Is THIS making your rheumatoid flare up?
It’s like having a temperamental roommate with an absolutely explosive anger problem – except it’s not in your home.
It’s in your body!
Living with rheumatoid arthritis means never quite knowing when that next flare-up will strike.
Sure, sometimes it’s obvious. You might know to avoid tomatoes or Chinese food or a roomful of smokers because these things can all trigger a painful bout of agony.
But your pain could have ANOTHER cause: your weight.
There’s no doubt that letting yourself get a little too big can worsen osteoarthritis by increasing the wear and tear that damages the knees.
Rheumatoid has another cause altogether. It’s driven by a hyperactive immune system eating away at those joints.
Most scientists have claimed that it’s not too closely linked to weight.
The new study proves them wrong.
While extra belly fat might not be the main cause of the disease, it’s certainly playing a role in the destruction of the joints – and the bigger you are, the more damage you can expect to suffer.
Even worse, if you cross over into obesity, you can face a higher risk of disability from your rheumatoid.
Here’s the most important part of the new study: You can face those risks of more pain, more damage, and more disability from weight gain even if the overall inflammation levels that mark the disease remain low.
It’s as if weight is an even BIGGER factor than inflammation.
Now, if you’ve seen the headlines about this study, you might’ve noticed something else that’s even more unusual.
LOSING weight can also make the rheumatoid worse!
Don’t let that stop you from dieting.
Despite those headlines, the study doesn’t find that losing a few pounds the right way will hurt your joints — it’s only sudden or unintentional weight loss, which is usually an indication of something else going wrong inside your body.
The clear message, then, is to drop the extra weight.
If you have rheumatoid, however, don’t just go on any old diet, and certainly don’t fall for any weight-loss fads. Mainstream docs still have a hard time admitting this, but a key driver of the immune system damage of rheumatoid is often hidden food sensitivities.
Some might be obvious, like the tomatoes I mentioned earlier, the MSG hidden in that Chinese food, or the toxins in a cloud of tobacco smoke.
Others aren’t obvious at all… and can only be found with careful testing in the care of an experienced holistic medical doctor.
If you’re in the San Diego area, I run one of the most complete testing and treatment programs in the nation right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in Southern California? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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