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Introductions The Heavy Metal Connection Physical Recommendations
Benefits of a Natural Approach Special Considerations Joint Replacement: An Innovative Approach
The Nutrition Connection Nutrient Recommendations Where to Get Help
The Allergy / Arthritis Connection Herbal Recommendations References
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Allergy / Arthritis Connection

Doctor 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. The correlation between arthritis and allergies was found to be quite significant. In addition, Doctor 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.

Various other studies have shown that numerous foods, food additives, as well as foreign invaders like protozoa, bacteria, yeast,

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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.

Unfortunately, allergy testing if often very expensive, but you can pinpoint specific symptoms without undergoing expensive tests. There are several good sources to guide you through the process that you can do yourself. Here are a few of the books that you can buy and follow to find out whether food allergies are the culprit.

“Coping With Food Allergy”, by Doctor Claude Frazier
“The Arthritis Cure”, by Doctor Jason Theodosakis
“Hidden Food Allergies”, by Doctor Stephen Astor
“Are You Sure It’s Arthritis”, by Doctor Paul Davidson

Heavy Metal Connection

Heavy metals are the most dangerous environmental toxins today. Our body does not metabolize heavy metals—they accumulate in the tissue, and what’s more, they participate in the essential body chemistry. Essential minerals that are so important to us, cannot be absorbed because of the molecular mimicry of heavy metals that produce a replacement action. What happens then? An overproduction of free radicals or uncontrolled oxidation occurs. High oxidative stress then leads to acidemia (blood disorder) which leads to an anaerobic metabolic mutation of once symbiotic microorganisms.

The bottom line is that the toxic by-products of these pathogenic microbes bring about chronic inflammation, immune system breakdown leading to chronic diseases, arthritis and cancer. Chronic exposure to metals such as cadmium, which you can find in batteries, color pigments used in paint and plastics, electroplating and galvanizing processes, cigarettes and many other places is one culprit of arthritic symptoms. Chronic or low levels of exposure to lead or mercury can generate symptoms of arthritis as well. You can find lead in dozens of places such as: plumbing pipes and solder in older houses, drinking water, printing ink, gasoline, fertilizers, cosmetics, hobby paints, hair colorings and even playground dirt. Both mercury and lead have been linked to the body’s immune system attacking its own cells which can lead to joint disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. The biggest source for mercury is amalgam fillings, but you can also find it in vaccines, thermometers, fish, fungicides and in the mining industry.

The diagnosis of heavy metal toxicity is important and requires the results of either simple at home kits to detect the presence of heavy metal ions in urine, or more advanced laboratory tests for more specific results. This can be done via blood tests, liver and renal function tests, urinalysis, fecal tests or hair analysis.

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Special Considerations

Silicone Breast Implants- If you have silicone gel breast implants or other silicone prostheses, they may cause arthritis-like symptoms, such as swelling of joints, contractures, fever, chronic fatigue, and pain. University of California in Davis completed a study that involved 46 women with implants. They found that 16 of the women had antibodies that attacked collagen, whereas in a group of 45 women without implants, only four had the anti-bodies. Some women have seen all their arthritic symptoms disappear after having the implants removed.

Chlamydia- Chlamydia is the organism that is responsible for many cases of urethritis and has now been linked to a form of arthritis that affects young women. In nearly half of the women with unexplained arthritis tested in one study, Chlamydia was found in the joints. Seventy-five percent had elevated levels of antibodies to Chlamydia in their blood.

Ulcerative Colitis- In the very early stages of ulcerative colitis, symptoms that mimic arthritis may occur. Because this may take place before there are any abdominal symptoms, it can lead to misdiagnosis and delayed treatment. Please make sure your physician rules this out.

Therapeutic Recommendations: Nutrients

Avocado / Soybean unsaponifiables- Some research trials have studied a product called 'avocado/soybean unsaponifiables'. This is an extract derived from one-third avocado oil and two-thirds soybean oil. The results of the trials showed that some people with OA who took this product had less pain and required lesser amounts of usual painkillers. However, it is not clear how it works. It is thought that one or more of the compounds in this mixture may have some kind of protective effect on joints. Some manufacturers are starting to make capsules containing this mixture to buy as a food supplement. Further research is needed to clarify the role of this product. Doctor Jason Theodosakis, who wrote, “The Arthritis Cure”, recommends this particular supplement. He calls it Avosoy, and you can purchase it on the internet by doing a search for Avosoy.
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S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe)- This is the activated form of methionine. SAMe is a multi-talented supplement that has several metabolic actions in different parts of the body, and can have many health benefits. One study done in The Netherlands was in regard to the effect of free radicals on rheumatoid arthritis. They found that the synovial fluid in RA patients contains nonfunctioning T-cells. This shortfall is caused by a lack of IL-2, the cytokine crucial for T-cell initiation. Free radicals are to blame, although all the science has not been worked out. What they did discover was that N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) reinstates T-cell activity. It was then theorized that SAMe, just like NAC, shields synovial cells by reversing glutathione depletion. Why? Because, SAMe acts as a precursor to glutathione production. In addition, it may protect synovial cells by blocking the enzymes that degrade cartilage. Lastly, the research has shown that it may also protect important cartilage proteins and proteoglycans in the joint lining.

In studies done with regard to Osteoarthritis, they have shown that using SAMe may reverse the underlying process of OA by stimulating new cartilage growth. In four double-blind studies, SAMe was compared either to placebos and NSAIDS. SAMe was better tolerated than the NSAIDS and was more effective in reducing functional limitation.

MSM (methylsufonylmethane)- The bulk of the research on MSM has been done under the direction of Doctor Stanley Jacob and Doctor Robert Herschler at the Oregon Health Sciences Institute in Portland. They have been examining the effects of MSM and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) for 40 years. In case you’re wondering what the connection is between MSM and DMSO—MSM is the major metabolite of DMSO with the added advantage that it remains in the body longer than DMSO and it does not produce sulfur’s offending odor.

arthritis msm Sulfur is as basic to life as water and air, and yet its value is commonly overlooked. It is the eighth most abundant element in all living organisms and plays and important role in human nutrition. As a matter of fact, it is an important element in more than 150 compounds in the body—tissues, enzymes, hormones, anti-bodies and antioxidants. Sulfur is stored in every cell of the body—particularly in the hair, nails and connective tissue of the joints and skin. Sulfur is an important structural component of the connective tissue that joins muscles to bones.

What is nature’s richest source of sulfur? Answer: MSM

Doctor Jacob’s research provided solid evidence of the power of MSM to perform important tasks related to joint problems. Because sulfur bonds are essential structural features in all connective tissues, sulfurous compounds such as MSM have tremendous potential to benefit people with joint-cartilage degenerative conditions. Although it remains to be studied more, MSM’s high sulfur content may also prove beneficial in treating similar diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).

One preliminary double-blind study conducted by UCLA School of Medicine and Dr Ronald M Lawrence, Assistant Clinical Professor of the UCLA School of Medicine, followed 16 patients with degenerative arthritis or joint disease. The patients who took MSM daily for six weeks reported an 80% reduction in pain. Only two of those taking the placebo reported decreased pain—20%. Doctor Lawrence received the Healthy American Fitness Leaders Award, presented by the president’s council on physical fitness and sports, as well as the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Before the dawn of highly processed modern diets, foods were an important sulfur source. Due to air, soil and water pollution, over-farming, irrigation, and deforestation, our food is severely mineral depleted. It is therefore very important that you replace these minerals—especially sulfur.

The best type of MSM to take are the raw crystals. It is the most bio-available and economical form. It is more economical to take higher dosages of pure crystals for therapeutic benefits rather than tons of capsules. Please make sure that your source is pure and does not have fillers as there are many sub par msm supplements on the market.

Suggested Dosage: 3 Tablespoons per day, divided into meals.

Note: Several other nutrients, such as vitamin C and the trace minerals zinc, copper and silicon are needed in conjunction with MSM for optimal results.

Recommendation: 99.9% Pure OptiMSM Crystals

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