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Millions are affected by arthritis. You probably know someone or have a family member who is in pain from the inflammation caused by arthritis. The first question and answer is taken from an “ask the expert” from the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center

Food and Arthritis

Q. What foods should be taken on the one hand and avoided on the other?

A. There are no foods that have been shown in rigorous studies to improve or worsen any type of arthritis– the only exception is gout where foods high in purines can trigger a gout flare.
Last update: 02:40 PM Wednesday, September 5, 2007

From John’s Hopkins Medical
Dr. Matsumoto M.D.

THAT DOCTOR IS WRONG! Chances are your doctor would tell you something similar and put you on an anti inflammatory with all kinds of side effects, as your condition worsened. Consider the following research…

What the Center For Food Allergies Has Discovered From Extensive Case Studies. (Click the link for more and to watch the video)

Arthritis Case Studies
Watch the video at the top of this page! Case #1: 10 year old male with juvenile arthritis. This patient had been experiencing pain in his hands and other joints for several years. Food allergy testing demonstrated a severe allergy to all dairy, not just milk. Once this problem was properly identified and his parents were fully educated on the potential sources of dairy contamination in his diet, his pain resolved. He was able to discontinue all pain medications.

Case #2: 71 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis. This patient came in with chronic pain in the hands, shoulders and knees and a positive test for rheumatoid arthritis. Food allergy testing demonstrated an allergy to wheat and gluten. The removal of these foods led to a tremendous amount of relief in her joint pains and a reduction in joint swelling.

Case #3: 25 year old female with arthritis, including severe back pain. This patient suffered severe back pain (a history of two back surgeries) as well as digestive problems. Food allergy testing demonstrated allergies to dairy and eggs. Her digestive problems resolved and her back pain improved tremendously due an overall decrease in inflammation in her body. (The back has joints and thus back pain can be type of arthritis.)

What Does “Arthritis” Mean?
The word “arthritis” simply means “joint inflammation.” There are basically two types: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is inflammation caused by degeneration of the joint and is due to chronic wear and tear. Osteoarthritis is most commonly found in the knees. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a more generic term for inflammation, pain, and swelling of joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is most commonly seen in the hands, although it can affect just about any joint in the body. In children this is called juvenile arthritis.

The Traditional Approach to Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is considered by conventional medicine to be an autoimmune condition of unknown cause. This belief ignores a large volume of scientific evidence pointing to food allergies as a major cause of arthritis. The medical community has focused almost solely on treating arthritis with anti-inflammatory medications, either prescription or over-the-counter. These medications offer temporary relief of the pain and swelling, but they never cure arthritis. Over the long term this type of treatment also comes with a host of side-effects.

Is It Possible to Eliminate the Inflammation without Drugs?
Very often it is actually possible to eliminate the cause of the inflammation without resorting to drugs to suppress it. Inflammation is actually caused by the immune system. The important question is, “Why is the immune system creating inflammation?”

What Triggers the Immune System to Create Inflammation?
As you already know, bacteria, viruses, and parasites trigger an immune response. But anything that triggers an immune response also triggers inflammation. This includes foods that are incorrectly identified by the immune system as not belonging in the body. Therefore an allergic reaction to a food can result in inflammation of the joints.

What Foods Cause Arthritis?
The body can be allergic to any food, therefore any food allergy is capable of causing inflammation and arthritis. This includes RA, juvenile arthritis, and undefined joint pains. This is why it can be so difficult for one to recognize the relationship between their diet and their symptoms.
Let’s use a dairy allergy as an example. If you eat any form of dairy, be it milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, or even dairy in the form of casein or whey in another food product, such as bread or milk chocolate, then you can potentially trigger the symptoms of your food allergy, in this case arthritis. You should also know that allergy symptoms may show up hours or even a day later, well after a food is absorbed into your system.

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  1. Littles Reply

    Thanks for the great nutrition advice Mark. Day 3 strict Paleo.
    No cheat for 30 days. Work is a effort in not nibbling anything at all, but I’m doing it!
    Who wants to join me?

  2. Jane Reply

    Very interesting article Mark. Thanks for the post. I’ll be curious to see what the next couple of weeks brings.
    Liz, I started back on strict Paleo today, hopefully it makes a difference.

  3. Littles Reply

    Good to hear Jane! I know others are doing Paleo, I just can’t cheat for a while.

  4. sarah lee Reply

    Awesome. Let me know if there is anything I can do to support you. We will set up a blog to post recipes and ideas if everyone wants it. Keep up the good work!

  5. Richard Reply

    Awesome effort with the strict Paleo!!! Yesterday, I had business lunch at Mezza Luna in Buzzards Bay, and they had absolutely nothing to accommodate a gluten and dairy free diet. I had the Chicken Parm with Pasta. Needless to say I felt “Off” for the rest of the afternoon. Headache, upset stomach, disappointed with myself for eating that garbage, etc.

    This may sound weird and disgusting, but during today’s 0630 WOD, I could smell a difference in my sweat. It did not smell like typical Rich Aronson sweat. How weird (and disgusting) is that???

  6. Littles Reply

    Did you leave us a puddle to scratch and sniff?
    how disgusting is that?

  7. Richard Reply

    Way to take the disgusting factor up a notch Liz! I think that Mark secretly dreads the Met-Con workouts, because he knows I will leave my funk on his floor.

  8. jmiles Reply

    i have been drinking gin and eating pasta for 3 days. never felt better.

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