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Rheumatoid Arthritis

We do deal with other forms of arthritis but most of our research has been directed at rheumatoid arthritis. This condition occurs most often between the ages of 25 and 50 and is more common in women than men. The small joints such as the hands, wrists, elbows, feet and knees are more frequently affected than the large joints such as the hips and shoulders. There is significant redness, tenderness, swelling and inflammation in the affected joints. Fatigue often accompanies the joint problems and highly characteristic changes can usually be found in blood samples taken from patients.

Traditionally, treatment options for patients with rheumatoid arthritis are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used alone or in combination with so-called disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs.

Long term usage of the anti-inflammatory drugs, especially in older patients, is linked to numerous quite severe side effects including gastrointestinal haemorrhages which can be fatal (around 2,300 fatalities each year). Even the new generation of COX-2 inhibitors, such as Vioxx, have similar problems. These drugs have no beneficial effect on the progress of the disease, but relieve pain and swelling on a temporary basis.

The disease modifying drugs, such as corticosteroids, gold, methotrexate, azathioprine, sulphasalazine, etc. are all highly toxic but can result in some reduction in disease activity in some patients. The patients we most often see usually have not been helped by these drugs.

All of our work is targeted at looking at the causes of
this condition and all our strategies are totally non-toxic.

We find that about 75% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis are reacting to foods that are a part of their regular diet and this was confirmed by a clinical trial published in The Lancet on February 1st 1986 (see clinical trials). The foods involved vary a lot from patient to patient and can best be identified by an elimination diet. Blood tests for food sensitivity are grossly unreliable. Causes other than food sensitivity are chemical sensitivity, reactions to gut organisms such as candida and proteus, biological inhalant sensitivity and deficiencies of trace minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. The factors involved have to be sorted out on an individual basis.

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