Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fat

The regular American diet is not suitable for our bodies as it is quite acidic in nature. Fat, though in regular amounts helps protect against acidity, but excess acidity can lead towards storage of extra fat in our bodies causing obesity and chronic pain.

This is what a researcher, Dr. Robert O. Young of the Ph Miracle Institute in California believes. He is also of the opinion that making our bodies more alkaline can help in our efforts to lose the excess of fat.
Not a good reference
This is what is going on with “Dr.” Young (https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/ph-miracle-living-dr-robert-o-young-finally-arrested-but-will-it-stop-him/) Unfortunately much of his training was from diploma factories. Shame.

Dr. Jon T. Giles, M.D., is a rheumatologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine ( Association of body fat with C-reactive protein in …onlinelibrary.wiley.com › Rheumatology) in Baltimore.(pdf available here http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.23766/pdf )
His research portrays that excess fat causes strain on the joints and it meshes between layers of our muscle leading to chemicals that interfere in muscular function along with reducing quality of the muscles as well.
He does not specify what are the chemicals that are produced by fat but he does believe that it leads to increased inflammation.
Maybe it is just the presence and irritation of the fat in the muscle.

Author and Dr.Don Colbert M.D.,(Practices medicine in Longwood, Fl. trained at Fl Hospital http://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-donald-colbert-ygkyk#tab=background-check&scrollTo=BackgroundBackgroundCheck_anchor)
confirms what both researchers state.
He has seen a number of patients who have problems with their osteoporosis and are on several medications for their arthritis. By alkalizing their body through alkaline foods and water, their chronic pain has been reduced, their urine’s pH has adjusted to 7.5 and they have been able to get rid of extra medications.
Dr. Colbert is also the author of over 40 books dealing with ph and the body’s reactions to changes in ph.

All three researchers in one way or the other, through their research specify that excess fat and related problems melt away when patients increase alkalinity of their body.

Jill Price, of Santa Clarita, Elbert Simms of Aliso Viejo and Bryan Ruiz, of Laguna Beach, California were able to do exactly that by following an alkaline diet.
Jill, in just less than one year was able to lose 100 pounds through a vegan diet which is alkaline in nature. She also added exercise to her regular routine and eliminated foods like dairy, eggs an butter. A vegan diet, low in junk food can be quite alkalizing and it helped Jill manage a reasonable weight.

Elbert lost 100 pounds in ten months and also reduced all his medications for the 27 illnesses that he had. He had to take several more medicines for the several side effects he would face from the medication he took for his illnesses. Switching on to an alkaline diet, he was able reduce his weight, eliminate all his medicines and was able to get back to work.

Bryan took alkaline water and started eating a more alkaline diet of less meat and more vegetables. He managed to lose 40 pounds in only 75 days and that too without any exercise. He had more energy and could eat more food than before as well.

Generally people are shy towards changing their dietary pattern but water is essential and they can make a small change in their pattern by drinking alkaline water. A machine called a water ionizer can help produce alkaline water and the pH level can be adjusted according to taste. The minerals in the water become charged and thus it has antioxidant properties since it can act on free radicals and remove them from the blood stream.

Jesse Thomas,
of Healing Water Machines in Laguna Niguel, California believes that this makes the water a healer as it can help reduce many health problems. This ionized water can extract toxins out of the body and reduce pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. This is one of the most basic steps towards reducing fatty deposits from the body and pulling out toxins which can lead to complications and pain related to rheumatoid arthritis. No reference available.

Joy Bauer has this to say about Arthritis and Fat:
Foods to Avoid
I already mentioned that being overweight puts extra stress on the joints, which escalates the risk of wear and tear. But there is another reason being overweight is a problem. Body fat is not an inert substance; it is metabolically active, capable of producing hormones and chemicals that actually increase levels of inflammation. By losing weight — and avoiding excess calories that can cause weight gain — you’ll automatically reduce inflammation in your body. (http://www.joybauer.com/arthritis/how-food-affects-arthritis.aspx)

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Rheumatoid Arthritis | How to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Can the Pain of Arthritis be Eased with Diet Changes

and Medication?

This Article by Jean Maguire details many of the theoretical causes of rheumatoid Arthritis as it is now understood.  Even with all the research available, the final answer is still on the horizon. Arthritis is a complicated disease with many manifestations.

Maybe the information below will help you with your journey if you have some form of this disease.  Finding a good caregiver that you can trust is always important.  Communicating with them about your symptoms, your pain intensity and the amount of relief you obtain from their care is essential.

“By Jean Maguire

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), one of the many types of arthritis, is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects 2.1 million Americans.

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?
“Arthritis doctors commonly believe an infection like a virus may trigger the onset of RA,” says Dr. Wilson. “Patients may have a genetic predisposition that is set off by an environmental trigger such as a bacterial or viral infection, but we haven’t figured out what those triggers are.”

Smoking is also a risk factor for RA.

Whatever the cause, RA is mainly characterized by inflammation of the joint lining (synovium). It can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain and disability. It can also harm organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys and skin, as well as nerves and blood vessels.

Symptoms usually start in the joints of the fingers, wrists and feet, which become warm, swollen and painful to move. Usually, both sides of the body are affected equally. Those with RA often experience fatigue, loss of appetite and low-grade fever, along with stiffness in the morning that lasts one to several hours. Nodules may form under the skin, frequently over bony areas exposed to pressure, such as the elbows. Over time, joint deformities may occur.

How is Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosed?
In reaching a diagnosis of RA, a doctor will take a family history and do a thorough physical exam. X-rays, sonograms or MRIs can help confirm a diagnosis. Blood tests are used to detect rheumatoid factor and antinuclear antibodies (ANA), although not everyone who tests positive for rheumatoid factor actually has RA.

How is Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated?
“Even if it’s in your genes, you can still prevent damage from RA,” says Dr. White. “The biggest news is the use of what are known as biologic medications, or biologic response modifiers (BRMs).” These can put the disease into remission and alleviate the pain. The earlier they are started, the better. BRMs must be injected under the skin or infused and delivered into a vein.

NSAIDs and low doses of corticosteroids, such as prednisone, are also used to reduce inflammation, thereby relieving joint pain, stiffness and joint swelling. The disease-modifying drug methotrexate prevents cells in the synovium from dividing in an abnormal way. Palliative measures”rest, exercise and the application of warmth or cold to reduce pain”are also frequently used to treat RA. Physical and occupational therapy help improve strength and lessen the stress on joints.

Scientists are studying genes that play a role in RA, says Dr. White. This could lead to the development of a vaccine to prevent the disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis is treatable. And the earlier you get treatment, the greater your chance of slowing the disease’s progress. By following your doctor’s advice and taking good care of yourself, you can continue to enjoy a productive life”

 Not discussed in this article is something very important.  R.A. is sometimes very closely related to allergies in the way it operates.  Because of this there is much discussion about dietary changes that seem to be beneficial for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. .

–Jean Maguire
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet: Further Research Is Needed

One may ponder whether eating certain foods does cause a flare-up in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or not. Rheumatoid arthritis diets may affect the symptoms in people in different ways depending on the foods the patient eats. There is … Continue reading

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Help Your Arthritis Through Nutrition!

A review of Arthritis indicates that  progress in the field of arthritis and nutrition is slow, but we fully expect to see more justification of these theories as medical science progresses.

Here is a brief look at the ongoing research of arthritis and nutrition. There has been a lot of research that identifies the relationship between arthritis and nutrition.

Arthritis means inflammation of a joint or joints. Arthritis is usually caused by what people eat and drink and is becoming very common in people of all ages and will probably affect 90% of people by the age of 60.

Arthritis is a poorly understood condition but some scientists believe that rheumatoid arthritis is the result of a micro-organism or other foreign substance in the body.

Arthritis is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases and becomes more prevalent as we age.

Arthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions today, affecting as many as 100 million people worldwide.

Can the foods you eat cause or affect your arthritis? Diet is a major role player in the onset of arthritis. There are some scientific reasons to think that the foods you eat could affect certain kinds of arthritis.

Studies have shown that excessive weight and your diet are definitely factors in certain types of arthritis. Research has shown several connections between food, nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids) and certain forms of arthritis or related conditions, such as gout, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, and reactive arthritis.

Healthcare professionals strongly recommend that people with arthritis follow a diet based on variety, balance and moderation. The standard medical  treatment for arthritis usually focuses on medications that reduce inflammation, which decreases pain and increases mobility.

Advancements have shown to be extremely effective in both preventing and managing many forms of arthritis by all natural nutritional supplements.

Nutrition and exercise are beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers in additional to medical therapy. A person has to eat and drink the necessary foods required for proper nutrition. It is almost impossible to get a daily balanced diet so the logical answer is to allocate a portion of your food budget to include a nutritional supplement product that supplies the recommended daily minimums.

It is best for overall health when that can be attained through improved nutrition instead of toxic drugs. However,  a lack of evidence doesn’t rule out the power of good nutrition–researchers could find no explicit link between red meat and RA either. Emphasis on nutrition is a meaningful choice and can give you control over your arthritis. While conventional medicine often helps to ease the symptoms, nutritional supplements can also have powerful effect in assisting in keeping this debilitating condition in check.

It seems like we hear conflicting news about what we should and shouldn’t eat at every turn, but experts have pinpointed specific foods and supplements that can actually decrease the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis when combined with regular exercise.

Other supplements that have been in the news a lot lately – glucosamine and chondriton – help the body repair damaged tissue, slow down joint degeneration and improve joint function and mobility.

Give some of our suggestions a try: Exercise at least 3 times a week and watch your weight.

Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains and adhere to a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet.

Moderate your sugar intake, consider using natural sugar substitutes; if you drink alcoholic beverages, drink in moderation and avoid tobacco use.

Take recommended supplements with your doctor’s approval. This well known advise is still important, drink eight glasses of water per day and get 8 hours of sleep each night

In addition to  making  changes to your diet  the use of certain nutritional supplements may also help to relieve arthritic symptoms. Liquid dietary supplements have several advantages over tablets and capsules. Liquid vitamins and mineral supplements have a greater absorption rate than any other form of supplementation. The effective use of nutritional supplements and natural diet saves money, pain and lives.

The first step is to insure that  you get the basic nutrition through proper diet and along with  exercise. Just as it is for people without arthritis, maintaining a balance in the foods you choose is important.

While exercise is important for overall health, for people with stiff joints and decreased mobility, it can really help offset the consequences of this condition.

Begin your exercise program and take it slow and easy. Too much exercise, especially jogging, or anything that is hard on the joints, is not helpful and can cause traumatic arthritis. However, some mild daily exercise such as walking is generally best and does not stress the joints as does any vigorous exercise.  Even walking in water or a pool is good alternative as mobility is easier in the water.

Studies have shown a connection between foods, vitamin supplementation, and fish oil (omega 3 fatty acids) can only help certain types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Oily fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, walnuts, freshly ground flaxseed or a good omega-3 supplement may help reduce the inflammation and pain of arthritis.

Research also suggests that a diet rich in Omega 3 EPA may help reduce the pain of inflammation associated with some forms of joint pain. For example, Omega-3 fatty acids from plant foods such as flaxseed and oil, nuts and seeds, avocados, olive and canola oils (just to name a few) is renown for preventing and even reversing osteoarthritis.  More information is available in the Arthritis Relief guide.

Exercise is needed and if you can work up to an hour a day, the benefits will far outweigh the consequences of being unfit, being disabled and sick and spending your savings for medical expenses!

In today’s world we have the technology that can keep us healthy. Chuck Arnone believes that liquid vitamins are the answer along with proper exercise!

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Consult with your caregiver when making changes in diet, nutrition and exercise.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and OsteoArthritis what works

Arthritis comes in several forms. The most active are rheumatoid arthritis which seems to be caused by the body attacking its own joints and Osteoarthritis a condition caused by wear where the bones and cartilage deteriorate and the bones rub together causing pain.

Arthritis damage is visible in x-rays, MRI and other imaging sources

Inflammation is present in both kinds of arthritis and because of the swelling and soreness is the source of most of the pain. Research continues into cures and remedies for both kinds of arthritis.

There are a few rules that will help you control the pain…try to use natural relief instead of medication and surgery. Ice is great to use to relive pain. Sometimes heat will work. It is a matter of try and see.

Keep your weight down, if already overweight and suffering from knee or hip arthritis, consider water exercise in the pool to keep your joints working as much as possible. I personally use the hot tub first, then the pool when my hip begins to hurt really bad. The hot and cold seems to relieve the pain better than pills. Try 5 minutes in the hot tub, 10 minutes in the pool and repeat several times always ending up in the pool to cool down.

Even if you hurt, it is important to keep moving. When you stay active it helps keep your joints open and working. Do as much as you can, when you can and after a few days you should be able to do more. If you stop moving it is like the ice age has moved into your joints and you get to the place where you can’t move.

Stretching helps, even seated in a chair or recliner. Take a few minutes each hour to extend legs, pointing toes and making circles and do the same with your arms and hands. This is a gentle form of exercise but it will help.

Do some research into the types of enzymes and herbs that are beneficial in reducing inflammation. Be careful in in using herbs as some people have allergic reactions to them, so start off slowly.

Most important, keep researching, reading and educating yourself about arthritis. What works for someone else may help you.

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Omega-3 and arthritis-the Secret to Living Pain Free?

What role does Omega-3 play in health and how are Omega-3 and arthritis connected? How exactly does Omega-3 improve the symptoms of arthritis? Find out the expert answers to these important questions in this article.

More and more people are opting for omega-3 supplements for overcoming their arthritis problem. Studies indicate that omega-3 and arthritis therapy go hand in hand. A lot depends on what type of arthritis you are suffering from, as Omega-3 is not equally effectively in all types of arthritis.

Omega-3’s are very helpful in the most common types of arthritis. The reason for this is that in the majority of the cases of arthritis, inflammation is the major cause. A continuous inflammation creates stiff and painful joints, and increases the problems associated with arthritis.

People suffering from arthritis go through a lot of pain and a lack of movement due to rigid joints. This robs them from a lot of enjoyment and happiness in life. Who can live happily when they are continuously undergoing a lot of pain?

Fish oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps to overcome the inflammation of the joints, which is the prime cause of pain associated with arthritis.

However, the caveat is that Omega 3s have a limited role in pain reduction in severe cases of arthritis. High-quality omega-3 fish oil supplements may be very helpful, but they might not be able to alleviate all the pain if taken on a standalone basis. They can be very effective when taken as a supplement to prescription medications in severe cases of arthritis.

In simple cases of arthritis, Omega-3 intake in the form of fish oil supplements can give you a great feeling of relief from inflammation and pain.

Besides using omega-3 supplements for arthritis, you should also pay close attention to your diet and as far as possible remove such foods that help to create inflammation.
Some of the common foods responsible for inflammation are —

— Fast food
— Cereals such as white bread, pasta, white rice, etc.
— processed food
— Staple foods such as donuts, bagels, etc.
— Oily and fried foods

Small changes in your diet can give you a lot of relief from arthritis pain. An inclusion of eggs, nuts, juices, green leafy vegetables and fish as a part of healthy diet will help you greatly in arthritis relief and shall dramatically improve the quality of your life.

Visit my website to gain deeper insights on the omega-3 and arthritis relationship. Find out the essential elements to look for in the best omega-3 fish oil supplements and what harmful substances you should avoid, so that you can achieve a sharp mind and a healthy body free of any pains associated with arthritis.

Vijay K Raisinghani is a Natural Healthcare Expert and a passionate advocate of Omega 3 Fish oils for a healthy mind and body. His website http://www.your-omega3-fish-oil-guide.com provides a wealth of information on what works and what doesn’t work in Omega 3 fish oils to achieve a young, vibrant and robust health.


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What Are Your Choices For Arthritis Relief?

Arthritis is almost synonymous with pain. The person who has been affected by the disease will be able to tell how difficult it is living with it. There are many things that one can do to have a little respite, a little arthritis relief. Read on and identify which one of these choices is the best arthritis relief for you:

Water therapy – If you think this is regarding drinking water, you are mistaken. This arthritis relief involves an aerobic type of class but carried inside a pool, immersed in water. Since your weight is taken care of by the water, you will be able to do all of the movements required with ease and grace.

Pain killer/ anti-inflammatory medication – There will be times when the pain would be intolerable and nothing you do can diminish it. In that case, you will be required to make a bee line to the doctor and ask him for appropriate medication. Avoid as much as possible any type of steroids; other than that use the medicine that the doctor prescribed you as SOS arthritis relief whenever the pain becomes too bad.

Apply heat – the use of a heat compress has been an age old remedy for pain. Here too, the use of concentrated infra-red rays, hot water bottles, sauna baths or hot baths offers a good measure of relief for the pain felt. Though the arthritis relief gained through this process is temporary, you will find that heat simply takes away the pain as if by magic.

Life-long partnership with the doctor – whenever you require, you can go for the over-the counter medicines. However, ensure that you do not overdose yourself. When you are in doubt, visit your doctor and explain to him/her all the symptoms and problems that you are encountering. There are alternative medicines that even doctors agree to. Some doctors gladly prescribe the alternative medicine/ therapy, since it offers a little more than the modern medicine can offer – a longer arthritis relief.

Walking is one of the simplest, yet most effective methods to control the pain for arthritis relief. For those who do not have a proper place or scope for walking, you could use a tread mill inside the house for the same purpose.

Maybe arthritis does not have a cure, but for relief you definitely have plenty of choices. Choose the one that suits you the best, and take the doctor’s advice at regular intervals. You will definitely maintain your good health in spite of being affected by arthritis.

John Ugoshowa. http://www.quickregister.net

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