater
than 2/3 of North Americans are magnesium deficient.
* Vitamin B6, 100 mg with food for the breakdown of oxalate *
Potassium rich fruits and vegetables, especially avocado, potatoes,
cantaloupe, apricots and banana's. *Drink plenty of water (1 liter
per 100 lbs of body weight so crystals have less chance to settle
and form stones)
Kali Simmonds, N.D. practices in Charlottetown, PEI, 894-3868
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