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Posted on March 29, 2011, under Arthritis.
MEDICATIONS FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA): CORTICOSTEROIDSCorticosteroid medications, better known as cortisone or steroids, are useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and a variety of other conditions such as asthma and allergies. There are several types of corticosteroids in current use. The steroids used illegally by athletes to gain extra strength differ vastly from the cortisone injected into a joint to provide relief from inflammation.What steroids and cortisone do have in common is chemical makeup. In fact, corticosteroid medications, which are artificially manufactured, also resemble the body’s own natural hormones in chemical makeup. Cortisone and hydrocortisone are two such hormones that are produced naturally by the adrenal gland. These hormones have a protective function: when a person suffers any kind of stress, the levels of these hormones increase to help the person cope physically with the particular situation.When medications resembling the body’s natural cortisone are taken in larger amounts than the body normally produces, inflammation is markedly decreased. For this reason, corticosteroid medications can be an important part of the treatment of RA.*103/209/5*
Posted on March 9, 2011, under Arthritis.
FATIGUE AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA): SETTING PRIORITIES Your energy is most limited when your RA is flaring, and at these times it may not be possible for you to do everything you would like to do or feel that you should do. At these times you need to be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do. Start by setting priorities. Make lists of things to do, and then prioritize those things. Decide to do first what absolutely must be done, and cross out everything that has the word should connected to it: “I should iron my dress.” Instead, select a dress to wear that doesn’t need ironing, even if you just wore it last week. Being fashion conscious at the expense of energy is a low priority. “I should do some dusting tonight.” The dust isn’t going anywhere! Put that task aside until you have more energy, or consider assigning that task to someone else.After you have thrown out the shoulds, divide the remaining tasks into steps. Discard the all-or-nothing philosophy. (Cleaning day -”I must do all my cleaning in one day so my whole house is clean at one time”-is an example of an all-or-nothing item you may find on your list.) Do a little each day, and eventually it will all get done.*49/209/5*
At the risk of disappointing many steak lovers, I must state that there is no scientific truth in the high-protein-for-health theory. If you are really concerned with your health and long life, you must unlearn everything you have learned previously concerning proteins.
It is true that our bodies are built mostly of proteins. Twenty per cent, and more in some vital organs, of a cell’s composition is made up of protein. Since our body is renewing and repairing its cells constantly, we need lots of protein in our diet to supply needed nutrients for these repairs and for the building of new cells.
But how much is “lots”? Seventy, 100, or 150 grams a day, as advocated by many American “experts”? Due to the frame of this work we cannot, unfortunately, go into great detail in presenting this most interesting subject. Suffice here to say that the majority of responsible nutritionists in various parts of the world agree that our present beliefs on the protein question are outdated and that the actual need for protein in the human diet is far below that which has long been considered necessary. The famous nutritionists Dr. Ragnar Berg, Dr. R. Chittenden, Dr. M. Hindhede, Dr. M. Hegsted, Dr. William C. Rose, and others are reported to have shown in extensive experiments that our actual need for protein is somewhere around 30 grams a day, or even less. Many leading contemporary scientists and nutritionists in Europe, such as Dr. Ralph Bircher, Dr. Otto Buchinger, Jr., Dr. H. Karstrom, Prof. H. A. Schweigart, Dr. Karl-Otto Aly, and many others are in full agreement with the findings of Drs. Berg, Chittenden, Rose, et al., and are recommending a low-protein diet as the diet most conducive to good health.
Empirical experience and observation proves the correctness of the above fact. The healthiest people in the world—the famous Hunza people in India, the Semitic tribes of Yemen, Bulgarians and Russians, certain tribes of Central America and Africa—which are known for their good health, long fife, and resistance to disease, all five on a low animal protein, high natural carbohydrate diet. Even in the United States, some religious groups, like the Seventh-Day Adventists and Mormons, who advocate a low animal protein diet, have 50 to 70 per cent lower death rates than those of average Americans; this is shown by statistics. They also are reported to have a much lower incidence of cancer, tuberculosis, coronary diseases, blood and kidney diseases, and diseases of the digestive and respiratory organs.
“When the biologically oriented physician is confronted with a case of infectious disease his approach and his actions are entirely different. For him, bacteria and viruses which are present in certain infections, are phenomena of secondary interest He considers them only as symptomatic factors in relation to the host organism (the patient) and his body as a biological environment All his attention is directed towards the patient. His primary aim is to employ every measure available to increase the power of resistance within the host organism and avoid causing it any damage. The first principle of the art of healing, enunciated already by the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, Trimum est nil nocere —the most important thing of all is that treatment must do no harm—is violated in present-day medical practice more than in any other period of medical history.
“The biologically oriented doctor is aware that with chemical and antibiotic drugs he will always cause damage to the host organism’s biological milieu, even though with such treatments he can achieve a temporary effect. Therefore, he avoids to the utmost the use of such drugs in the management of simple and harmless infections. To treat a common cold or a sore throat with, for example, penicillin, for him is a crime against the fundamental rules of health. Instead, his attention is directed to increasing the body’s own resistance with all the natural, harmless, biological methods of treatment which are available.”
“In your experience, Dr. Essen, are the results of such biological treatments gratifying?” I asked.
“I have had the joy of observing how the body, as a rule, if the general resistance is not too much lowered and if given a chance and proper aid in the form of rest, fasting, wholesome diet, and other biological measures, will by the strength of its own healing power win the battle. And this is not only true in cases of milder infections, but also in cases of very serious diseases. Furthermore—and this is a very essential point—instead of coming out of the disease weakened and debilitated, as is always the case after treatments with chemical drugs, the patient, after biological treatments, comes out strengthened and renewed. It is my observation that biological treatments raise the general resistance of patients and they will, as a rule, become more immune to infections in the future.”
As you have learned from previous chapters, faulty nutrition is singularly the most important causative factor in the development of arthritis. An unbalanced diet of devitalized, over-processed, overcooked, and overrefined denatured foods combined with toxic and foodless items such as tobacco, alcohol, coffee, sugar, salt, irritating spices, chocolate, soft drinks, sweets, pastries, pies, etc., together with other negative environmental factors, brings about a general deterioration of health, biochemical imbalance, and systemic disturbances. These deleterious factors eventually lead to a total metabolic disorder and consequent pathological changes in the joints and tissues of the body.
Therefore, the first step in an effective program of treatment for arthritis must be a complete change of nutritional patterns. Arthritis can be conquered only by rebuilding and restoring the general health of the patient. The functions of his vital organs must be strengthened; the glandular activity stimulated; the eliminative processes activated; and the digestion and assimilation improved. All this can be done only from within with vital nutritive elements needed for the repair and rebuilding processes within the body.
It should not be too difficult to see that proper nutrition is the most important factor in restoring health. The question is: What is proper nutrition?
You may say, “I have been health conscious for a long time, I eat plenty of meat and eggs and drink lots of milk for my protein. I eat cereal for breakfast and one or two vegetables with my meat each day. And I take a one-a-day vitamin tablet each day, too.” This description of a “health” diet would about sum up the average American concept of proper nutrition: lots of animal protein; devitalized, foodless cereals; canned vegetables and instant mashed potatoes; white bread; sugared desserts out of the can… It is a miracle that not more than 8 to 10 per cent of the American people develop arthritis on such a monstrous diet! And yet, most Americans actually believe that they are the best fed nation in the world. Perhaps they are the best fed quantitatively speaking, but certainly not the best nourished!
There is much disagreement and confusion, even among the prominent nutritionists, as to what constitutes a wholesome diet. Many theories exist and too many popular or pseudo-scientific books are written to further confuse the issues. No wonder the average man is puzzled and confused.
Although the classic form of fasting is the so-called pure water fast (abstinence from all foods and drinks with the exception of pure water), all the practitioners I interviewed in European clinics, including the champion of therapeutic fasting in modern times, Dr. Otto Buchinger, Jr., use fresh juices, vegetable broths, and herb teas during fasting.
Biologically oriented doctors feel that freshly pressed vegetable and fruit juices, given to the patient during fast, will speed his recovery. This is attributed to the fact that raw vegetable and fruit juices, as well as freshly made vegetable broth, are rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and trace elements, which help to normalize the bodily processes and speed up recovery. At the same time, they are very easily assimilated directly into the bloodstream without putting a strain on the digestive organs.
Juices most frequently used in Sweden are: carrot juice, apple juice, black currant juice, and tomato juice.
Vegetable broth is made by boiling all kinds of available vegetables, but predominantly potatoes, carrots, and celery, chopped to about half-inch pieces, for 30 minutes in a pot of water. (Use only stainless steel, glass, or earthenware utensils.)
Then it is strained and the vegetables are thrown away. The remaining liquid is a highly alkaline, mineral-packed broth, which is considered to be of extraordinary importance in biological arthritis therapy. It combats acidosis or a tendency toward a high acidity in the bloodstream and tissues. It helps to normalize the mineral balance in the tissues, which, according to Dr. Lars-Erik Essen, is of utmost importance for the effectiveness of the fast.
Both vegetable broth and fresh vegetable and fruit juices are concentrated nutrition. Perhaps, it would be more appropriate to call such therapy a liquid diet, rather than a fast.
AH biological clinics use various herb teas, both during fasting and while on a diet.
The medicinal value of herbs is well known. Herb medicines are the oldest remedy known to man.
The herb teas used in Swedish clinics are usually made from native herbs: rose hips (very rich in vitamin C), peppermint, milfoil, etc. Swedish health food stores are well stocked with dozens of herb teas, many of them combinations of different herbs mixed for specific diseases.