by Laurie Lynch, ND
Arthritis is so
common that its seriousness is often
underestimated. Arthritis is the leading cause of
disability in people over 15 years of age. One in
five, or 46 million,
adults in the United States were diagnosed with
arthritis. Nearly 75% of people over age 60 will
experience Osteoarthritis (CDC). "Arthritis
is the leading cause of disability over the age of
has become one of the most misused and
misunderstood conditions today. A great majority
of people today consider 'arthritis' an incurable
condition, one which must be lived with for the
rest of their lives", and the pain masked by
numerous toxic, damaging drugs (Dr.
DG Williams, 1994). However, this is a
misunderstanding. Arthritis can be eliminated by
eliminating the underlying causes. To get to these
causes, it helps to have a thorough understanding
of the disease.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a group of conditions characterized
by joint inflammation and damage.
There are more than 100
types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis (a
disease of the cartilage and bone); rheumatoid
arthritis (a systemic
gout (characterized by
uric acid crystals in the joint),
(affects the spine, and sometimes the hips,
shoulders, and knees); and bursitis (inflammation
of the bursa, the small, fluid-filled sacs that
help reduce friction between
moving parts in the joints).
Joints are encased by smooth cartilage to prevent
friction during movement and help absorb shock.
The joints are bound together by ligaments and
surrounded by the
joint capsule, and some joints contain bursa sacs
that help cushion the joint and reduce friction.
The synovial lining of the joint capsule secretes
fluid that lubricates the
joint, and when the joint is moved, delivers
nutrients to the sponge-like cartilage and removes
its wastes. Anything that interferes with this
process can lead to some
form of arthritis.
occurs, white blood cells release chemicals into
the blood or affected tissues to rid the body of
foreign substances. This increases blood flow to
the area and causes redness and heat. Some of the
chemicals cause fluid leakage into the tissues,
and swelling. This may stimulate nerves and cause
down of cartilage and swelling of the joint
lining. Other symptoms may include stiffness,
limited range of motion, boney enlargements around
the joints, fatigue, and
erosion of joint
What are the underlying
causes of arthritis?
accumulations - caused by overeating,
constipation, allergies, and chemical
imbalances, or by exposier to
formaldehyde in toothpastes,
foaming agents in soaps and detergents,
products, antibacterial soaps and cleaning
products, paints, urethane, pesticides, etc.
"The toxic chemicals (such as floride and
formaldahyde) ingested from toothpastes can
cause stiffness,... soreness, and pain in all
along with weakness in the whole body. There
can be stiffness and pain also in the muscles
around the joints as in rheumatoid arthritis.
the nerves get affected by the toxic
chemicals, there can be pain and spasms in
other muscles of the body too. Pain-killers
are put in many
toothpastes to prevent the incidence of pain
in the gums and teeth of users. In the
process, the nerves in the mouth are deadened
as they get
poisoned more and more every day by the toxic
chemicals of toothpastes. Gradually, ... the
poisoning spreads to all the nerves in the
The affected person's limbs and other parts of
the body get stiff and lethargic and, when he
moves the different parts of his body, he
from the type of pain associated with
rheumatism and arthritis"
studies implicate" mineral-oil products as a
possible cause of
arthritis.... The products tested included
commonly available skin creams, body lotions
and baby oils" (Spectrum, 1998).
(fungal, viral, bacterial) poison the
synovial fluid producing cells and inhibit
their production of synovial fluid, causing
inflammation and wear and
tear on the joints.
Deficiencies interfere with the cell's
production of synovial fluid.
Indigestible and harmful foods, such as
genetically engineered foods, dairy and other
animal products, processed foods, white sugar,
white flour, and heated
and hydrogenated vegetable oils can cause
constipation and indigestion which cause the
accumulation of toxins, harmful bacteria,
fungus, and uric acid crystals.
acid from acidic foods such as tomatoes,
cranberries, oranges, or uric acid from animal
alcohol, and tobacco.
Weak glands and
organs, for example, the adrenal gland
cortex produces anti-inflammatory hormones;
the pancreas aids digestion and sugar
the liver, and organs of elimination aid in
eliminating toxins. The malfunction of any of
these can lead to arthritis.
exercise – Any joint that is not moved
regularly will not receive its nutrients or
eliminate its wastes. Joint cartilage is like
a sponge; movement
causes the cartilage to open to receive
nutrients and to close to squeeze out wastes.
Accumulation of toxic chemicals,
street drugs, including,
anti-inflammatories given for arthritis.
Stressing the joints with excess weight
from improper lifting or obesity, or from
jogging on hard surfaces.
are the conventional medical treatments and
their harmful side effects?
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDs – such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve (naproxen),
and Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra)
been found to
cause heart attacks and strokes. These
drugs are known as “COX-2 Inhibitors,” meaning
they inhibit the production of the
Cyclooxygenase-2 enzyme which
has been consistently found dwelling in areas
of inflammation within the body. The original
COX enzyme inhibitors are known as Non
inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). NSAID’s have been
shown to damage the stomach and cause
hemorrhaging, and to damage the brain and
impare the memory.
This is because aside from blocking the COX-2
enzyme, NSAIDs also block the COX-1 enzyme,
leaving the stomach unprotected against its’
(Albany, NY (PRWEB via
PR Web Direct,
December 22, 2004).
Because the Cyclooxygenase-1 enzyme provides a
necessary mucous lining to the stomach
against excess stomach acids and upset,
patients taking the original COX inhibitor
faced constant stomach upset, and future
ulcers. COX-2 Inhibitors have
been linked to heart attack and stroke.
"Aspirin (and other similar drugs such as
Tylenol) ... has never cured anything. The
relief in most cases was only
temporary, ... but the damage it did to the
body was most likely permanent"
(Tobe, p 15). Aspirin can cause
"irritation of the stomach lining and varying
amounts of internal bleeding" (Kirchmenn,
p 146), memory loss, heart damage, etc.
Corticosteroids, such as prednisone,
cortisone, solumedrol, and hydrocortisone, are
used to treat many rheumatic conditions
because they decrease
inflammation and suppress the immune system.
However, they can cause infections, damage to
the adrenal gland and other endocrine glands,
diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, increased
appetite, swelling, weight gain, high blood
damage to the arteries,
congestive heart failure, myocardial
infarction and rupture, fluid retention,
osteoporosis, vertebrae and bone fracture,
stretch marks, excessive hair growth, .muscle
atrophy and weakness,
peptic ulcer, bowel inflammation, perforation,
and distension; pancreatitis, ulcerative
esophagitis, skin problems, convulsions,
pressure in the brain, vertigo,
psychic disturbances, headaches, etc. etc.
Corticosteroids used are mainly responsible
for physical changes (obesity), dermatological
lesions, and psychological
disorders such as mood swings. Corticosteroids are addictive and
can't be stopped abruptly, but rather
gradually tapered off.
• Anti-malarial medications (such as
• Other medications including methotrexate,
sulfasalazine, leflunomide, anti-TNF
medications, cyclophosphamide and
What are the safe, effective
natural remedies for arthritis?
Contrary to popular opinion, arthritis can be
the body's own healing forces with the right
body of toxins and wastes
Strengthening glands and organs
Establishing a chemical balance in the tissues
the immune system
healing foods -
Foods that help
arthritis include garlic, onions, alfalfa,
cayenne pepper, celery seed, parsley, yucca, brown
rice and other whole
grains, fresh raw green leafy
asparagus, kelp, fresh non-acidic fruits, and
Recipe for my favorite
arthritis- fighting meal:
ASPARAGUS with ALMOND SAUCE, RICE, and SALAD
1-2 lb fresh ASPARAGUS, steamed until
RICE (long grain, brown Basmati), 1/3 cup per
1/3 -1/2 cup chopped ONION
Cook rice and onion in twice as much water
until water is absorbed, about 45 minutes. Add
Bragg's for salt taste.
1 Tbsp fresh LEMON
1/2 tsp BRAGG'S
1/3 cup soft organic
pinch of CAYENNE
1 Tbsp OLIVE OIL
1 tsp liquid
Mix in blender until smooth, and pour over
asparagus. Serves 2-3.
SALAD GREENS (arugula, Romaine lettuce,
1/2 small ONION,
1/4 cup RAW HONEY
1/2 cup OLIVE
1- 2 tsp. DIJON MUSTARD
1 tsp. CELERY
¼ tsp BRAGG'S AMINOS
1- 2 Tbsp fresh LEMON JUICE
Mix in a
blender until smooth, and pour small amount
over individual salads, refrigerating
remainder Sprinkle ¼ cup of slivered ALMONDS,
and 1 Tbsp finely minced
fresh raw GARLIC over entire meal.
Now, this is really a lot
easier than it sounds. A wellness consultation
with Laurie Lynch, ND. can explain how to
the causes that pertain to you, and what
exercises, hydrotherapy, and foods, specific
herbs and nutritional supplements
can speed recovery.
Lynch is a Wellness Consultant, Naturopathic
Doctor, Master Herbalist with several degrees
Nutrition. She may be contacted at the
Living Well Health & Education Center, (910)
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