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Information on  Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatism, Osteoarthritis. How to help your body by using natural food supplements. Arthritis can be caused by Leaky Gut Syndrome.

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What is Arthritis - Rheumatism?

Arthritis is the generic name given to over 100 different but related conditions which affect our joints All these conditions share the common characteristics of pain and inflammation in the joints. The old term was rheumatism. Most common type is rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic - psoriasis arthritis, juvenile arthritis and degenerative arthritis. Arthritis affects something like one in five people in developed countries. There are many different causes of arthritis, genetic, injury, infections, metabolic and immune system disorders, nutritional deficiencies, stress and environmental pollutants and toxins. 


Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosing.

The current drugs of choice for arthritis pain are non steroidal anti-inflammatories NSAIDs. However, NSAIDs block the production of prostaglandins which stimulate repair of the digestive lining. This causes increased leaky gut syndrome. Use of NSAIDs in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis showed that 75 percent had gastrointestinal problems caused by the drugs. And the more NSAIDs people take, the leakier the gut wall becomes, the more pain and inflammation follows, which sets up a continuously escalating problem becoming more widely known as Leaky Gut Syndrome.

To make matters worse, many NSAIDs also have an effect on the ability of cartilage to repair itself. They reduce our body's ability to regenerate cartilage tissue by lowering the amounts of healing prostaglandins, glucosamino-glycans, and hyaluronan, and by raising leukotriene levels.

Other drugs commonly used to ameliorate the symptoms of arthritis also have well-known side effects. Natural therapies  for arthritis reduce the need for such medications and their accompanying side effects. These natural therapies can be astonishingly effective.

The dietary connection between rheumatoid arthritis and food sensitivities was first noted by Michael Zeller in 1949 in Annals of Allergy. Elimination /provocation diets are the best way to determine if this is the problem.

The foods most likely to provoke symptoms after an elimination diet are, in order of most to least: corn, wheat, bacon/pork, oranges, milk, oats, rye, eggs, beer, coffee, malt, cheese, grapefruit, tomato, peanuts, sugar, butter, lamb, lemon, and soy. Cereals were the most common food, with wheat and corn causing problems in over 50 percent of people.

The concept of food sensitivity and increased intestinal permeability is gaining acceptance as more physicians see the clinical changes in their patients when they use this approach. Testing for food and environmental sensitivities, parasites, toxic metals, Candidiasis, intestinal permeability, and comprehensive digestive and stool analysis often provides an understanding of an underlying cause of the disease.

Candidiasis frequently plays a role in arthritis and is a possible aggravator in rheumatoid arthritis.

Yeast in the gastrointestinal system may be the result of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, steroid medications, increased use of alcohol or sugar, or a stressed immune system. Treatment of Candida infections in the digestive system has improved rheumatoid symptoms in many cases. If you have increased intestinal permeability, nutrients such as glutamine, quercetin, gamma-oryzanol and beneficial flora can help heal the leaky cells. An elimination diet or fasting can significantly reduce joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness, and increase mobility. By careful addition of foods over the course of three months you can see which foods cause symptoms to recur. Blood testing can significantly aid in this process because you have a much clearer idea of which foods you are sensitive to. No blood test is 100 percent accurate, so you still need to go through the dietary regimen. After a period of four to six months, you will be able to tolerate most of the troublesome foods. Repeat blood testing at that time is advised.


1. Elisa allergy testing for foods.

2. Comprehensive digestive and stool analysis.

3. Intestinal permeability

4. Candida testing.


Treatment options for Arthritis - Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Some of these suggestions will significantly help your arthritis; others may not help at all. You can look for products which combine these substances. Be patient and give whatever you try time to work. Try one or two at a time until you find a program that suits your body's unique needs and lifestyle.

  • Shark Liver Oil: is a natural product that has great success with arthritis because it contains different substances that combat arthritis. It boosts the immune system with alkylglycerols, it has squalene in it which is an antioxidant, it contains vitamin E and omega 3 oils and combats Leaky Gut Syndrome which is at the bottom of so many cases of arthritis. You can buy Shark Liver Oil through this website because we are so convinced of its benefits. Click here to purchase it. Or click here for more information on shark liver oil. See also our Shark Cartilage page. Click here.
  •  For a good source of natural glycoaminoglycans (glucosamine and chondroitin)  we suggest our own Shark Cartilage powder in capsules
  • Deer Velvet.  For centuries, deer velvet has been used to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, support joint care and mobility, and assist muscle tone and general wellbeing. Mountain Red™ velvet contains over 30 Amino Acids, including ten of the most essential, together with proteins, omega 3 & 6 lipids, glycosaminoglycans (Glucosamine and Chondroitin), minerals, and trace elements.
  • Elimination/provocation diet
  • Green Lipped Mussel. A Unique new Zealand remedy for arthritis. Go here for more information.
  • Nightshade diet: In the 1970s, Norman Childers, a horticulturist, popularized the Nightshade Diet. Elimination of nightshade family foods helps only a small percentage of people with arthritis, but people who respond are usually helped a great deal. The nightshade foods are potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers (red, green, yellow, chili). An elimination diet of one week followed by a reintroduction of these foods provides a good test. Blood testing also picks up these sensitivities.
  • Multivitamin with minerals: People with arthritis are often deficient in many nutrients. Aging, poor diet, medications, malabsorption, and illness all contribute to poor nutritional status. At least seventeen nutrients are essential for formation of bone and cartilage, so it's important to find a supplement that supports these needs. Look for a supplement which contains every known nutrient. When the needed nutrients are supplied, the body can begin to balance itself. Though there are many additional nutritional and herbal products that help people with arthritis, no one thing works for everyone, so persist until you find the therapies that work best for you. Give each one at least a three-month trial before giving upon it.
  • Vitamin E:
  • Vitamin C:
  • Alfalfa
  • Yucca
  • Omega-3 fatty acids/fish oils. Research has shown fish oils are really helpful for some people with arthritis. Fish oil capsules reduce morning stiffness and joint tenderness. Because fish oils increase blood clotting time, they should not be used by people who have hemophilia or who take anticoagulant medicines or aspirin regularly.
  • Ginger: Ginger is an old Ayurvedic remedy that was given to people with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
  • Powdered Cetyl myristoleate: Cety] myristoleate was discovered by Harry Diehl, a researcher at the National Institute of Health. He found that mice did not develop arthritis when CM was given. When he himself developed arthritis, Diehl took CM and his arthritis resolved. CM appears to actually "cure" arthritis in many instances.
  • Superoxide dismutase:  (SOD) plays an important role in reducing inflammation and has been used alone, with copper, manganese or copper, and zinc for various arthritic conditions. Oral SOD doesn't seem to work as well, except when used in a copper/zinc preparation. Some physicians are using SOD in injections. Barley grass extracts of SOD can be purchased at health food stores. Most people who try them experience benefits, but there is little scientific research to date. Some veterinarians are using wheat grass SOD with arthritic animals with excellent results.
  • Methylsulfonylmethane: MSM
  • Probiotics. By helping to correct disbiosis Probiotics can make a big improvement to your quality of life and arthritis in particular.
  • S-adenosylmethionine:  (SAMe), a synthetic version of a chemical that is naturally made in our bodies from methione. Research on SAMe shows it to have powerful antidepressant effects without the side effects of pharmaceutical antidepressant medications. SAMe has also been shown to be as potent an anti-inflammatory drug as indomethacin without the negative side effects in people with arthritis.
  • Bromelain: Bromelain is an enzyme derived from pineapple that acts as an anti-inflammatory in much the same way that evening primrose, fish, and borage oils do.
  • Black Cohosh: A Herb that has long been used by European and American herbalists to reduce muscle spasm, pain, and inflammation. It can be used as either a tincture or in capsules.
  • Cider vinegar: Jarvis, in his book, Vermont Folk Medicine, popularized the use of apple cider vinegar and honey for the relief of arthritis. Vinegar and honey are alkalizing to the body, which helps dissolve calcification in the joints. Many people have found relief on this program, although there has been no scientific documentation.


Arthritis in Dogs - Pets

Is your Dog, Cat or Pet suffering from Arthritis?

For a remedy click here to go to our Pet page.


Literature and information.

More information about a 'leaky gut' can be found on our Leaky Gut Syndrome page. Click here.

Much of the information on this page has come from  the book DIGESTIVE WELLNESS by Elizabeth Lipski M.S., C.C.N. available at There is much more detail in the book. We highly recommend it.

You will find more books for your well being on our 'Literature' page.

At the Arthritis & Glucosamine Information Center you'll find top quality information on arthritis and glucosamine, the latest research, details on arthritis medications and treatments, and tips for effectively managing your pain. Go to this link,


Apart from this Arthritis web site page, you also might find more support and information on arthritis at an National arthritis foundation, association, network group, society in your country or at a web ring.


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