Watch out for this arthritis treatment

It's trading a disease that could RUIN your life... for one that could END it!

Those don't sound like good options to me, but that's the choice you could be forced to make if you rely on mainstream meds for relief of rheumatoid arthritis.

You just don't realize it yet.

Patients who have this agonizing pain condition develop diabetes at a higher rate than everyone else.

Most docs assumed it's just a risk of RA, but new research shows how it's not the condition alone causing that risk.

It's the very DRUGS you turn to for relief!

The glucocorticoids commonly taken by rheumatoid patients will increase your risk of diabetes by 30 percent, according to the new study in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Think that's bad? You're right, that IS bad -- but this gets even worse.

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can also cause diabetes, so much so that the FDA has issued a warning over the risk. These drugs are taken by tens of millions of Americans, including many rheumatoid patients.

And if you mix the two together... if you add a statin to a glucocorticoid prescription... the diabetes risk absolutely skyrockets.

The new study finds taking the two drugs together will increase your risk of the disease by 60 percent.

The new study finds no increased diabetes risk with some other types of rheumatoid drugs, and some might even cut those odds.

But let's not kid ourselves.

Those drugs might be a little safer in one sense, if they don't boost the risk of diabetes, but they can come with plenty of other risks that are just as bad and maybe worse.

Some of those drugs turn down the immune system, to stop it from attacking the joints.

The approach can slow the damage and ease pain, but it also makes your immune system less able to deal with everyday threats, increasing your risk of infection.

We're not talking about the sniffles, either.

Some drugs have been linked to deadly infections such as tuberculosis, and they've even been linked to lymphoma.

There's no good tradeoff here, but the good news is you don't have to choose between one set of risks and another, and you certainly don't have to resign yourself to a life of rheumatoid pain.

The mainstream won't admit it -- yet -- but many cases of RA are caused or worsened by toxins and allergens in your food or even in your environment.

It can also be triggered by undiagnosed bacterial, viral or even fungal infections.

Most doctors won't test for any of these causes, so seek the advice of a holistic medical doctor.