Arthritis is defined as joint inflammation and is actually referencing over a hundred types of rheumatic diseases that can cause stiffness, pain and swelling of the joints such as: Gout (symptoms typically occur in lower limbs and first target the big toes), Rheumatoid arthritis (typically affects the small finger joints, wrists, knees and toes, all joints of the body, however, are a potential target), Osteoarthritis (can affect any joint, but commonly occurs in the hips, knees, feet and spine),lupus, fibromialgia, juvenile arthritis, bursitis and scleroderma.
Arthritis can affect both women and men of almost all age groups and of all races. However, women are three times more vulnerable to arthritis than men. About 80 percent of patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis are between the ages of 35 and 50 but 65 to 85 percent of patients with Osteoarthritis are over the age of 65.
Add to your diet: alkaline water, alkaline foods, fresh pineapple, brown rice, rye, black or tart red cherries, (fresh or juice), lecithin, olive oil, flax oil, calcium, Omega 3 oil, magnesium, multi-vitamins, B vitamin complex, copper, zinc, DMG, enzymes
Useful Herbs: Moringa, alfalfa, cayenne, garlic, chlorella, chlorophyll, apple cider vinegar (raw unfiltered), kelp, cats claw, nettle, noni, white willow, ginger, feverfew
Trigger Foods: white potatoes, beef, tobacco, peppers, eggplant, hydro or partially hydrogenated oil, tomatoes, corn, pork, bacon, wheat, eggs, milk, coffee, white sugar, colas and soda pops, oranges and rye breads.
Avoid: the fat in the diet, milk, dairy, red meat, tobacco, all white sugar and products with white sugar in them, paprika, citrus fruits, salt and caffeine.
For Pain and Inflammation: Glucosamine, MSM, silica, bromelain, turmeric (curcumin), chondroitin (do not use if allergic to fish), shark cartilage, quercetin, SAMe, CoQ10, arnica, capsaicin, boswellia boron, yucca, soak in an Epsom salt bath and castor oil (and a castor oil pack)
Castor oil pack: To make a you will need several tablespoons of cold pressed castor oil, 2-3 pieces of flannel or white cotton (towel or T-shirt), a piece of plastic larger than the towel or flannel and a heating pad or hot water bottle. 1) Rub 1-2 tablespoons of castor oil onto the affected area for about 15 minutes. 2) Pour two or more tablespoons (depending on the size of the affected area) of castor oil onto the flannel or cloth and place the flannel on the affected area, 3) Cover the flannel with plastic (which holds the heat in) then cover the plastic with another towel. 4) Place the heating pad over the area at the warmest tolerable temperature for about an hour. If using a hot water bottle, refill it as it begins to cool down. 5) General use is to use the pack for at least three consecutive nights, then skip three nights, until results are experienced or longer as needed.