The New Arthritis Cure
"I have had chronic pain for 10 years," says Barbara Moody of Redmond, Washington. "Because of the pain I had to end my career as a firefighter." She also was an avid rock climber and runner, but had to give those up too. Barbara suffered from severe arthritis in her knees and back with accompanying nerve involvement in her feet. Walking summoned pain with every step. Over the years she endured four back surgeries and a spinal fusion. Despite medications and surgeries, her condition continued to worsen. Doctors recommended a fifth surgery and second fusion.
Conventional treatments for arthritis rely on drugs and surgery to calm inflammation and deaden pain. Doctors have yet to fully understand what causes arthritis. Treatment consists of trying to ease symptoms. This approach may help reduce the pain and discomfort temporarily but does nothing to stop the progression of the disease.
Although arthritis can occur at almost any age, the risk of developing this degenerative disease increases as we get older. Many doctors consider it an unavoidable part of the aging process. They give their patients pain killers and tell them to "learn to live with it."
Over the years many theories have been proposed as to the cause of arthritis, including food allergies, genetics, trauma, and infection. Scientists are now coming to the opinion that many cases of arthritis, if not all, occur in individuals who have an "arthritis gene." This gene is triggered by an infection, such as the flu, a urinary tract infection, candidiasis, or even an abscessed tooth. However, many people who don't have the so-called "arthritis gene" still develop arthritis, and many that do have the gene never develop arthritis. Why is this? Scientists don't have a clue, but they do recognize the importance of an infection initiating the process.
As evidence mounts it is becoming evident that arthritis occurs as a consequence of infection, regardless of genetic susceptibility. Researchers have identified numerous bacteria, viruses, and fungi with the various forms of arthritis.1-4
Lyme disease is a good example of arthritis developing from an infection. Lyme disease is caused by a bite from a deer tick that carries the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. If the bacteria happen to invade joint tissue, arthritis develops. Even after the systemic disease is gone, arthritis can remain indefinitely as a chronic condition.
Food poisoning has often been associated with the onset of chronic arthritis. The bacterium salmonella is a known troublemaker.5 In one notable instance in 50px05, at least 592 individuals in Ontario, Canada developed acute gastroenteritis after consuming bean sprouts contaminated with salmonella. Approximately 46 percent of the victims afterwards developed chronic reactive arthritis.
Many of the organisms that are known to attack the joints are normal inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract such as salmonella, E. coli, and Proteus mirabilis. Proteus is also the most frequent cause of urinary tract infections, accounting for more than 80 percent of these infections. In one study, for instance, out of 76 rheumatoid arthritis patients, 33 percent showed evidence of Proteus or E. coli infection in the urinary tract. In 48 controls without arthritis, only 4 percent were infected.6
Another inhabitant of the intestinal tract that is known to cause joint trouble is Candida albicans. If researchers want to study the effects of osteoarthritis in animals, they can induce the disease by injecting Candida into the bloodstream. Osteoarthritis develops within days.7 Candida or yeast infections are very common. Many people are plagued by chronic Candida overgrowth. Women are the ones most troubled by Candida infections; likewise, they are the ones most affected by osteoarthritis.
Vaccinations are another source of infection that can affect the joints. Vaccines are preparations which consist of dead or weakened infectious microorganisms. They are injected into the bloodstream to stimulate a person's immune system to produce antibodies that can fight off the disease. Unfortunately, vaccines can also cause the diseases they are meant to protect against. These infections are often low-grade and mistaken for the flu or some other malady and mostly ignored. There are numerous case reports of people developing arthritis soon after receiving vaccinations.8-10
Perhaps the most deceptive cause of arthritis is from infected teeth and gums. It is deceptive because so many people have oral infections without knowing it and don't realize to what extent oral infections can influence the health of the entire body. Although pain is a good indication of an infection, infections are not always accompanied by pain or any noticeable symptoms. Teeth that are sensitive to heat or cold, gums that bleed easily, teeth that are discolored, chronic bad breath, receding gums, red (inflamed) gums, and root canalled teeth all indicate the presence of an active infection and potential for involvement in the joints. Infection in the teeth and gums can easily filter into the bloodstream and cause secondary infections elsewhere in the body, such as the joints.11 In fact, researchers familiar with the connection between oral health and arthritis state that the vast majority of arthritis cases are caused by dental infections.12
There is an overwhelming amount of evidence to suggest a microbial cause to most forms of arthritis. Whether other factors influence the initiation of the disease, such as genetics or allergies, doesn't matter. The fact is that microorganisms initiate and perpetuate the disease.
If microorganisms are involved, you might think antibiotics would be an easy solution to the problem. While antibiotics can help with the systemic infections, they often have little effect on the joints. One of the reasons for this is that joints do not have a blood supply like other organs. Our joints are encased in a tough protective membrane. Blood cannot pass through this membrane, but bacteria can. Consequently, joints make good hiding places for them.
Without circulating blood, white blood cells and antibiotics are less effective in fighting off invasion. If the infection is caused by a virus or fungus, antibiotics are completely useless. Chronic infection in the joints can cause arthritis during or immediately after an illness, or it may not show up for months or years. Infections can flare up whenever the body is put under stress. Therefore, people with no apparent symptoms or who have only a mild case of arthritis can go along fine without problem and then suddenly be hit with an attack of arthritis. The pain can be set off by anything that stresses the body, such as poor diet, allergies, illness, excessive physical or emotional trauma, exposure to toxins, and even aging.
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If antibiotics are of little value in combating the arthritic infections, what can be done? Knowing what causes arthritis provides a key to understanding the cure. My newest book The New Arthritis Cure: Eliminate Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Pain Permanently outlines several important steps you must take to overcome this crippling disease, stop the pain, and restore flexibility and motion.
The first step is to strengthen your immune system so it can more effectively fight off chronic infection. The primary way to do this is by dietary modification. In fact, a poor diet is a major contributing factor to the development of arthritis. A lack of good nutrition depresses immune function, allowing infection to spread and migrate into joint tissues. A diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, organic meat, eggs, and dairy and the reduction or elimination of overly processed foods is a must. Sweets and refined carbohydrates are the worst offenders. They contain little nutritional value, deplete essential nutrients during metabolism, and feed oral and intestinal microorganisms that cause most of the trouble.
The second step is to actively fight the infection within the body and the joints. Antibiotics have only a limited ability. They cannot fight viruses, fungi, or drug resistant bacteria. However, there is a natural product that can. That product is coconut oil. Coconut oil is composed predominately of a unique group of fat molecules known as medium chain fatty acids. These fatty acids possess potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral activity. Taking 2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily, with meals, can help rid your body of chronic infection.
The third step is to address your oral health. Since the vast majority of arthritis cases involve oral infections, this is an essential step. If you have any known dental issues you need to get them taken care of. Regular tooth brushing, flossing, and the use of mouthwash are not enough to remove infection and keep it out. Many people with good oral hygiene habits still get infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90 percent of the population has some level of tooth decay. So apparently these methods aren't working. What does work is a process called oil pulling. Oil pulling is basically rinsing your mouth with vegetable oil, much like you would a mouthwash. However, in this case you would rinse your mouth for 15-50px minutes at a time at least once daily, before breakfast. After breakfast you would brush your teeth as usual. The oil attracts and collects the microorganisms in your mouth along with toxins, mucus, and pus. After swishing the oil in your mouth for the allotted time, spit it out, then rinse your mouth with water. Your mouth will feel clean and refreshed. There are other steps described in the book, but these are the most crucial.
Barbara, who was mentioned at the beginning of this article, followed these steps. "Here are the results I have noticed so far," she says after only four weeks. "Reversed documented nerve impingement and foot drop. Reversed documented osteoarthritis of my spine and knees. Avoided my fifth spine surgery and threatened second fusion. Restored my ability to exercise. I am able to walk down a flight of stairs without pain, limping, or gimping. I can also walk two miles without knee pain!...My prior problems were well documented with MRI and PET scans that showed nerve impingement, lack of ankle reflex and foot drop (inability to heel walk), inability to resist downward pressure on my great toe and foot. Then only four weeks later, I had a perfectly normal EMG; I could kneel walk; and I had a normal ankle reflex and good toe, foot, and ankle strength. The fact that this was so well documented, my doctors were completely amazed
and interested. The doctor who did my EMG wanted the name of your book as did my surgeon." A diagnosis of arthritis is not a life sentence. There now is a cure for arthritis.
The same is true for those with fibromyalgia. Although fibromyalgia is not a form of arthritis, it has a similar origin and those with this condition respond well to the protocol outlined in the book.
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