rheumatoid

  1. Rheumatoid pain eased with fish

    One key nutrient can slash rheumatoid pain

    It's one of the most devastating pain conditions you could face -- one that leaves you writhing in agony as the disease literally EATS at your joints.

    But new research reveals one quick way you can STOP the damage and EASE the pain as effectively as meds, but without the risks and side effects.

    And it starts with what you eat!

    If you or someone you love are struggling with rheumatoid arthritis, it's time to put fish on the menu -- because the new study finds that delicious, fresh seafood could help deliver real and lasting pain relief.

    The more you eat, the more you can expect this condition to ease.

    And if you can boost your intake of fresh fish -- not counting fried fish and shellfish -- you can expect to seize control over your pain and get your life back.

    In fact, the new study finds that eating fish at least twice a week will lead to LESS pain and LESS swelling from this often-debilitating condition. Those are the two biggest symptoms of RA, and eating more fish knocked them both down a couple of pegs.

    It wasn't some small and barely noticeable improvement, either.

    It was IDENTICAL to the boost typically seen in folks who take methotrexate, the main drug given to patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

    There are likely two big reasons that fish are so helpful to rheumatoid patients. One is very obvious and direct, while the other is much subtler.

    First, the obvious one: Omega-3s are natural inflammation fighters, so boosting your intake can reduce the swelling that marks rheumatoid. That leads to less damage and less pain.

    If you don't like fish, you can get that benefit easily enough by popping some omega-3 supplements daily.

    The other, less obvious way fish helps won't come from a supplement. It's a matter of what it means for your overall lifestyle, and not just the fact that people who eat more fish tend to eat healthier in general (although that certainly helps, too).

    It's that when you eat more fish, you're eating something natural and healthy... which means you're NOT eating something unhealthy and processed that can cause more and worse inflammation.

    That's especially important if you have a food sensitivity, where certain ingredients can cause your immune system to overreact and attack your joints.

    Other common conditions that cause or worsen RA include undiagnosed infections and overgrowth of certain bacteria in the gut.

    Most mainstream doctors don't routinely test for these and other rheumatoid triggers. If yours is one of them, contact a holistic medical doctor experienced in treating this condition.

    And if you're in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. Rheumatoid drug linked to diabetes

    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.

  3. Sugar boosts signs of rheumatoid arthritis

    Women who drink soda are much more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study.

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