Prescription drugs are responsible for thousands of deaths in America every year, and the medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) are among the most dangerous (and addictive) on the market. A prime illustration of their hazards is the recent death of the Eagles band cofounder Glenn Frey, which was caused by a combination of RA, pneumonia and acute ulcerative colitis. His band manager Irving Azoff told reporters that the latter two ailments were side effects of the RA medications.
The main “remedies” recommended by physicians are prescription drugs that are often associated with many adverse effects, some of which are very serious. In addition, they merely alleviate symptoms rather than get to the root of the problem. Natural options offer a safer and more effective means of RA remediation.
RA afflicts approximately 1% of the global population, and disability of some degree occurs in 50 to 70% of cases within five years of the onset. Unlike osteoarthritis, it can lead to crippling joint deformities and death. One of the distinguishing symptoms is pain in the hands and feet. Here are some natural strategies for dealing with RA.
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1. Reduce Sugar Intake
According to noted natural health proponent Dr. Joseph Mercola, RA is due to chronic inflammation, a problem that results from eating foods high in fructose and other sugars. He says that addressing the diet is the first step to healing, so foods that are processed and sugary should be avoided. This measure includes abstaining from beverages sweetened with either sugar or artificial sweeteners.
2. Take Curcumin
Curcumin can lessen the pain and inflammation of RA. In a 2012 study published in Phytotherapy Research, a highly bioavailable form of curcumin was found to relieve joint tenderness and swelling caused by the disease. The spice proved to be more effective than the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Voltaren.
3. Drink Mangosteen Juice
Multiple animal and lab studies indicate mangosteen juice has considerable anti-inflammatory properties. A few human studies suggest it reduces blood levels of a protein associated with inflammation that may be produced by RA. Not all brands of mangosteen juice are alike, so purchase a good quality product that isn’t diluted with water.
4. Consume Ginger
Fresh ginger is also beneficial for RA. A 2014 study published in Arthritis reveals some constituents of ginger decreased pain and helped stop some of the bone destruction of the disorder. In fact, the results were so promising that the researchers concluded the spice has potential for improving symptoms, as well as remediating the underlying abnormal physiology that causes RA. To consume fresh ginger root, boil it in water and drink the tea. You can also grate it into vegetable juice.
5. Don’t Eat Foods Contaminated With Monsanto’s Herbicide Glyphosate
Mercola recommends avoiding foods contaminated with glyphosate, the herbicide in Monsanto’s Roundup, because it is linked to autoimmune inflammation. Unfortunately, glyphosate is sprayed liberally on conventional crops along with genetically engineered ones. You can avoid it by purchasing organic foods.
6. Try Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an Eastern healing technique of stimulating certain body points through the insertion of thin needles, which are left in place for a few minutes to an hour. A few small studies show the treatment can alleviate RA symptoms.
7. Exercise Regularly
Getting regular exercise will help maintain strength, flexibility and joint range of motion. It also relieves depression, a malady that tends to plague people coping with a chronic illness, including RA. Avoid high-impact sports, instead opt for more gentle modes of exercise such as walking, swimming, tai chi or water aerobics. Consider seeing a physical therapist, who can establish an exercise program tailored to your needs.
8. Take Krill Oil (Or a Supplement with Astaxanthin)
When it comes to whether one should take krill oil or fish oil most experts agree that taking both offers a wider variety of health perks, namely because the astaxanthin in krill oil is such a powerful anti-inflammatory. In fact, one study found that in just 14 days krill oil successfully cut key markers of inflammation by nearly 30 percent!
Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.