Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes swelling and pain
that can range from mild to excruciating. Although more than two hundred
diseases are classified under the name "arthritis," most arthritic
conditions fall into one of two categories: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid
Osteoarthritis is by far the most common, affecting 40 million Americans
and 80 percent of people over fifty. The pain and inflammation occurs when
the cartilage that protects the bones from rubbing against each other wears
down. Not surprisingly, the disease usually appears in joints that do most
of the body's hard work: the knees, the hips, the spine, and the hands.
Although injury or the normal wear and tear of life often bring on
cartilage damage, it can be made much worse by food allergies, poor diet,
and mineral deposits in the joints. For some people, the effects of mental
and emotional stress aggravate arthritis pain. Changes in the
weather-usually, rain and falling barometric pressure-often cause arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is quite another story. Most experts believe it
is caused by an inappropriate immune reaction, in which white blood cells
attack the cartilage in the joints; it can go on to destroy the bones
themselves and even the muscles and the skin. It is often exceedingly
painful and can cripple its sufferers. While osteoarthritis affects men and
woman equally, RA appears three times more frequently in women. It affects only 2 to 3 percent of the population and can occur at any age, even in
childhood. The course of the disease is difficult to predict. It may
disappear a few months after its appearance, or it may grow progressively
worse. Experts disagree over the cause of RA, but it seems clear that
genes, food allergies, bacterial or viral infection, stress, excess acid in
the body, and the presence of certain antibodies in the blood all play a
role. Many of complementary therapies used for osteoarthritis are also
effective in reducing the pain and slowing the spread of rheumatoid
Underlying factors for both of these conditions may include poor digestive
function (intestinal permeability), hormone imbalance, nutritional
deficiencies, food allergies, and lifestyle factors.
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; the level
of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown to help
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and
Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription #1
Arthritis Relief Joint Rebuilder
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This blend is proprietary and works better than anything we
have seen on the market. This has over 25 ingredients so it
is sure to give you results.
Super Prescription #2
Glucosamine / Chondroitin
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Take 1,500 mg daily. Benefits are usually noticed within
four to eight weeks. You may also take the liquid version
offered by LifeSource as well.
Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are specific remedies
only for osteoarthritis. We have liquids, powders and
Super Prescription #3
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Take 2,000 to 8,000 mg daily. MSM has natural
anti-inflammatory benefits and contains the mineral sulfur,
an integral component of cartilage. Reduce the dosage if
Super Prescription #4
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Take a daily dosage of a least 180 mg of DHA and 120 mg of
EPA Fish oil contains a direct source of the omega-3 fatty
acids that reduce joint inflammation and promote joint
lubrication. This makes it a better choice than flaxseed
oil, although flaxseeds are an option for vegetarians.
Improvement may take up to twelve weeks of use.
Super Prescription #5
Multivitamin – High Potency
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Take a formula (tablet or liquid) that is rich in a blend
of antioxidants, which will prevent joint tissue
destruction. Take as directed on the container.
Super Prescription #6 Betaine HCL or bitter herb
Take Betaine HCL or a bitter herb digestion formula. These
supplements increase stomach acid and improve digestion.
Take as directed on the container with each meal.
Super Prescription #7 Bromelain
Take 500 mg three times daily between meals. Look for
products standardized tp 2,000 M.C.U. (milk-clotting units)
per 1,000 mg or 1,200 G.D.U. (gelatin- dissolving units)
per 1,000 mg. Bromelain has a natural anti-inflammatory
effect. Protease enzyme products also have this benefit.
Super Prescription #8
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Apply the cream to the affected area two to four times
daily for symptomatic relief. Gently massage onto affected
areas until the cream has disappeared into your skin.
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Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Symptoms usually come on gradually, progressing as follows:
Painful, swollen joints
Restricted range of motion
Deformity of joints
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Inflammation, pain, tenderness, and discoloration in the joints,
usually the shoulders, the elbows, the wrists, the fingers, the ankles,
or the toes
Lumps under the skin at the sight of the damages joints
Deformity of joints in long term cases
Fatigue, weight loss, weakness, and occasionally fever.
Root Causes of Osteoarthritis
Fractures or other injuries, even those that occurred early in life
A diet high in fats, animal products, and other foods that promote an
internal acidic environment
Excess of body fat, which places extra stress on joints
Poor digestion heath (increased intestinal permeability, bacterial
Bio-mechanical imbalance (e.g., poor posture and abnormal foot arch)
Root causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis
No one is exactly sure what causes RA. It is likely multifactorial.
Autoimmune malfunction (presence in the blood of the rheumatoid factor
[RF], a set of antibodies in the blood that leads to an attack on the
body's joint tissue)
Infection (mycoplasma, bacterial, or viral)
Overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract
Toxic metal accumulation
An effective diet will go a long way toward controlling arthritis for many
Flax seeds and cold-water fish are high in essential fatty acids and have
anti-inflammatory properties. Salmon and mackerel are good examples.
Eat lots of fiber in the form of raw vegetables and whole grains. It will
help sweep away mineral and acid build-up and keep your digestive system
free of harmful bacteria. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and
cauliflower also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Foods high sulfur will help repair cartilage and bone. Try eating
asparagus, cabbage, garlic, or onion every day.
To keep cartilage lubricated and healthy, drink a glass of clean water
every two waking hours. Dehydration has been linked to arthritis pain.
Raw pineapple, whether whole or juiced, has an enzyme called bromelain,
which has been shown to reduce inflammation.
Foods to Avoid
Too much acid in the body causes inflammation, which leads to pain. Avoid
acid-promoting foods such as red meat, eggs, saturated fats, oils, fried
foods, sugar, dairy products, refined carbohydrates, foods high in gluten
(such as breads, pasta, and pastries), alcohol, and caffeine. Although this
list is long, allergy sufferers who eliminate these foods often experience
great relief. Food allergy or sensitivity testing helps to narrow down the
group of offending foods.
Animal products generally worsen inflammation in the joints. Avoid all
eggs, dairy, and meat, with the exception of fish, which contains
Allergies cause inflammation, and for the people with RA, they also do
further damage to the immune system and may increase the intestinal tract's
vulnerability to bacteria.
The nightshade vegetables-tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers-contain
allergy sufferers. Eliminate these foods from your diet for a period of six
weeks to see if there is an improvement.
Many doctors and other experts have noted that emotional stress and an
inability to accept criticism seem to appear frequently in arthritis
sufferers. In addition, arthritis itself can cause great tension, both
muscular and emotional, and even depression.
General Stress-Reduction Therapies
Yoga works wonders for some people, as may tai chi or Pilates. Take a class
with a qualified instructor, preferably one who has experience with
Thermal biofeedback has produced good results for many arthritis sufferers.
It teaches you to open up your blood vessels and stimulates warmth and
nourishment to your hands and joints.
Vitamin D from sunshine is crucial to bone health. Don't let arthritis
pain keep you from getting out in the early morning sun every day.
Arthritis suffers often cut back on activity, but studies show that
moderate exercise actually reduces pain and swelling. While you must
avoid joint pounding workouts like jogging or tennis, low- or no-impact
exercises like swimming, aqua-aerobic, cycling, and walking are
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