Although the word "arthritis" means joint inflammation, the term is used to describe around 200 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Other common rheumatic conditions include gout, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
While the exact type of medical treatment for arthritis depends on the type of arthritis, several medications are common. Analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs or NSAIDs, counterirritants, and biologics are among the most common treatment options. It's very important to understand that regular, chronic use of these
types of medications is associated with significant, and very serious side effects, such as stomach irritation, heart failure, cancer, kidney or liver damage.
However, a natural approach to arthritis treatment can help alleviate the issue without risk of additional side effects.
Many of you have already heard about Walter Last and his incredible and inspirational article
"The Borax Conspiracy- How the Arthritis Cure has been Stopped". (PDF format here)
If you suffer from arthritis, this article is a must-read.
It is about the man who championed the use of boron in the treatment of osteoarthritis- Dr. Rex Newnham who took the time to study the effect of boron on the outcome of osteoarthritis. He also demonstrated the link between the level of boron in the diet and the prevalence of osteoarthritis in different countries.
This researcher discovered that in areas where boron can easily get into the diets of the populace, the number of arthritis cases is usually low.
For example, the prevalence of arthritis in Israel is 1% compared to the 20% rate in the US. This is believed to be due to the boron-rich soil in Israel which makes for boron-rich plants and boron-rich diets. Also, the water supply of the Xhosa tribe of South Africa was found to be rich in boron. This explains why the prevalence of arthritis amongst tribe members is as low as 3%.
By contrast, countries with boron-deficient soils have higher rates of arthritis including early onset arthritis which affects the younger population.
In addition to supplementing your diet with boron, you should also incorporated a lot of probiotics in your diet, and increase your vitamin D levels. (Did you notice how the symptoms are at their worst during the winter due to low blood levels of vitamin D when sun exposure is at its lowest?)
Nourishing your gut microbiome is a very important component. The best source of health promoting probiotics are traditional homemade foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, raw yogurt and buttermilk, lassi or tempeh.
In addition to eating more fermented foods, it's equally important to cut out processed foods, sugar, and most grains from your diet as it will feed pathogenic microbes and decimate your immune system, leaving you susceptible to autoimmune diseases of all kinds.
Last but not least, get plenty high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation throughout the body, and some studies have shown benefits for heart health, brain function and diabetes. The best sources of omega-3 fatty acids are krill oil, salmon, anchovies, tuna, sardines and cod.
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