Arthritis, like any other chronic condition, is a systemic (whole body) dis-ease. It is not usually just a local dysfunction of a particular joint.
If there is no major joint degeneration, it is curable using a holistic approach. The first step in treating arthritis is to remove all inflammatory causes.
Many people with arthritis have food allergies that cause joint inflammation. Dairy products, wheat, and nightshade plants, including potatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and tobacco, are most often responsible for these food allergies due to the acid they contain, called solanine.
Eliminating all of them from your diet for at least one month will help to determine if food allergy is contributing to your arthritis; gradually reintroducing them (one new food every three to four days),
will show which specific foods are involved.
The next step is to remove or decrease consumption of all animal products other than fish, which will help to eliminate excess calcium, mineral deposits, and acid from the joints. The most effective way to do this is to eat a raw food vegetarian diet.
This is also called a vegan diet (vegetarian plus elimination of all animal products, especially dairy). Periodic supervised fasting also has a very high success rate.
This is not a new idea. For more than 50 years, fasting clinics throughout Europe have had outstanding results with periodic juice fasting. Gabriel Cousens, M.D., at his Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona, has administered a juice fasting program for treating arthritis to a number of people and has been consistently successful.
Fasting enhances the eliminative and cleansing capacity of the lungs, skin, liver, and kidneys. It also rests and restores the digestive system and helps to relax the nervous system and mind. If you’re considering fasting as a therapeutic option, it is best to do it under the supervision of a welltrained physician.
Besides green vegetables, your diet should include: carrots, avocado, sea weeds, spirulina, barley and wheat grass products, sprouts, pecans, soy products, whole grains (such as brown rice, millet, oats, wheat, and barley), seeds (sesame, flax, and pumpkin), and cold-water fish (such as salmon, sardines, herring, and tuna).
In addition to the preceding, the following foods should be avoided: alcohol, coffee, sugar, saturated fat, hydrogenated fat (margarine), excess salt, spinach, cranberries, plums, buckwheat, nuts.
Weight reduction, through diet and exercise, is also recommended in treating arthritis.