Beating Rheumatoid Arthritis – Five Tips for Success
Rheumatoid arthritis and all related types of inflammatory arthritis, including psoriatic and reactive, are very complicated diseases to unlock, but there are a few areas that can be tremendously helpful to look into. Even today there is no established cure for these diseases, and the medicines that are prescribed are not only dangerous, but act in a way that is a mystery to those prescribing them. So, it’s no wonder that many sufferers look to alternative therapies to supplement or replace the established remedies.
There very well might be no cure as yet, but there are many cases of total remission, and to give yourself the best possible chance of being one of those happy people, here are five suggestions of areas to cover in your search for your personal solution…
1. Meditation and EFT.
I put this first, because it might actually be the key to all the rest. Arthritis is a very depressing illness anyway, but there are theories that the toxins and inflammation produced by the disease process actually create a state of depression in the body.
Obviously a state of depression is not the best starting point for a successful campaign against arthritis, and meditation is one of the very best ways to beat depression and release a few natural endorphins to counteract those toxins and black moods. So, daily meditation might very well be the best way to keep your spirits up and your enthusiasm keen for the detective work ahead of you in your path back to health.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) aka “tapping” is a wonderful way to get to the root of harmful emotions that can trigger all manner of diseases. I believe that the future of medicine is in understanding the energy of the body, not designing more chemicals to block symptoms. If you only do one thing, have a go at EFT. It’s easily overlooked, but miraculous.
2. Diet and supplements
This is an area that’s densely populated with old wives’ tales and the charlatans who peddle them. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some really useful truths out there about the effects of diet and supplementation on the path and severity of arthritis.
Whether you can actually cure arthritis just with diet and a few supplements is debatable, but many claim to have done just that. What is undeniable though is that it is one of the very important pieces of the puzzle, which can make the journey far easier, and which can of course improve other areas of health too, which can’t be bad!
One thing is for sure – everybody’s requirements for diet will be different, and if you come across any diet plan that says otherwise, run away! So, where to start in figuring out what’s good for you and what’s not?
There are two areas that can really help in speeding up the process of finding out what’s likely to calm arthritis symptoms and what’s likely to inflame them, and they are Ayurveda and the paleo diet theory. Ayurveda is an ancient science that groups body types and foods into three types; vata, pitta and kapha, whereas the paleo theory puts forward suggestions about what our ancestors might have eaten, which usually coincides with the least inflammatory foods – so important for reducing symptoms.
Both these areas of investigation can provide very useful clues, and when faced with having to find your food sensitivities with complicated elimination diets and their endless time-consuming possibilities, they can narrow the search considerably.
Please, please also take care to rebalance the gut flora and heal the gut with fermented foods and probiotic supplements. If you have an autoimmune condition, pile in the sauerkraut and good probiotics and keep at it. It can take time. For incredible info on this please research the books and website of Dr Natasha Campbell McBride.
One last area worth looking at in the realm of diet is fasting, which is a fantastic way to clear out toxins and/or prepare the way for an elimination diet. These fasts can be juice or water, and several days in duration. Intermittent fasting for a day or two a week can also be used to keep the body toxin and inflammation-free in the long term.
Of course, when in a flare up of arthritis symptoms, some exercise, such as weight training and aerobic activity is not only uncomfortable, or indeed impossible, but can be counterproductive, as it can trigger further flares. It is also very difficult to build up muscles wasted by lack of use and the toxins flooding them from adjacent inflamed joints while the process is still active. Far better to wait until the inflammation has subsided before tackling any serious bouts of such exercise, but as soon as it does, by all means take to the gym or that bicycle and get toned up again!
However, there are exercises that can be beneficial at any point that you feel you can do them, even during a flare, if it’s not too uncomfortable. They are the range of motion exercises so important to each affected joint to minimise damage and mobility problems. Yoga is a wonderful way to stay supple too, and is well worth looking at.
Perhaps the very best exercise for arthritics is a gentle, very enjoyable form of movement and stretching called Somatic Movement Education. It is designed to unlock knots in the body and free up energies in the muscles, tendons and joints, and has a very profound effect on the whole nervous system, thus not only bringing relief to the affected areas, but also flooding the system with healing and balancing wellbeing to ease the recovery process.
4. Minimise drugs
In an ideal world, we would get rid of arthritis with natural means, as listed above, and never have to resort to the dangerous drugs that are prescribed to keep the symptoms under control. However, in reality, sometimes it is necessary to hold some of the symptoms in check just to make life tolerable.
If you do use the popular drugs, whether the simple aspirin, or all the way through to steroids and DMARDs, take the attitude of using the minimum necessary for the shortest possible time while you find your own way out of the disease. Educate yourself about these drugs and weigh the positives against the negatives so you can use them with your eyes open!
5. Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN).
This is a drug originally developed for blocking the opiate receptors in heroin addicts to make it easier for them to quit the drugs. It was given in doses of around 50mg per day, and even at those doses it is fairly safe. It has been discovered that very low doses of 3-4.5mg per day can cause a marked reduction in symptoms of all autoimmune conditions.
Now, I am no fan of drugs at all, but to give yourself a bit of breathing space while you get to the root of the real cause, LDN can be very useful. It’s not a cure, but will turn down the “volume” of the symptoms in a far safer way than the DMARDs and steroids usually used to combat these conditions.
Visit www.lowdosenaltrexone.org for more info. Also see my book, Pure Activity and Brian Ingle’s Hanna Somatic Movement Education video download.