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Begin to Learn how and why the conditions of your body changed to cause the deterioration of your bones and joints. No different then putting a bone into a container of soda pop, or saltwater. One preserves, the other rots or deteriorates.

Once going through our programs we often hear people exclaim, "Wow I seriously to feel years younger like I've gone back 10 years Mike !"

Also, Many types of arthritis are autoimmune related.

While others are due to un-necessary premature aging that can be prevented by internally cleansing the body to restore it's functions.

Sadly, most drugs that address arthritic conditions, although they help to alleviate short-term, they actually cause further deterioration and further aggravate the underlying cause of the condition requiring a greater dependency on the drugs. For example, we now know today that many of the anti-inflammatory drugs used today deteriorate the joints while providing the relief.

Is the best way of addressing this condition to shut off the pain signals and inflammation and continue with one's daily life, and continue to wear out the joints? In a car, do we see an engine light, cut the wire so we no longer have to see the light and continue driving the car with the engine in the wrong condition? Things only get much worse not knowing what's going on.

One must address the symptoms and more importantly help to address the underlying cause of the problem and restore health.

Usually related to immune reaction due to multiple factors that need to be addressed.

Give the Natural Health Center a call to schedule your initial consult to learn how to regain your health and well being. THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IS HERE. We provide phone consultations not only throughout the USA, but internationally with many countries around the world. We provide an easy to follow customized program and informational package specific to your needs --delivered to your door.

Unlike toxic FDA-approved drugs, natural therapies and diet modification can often provide relief from chronic inflammation and pain. One of the most compelling reasons for using natural therapies in arthritic conditions is that while some drugs can cause cartilage destruction, natural therapies correct the underlying factors involved in arthritic cartilage degeneration. Natural therapies have been shown to work by the following mechanisms:

  • Inhibiting COX-2

  • Suppressing TNF-alpha, IL-1b, and IL-6

  • Reducing production of LTB4

  • Preventing the overexpression of NF-KB

  • Inhibiting the formation of PE2

  • Promoting the synthesis of proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans in the joints

  • Suppressing cartilage-destroying enzymes, collagenase and phospholipase

  • Attracting water to the cartilage to enhance synovial lubrication

Addendum: Food & Arthritis... Agressive Dietary Strategies

Conventional research, particularly in the area of RA, but also in OA, has shown that in many cases the inflammation of arthritis can be significantly and positively affected by nutrition. The impact of diet on arthritis is almost certainly related to the strong connection between the intestinal lining, where food is absorbed, and the surrounding immune system structures known as gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT). Hunter (1991) first suggested in conventional medical literature that metabolic changes in the gut can cause the individual to react to the influence of gut bacteria and incomplete breakdown products of digestion on the immune system (Nenonen et al 1998). Buchanan et al. (1991), writing in the British Journal of Rheumatology commented: "There is evidence from several well documented case reports that occasional patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may develop aggravation of their arthritis as a result of allergy to some ingredient in the diet. A variety of foodstuffs have been implicated including milk and milk products, corn..."

Five years later, a unique series of papers by Kjeldsen-Kragh and a number of coauthors in various rheumatology journals showed the effect of vegetarian diet in RA over a 2-year period (Kjeldsen-Kragh 1994a; 1994b; 1995a; 1995b; 1999). Overall, these papers demonstrate that not only do omnivores with RA improve with fasting and a subsequent vegetarian diet, but immune parameters, bowel bacterial balance, and several other markers of RA also change in a positive way. Furthermore, they identified a group of responders versus nonresponders to diet. About one-third of the total appears to be responders. Over the 2-year period, in which participants were allowed to return to a regular diet if they wished, compared with baseline, the improvements measured were significantly greater in the vegetarians who previously benefited from the diet (diet responders) than in diet nonresponders and omnivores. The beneficial effect could not be explained by patients' psychological characteristics, antibody activity against food antigens, or changes in concentrations of prostaglandin and leukotriene precursors. Dietary responders appear to make up about one-third of the population of RA studied in these papers.

Nenonen et al. (1998) tested the effects of an uncooked vegan diet, rich in lactobacilli (friendly gut bacteria), in RA patients randomized into diet and control groups. The results showed that this uncooked vegan diet, rich in lactobacilli, decreased subjective symptoms of RA (Neonen et al. 1998). They also found that large amounts of living lactobacilli consumed daily may have positive effects on objective measures of RA but that it was difficult for patients to stick to such a strict diet. They concluded that a vegan diet changes the fecal microbial flora in RA patients and changes in the fecal flora are associated with improvement in RA activity. Similar results were reported in the British Journal of Rheumatology (Peltonen et al. 1994).

An uncooked vegan diet consists of berries, fruits, vegetables, roots, and nuts, with germinated seeds and sprouts, which are rich sources of carotenoids, and vitamins C and E. Hanninen et al. (2000) demonstrated that the subjects eating this type of diet showed highly increased levels of alpha- and beta-carotenes, lycopene, and lutein in their blood. Also, the increases of vitamin C and vitamin E were statistically significant. Because the berry intake was threefold that of controls, the intake of antioxidant compounds such as quercetin and myricetin was much higher than in the omnivorous controls. RA patients subjectively benefited from the vegan diet rich in antioxidants, lactobacilli, and fiber, and this was also seen in objective measures (Hanninen et al. 2000).

Studies concerning OA and diet in peer-reviewed literature are lacking. Again, the fields of alternative and complementary medicine show significant benefit with nutritional and dietary changes for OA in clinical observation. As noted previously, peer-reviewed literature has shown that NSAIDs significantly alter intestinal permeability, increase inflammatory response, and cause a hyperimmune state. This is true not only for people with RA, but also OA.

Changing Your Diet

Life Extension Foundation supports nutritional change as a means of preventing or alleviating chronic disease. Nowhere is this more significant than in the case of arthritis, and it is suggested that significant nutritional change be made by persons who suffer from the effects of arthritis, in addition to the suggested supplementation. Although it is sometimes difficult to change dietary and eating habits around food intake, the significant benefits to be gained are worth the challenge. The following dietary changes are suggested as an initial start to combating arthritis. The elimination of common food allergens along with a shift in the types of fat in the diet is likely to bring fairly significant relief to those who are nutritional responders. This will apply both to RA and OA.

Remove as many processed foods as possible from your diet. This means eliminating all sugar-containing foods and high-fat foods. Learn to read food labels effectively.

  • Common food allergens include wheat, rye, oats, and barley (all of which contain a protein called gluten). Antigluten antibodies have been found in many people with RA. Other common allergens include corn, dairy, and red meats. Significant inflammation can also occur with the nightshade family foods: These are all types of peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant. For at least the first 2 weeks it is suggested that these foods be removed.
  • Avoid all citrus fruits for the first 2 weeks, then reintroduce as described.
  • Drink plenty of filtered water. Fish (preferably the cold water variety: herring, mackerel, salmon, or tuna) or soy are the preferred proteins. Except for these examples, your diet can contain any vegetables and fruits. Sulfur-containing vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, cabbage, onion, and garlic are particularly good for detoxification. Depending upon the degree of toxic load your body is carrying, you can expect some detoxifying symptoms as those elements start to work their way out of your system. These symptoms usually start on day 2 or 3 but keep in mind that they usually begin to be resolved by day 4 or 5. Typical symptoms of detoxification during these initial days are mild-to-strong headaches and an increase in muscular aches and pains, weakness, light-headedness or a feeling that everything is happening in slow motion, plus a variety of intestinal symptoms, including loose bowels or cessation of bowel movements.

  • By the end of the first week, you may begin to feel some relief from your symptoms of arthritis. If you do, you can be fairly sure that food is a significant contributor to your arthritic symptoms. If you do not have some relief after 2-3 weeks on this program, you may not be a dietary responder. Even if this is not the case, you will have now embarked upon a healthy diet anyway, so stay with it.

  • You may begin to reintroduce the foods that you have eliminated: one new food every 3 days. You may develop symptoms of joint pain if you eat a food to which you are intolerant, usually within about 1-2 days. If this is the case, eliminate the food again. In any event, stay away from processed foods and a saturated high fat diet.

  • You may find that you can reintroduce dairy and wheat without difficulties; however, these are two of the common foods that cause sensitivity.
  • A maintenance diet should be those foods which you have found tolerable, with a focus on low-to-moderate fat, preferably from fish or flaxseed oil, and with an emphasis on high concentrations of fresh fruits and vegetables.

This is a simplified nutritional detoxification program. There are products on the market that will aid in detoxification. After removal of toxins, you should begin to replace any vitamins and minerals that may be deficient or ones that have been found in the research to benefit people with arthritis.

Give the Natural Health Center a call to schedule your initial consult to learn how to regain your health and well being. THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IS HERE. We provide phone consultations not only throughout the USA, but internationally with many countries around the world. We provide an easy to follow customized program and informational package specific to your needs --delivered to your door.

At the moment we have a $155 full evaluation discounted to $90 to discuss the health challenges and needs of our clients in our office, or by phone after filling out our health forms, and a VIP membership that discounts our services further -

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We simplify our personalized schedules, guidelines and recommendations to deliver you with a very practical way to address your health challenges in an effective manner. We can also deliver directly to your email with articles of interest and a complete kit to provide you with some immediate results!

Journey into improving your health and well-being where you will sleep better- feel more rested- and regain your youthful skin, hair, nails and energy levels. No more achey joints or digestive upsets!

I spend a great deal of time with the first evaluation learning my clients and their habits, and nobody is rushed out the door unlike our medical offices today. We also send any supplements you need directly to your home or office so there is no hunting for products and our clients can start right away to improve their health and well-being!

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