by Walter Last
I have just updated Overcoming Arthritis for a new 2014 edition. The following is a summary of my Holistic Arthritis Program. If you want to order the print version from Overcoming Arthritis ( www.the-heal-yourself-series.com/OvercomingArthritis.html ) then wait a few weeks after receiving this newsletter before ordering, but the e-book version should be available sooner.
The causes and solutions outlined so far show us what to do to overcome arthritis and rheumatic diseases. While different forms of these diseases may require a different emphasis, they also have many factors in common. The most effective way is in each case to get the basics right, and then use additional remedies or therapies to overcome any remaining problems. A holistic program is based on the following steps:
- A healthy diet of mainly fresh raw food
- Suitable supplements and remedies
- Raw-food cleansing periods
- Intestinal sanitation
- Systemic anti-microbial therapy
- Additional therapies as required
The key points of a healthy arthritis diet are
- Easily digestible raw food, possibly using high-speed blender
- Frequent small meals or snacking and thorough chewing
- Food low in allergy, fat, flour products, processed food and sugar
- Avoid frying, GM food, synthetic flavours and colours, microwave
Follow the diet instructions in Chapter 8, also see Chapter 2 in www.the-heal-yourself-series.com/TowardsRadiantHealth.html or www.health-science-spirit.com/HF2-2.html.
Supplements and Remedies during meals and snacks. Also use 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 and a natural form of vitamin E. Gradually increase sodium ascorbate or buffered vitamin C and MSM up to 10g spaced out during the day as detailed in Chapter 4.
Minerals that have been found to help are magnesium, 100 – 200mcg of selenium, iodine from a drop or two of Lugol’s solution, and also chromium and molybdenum. However, the main mineral is boron, commonly from borax. The minimum therapeutic dose of boron is 9mg which is also a good maintenance dose. Initially it is advisable to use much higher amounts, especially as borax is also an excellent fungicide. Use copper as explained in Chapter 9.
Try glucosamine, half a teaspoon or more before or with each meal, best as N-acetyl glucosamine, possibly also chondroitin and shark or calf cartilage. Also L-glutamine is needed for cartilage formation; try a teaspoonful before or with each meal.
Omega-3 Oils – traditionally a tablespoonful of cod liver oil has been used, best shaken together with lecithin and fresh orange juice in a jar or alternatively odourless fish oil and halibut liver oil capsules. Now I recommend instead using the more effective combination of krill oil with additional astaxanthin.
If elderly, or with signs of mineral deficiency (soft fingernails), try a hydrochloric acid supplement with protein meals. Alternatively add fresh lemon juice or vinegar (cider or wine vinegar) and also some magnesium chloride solution.
Digestive enzymes from supplements or pineapple, pawpaw or ripe Kiwifruit can be helpful. The protein-digesting enzymes bromelain and papain (pineapple and papaya) can also be taken before meals to reduce pain and inflammation. If food or chemical sensitivities remain a problem even after allergy testing and avoiding offenders, then several grams of the amino acid glutamine can help to make the intestinal wall less ‘leaky’. Periodically use Nattokinase and Serrapeptase to clean capillaries and improve blood circulation, see Chapter 5.
D,L-phenylalanine (but not L-phenylalanine) reduces pain by blocking enzymes which destroy natural pain-killing hormones in the brain. Start with 500mg – 3 times daily. It may take up to 3 weeks until it becomes fully effective; possibly increase to 1500mg per dose, once effective decrease again to a minimum maintenance dose.
To improve liver functions try alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle, and after meals half a cup of a bitter liver herb such as centaury, devils claw, gentian or even wormwood.
Raw Food Cleansing Periods
Start with one day on fresh raw food and gradually extend to a week or more. Best are salads, sprouted seeds and fresh leaves, juiced or blended. Also try the Basic Cleanse as described in Chapter 6. After a cleanse of at least 3 to 5 days introduce new foods gradually while observing your body for signs of food allergy or sensitivity.
While improving your diet also start with the program of intestinal sanitation as outlined in Chapter 6. The main aim of intestinal sanitation is the elimination of Candida overgrowth and healing the Leaky Gut Syndrome caused by it. Use psyllium with garlic or ginger, and sodium bicarbonate before breakfast in addition to probiotics and prebiotics..
Systemic Anti-Microbial Therapy
Continue with the intestinal sanitation while starting the systemic anti-microbial program. Use a wide range of the anti-microbial remedies mentioned in Chapter 7. Alternate them periodically and use different remedies on the same day, also cycle amounts. They are all good fungicides and have their individual strong points.. Borax, kerosene and turpentine are especially effective in sanitising the whole length of the intestinal tract and are also good to eliminate parasites.
Use additional therapies especially for pain relief as explained in Chapter 9 according to the nature and severity of your symptoms. Effective methods are blistering, packs and baths of magnesium chloride, DMSO rubs, blue light, and reflexology. The best anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effect comes from strongly alkalizing with sodium bicarbonate to increase the urine temporarily close to pH 8.
As you can see there is so much you can do to help yourself that you may not know where to start. Begin with the most essential items: diet improvement, basic supplements, intestinal sanitation, raw food cleansing, anti-microbial therapy, and especially alkalising. This will help to overcome most of your arthritis problems.