would happen if your body's own defensive
mechanisms thought that a part of you was a
transplant or a foreign object? The genes in
your immune system would set off a set of
triggers which would then cause that system to
create antibodies, immune complexes, to attack
and kill your own tissue! What would happen if
this process worked against the tissues that
surround and lubricate the joints? Those
lubricating tissues would become inflamed,
attacked as they are by the immune complexes,
and while they were under attack the production
of lubricating internal joint fluid would be
curtailed. What would be the result of years of
this attack? Pain, lack of full movement,
degeneration in the internal portion of the
joint from rubbing without lubrication, and
eventually a deforming osteoarthritis. All this
is what happens in the disease known as
does the body trigger an attack on itself? No
one really knows. What things make this attack
worse? Cold, damp, humidity, passing storm
fronts overly acid diets. What response does
conventional medicine have to the problem?
Chemotherapy drugs. Yes the same deadly stuff
that kills 60% of cancer patients treated with
those drugs every year! When allopathic medicine
cannot find an answer to a debilitating disease
such as Rheumatoid arthritis or Fibromyalgia they always seem to
want to treat those conditions with cancer
therapy drugs that further debilitate and weaken
over the counter or prescription Non-Steroidal
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) are no better,
in fact they are worse! Aspirin, ibuprofen,
naproxsin, relafin, viox, clelbrex etc.etc.etc.
All of those drugs kill 20,000 Americans a year
on the average. In fact, more Americans die each
year from aspirin, the other NSAIDS and Tylenol
than from HIV / AIDS! For short-term use, a dose
or two for a headache or other pain; they are
fine. But taken day-in and day-out over the
course of weeks, these medications begin to shut
down the kidneys causing kidney damage and
eventual kidney failure. To the liver they are
toxic, and lastly to the intestines they cause
the lining to thin to the point where your
body's own gastric juices will eat through the
bowel causing uncontrolled bleeding and death!
In England, Tylenol is considered so dangerous
it is sold only by the dose. Just enough to
treat your headache this minute but not enough
to take home. This law was passed after the
national health care service noted that hundreds
were dying of kidney failure from acetaminophen
over use. (When you get sick in England it cost
the government money. Here in the US, the system
does not make any money unless you get sick.
That's why you haven't heard any warnings about
the toxicity of acetaminophen.)!
know that if you are reading this you're likely
in pain so I'll cut to the chase. What can an Rheumatoid arthritis
patient do to minimize their inflammation and
pain, increase their functionality and not kill
themselves or any of their vital organs in the
is a multi-dimensional disease and as I stated
in my book "10 Natural Treatments..."
multi-dimensional problems demand a
multi-dimensional solution. First lets look at
what switches on pain. Your cells tell your body
that you hurt. There are little chemicals that
run up and down the chains of our DNA either
turning on or shutting off responses. Activation
of these DNA to send the pain signal causes the
cells to make Cyclo Oxygenase I and II. It is
the action of these critters that aspirin and
the rest of the NSAIDS family try to control.
Those COX I and II nasties activate afferent
(sensory) nerve fibers thus sending out a pain
Cyclo Oxygenase cycle can explain all pain from
headaches to a sprained knee. What else is
involved in Rheumatoid arthritis that is specific to autoimmune
diseases? Circulating Immune Complexes (CIC's).
What are CIC's? They are made by the immune
system makes in response to an irritation, or an
attack by germs. These circulating immune
complexes are the primary cause of inflammation,
and in some measure the cause of all autoimmune
diseases. They are the things your body is
making to destroy its own tissue! Somehow, some
way your immune system got the signal that your
joint tissue did not belong to you, that it was
transplanted from someone else, or that it was a
signal caused the response the immune system is
supposed to have to bad foreign unwanted cells:
attack and destroy. Only here it was not a
bacteria, virus or fungus it decided to attack -
it's your own joints. What is needed to quell
this reaction is immune modulation; something to
gear down or otherwise control the production of
the CIC's the body is overproducing. After 40+
years of research we know that drugs won't do
the job. They can permanently turn off the
immune system with anti cancer drugs and leave
you vulnerable to any infection that comes
along. That is not solving the problem!
in Columbia University in the 1940's through
60's discovered some very interesting facts. The
Columbia research was furthered in Europe with
scores of medical studies and now continues in
the US and Asia. Proteolytic Enzymes can tone
down immune system response without killing the
system or turning it off. These same body-wide
enzymes can literally eat away at the CIC's the
immune system is creating to destroy the body
and be so specific in their actions that they do
not interfere with the CIC's the body needs to
run the kidneys and intestines.
are proteolytic enzymes? They are involved in
thousands of life sustaining processes
throughout the body. Without enzymes we would
all be dead in very short order. Most of us
think of enzymes just in terms of digestion but
that is one of the last things these
protein-cutting enzymes do! Enzymes are lock and
key mechanisms they are specifically programmed
to cut just certain proteins, carbohydrates or
fats. Proteolytic enzymes are specific for
proteins and there are certain enzymes that are
specific for proteins that are not part of the
body i.e. food, germs, viruses etc. The CIC's
created by the body to attack itself, ironically
enough, are read by the enzymes as foreign to
the body and in need of being eaten up! The
CIC's that run normal functions, however, are
seen as belonging to the body.
and the newer COX II inhibitors of Viox and
Celebrex work by keeping COX I and II from doing
its work. They also keep the CIC's that are
needed by the kidney and bowel from doing their
work. See the difference between enzymes and
drugs? But what if there were a natural and
completely non-toxic way of switching off the
receptors at the DNA sites before they are ever
turned on: turning them off before they can
activate the COX I and II, and before the COX I
and II can turn on the C-nerve fibers to send
the pain signal?
way was found in the Amazon jungle in the vine
known as Uncaria Tomentosa, or cats claw. While
this much lauded and derided supplement has been
in the US for most of the '90's; it took Dr.
Mark Miller, a professor of Pediatrics and
Cardiovascular medicine at NYU Albany State
Medical College in New York, to do definitive
research and bring a series of products based on
the herb to a needy market.
Miller found that the pain switching off
properties of the cats claw related to its
effects on limiting the production of an immune
complex known as TGF alpha. This particular
variety of cats claw, when its active properties
were extracted and concentrated, was found to be
ideal for anti-inflammatory work without having
the toxicity that other varieties of cats claw
tended to have. (1,2,3,4,5).
extraction, standardization and medical testing,
this product is now called Vincol by a Phoenix
Arizona company called AllVia. Vincol works
splendidly on the triggers that bring about the
pain in Rheumatoid arthritis. While the usual dose given on the
bottle says 2 capsules a day, most hardcore
patients have tended to think that they need 3
capsules 3 times a day to do the job. Okay, what
do we do next?
we modulate the immune system, slowing it down
and we eat away at the circulating immune
complexes (CIC's) that the body is making to
attack itself. We do that with Europe's favorite
natural Rheumatoid arthritis treatment: Enzymes. (5). Vitalzym is
a natural enzyme preparation that has several
beneficial actions and no negative reactions:
eating CIC's. (6).
fibrosis in cysts, scar tissue, internal
organs and blood vessels. (7).
Immune function up or down as needed by the
the blood of necrotic (dead) debris and
excessive fibrin. (9).
and safely eats away at arteriosclerosis,
opening up blood vessels. (10)
of these actions are done without side effect or
harm to the body.
if we switch off the pain signal starters within
the cells, then down modulate the immune system
and reduce the level of attacking CIC's, what
else is there to do? Plenty.
need to reduce spasm, reduce tissue acidity, and
then make up for the stiffness and weakness Rheumatoid arthritis
patients have due to lack of exercise. First, to
the spasm. Muscles go into spasm due to a
chemical imbalance. Calcium is responsible for
muscular contraction and magnesium for muscular
relaxation. They each have their channels in
contractile tissue (muscles). When there is too
much calcium and not enough magnesium present,
then calcium gets into the magnesium channels
and instead of a contract / relax signal the
muscles get a contract / contract signal. In
other words, a spasm. This same mechanism is
found in heartbeat irregularities. Doctors
prescribe calcium channel blockers to keep the
calcium in its place and away from where the
magnesium is supposed to live in the muscle. Why
do we get low on magnesium? Because magnesium is
the most important and most widely used mineral
in the body. Magnesium regulates so many things
(2600 enzymes, muscular relaxation, proper heart
contraction, and on and on) that without it we
would be dead. 2600 enzymes, muscular
relaxation, proper heart contraction, and on and
on. Years ago it was thought that we only needed
some 800mg of magnesium a day to balance off the
1200mg of calcium we need in our bones. Those
were only the ratios needed for bone and did not
take into consideration all of the other
functions of magnesium.
all of you who can tarnish gold jewelry- you
need to lower your acidity levels. The body is
supposed to be mildly alkaline. All byproducts
and waste products of human life are acid. When
we are in a traumatized or injured state we
become acid. When patients are taken from a
serious injury, what is the first thing that
gets injected in the their veins? An IV of
sodium bicarbonate to lower acid levels,
maintain normal pH, and keep the patient from
lapsing off into shock. In people with highly
acidic insides, you are not getting rid of your
metabolic wastes as well as you should. Liver
and bowel cleansing would be appropriate for you
to allow the body to clean itself out better.
One trick that is used by highly acid chronic
fatigue patients is useful here - sodium
bicarbonate, plain old baking soda. Taken
several times a day in water, this solution
greatly helps neutralize the acid and return the
body to a more alkaline state.
this program to take up to six weeks to fully
kick in. You may get diarrhea as a cleansing
reaction for the first 3 weeks of so but that's
all right! You're only losing the unwanted
material your body doesn't need.
exercises are meant to help reduce the spasm and
soreness present in Rheumatoid arthritis patients. Take stretching
exercises to their first point of pain and hold
there for 20 seconds. As you improve that first
point of pain will occur later and later until
the stretch and movement will be easier,
demonstrating that you have reduces the spasm
and broken through the binding scar tissue that
forms when we do not fully move a muscle or
joint. Do the stretches daily.
for the weight training exercises these are
essential to improve strength, circulation, bone
density and better enable us to freely perform
our activities of daily living (ADL's). We don't
ever want to be dependent on anyone else to get
us out of bed or wipe our backsides. That's why
strength training is so essential.
AllVia™, 2 capsules 3 times a day.
from World Nutrition 5 tablets 3 times a day
400mg with each meal and an additional 400
(If you get night cramps or have muscle tension
and fasciculation keeping you awake take 800mg
Soda ¼ teaspoon in a half a glass of water
4 times a day.
Table 2 Stretching Exercises:
Neck Stretch: 3 times 20 seconds hold each
side. Keeping your nose, eyes and chin straight
ahead tilt your head so that your ear reaches
towards the shoulder on that side. Do not hike
up the shoulder to meet the ear! Hold for 20
seconds and do the other side.
Stretch: 3 times 20 second hold on each
side. Extend an arm out ahead of you with the
palm facing the ceiling and the elbow straight.
Now grasp you elbow with the opposite hand and
draw the arm to the opposite shoulder without
bending the elbow or turning the palm on the
side that is stretching.
Front Toe Reach: 3 times 20 seconds hold.
Sit on a bed or floor with your legs straight
ahead of you. Now place your hands on your knees
and walk your fingers down your legs as far as
you can go without bending the knee. Hold, rest
Roll Stretch: 3 times 20 second hold on each
side. Follow the picture in this stretch,
remember to keep the shoulders flat on the sofa,
bench or bed and dangle the hanging foot down
towards the floor. The pain from this stretch
will be felt in the buttocks, hip or thigh.
Knee to Chest Stretch: 3 times 20 second
hold on each side. Draw the knee up towards the
chest as far as you can to reach the first point
of pain. Allow the bottom extremity to fully
dangle to get the most out of this stretch.
Press 3 sets of 5 to 7 repetitions. Knees
and feet turned out about 40 degrees and just
wider than shoulder width stance.
Pull Down 3 sets of 5 to 7 repetitions.
Palms facing you hands shoulder width apart.
Doing this exercise with the palms facing away
from you and elbows out to the side as the
bodybuilders do, will eventually destroy the
rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder and only
work half as many fibers in the upper body
muscles as the exercise done this way.
Dumbbell Rowing 3 sets of 5 to 7
Machine 3 sets of 5 to 7 repetitions.
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