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BONE  AND JOINT DISORDERS


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So many people suffer from back pain and stiff painful joints and there can be many root causes of the inflammation leading to this pain such as nutrient deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity and allergies to certain components in foods. However, these are often not investigated by conventional medicine who, all to often, just prescribe pain killers to treat the symptoms not the cause. Pain killing medication can just make matters worse as they too affect the absorption of nutrients which may already be lacking and causing the problem plus pain killers allow the sufferer to continue to use the weakened bones and inflamed joints which causes even further damage. Pain and inflammation is the body's way of telling the host they need to stop, take stock and recover. If nutrients are missing they must be replaced and if something is causing the immune system to over-react or there is an overload of toxins in the system then these factors, responsible for the pain and inflammation, need to be eliminated.

Until the age of around 30-35 years, calcium and vitamin D in conjunction with other minerals and phytonutrients builds the body's skeletal system. A diet lacking in these vital nutrients up until then will lead to weakened brittle bones and teeth in later life because whenever the body requires extra nutrients not gained from the diet it will extract these nutrients from the bones. This is why it is important to keep up supplies of all nutrients through out the lifetime and especially after the age of 50 and during and after pregnancy. One of the most common bone disorders in later life is arthritis.

ARTHRITIS

Any illness that ends with itis is an inflammatory disease. Arthritis is an umbrella  term used to describe a common condition that causes pain and inflammation of the bones and joints. There are many forms affecting various parts of the body.

 

Types of arthritis

  • Adult-onset Stills disease

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Behet's Disease

  • Bursitis

  • Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease (CPPD)

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Chondromalacia Patella

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

  • Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS)

  • Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Developmental-Dysplasia of Hip

  • Ehlers-Danlos

  • Familial Mediterranean Fever

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Fifth Disease

  • Giant Cell Arteritis

  • Gout

  • Hemochromatosis

  • Infectious Arthritis

  • Inflammatory Arthritis

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Juvenile Arthritis

  • Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JD)

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

  • Juvenile Scleroderma

  • Kawasaki Disease

  • Lupus

  • Lyme Disease

  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

  • Myositis (inc. Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis)

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Pagets

  • Palindromic Rheumatism

  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

  • Paediatric Rheumatic Diseases

  • Paediatric SLE

  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica

  • Pseudogout

  • Psoriatic Arthritis

  • Raynauds Phenomenon

  • Reactive Arthritis

  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

  • Reiter's Syndrome

  • Rheumatic Fever

  • Rheumatism

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Scleroderma

  • Sjgrens Disease

  • Spinal Stenosis

  • Spondyloarthritis

  • Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

  • Systemic Sclerosis

  • Temporal Arteritis

  • Tendinitis

  • Vasculitis

  • Wegeners Granulomatosis

Rheumatism or rheumatic disorder is a non-specific term for medical problems affecting the bones, heart, joints, kidney, lungs and skin. In rheumatoid arthritis, the same joints usually are affected on both sides of the body. This symmetry does not typically occur in osteoarthritis. The three most common forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune condition,  osteoarthritis which is degenerative joint disease and gout which is a condition usually caused by having too much uric acid in the body and the deposition of monosodium urate crystals in tissues.

 

WHAT CAUSES ARTHRITIS

 

As part of normal life, the joints are exposed to a constant low level of damage. In most cases, providing the diet is nutritious and healthy, the body will repair the damage itself. Usually, the repair process will pass unnoticed and there will be no symptoms. Some people with arthritis experience varying levels of pain which can be constant and extreme. They often find their fingers and joints stiff, unable to straighten out as they should. Arthritis can lead to severe deformity in only 3-5 years. The most frequently affected joints are in the hands, spine, knees and hips.

Arthritis, at the most basic level, is the manifestation of cell damage and cell death when cellular functions break down. The symptoms experienced are the bodys response to the type of cells that are being damaged or lost. Joint damage does not cause arthritis. Arthritis occurs only when the cells are unable to repair the damage or are unable to reproduce to replace the cells that are being lost.

 

All cells need essential nutrients such as fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, protein and oxygen to survive. The cells will always become damaged and die if deprived of these essentials supplies. Smoking, drinking alcohol, taking drugs (including many prescribed medications) and an imbalanced diet will serve to increase the symptoms of arthritis because they expel or reduce the essential supplies of nutrients and oxygen.

 

CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE

 

Conventional medicine states that there is no known cure for degenerative diseases and persists in subjecting the patient to the usual treatments that are usually ineffective and results in acceptable side effects that make their life progressively worse. Symptoms come and go because the cells are constantly trying to repair the damage and fighting for survival. Cells strengthen to resume normal functions whenever they are provided with the nutrients they need. Bone disorders progress only because usual treatments allow the cells to die, gradually wasting away the bones and cartilages.

 

There is no cure within conventional medicine as it is typically designed to treat symptoms and mask pain or to replace wasted body parts. It is also not designed to strengthen the cells to restore cell functions.

 

Pain and inflammation is an important part of the bodys self-protection mechanism. Pain is meant to slow a person down in order to give the body a chance to recuperate, to conserve energy and to stop them from pushing themselves further over the limit, damaging the body even more. Painkillers enable one to carry on damaging the joints further until they eventually breakdown altogether.

 

EXCESS PROTEIN

 

If nitrogen intake exceeds nitrogen excretion, as can occur with high-protein diets, excess protein leaves the body accompanied by calcium, increasing the risk for kidney stones, arthritis and osteoporosis. The amount of protein required in the daily diet is far less than people normally consume. Meat portions should never be larger than the size of the fist of the person consuming it and this includes children.

 

When the diet is high in meat protein and low in fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds there may be a lack of calcium and other essential minerals and vitamins in the diet as meat is not as rich in some of these nutrients as these other foods. Calcium is required for bone and joint health and is most important in the diet of children in order to build strong bones.

 

HEAVY METALS

 

When it comes to bone health, heavy metal exposure is particularly harmful. Metals are not easily excreted by the lymphatic system and tend to accumulate in the connective tissue of the bones and joints. There are many metals of concern because of occupational or residential exposure such as:

 

         Antimony

         Aluminium

         Arsenic

         Bismuth*

         Cadmium

         Cerium

         Chromium*

         Cobalt*

         Copper*

         Gallium

         Gold*

         Iron*

         Lead

         Manganese*

         Mercury

         Nickel *

         Platinum

         Silver*

         Tellurium

         Thallium

         Tin*

         Uranium

         Vanadium *

         Zinc *

 

Small amounts of these elements are common in the environment and diet and traces of those marked with an asterisk are known to be absolutely necessary for good health, but large amounts of any of them may cause acute or chronic toxicity (poisoning).

 

Heavy metal toxicity can greatly contribute to bone and joint disorders. When consuming any large or deep sea fish it is best to also consume the herb coriander and algae and seaweed at the same time. These sea vegetables and coriander have components which chelate (bind to) mercury and other heavy metals and eliminate it from the body. Drinking green tea when consuming seafood that may contain mercury can reduce absorption into the blood stream. Selenium can also help to eliminate heavy metals and two brazil nuts per day will provide the selenium required for this purpose. Sea creatures that dwell on the ocean floor such as crabs, lobsters and oysters are prone to heavy metal contamination due to the fact they consume debris that falls to the ocean floor including those often contaminated with mercury that is heavier than water.

 

If water is boiled for a long time, or re-boiled, it can concentrate elements such as nitrates, arsenic and fluoride which then become toxic and will eventually affect the bones and joints. It is very important to empty the kettle, rinse and refill it every time it is used to avoid this issue.

 

HEAVY METALS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO ARTHRITIC CONDITIONS

 

Aluminium lessens calcium absorption, interferes with bone mineralisation and modifies collagen production within the bones and joints.

 

Cadmium damages the kidneys and alters calcium and zinc metabolism. Smokers inhale 1 mcg of cadmium with each cigarette smoked. Industrial pollution also contains high levels of cadmium.

 

Lead inhibits activation of vitamin D and limits calcium absorption. It can be stored in the bones, displacing calcium and released as bones begin to break down after menopause. This may exacerbate menopausal bone loss. There is some evidence that lead also interferes with progesterone levels, preventing that hormones beneficial effects on bone health.

 

Mercury accumulates in the bones and joints leading to joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Ocean creatures are now contaminated with this dangerous element due to industries allowing it to seep into the water. Dental fillings made using mercury are also a problem as this leeches out over the years and also accumulates in the bones and joints. Many dentists are not qualified to remove fillings containing mercury and can make the issue worse. Fortunately now there are alternatives to mercury contaminated dental fillings and ways to eliminate mercury from the body. See below.

 

NOTE: Placing gold crowns over dental amalgam cores particularly drives mercury into the surrounding bone.

 

Tin absorption will alter levels of calcium and zinc, affecting bone growth and maintenance.

 

Foods to consume to eliminate heavy metals from the body

 

         Alfalfa

         Asparagus

         Avocado

         Chlorella (blue/green algae)

         Coriander (herb)

         Dulse (brown algae)

         Ecklonia cava (brown algae)

         Green tea

         Irish moss (red algae)

         Kombu (fermented seaweed)

         Kelp (seaweed)

         Miso (fermented seaweed)

         Nori (red algae)

         Samphire (seaweed)

         Selenium-rich foods (see below)

         Spirulina (blue/green algae)

         Sulphur-rich foods (see below)

         Wakame (seaweed)

 

NOTE: Other substances that are toxic and will affect bones and joints include pesticides. Always buy organic fruit and vegetables or grow them organically at home to avoid consuming pesticide residues.

 

Caffeine in coffee and fizzy drinks can affect the health of the bones and joints and should be avoided by those prone to joint pain and swelling.

 

FOOD ALLERGIES

 

There are components in certain foods that can cause an over reactive immune system and nutrient deficiencies both of which can cause pain and inflammation to the bones and joints. Some will irritate the intestines and reduce nutrient absorption. This can also cause gut permeability which then allows undigested proteins to enter the blood stream. The immune system then recognises these as foreign invaders and attacks them. But, because these proteins can be similar to proteins in the body, the immune system may then mistakenly attack those too. The bone and cartilage tissues can be attacked which then causes pain and inflammation.

 

It is wise to try an elimination diet of the potential food allergens listed below to see if there is any improvement in disorders of the bones and joints. This can be a long process as it can take just a few days or, in some cases, up to three months to see any improvement. See more on the Allergies page.

 

BURSITIS

This is the inflammation of one or more bursae (small sacs) of synovial fluid in the body. The bursae rest at the points where internal functionaries, such as muscles and tendons, slide across bone. Healthy bursae create a smooth, almost frictionless functional gliding surface making normal movement painless. When bursitis occurs, however, movement relying upon the inflamed bursa becomes difficult and painful. Movement of tendons and muscles over the inflamed bursa aggravates its inflammation, perpetuating the problem and muscles can become stiffened.

The common stinging nettle is a good remedy to prevent and relieve the symptoms of bursitis.

GOUT 

This is a form of arthritis that is caused by an abnormally high level of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricaemia). Uric acid is a waste product made in the body every day and excreted mainly via the kidneys. It forms when the body breaks down chemicals known as purines in the cells. If too much uric acid is produced or too little is excreted during urination, the toxin stays in circulation and attacks body parts like joints, causing pain and inflammation.

See the Gout page for natural remedies.

LUPUS

There are two main forms of lupus. Discoid lupus only affects the skin and the other form, systemic lupus erythematosus, involves the skin and joints and may involve internal organs such as the heart or kidney as well.

Systemic lupus erythematosus can cause various symptoms, the most common being joint pains, skin rashes and tiredness. Problems with kidneys and other organs can occur in severe cases.

Lupus affects about 5 in 10,000 people in the UK. It is ten times more common in women than in men. It most typically develops in women aged between 20 and 40. However, anyone at any age can be affected. It is more common in people from Afro-Caribbean, Asian or Chinese origin. Although it can run in families, only 3 in 100 children of people with lupus will actually develop the disease.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease. This means that the immune system (which normally protects the body from infections) mistakenly attacks itself. This may damage the affected parts of the body. Other autoimmune diseases include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disorders.

It is not known why lupus triggers the immune system to attack itself. The main trigger has been medications. Hormonal changes may play a role in lupus, which could explain why it is much more common in women.

The most common medications known to cause lupus include:

  • Anti-seizure medications

  • Capoten

  • Chlorpromazine

  • Etanercept

  • Hydralazine

  • Infliximab

  • Isoniazid

  • Methyldopa

  • Minocycline

  • Penicillamine

  • Procainamide

  • Quinidine

  • Sulfasalazine

 

For more details about drugs and their dangers see the Medication Dangers page.

Symptoms of Lupus

The symptoms and severity of lupus vary tremendously between people and can include:

  • Blurred vision

  • Chest pain when taking a deep breath (similar to pleurisy pain)

  • Fatigue

  • Fever with no other cause

  • General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling (malaise)

  • Loss of appetite

  • Mouth sores

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Weight loss

  • Joint and muscle pains and swelling

Most people with lupus develop some joint and muscle pains. Sometimes only a few joints are affected, whereas other people have many joints affected. The small joints of the hands and feet tend to be the ones affected most. The pains may 'flit' from joint to joint. Joint stiffness is common and is usually worse first thing in the morning. Mild joint swelling may occur but severe arthritis with joint damage is unusual.

Skin, mouth and hair

 

A red rash which develops over the cheeks and nose is common (the 'butterfly rash'). Other areas of skin exposed to sunlight (hands, wrists, etc) may also develop a  "butterfly" rash over the cheeks and bridge of the nose affects about half of people with lupus. The rash gets worse in sunlight. The rash may also be widespread. About 6 in 10 people with lupus find that their skin is very sensitive to sunlight. Various other rashes may develop. The blood vessels just under the skin may also be affected and cause poor circulation to the fingers and toes (Raynaud's phenomenon). Mouth ulcers are more common in people with lupus. Some hair may fall out (alopecia). Any hair loss tends to be minor and cause hair 'thinning' rather than bald patches. However, quite serious hair loss sometimes develops, although the hair often grows back when lupus is less active.

Blood and lymph

 

A mild anaemia is common. Other blood problems, such as reduced numbers of white blood cells or platelets (the cells that help the blood to clot), are less common. A tendency to form blood clots is an uncommon complication. Some lymph glands may swell.

Heart and lungs

 

The tissues that cover the heart and lung (the pleura and pericardium) may become inflamed. This can cause pleurisy which is an infection of the linings of the lungs (pains in the side of the chest) or pericarditis (central chest pains). The actual heart or lung tissue is less commonly affected.

Kidneys

 

Around 1 in 3 people with lupus may develop inflammation of the kidneys, which can lead to the kidneys leaking protein and blood into the urine. This does not usually cause problems unless the disease is very severe. Kidney failure is an uncommon complication.

Brain and nervous system

 

Mental health problems in lupus are common and include depression and anxiety. Although mild depression can be part of the disease itself, it can also be due to the reaction to having a serious illness. It is not uncommon for people to have difficulties in coping with having lupus. Occasionally, inflammation of the brain can lead to epilepsy, headaches, migraines and other conditions.

 

Other symptoms depend on what part of the body is affected:

  • Brain and nervous system: headaches, numbness, tingling, seizures, vision problems, depression, anxiety, personality changes

  • Digestive tract: abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting

  • Heart: abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)

  • Lung: coughing up blood and difficulty breathing

  • Skin: patchy skin colour, fingers that change colour when cold (Raynaud's phenomenon)

  • Some patients only have skin symptoms. This is called discoid lupus.

Lupus can be treated by removing the medications that triggered lupus and changing the diet to healthy natural foods.

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MYELODYSPLASTIC SYNDROME

This is a family of blood cancers that affect the bone marrow. Myelodysplastic syndrome often progresses very slowly, but may suddenly transform into a severe leukaemia. Treatments usually include blood transfusions and chemotherapy. Stem cell transplant can sometimes cure younger people with myelodysplastic syndrome. See the Cancer page.

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OSTEOARTHRITIS

This is the most common form of arthritis, affecting about 8.5 million people in the UK. It occurs when there is damage in and around the joint which the body cannot repair. This can include ligaments or tendon problems, inflammation in the joint itself or within the bone and damage to the cartilage (connective tissue) that allows the joints to move smoothly. In people affected by osteoarthritis, the specialised cells called chondrocytes that make up the cartilage between their bones gradually waste away, leading to painful rubbing of bone on bone in the joints.

The common misconception that arthritis is caused by old age, wear and tear, injury or attack from the immune system does not stand up to scrutiny. This fundamentally flawed notion explains only how cells become damaged and die. It does not explain why the cells are not repairing or replenishing themselves. This red herring confuses medical scientists, doctors and patients alike, leading to endless suffering and waste which are easily preventable. A key to healing arthritis, that medicine has lost sight of, is the fact that the body heals itself naturally, if you give it a chance...see the Daily Essentials for a list of natural foods that should be consumed  regularly.

OSTEOPOROSIS  osteoporosis bones

A condition involving the thinning of bones (bone demineralisation), leaving them brittle and more susceptible to fracture. Ninety nice percent of calcium is stored in the bones, so sufficient calcium is important in order reach and maintain peak bone mass,

The older population are more at risk of osteoporosis because bones naturally become thinner as people age. Post menopausal women are particularly at risk of osteoporosis because of the decrease in the female hormone, oestrogen. Those with higher salt intakes are increasing the amount of bone demineralisation that takes place. There is a correlation between salt intake and calcium excretion in young and adolescent girls. It has been suggested that this may result in a reduced peak bone mass, which would increase the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Consuming a low salt diet during adolescent years is important.

A high salt intake increases calcium losses in the urine (calciuria), some of which will be directly from the bones. High salt intake leads to increased blood pressure and it is also believed that patients with high blood pressure excrete more calcium in the urine and are, therefore, at higher risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones.

Almost everyone in the UK (and the rest of the Western world) eats too much salt. The daily recommended amount in the UK is no more than 6 grams a day; the current average salt intake is 8.6g salt a day although many people are eating more than this.

Many natural foods, already being consumed, contain more than ample amounts of salt (sodium) for the body's needs and these foods also contain the nutrients which metabolises it. Consuming extra salt is detrimental to the body and the bones. See Sodium.

People with or considered at risk of osteoporosis should ensure that they keep their salt (sodium) intake below the recommended maximum of 6g. This can be achieved by simple changes, such as consuming less processed foods and checking product labels before purchase. Consuming low salt dairy products such as milk will also help maintain bone mass. Cheese can contain high levels of added salt.

Caffeine in coffee and fizzy drinks are also thought to reduce bone mass, and therefore should be kept to a minimum. An increase in natural foods rich in vitamin D, zinc and copper can reduce risk and help to treat sufferers of osteoporosis.

Long term deficiency of vitamin B9 (folic acid) may also result in osteoporosis.

Vitamin C is vital for the synthesis of collagen in connective tissue and iron bioavailability. Deficiency of vitamin C may lead to joint pain and long term deficiency may eventually lead to arthritis.

Click the blue links to find out which natural foods contain all these vital nutrients.

Consuming oily fish can help to retain bone density.

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POLYMYALGIA RHEUMATICA

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a condition that causes severe pain, stiffness and inflammation in the muscles around the shoulders, upper arms, neck and hips and generally starts after the age of 60 but can occur earlier The cause is not known but it is usually associated with immune system disorders, genetic factors or an infection.

Often people with this condition also have giant cell arteritis  which is a form of vasculitis, a group of disorders that results in inflammation of blood vessels. See Giant Cell Arteritis for natural remedies.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS arthritus foot

This develops when the immune system sends out antibodies (a type of white blood cell) to attack harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, irritants, heavy metals and toxins which have settled on the synovium (a membrane made up of specialised cells) that covers each of the joints, leaving it sore and inflamed. This inflammation is caused by the release of chemicals which can also damage the cells that make up the bones, cartilages, tendons and ligaments. The chemicals gradually cause the joint to lose its shape and alignment and, eventually, can destroy the joint completely.

Rheumatoid arthritis does not just affect the joints, it can also damage the tissue surrounding the joints, as well as the eyes, heart and lungs. Besides the joints, the heart and lungs are the most commonly affected and can be potentially serious and even fatal. See Respiratory Disorders

Vitamin B15 is reported to be useful in treating rheumatism. Natural foods rich in this vitamin are: apricot kernels, beef blood, brewer's yeast, brown rice, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and whole grains.

NATURE CURES FOR BONE AND JOINT DISORDERS

 

Consuming dried plums can protect from radiation-induced bone loss

 

The following is a list of natural foods with anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties:

 

Apples (sour), asparagus, avocado, beetroot, blueberries, brine pickles, broccoli, cabbage (red), carrot, celery, chamomile tea, chia seeds, cherries (sour), chicory, coconut oil, cranberries, cucumber, daikon, ginger, grapefruit, hemp seeds, horseradish, kelp, kimchi, kombucha, lemon, lettuce, miso soup, oily fish, olives, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, prickly pear, radishes, raisins, red berries, rosehips, sea salt, seaweed, spinach, yoghurt, walnuts and wasabi. More information can be found below.

 

A Z OF PAIN AND INFLAMMATION RELIEVING NATURAL FOODS

  • Abuta is an Amazonian herb that is used as an analgesic to relieve arthritic and joint pains and inflammation.

  • Apple cider vinegar, a cinnamon stick, honey and fresh lemon juice in a tall glass of hot (not boiling) water will relieve the pain of arthritis in joints.

  • Ashitaba can help to relieve joint pain. The leaves, stems and roots can be consumed as a vegetable or salad ingredient and a tea can be made from the leaves. The recommended dosage for medicinal purposes is one teaspoon of ashitaba powder taken in the morning and evening in a small amount of juice, followed by a glass of water. Ashitaba has a sweet herb like taste and has no known contraindications.

  • Basil tea is a great remedy for arthritis, rheumatism and joint pain as it is analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

  • Bdellium gum closely related to frankincense and myrrh, can reduce tissue inflammation.

  • Beetroot: Betalains, which are potent anti-inflammatory agents, are polyphenolic pigments found in beetroot and prickly pears.

  • Cayenne Pepper: This herb is known for its capsaicin content which is scientifically proven to be effective in inhibiting pain transmission and inflammation. Capsaicin in cayenne is a highly potent pain reliever and reduces pain associated with osteoarthritis. Cayenne pepper is also proven to be effective in easing some symptoms of arthritis like loss of joint function, stiffness, swelling, pain and inflammation. Cayenne actually reduces the concentration of a substance which the nerve cells use for the transmission of pain signals. Cayenne is also proven to be rich in salicylate compounds which make it an excellent in delivering analgesic effects. It can also be used externally to relieve pain and inflammation of joints.

  • Camphor oil is a detoxifier and a stimulant for circulatory system. It excites blood circulation and gives relief to rheumatic conditions, arthritis, and gout. The cooling and penetrating effects of camphor oil make it an anti-inflammatory and sedative agent. It is very helpful in curing nearly all types of inflammation, both internal and external.

  • Celery, a natural diuretic, helps alkalis the blood and decrease inflammation. Try a thimble full of celery seeds each day.

  • Cherries: The Morello or sour cherry (Prunus cerasus) has been proven to reduce pain and inflammation for those with arthritic conditions. It can be found in powdered form in health food shops and as a conserve or jam in some supermarkets.

  • Cinnamon and ginger powder, in tea or added to recipes, can be used to relieve chronic inflammatory pain and stiffness in joints.

  • Citrus peel: The zest of citrus fruits such as lemons, lime, oranges and tangerines can provide pain relief for arthritis sufferers. Ad some grated zest to meals daily.

  • Courgettes and marrow are a good bone protective addition to the diet.

  • Dandelion: Commonly used as food, dandelion also makes an excellent herb for arthritis. A rich source of nutrients like potassium, iron and vitamins A, B, C and D, dandelion also contains anti-inflammatory properties that make it effective in dealing arthritic pain. Dandelion is believed to be effective in dealing with symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism and other chronic joint pain conditions as this herb is capable of flushing toxins that causes the joints and muscles to inflame. Also, it plays a vital role in reducing the level of uric acid in the body which leads to reduced pain and stiffness in the joints and increased joint mobility.

  • Devil's Claw: Found abundantly in South Africa, devil's claw has long been used by traditional societies in treating a number of arthritic symptoms. Uncaria guianensis, a species of devil's claw helps people with osteoarthritis by relieving knee pain when active and it is known to be effective at reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The secret of devil's claw is found on its secondary root which contains harpagosides which provides anti-inflammatory effects. In a study published at Rheumatology Journal, it was revealed that the use of devil's claw extract is as effective as many kinds of anti-inflammatory drugs.

  • Flaxseeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega 3 fatty acid, that is useful in treating arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. 57% of flaxseed's omega-3 fatty acid content is ALA. Alpha-linolenic acids are then converted into EPA and DHA which forms resolvin, a kind of anti-inflammatory fat. Its omega-3 fatty acid content actually helps in stimulating the body to produce adequate level of prostaglandin, hormones which are considered as gatekeepers for anti-inflammatory responses.

  • Fennel can provide relief for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Frankincense can alleviate the pain in joints rapidly with its anti-inflammatory properties but may cause acid reflux. To combat this take with ginger. Ginger is also a natural anti-inflammatory, but it increases stomach acid secretion, so it will help with digestion of the frankincense. Daikon can also assist with absorption of frankincense and is high in calcium and other phytonutrients beneficial to the bones.

  • Gelatin: Taking a daily dose of animal or vegetable gelatin every morning can relieve pain by lubricating the joints and will also improve metabolism and mental stability. In the evening add two flat tablespoons of gelatine to a quarter of a glass of cold water, stir well to get a smooth texture and let it rest till the morning. During the night gelatin will turn into jelly and it should be consumed first thing in the morning before eating anything else. This homemade remedy should be used for one month only, followed by a six month break.

  • Ginger: One teaspoon of ginger root powder or a 1 inch knuckle of ginger taken 4 times a day can provide considerable reduction in knee pain and inflammation, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis after three months of continued use with no side effects. Ginger can be taken as a tea, in soups and with meals and applied as a compress.

  • NOTE: As ginger has natural blood thinning properties, medications that thin the blood should not be taken in conjunction with ginger.

  • Green-lipped mussel extract helps to alleviate joint pain by reducing inflammation.

  • Green tea: Arthritis is consistently mentioned in researches as among the many diseases that are due to harmful free radicals resulting from metabolic processes. Green tea has been found to work in synergy with other herbs to promote excellent anti-oxidant activities. These herbs include grape seed or ginkgo biloba. Because green tea works best when complemented with other low doses of herbs, researchers suggest this also prevents any potential side effects arising from high doses of a single herb. Adding lemon juice to green tea increases its beneficial effects tenfold. Try adding any of the other herbal remedies listed here to a pot of green tea to provide an even more powerful remedy against arthritis.

  • Hempseeds are a highly nutritional super food which has anti-inflammatory properties and healthy oils to help lubricate the joints and can relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis and rheumatism better than fish oils when consumed regularly every day. They are one of the rare foods that contain the correct ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Most foods contain too much omega-6 fatty acids.

  • Horny goat weed is a herb that has properties that can be beneficial for alleviating joint problems.

  • Krill oil capsules: take every day for bone and joint health. Relief from joint pain may take one month to be felt.

  • Liquorice root is found to act like cortisone but without the latter's common side effects. Repeated scientific evidence shows the phytochemicals contained in this herb have anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic characteristics. Liquorice has also been demonstrated to inhibit enzyme production responsible for inflammation causing arthritis

  • Maqui berry is a Chilean 'super fruit' which contains the highest amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds than any other known natural food. Regular consumption can alleviate pain and inflammation of the joints.

  • Nettle has been one of the most potent herbal home treatments for arthritis for centuries. It is also used to treat anaemia, gout, eczema, enlarged prostate, urinary tract infections, hay fever, strains, sprains, insect bites, tendonitis, joint pain, painful muscles and, of course, arthritis. Some studies claimed that topical application of nettle leaf onto the painful area significantly helps in reducing the intensity of pain experienced by the sufferer. Nettle has fine hairs that release irritating chemicals once they come in contact with the skin. Normally, the hair is painful to touch but it actually reduces the pain when it reaches the skin. Scientists believe that nettles actually reduce the amount of inflammatory substances in the body and interfere in the transmission of pain signals. One study revealed that the use of nettle extract inhibits the growth of dendritic cells which  play major roles in the development of rheumatoid arthritis. Stinging nettle also works by reducing the amount of protein genes that are associated with the occurrence of rheumatoid arthritis. Nettle can be taken as a tea by steeping leaves for 20 minutes then strained and sipped or simmered and consumed as a vegetable similar to spinach.

  • Oat straw heals osteoporosis, mends bones, relieves cramps and strengthens teeth.

  • Psyllium husks are a very rich source of soluble fibre and an excellent addition to assist the digestive system and resolve any colon disorders as well as arthritis and gout symptoms. Take one tablespoon of psyllium husks per day followed by a large glass of water.

  • Pineapple contains bromelain which is a digestive enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties that inhibits the proteins responsible for inflammation.

  • Pomegranates and pomegranate juice help to alleviate joint pain by reducing inflammation.

  • Prickly pear is the only plant to contain 24 of the known betalains, which are potent anti-inflammatory agents. Betalains are polyphenolic pigments also found in beetroot. Betalains give prickly pears their purple, red and yellow colours.

  • Quisqualis indica root, seed and fruit decoctions are used to treat rheumatism and arthritis.

  • Raw juice therapy can alleviate symptoms of arthritis and other bone and joint disorders such as gout. The best organic foods to juice are: beetroot, carrot, cucumber, ginger, grapes, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, sour apple, sour Morello cherry, lemon, lettuce and spinach.

  • NOTE: Avoid grapefruit if taking medications.

  • Red berries are particularly good at easing rheumatoid arthritis especially Morello sour cherries.

  • Savoury Herb: The savoury plant, especially the flowering shoots, have anti-septic, carminative (anti-flatulence), digestive, expectorant (helps clear the throat) and anti-rheumatic (relieves joint pain) properties. Prolonged cooking may result in the evaporation of savoury's essential oils so it should be added at the end of cooking meals. Fresh summer savoury leaves can be used in salads. It can be steeped in hot water for 20 minutes and consumed as a tea. It can also be used in soups, sauces and to marinate chicken, fish and meat dishes.

  • Turmeric and cumin: contains a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient curcumin which, as two long term studies have shown, can improve arthritic conditions, making it an effective pain reliever. Another demonstrated how curcumin can inhibit specific molecular activities linked to onset of arthritis along the joints. Unlike most medications, which can be threats to liver functioning, curcumin has been found to be actually helpful for the liver. One teaspoon of turmeric powder per day is sufficient but extra can be consumed with no adverse side effects.

  • NOTE: as turmeric has natural blood thinning properties, medications that artificially thin the blood should not be taken in conjunction with turmeric.

  • Watercress is one of the richest sources of vitamin K which studies have shown can help prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin K aids in bone formation and repair. It is also necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin. Osteocalcin is the protein in bone tissue on which calcium crystallizes. It also reduces the accumulation of iron in the joints, which is thought to be a primary cause of rheumatoid arthritis and reduces pain and inflammation.

  • Watermelon reduces the inflammation that contributes to arthritis due to its citrulline content.

  • Willow Bark: Concentrated willow extract is effective in reducing pain and inflammation for arthritic relief. Willow bark tea is known as the "original herbal aspirin" and this is not surprising because acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) was originally discovered and made from an extract of willow bark.

HERBAL TEAS FOR INFLAMMATION AND PAIN RELIEF

 

Making teas out of any of the following plant ingredients can greatly reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. The choice of herbs and spices is down to individual taste and certain plants may work for some people and different plants will work for others. Try experimenting with various combinations until relief is gained.

 

Teas may be reheated gently after the ten minutes of steeping or simmering and half a freshly squeezed lemon and/or a teaspoon of honey may be added for further benefit and taste.

  • Berries and seeds: the berries and seeds may be crushed steeped in hot water for ten minutes before straining and drinking immediately. Alternatively a teaspoon of seeds finely ground into a powder can be added to any tea.

  • Leaves and stems: To make a tea from the leaves of herbs, steep a handful of chopped leaves in a cup of hot water for ten minutes then strain and drink immediately.

  • Roots and bark should be chopped and simmered in boiling water for ten minutes before straining and allowing to cool before drinking.

NOTE: Alternatively, a teaspoon of dried and powdered herb bark, leaves, roots, seeds and stems may be simply added to hot water and drunk immediately.

 

Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices

 

         Abuta

         Aloe vera

         Anise seeds

         Ashitaba

         Basil

         Barley grass

         Bdellium gum

         Bissy nut

         Black seed

         Borage

         Burdock root

         Cardamom

         Chilli pepper

         Cinnamon

         Chinese or Japanese knotweed

         Cloves

         Coriander

         Cumin

         Dandelion root

         Devil's claw

         Dill

         Dong quai

         False unicorn

         Fennel seeds

         Feverfew

         Flaxseeds

         Frankincense

         Hemp seeds

         Holy basil

         Hops

         Hydrangea

         Jasmine

         Juniper berry

         Lavender

         Lemongrass

         Linden

         Liquorice root

         Moringa

         Motherwort

         Nettles

         Noni

         Nutmeg

         Oatstraw

         Oregano

         Pan pien pien

         Parsley

         Paprika

         Peppercorns

         Peppermint oil

         Periwinkle

         Pine needles

         Pumpkin seeds

         Queen of the meadow

         Rosemary

         Safflower

         Sage

         Scutellaria

         Senega root

         Sesame seeds

         Sunflower seeds

         Tarragon

         Thyme

         Turmeric

         Water melon seeds

         Wild strawberry leaf

         Willow bark

         Yukka (desert plant)

 

PREBIOTIC AND PROBIOTICS FOODS

 

The modern diet and increased use of medications as well as food additives, pesticides and excessive consumption of alcohol, caffeine and sugar can all have an immense impact on the balance of beneficial bacteria in the intestines. There are two types of foods that can help to readdress this balance which, in turn, can provide relief from the inflammation and pain caused by arthritis developing through nutritional deficiencies.

 

Prebiotic foods containing carbohydrates such as inulin encourages a healthy intestinal environment to benefit probiotic intestinal flora. Prebiotic is a fairly recently coined name to refer to food components that support the growth of certain kinds of bacteria in the colon (large intestine), oligosaccharides, resistant  starch and fermentable fibre feeds these bacteria who have an important influence on the rest of the body.

 

The human digestive system has a hard time breaking down many of these carbohydrates. Almost 90% escapes digestion in the small intestine and reaches the colon where it performs a different function: that of a prebiotic. The bacteria that feed on fermentable carbohydrate produce many beneficial substances, including short-chain fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin K and certain B vitamins. They also promote further absorption of some minerals that have escaped the small intestine, including calcium and magnesium.  They are therefore vital for avoiding the development of degenerative conditions such as arthritis.

 

The best prebiotic foods that feed the existing beneficial bacteria

 

         Agave

         Apples

         Asparagus

         Bananas

         Beans

         Bran

         Broccoli

         Burdock root

         Cabbage

         Cauliflower

         Chicory root

         Cocoa (raw)

         Coconut flesh

         Dandelion root

         Elecampane

         Garlic

         Globe artichoke

         Kale

         Leeks

         Lentils

         Mugwort

         Oats

         Onions

         Parsnips

         Peas

         Radish

         Rampion

         Salsify

         Turnip

         Swede

         Sweet potato

         Wheat

         Whole grains

         Yam

         Yacon root.

 

Probiotic foods contain beneficial bacteria and come from the fermentation process that the food has been allowed to undergo.  During and after any treatment with antibiotics, it is advisable to include more probiotic foods in the daily diet to replenish the friendly bacteria that are wiped out by antibiotics. It is advisable to consume probiotics at least an hour before other foods to enable enough friendly bacteria to survive and pass through the strong stomach acids.

 

The best probiotic foods that contain the required beneficial bacteria

  • Brine pickles

  • Kefir milk

  • Kimchi

  • Kombucha

  • Miso

  • Sauerkraut

  • Yoghurt (plain organic with live cultures)

NOTE: Making a rich soup with any of these prebiotic or probiotic ingredients and consuming daily before meals can help to restore the balance of the intestinal flora. Add plain yoghurt, spices and herbs for added benefit.

 

MINERALS NEEDED TO AVOID AND TREAT ARTHRITIS

 

To ensure that all the nutrients in the below list are insufficient supply in order to avoid and treat arthritis, choose a few favourites from each of the highest sources of nutrients and come up with recipes and other ways to include them in the weekly diet. Never take mineral supplements unless advised by a heath professional and even then make sure it is required after a blood test. Mineral supplements can cause serious imbalances as minerals affect each other and a higher intake of one may cause imbalances and deficiencies of the rest. Consuming natural foods rich in minerals means the cofactors needed to utilise minerals are also present in the correct balance and that the minerals are easily soluble whereas some synthetically manufactured supplements are not and some are even harmful to the health.

 

BORON

 

Studies show that the mineral boron must be added to the list with essential minerals because it is responsible for keeping the calcium levels in the body the balanced and is also involved in the metabolism of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It is responsible for the structure and maintenance of strong bones reducing the chance of developing arthritis and osteoporosis

 

Deficiency of boron can cause growth arrests and an imbalance of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus and increased effect of stress on the body. To gain sufficient boron from plants and vegetables they have to be grown in boron rich soil.

 

Supplements are not advised as toxicity can be harmful, symptoms are: red rash, vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased blood circulation, shock followed by coma. Symptoms occur at doses of approximately100 milligrams. A dose of 15 to 20 grams is fatal and for children three to six grams is fatal. 

 

Natural Sources of Boron

 

         Almonds

         Apples (red)

         Avocados

         Bananas

         Broccoli

         Carrots

         Chick peas

         Grapes (red)

         Honey

         Legumes

         Onions

         Oranges

         Pears

         Prunes

         Raisins

         Potatoes

         Parsnips

         Walnuts

 

CALCIUM

 

The human body needs calcium more than any other mineral. A man weighing 70 kg contains one kg of calcium. About 99 per cent of the quantity in the body is used for building strong bones and teeth and the remaining one per cent is used by the blood, muscles and nerves. Calcium stimulates enzymes in the digestive process and coordinates the functions of all other minerals in the body. 

 

Calcium also plays a role in many other vital physiological activities, including blood clotting, nerve conduction, muscle contraction, regulation of enzyme activity, cell membrane function and blood pressure regulation. Because these activities are essential to life, the body utilises complex regulatory systems to tightly control the amount of calcium in the blood, so that sufficient calcium is always available. As a result, when dietary intake of calcium is too low to maintain adequate blood levels, calcium stores are drawn out of the bones to maintain normal blood concentrations. Copper, together with zinc, improves the absorption of vitamin D which aids in the absorption of calcium.

 

Highest sources of calcium in milligrams per 100 grams

 

            Dried herbs such as basil, dill, marjoram, rosemary and thyme 2113 mg

         Cheese such as goats, gruyere, parmesan, Romano and Swiss 1376 mg

         Sesame seeds 975 mg

         Mozzarella cheese 961 mg

         Tinned fish with bones such as sardines, mackerel and pilchards 383 mg

         Tofu 372 mg

         Almonds 264 mg

         Flaxseeds 255 mg

         Chlorella 221mg

         Mussels 180 mg

         Oysters 170 mg

         Brazil nuts 160 mg

         Prawns 150 mg

         Tripe 150 mg

         Scallops 120 mg

         Spirulina 120 mg

         Watercress 120 mg

         Whole milk and whole yoghurt 113 mg

         Chinese cabbage 105 mg

         Green leafy vegetables such as dandelion greens, kale, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens  99 mg

         Okra 77 mg

         Soya beans 75 mg

         Bass, herring, pike, perch, pollock and rainbow trout 74 mg

         Kidney beans 70 mg

         Eggs 60 mg

         Broccoli 47 mg

 

The daily requirement of calcium is reported to be around 400 mg to 600 mg for an adult between 30 and 50. 1000 mg for growing children, adults up to 30 and over 50 and pregnant or lactating women. 1000 mg per day is also required by male female and athletes and up to 3000 mg may be required by athletes in competitive sports.

 

COPPER

 

Copper helps with the maintenance and development of bones, tendons and connective tissues and is therefore important for those with arthritis. Copper, together with zinc improves the absorption of vitamin D, the vitamin which aids in the absorption of calcium. Copper and zinc are antagonists, and the balance between them is an example of biological dualism which means they must be consumed in balanced measures as they have an effect on each other. An intake of too much zinc, which is a key ingredient in some over-the-counter cold remedies, can cause irreversible neurological ailments associated with copper deficiency. Likewise too much copper can displace zinc in the body and cause the zinc deficiency symptoms.

 

By wearing a copper bracelet on the skin, some copper is taken up in the body. Cooking with copper pots and pans also provides some copper to the diet. It is important that zinc rich foods (see below) are also consumed when adding extra copper to the diet.

 

Highest sources of copper in milligrams per 200 calorie serving

 

         Clams 49 mg

         Calfs liver 17 mg

         Beef 17 mg

         Oysters (raw) 13 mg

         Lamb 10 mg

         Duck 9 mg

         Himalayan salt crystals 6 mg

         Sea salt (unrefined) 6 mg

         Himalayan salt crystals 6 mg

         Spirulina 5 mg

         Chlorella 5 mg

         Squid 4 mg

         Lobster 4 mg

         Mushrooms (Crimini) 4 mg

         Mushrooms (Shiitake) 3 mg

         Basil 3 mg

         Cocoa (organic) 3 mg

         Capers 3 mg

         Mineral water 3 mg

         Apple cider vinegar 3 mg

         Chamomile tea 3 mg

         Lemons 3 mg

         Chicory greens 3 mg

         Turnip greens 3 mg

         Crab 2 mg

         Squid 2 mg

         Potatoes (with skins) 2 mg

         Coriander 2 mg

         Asparagus 2 mg

         Swiss chard 2 mg

         Winged beans 2 mg

         Beetroot greens 2mg

 

Copper is found in most foods containing iron such as green leafy vegetables especially algae and seaweed. Copper supplements can lower the zinc levels in the body causing insomnia and the other zinc deficiency symptoms and therefore should be avoided and only foods rich in copper consumed.

 

MAGNESIUM

 

Magnesium is involved in the formation of strong bones and teeth and is active as an assistant cofactor of the B and C vitamins. The adult human body contains about 25 g of this mineral and the greater part of this amount is present in bones in combination with phosphate and carbonate. It is estimated that 80% of the population of western countries are magnesium deficient due to today's intensive farming techniques which have stripped the soil of its magnesium content. Heavy drinkers and alcoholics often show a low plasma magnesium concentration and a high urinary output. Deficiency can cause problems with bones and joints.

 

Highest sources of magnesium in milligrams per 100 grams

 

         Rice bran 781 mg

         Basil 694 mg

         Coriander 694 mg

         Dill 694 mg

         Sage 694 mg

         Hemp seeds 640 mg

         Pumpkinseeds 535 mg

         Squash seeds 535 mg

         Raw cocoa 499 mg

         Flaxseeds 392 mg

         Brazil nuts 376 mg

         Sesame seeds 353 mg

         Sunflower seeds 346 mg

         Chia seeds 335 mg

         Chlorella 315 mg

         Wheat germ 313 mg

         Cashew nuts 292 mg

         Almonds 268 mg

         Caraway seeds 258 mg

         Black strap molasses 242 mg

         Dulse 242 mg

         Buckwheat 231 mg

         Spirulina 189 mg

         Oats 177 mg

         Durum wheat 144 mg

         Globe artichoke 60 mg

         Okra 57 mg

         Nettles 57 mg

         Chestnuts 54 mg

         Rocket 47 mg

         Macadamia nuts 130 mg

         Adzuki beans 127 mg

         Kelp 121 mg

         Millet 114 mg

         Kale 88 mg

         Amaranth 65 mg

         Dates 43 mg

         Plantain 37 mg

         Lentils 36 mg

         Butternut squash 34 mg

         Coconut 32 mg

         Potatoes with skin 30 mg

         Passion fruit 29 mg

         Savoy cabbage 28 mg

         Halibut 28 mg

         Bananas 27 mg

         Rabbit 27 mg

         Green beans 25 mg

         Peas 24 mg

         Raspberries 22 mg

         Guava 22 mg

         Blackberries 20 mg

         Courgettes 18 mg

         Kiwi fruit 17 mg

         Fennel 17 mg

         Figs 17 mg

         Endive 15 mg

         Cucumber 13 mg

         Lettuce 13 mg

 

 

The recommended dietary allowances for magnesium are 420 mg per day for adult men 320 mg for women.

 

MANGANESE

 

Manganese is a micro-mineral involved in the synthesis of protein like substances such as the bones and cartilage. An enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) contains manganese and this enzyme protects the body against free radicals. Deficiency of this mineral can lead to arthritis and painful joints.

 

Highest sources of manganese in milligrams per 100 grams

 

         Cloves 60.1 mg

         Rice bran 14.2 mg

         Pine nuts 8.8 mg

         Mussels 6.8 mg

         Hazelnuts 5.6 mg

         Pumpkin seeds 4.5 mg

         Whole wheat 2.1 mg

         Cocoa beans 3.8 mg

         Soya beans 2.2 mg

         Sunflower seeds 1.9 mg

         Garlic 1.7 mg

         Brewers yeast 0.08 mg (check label)

         Egg yolks 1.1 mg

         Black beans 1.1 mg

         Dried peas 0.39 mg

         Kidney beans 0.2 mg

 

NOTE: Manganese is concentrated in the outer covering of nuts, in the green leaves of edible plants and green vegetables such as peas and runner beans.

 

No official daily allowance of manganese has been established, but 2.5 to 7 mg is generally accepted to be the average adult requirement.

 

PHOSPHORUS

 

Phosphorous combines with calcium to create the calcium-phosphorus balance necessary for the growth of bones and teeth and in the formation of nerve cells. This mineral is also essential for the assimilation of carbohydrates and fats. It is a stimulant to the nerves and brain. Phosphorus also contributes to proper kidney functioning and lessens arthritis pain.

 

Calcium cannot achieve its objectives unless phosphorous is also present in a proper balance. Too much phosphorous, though, can cause diarrhoea and calcification (hardening) of organs and soft tissue and can interfere with the body's ability to use iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. It is a matter of getting the balance right which is why supplementation is not advised.

 

Phosphorous, in the form of phosphate or phosphoric acid, is often added to processed foods and carbonated soft drinks and, because too much phosphorous can reduce the amount of calcium that the body absorbs leading to brittle and porous bones, it is important to eliminate these foods and drinks from the diet.

 

Highest sources of phosphorus in milligrams per 100 grams

 

  • Baking powder 6869 mg

  • Whey powder 932 mg

  • Pumpkin seeds 1233 mg

  • Poppy seeds 849 mg

  • Mustard seeds 828 mg

  • Parmesan cheese 807 mg

  • Brazil nuts 725 mg

  • Raw cocoa powder 734 mg

  • Soya beans 637 mg

  • Beef liver 497 mg

 

  • Sardines 490 mg

  • Caviar 356 mg

  • Tempeh 266 mg

  • Sun dried tomatoes 356 mg

  • Brown rice 360 mg

  • Buckwheat 319 mg

  • Shiitake mushrooms 294 mg

  • Portobello mushrooms 108 mg

  • White mushrooms 105 mg

  • Water cress 60 mg

 

 

SELENIUM

 

Lack of selenium in the body has proven to be a contributing factor in developing rheumatoid arthritis. Selenium is an essential nutrient which works with other nutrients to help fight oxidative stress, an imbalance which damages the joints and it helps to remove heavy metals from the system.

 

Highest sources of selenium in micrograms per 100 grams

 

  • Brazil nuts 1917 g

  • Oysters 154 g

  • Lamb's liver 116 g

  • Tuna 108 g

  • Whelks and octopus 89.6 g

  • Wheat germ 79.2 g

  • Sunflower seeds 79 g

  • Amaranth 70.7 g

  • Caviar (fish roe) 65.5 g

  • Egg yolk 56 g

  • Chia seeds 55.2 g

  • Kippers 52.6 g

  • Pork 51.6 g

  • Halibut 46.8 g

  • Oat bran 45.2 g

  • Lean beef 44.8 g

  • Crab 44.4 g

  • Salmon 41.4 g

  • Rabbit (wild) 38.5 g

  • Chicken and turkey 37.8 g

  • Turbot 36.5 g

  • Sesame seeds 34.4 g

  • Kamut 30 g

  • Couscous 27.5 g

  • Mushrooms (Crimini) 26 g

  • Calf's liver 19.3 g

  • Rabbit 15.2 g

  • Rye (whole grain) 13.9 g

  • Venison 10.3 g

  • Spirulina 7.2 g

  • Asparagus 6.1 g

  • Spinach 5.5 g

 

SILICA

 

Silica has a powerful influence on the absorption of minerals required by the body for optimal health. It enhances the function of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and boron, and is essential for normal bone development. Silica helps to maintain the correct calcium-magnesium balance which is essential for bone health.

 

Natural sources of silica

 

         Almonds

         Apples

         Asparagus

         Bamboo shoots

         Beetroot

         Cherries

         Cucumber

         Grapes

         Honey

         Mineral water

         Onions

         Peanuts

         Radishes

         The green leaves of most vegetables

         Yams

 

STRONTIUM

 

Strontium can relieve bone pain, reduce fractures and improve mobility in persons suffering from osteoporosis, reduce cavities in teeth and help to gain weight in persons suffering with bone cancer. It also has a cartilage growth promoting affect which can help arthritis sufferers.

 

Natural sources of strontium

 

  • Cabbage

  • Chlorella

  • Goat's milk

  • Lettuce

  • Kelp

  • Onions

  • Mineral water (check label)

  • Octopus

  • Oily fish

  • Root vegetables

  • Seaweed and algae

  • Shellfish

  • Spirulina

 

SULPHUR

 

Sulphur containing natural foods are valuable in treating rheumatic and arthritic conditions as it helps to eject some of the waste and poisons like heavy metals from the system.

 

NOTE: Those suffering with bowel disorders such as Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis should avoid sulphur rich foods.

 

Highest sources of sulphur in milligrams per 100 grams

 

         Scallops 520 mg

         Lobster 510 mg

         Crab 470 mg

         Prawns 370 mg

         Mussels 350 mg

         Haddock 290 mg

         Brazil nuts 290 mg

         Peanuts 260 mg

         Cod 250 mg

         Oysters 250 mg

         Chicken livers 250 mg

         Cheese (parmesan) 250 mg

         Caviar (fish roe) 240 mg

         Peaches (dried) 240 mg

         Cheese (cheddar or stilton) 230 mg

         Salmon 220 mg

         Beef 220 mg

         Eggs 200 mg

         Apricots (dried) 160 mg

         Almonds 150 mg

         Rabbit 130 mg

         Walnuts 100 mg

         Peppercorns 100 mg

         Cabbage 90 mg

         Spinach 90 mg

         Brussel sprouts 80 mg

         Chickpeas 80 mg

         Figs (dried) 80 mg

         Coconut 80 mg

         Hazel nuts 80 mg

         Mung beans 60 mg

         Dates 50 mg

         Split peas 50 mg

         Onions 50 mg

         Leeks 50 mg

         Radishes 40 mg

 

ZINC

 

Zinc is the healing mineral and part of the enzymes that helps the body to metabolise protein, carbohydrates and alcohol. It also aids in building bones and healing wounds.  Arthritis can be caused by a deficiency of the zinc mineral. Drinking alcohol and some medications cause the body to expel zinc and therefore consuming foods rich in zinc regularly is important. Zinc, together with copper improves the absorption of vitamin D, the vitamin which aids in the absorption of calcium.

 

Highest sources of zinc in milligrams per 100 grams

 

  • Oysters 78.6 mg

  • Chlorella 71 mg

  • Wheat germ 16.7 mg

  • Beef 12.3 mg

  • Calf's liver 11.9 mg

  • Hemp seeds 11.5 mg

  • Pumpkin and squash seeds 10.3 mg

  • Sesame and watermelon seeds 10.2 mg

  • Bamboo shoots, endives and gourds 9 mg

  • Chervil (herb) 8.8 mg

  • Lamb 8.7 mg

  • Venison 8.6 mg

  • Alfalfa seeds (sprouted), amaranth leaves, Crimini mushrooms, Irish moss and tea 8 mg

  • Crab 7.6 mg

  • Lobster 7.3 mg

  • Agave, basil, broccoli, oats, ostrich, spinach and turkey 7 mg

  • Cocoa powder 6.8 mg

  • Asparagus, chicken livers, laver seaweed, mushrooms, parsley and rice bran 5.7 mg

  • Cashew nuts 5.6 mg

  • Pork 5.1 mg

  • Jute (herb), lemon grass, mung beans, Portobello mushrooms, radishes and shiitake mushrooms 5 mg

  • Agar seaweed, butterbur, cauliflower, chicory, Chinese cabbage, chives, coriander, green beans, lentils, lettuce, okra, rocket, spring onions, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes and wasabi (yellow) 3.4 mg

  • Peanuts 3.3 mg

  • Cheddar cheese 3.1 mg

  • Mozzarella cheese 2.9 mg

  • Anchovies 2.4 mg

  • Rabbit 2.4 mg

  • Cabbage, cucumber, jalapeno peppers, kidney beans, navy beans, spirulina and turnip greens 2 mg

  • Arrowroot, artichokes (globe), beetroot, bell peppers, black eyed peas, borage, broad beans, Brussel sprouts, butter beans, cabbage, carrots, celery, chilli peppers, courgettes, dandelion greens, garlic, horseradish, kale, kelp, mustard greens, peas, pinto beans, potatoes, pumpkin, turnips, Swede, sweet potato, tomatoes (red),  wakame (seaweed), watercress and winged beans 1.2 mg

 

The recommended dietary allowance of zinc is approx. 15 mg daily for an adult. Do not exceed 100 mg of zinc per day from all sources.

 

VITAMINS REQUIRED TO TREAT ARTHRITIS SYMPTOMS

 

The B complex of vitamins is important for healthy pain-free joints and tendons especially vitamins B1, B2, B6, B9, B10, B11, B12 and B15. The following people can be deficient in these important vitamins:

  • Athletes and those doing regular strenuous activities for work or pleasure.

  • Dieters on a fat-free diet.

  • People living stressful lives.

  • People regularly taking medications or recreational drugs.

  • People that do not consume enough vegetables and fruit.

  • Pregnant and lactating women.

  • The elderly.

  • Those regularly drinking alcohol and coffee.

  • Tobacco smokers.

  • Vegans and vegetarians and others who avoid any dairy or meat products.

VITAMIN B1

 

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is required for proper muscular and tendon function. It also enhances circulation and helps with blood formation and is required for  the biosynthesis of a number of cell constituents. Vitamin B1 is known to help with treating arthritis.

 

Highest sources of vitamin B1 in milligrams per 100 grams

 

         Yeast extract 23.38 mg

         Brewers yeast 11 mg (check label)

         Rice bran 2.75 mg

         Wheat germ 1.88 mg

         Sesame seeds 1.21 mg

         Sunflower seeds 1.48 mg

         Coriander leaves 1.25 mg

         Pine nuts 1.24 mg

         Peanuts 0.44 mg

         Shiitake mushrooms 0.3 mg

         Okra 0.2 mg

         Globe artichoke 0.20 mg

         Beetroot greens 0.12 mg

         Sprouted beans 0.39 mg

         Spinach 0.10 mg

 

VITAMIN B2

 

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is required by the body to use oxygen and for the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, carbohydrates and protein. Vitamin B2 is further needed to activate vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B9 (folic acid) both of which are important for avoiding the development and treating arthritis conditions. See below.

 

Highest sources of vitamin B2 in milligrams per 100 grams

 

         Yeast extract 17.5 mg

         Lambs liver 4.59 mg

         Brewers yeast 4 mg (check label)

         Parsley 2.38 mg

         Cheese 1.38 mg

         Almonds 1.10 mg

         Lean beef 0.86 mg

         Soya beans 0.76 mg

         Wheat bran 0.58 mg

         Mackerel 0.58 mg

 

VITAMIN B6

 

Deficiency of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) can cause irritability, nervousness and insomnia as well as general weakness. Skin changes such as dermatitis and acne as well asthma and allergies might develop when pyridoxine is in short supply. Symptoms may also include nails that are ridged, an inflamed tongue as well as changes to the bones - which can include osteoporosis and arthritis. Kidney stones may also appear. Vitamin B6 is needed by the body to manufacture its own vitamin B3.

 

Highest sources of vitamin B6 in milligrams per 100 grams

  • Rice bran 4.07 mg

  • Sage 2.69 mg

  • Brewers yeast 1.50 mg

  • Sunflower seeds 1.35 mg

  • Wheat germ 1.30 mg

  • Garlic 1.24mg

  • Pistachio nuts 1.12 mg

  • Tuna fish 1.04 mg

  • Beef or calfs liver 1.03 mg

  • Shiitake mushrooms 0.97 mg

  • Salmon 0.94 mg

  • Turkey 0.81 mg

  • Venison 0.76 mg

NOTE: Wild salmon (0.94 mg) contains far more vitamin B6 than farmed salmon (0.56 mg) and fresh salmon and tuna are far richer in vitamin B6 than tinned.

VITAMIN B9

 

Vitamin B9 is required for DNA synthesis and cell growth and is important for red blood cell formation, energy production as well as the forming of amino acids. It is important for healthy cell division and replication because of its involvement as a coenzyme for RNA and DNA synthesis. It is also vital for cells in the joints to be able repair themselves.

 

Highest sources of vitamin B9 in micrograms per 100 grams

 

         Yeast extract 3786 g

         Brewers yeast 2340 g (check label)

         Chicken livers 578 g

         Basil 310 g

         Wheat germ 281 g

         Sunflower seeds 238 g

         Soya beans 205 g

         Shiitake mushrooms 163 g

         Parsley 152 g

         Peanuts 145 g

         Chestnuts 110 g

         Beetroot 109 g

         Spearmint 105 g

         Chlorella 94 g

         Spirulina 94 g

         Fish roe 92 g

         Hazelnuts 88 g

         Walnuts 88 g

         Flaxseeds 87 g

         Mussels 76 g

         Okra 60 g

 

VITAMIN B10

 

Vitamin B10 is a water-soluble vitamin previously known as vitamin R and is used in the treatment of rheumatic fever. Vitamin B10 is also very essential for anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects. It is involved in the production of vitamin B9 (folic acid) by intestinal bacteria. It is important that the intestinal flora are balanced well although some vitamin K can be derived from the natural foods listed below. See also Prebiotic and Probiotic Foods above.

 

Natural sources of vitamin B10 in alphabetical order

 

         Beef

         Black strap molasses

         Bran

         Broccoli

         Brussels sprouts

         Buckwheat

         Chicken

         Chicory

         Lamb

         Mushrooms

         Okra

         Organ meats

         Rabbit

         Spinach

         Chicken

         Whole grains

         Venison

 

VITAMIN B11

 

Vitamin B11, also known as pteryl hepta glutamic acid, is a form of vitamin B9 (folic acid), one of five foliates necessary for humans, and is also known as the chick growth factor. It is also known as factor S and has similar properties to vitamin B10.

 

Natural sources of vitamin B11 in alphabetical order

 

         Asparagus

         Barley

         Beans

         Beef

         Beef liver

         Bran

         Brewer's yeast

         Broccoli

         Brussels sprouts

         Buckwheat

         Cheese

         Chicken

         Chicory

         Dates

         Eggs

         Kelp

         Lamb

         Milk

         Mushrooms

         Okra

         Oranges

         Organ meats

         Peas (fresh)

         Rabbit

         Rice (brown)

         Rye

         Soya beans

         Spinach

         Strawberries

         Tangerines

         Tuna

         Whole grains

 

VITAMIN B12

 

Vitamin B12 is needed for the manufacture and maintenance of red blood cells and stimulates appetite, promotes growth and releases energy. It is also important to reduce the risk of degenerative conditions such as arthritis.

 

Highest sources of vitamin B12 in micrograms per 100 grams

 

         Clams 98.9 μg

         Liver 83.1 μg

         Barley grass juice 80 μg

         Octopus 36 μg

         Caviar/fish eggs 20.0 μg

         Ashitaba powder 17.0 μg

         Herring 13.7 μg

         Tuna fish 10.9 μg

         Crab 10.4 μg

         Mackerel 8.7 μg

         Lean grass fed beef 8.2 μg  

         Duck and goose eggs 6 μg

         Rabbit 6 μg

         Crayfish 5 μg

         Pork heart 5 μg

         Rainbow trout 5 μg

         Lobster 4.0 μg

         Lamb 3.7 μg

         Venison 3.7 μg

         Swiss Cheese 3.3 μg

         Salmon 3.2 μg

         Whey powder 2.37 μg

         Tuna 1.9 μg

         Halibut 1.2 μg

         Chicken egg 1.1 μg

         Chicken, turkey 1.0 μg

 

VITAMIN B15

 

Vitamin B15 has been known to reduce pain for arthritis sufferers and it can also help protect the body from pollutants, especially carbon monoxide so is useful for anyone living in traffic congested areas.

 

Natural sources of vitamin B15

 

         Apricot kernels

         Beef blood

         Brewer's yeast (dependent upon source)

         Brown rice

         Buckwheat

         Pumpkin seeds

         Sunflower seeds

         Whole grains

 

VITAMIN C and VITAMIN E

 

Vitamin C is vital for the synthesis of collagen in connective tissue and iron bioavailability. Deficiency of vitamin C may lead to joint pain and long term deficiency may eventually lead to arthritis.

 

Vitamin C and vitamin E are antagonists ratio wise to one another and to other chemicals in the body: For instance, vitamin C increases iron uptake, which vitamin E inhibits. Vitamin C lowers manganese and zinc, while vitamin E helps increase manganese and zinc absorption. As a result, a very high intake of vitamin C will require an equally high intake of vitamin E to maintain the same ratio. The best way to do this is to ensure that when consuming foods rich in vitamin c such as fruit, always try to consume a handful of seeds or nuts which are rich in vitamin E.

 

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells from oxidation and neutralises unstable free radicals which can cause damage to bones and joints. This antioxidant capability is effective in helping to prevent degenerative diseases including arthritis.

 

Highest sources of vitamin C in milligrams per 100 grams

 

         Acerola cherries 1677.6 mg

         Camu camu berries 532 mg

         Rosehips 426 mg

         Green chillies 242.5 mg

         Guavas 228.3 mg

         Yellow bell peppers 183.5 mg

         Black currants 181 mg

         Thyme 160.01 mg

         Red chillies 143.7 mg

         Drumstick pods 141 mg

         Kale 120 mg

         Jalapeno peppers 118.6 mg

         Kiwi fruit 105.4 mg

         Sun dried tomatoes 102 mg

         Broccoli 89 mg

         Brussel sprouts 85 mg

         Cloves, saffron 81 mg

         Chilli pepper 76 mg

         Mustard greens 70 mg

         Cress 69 mg

         Persimmons fruit 66 mg

         Swede 62 mg

         Basil 61 mg

         Papaya 60 mg

         Rosemary 61 mg

         Strawberries 58 mg

         Chives 58 mg

         Oranges 53.2 mg

         Lemons 53 mg

         Pineapple 48 mg

         Cauliflower 48 mg

         Kumquats 43.9 mg

         Watercress 43 mg

         Wasabi root 41.9 mg

         Kidney bean sprouts 38.7 mg

         Melon 36.7 mg

         Elderberries 36 mg

         Coriander 27 mg

 

Highest sources of vitamin E in milligrams per 100 grams

  • Wheat germ 149.4 mg

  • Hemp seeds 55 mg

  • Hazelnut oil 47 mg

  • Almond oil 39 mg

  • Sunflower seeds 38.3 mg

  • Chilli powder 38.1 mg

  • Paprika 38 mg

  • Rice bran oil 32 mg

  • Grape seed oil 29 mg

  • Almonds 26.2 mg

  • Oregano 18.3 mg

  • Hazelnuts 17 mg

  • Flaxseed oil 17 mg

  • Peanut oil 16 mg

  • Hazelnuts 15.3 mg

  • Corn oil 15 mg

  • Olive oil 14 mg

  • Soya bean oil 12 mg

  • Pine nuts 9.3 mg

  • Cloves (ground) 9 mg

  • Peanuts 8 mg

  • Celery flakes (dried) 6 mg

  • Spirulina 5 mg

  • Dried apricots 4.3 mg

  • Bell peppers (red), eel, olives and salmon 4 mg

  • Jalapeno peppers 3.6 mg

  • Anchovies 3.3 mg

  • Broccoli, chicken, chilli peppers (sun-dried), cod, crayfish, dandelion greens, egg yolk, duck, goose, pecan nuts, spinach, tomatoes (tinned or pureed) turkey and turnip greens 3 mg

  • Avocado, beef, bilberries, blue berries, butter, chicory greens, cinnamon (ground), crab, halibut, herring (pickled), mackerel, marjoram, mustard greens, pistachio nuts, poppy seeds, sardines, sesame seeds, Swiss chard, trout, tuna, turnips and walnuts 2 mg

  • Fish roe 1.9 mg

  • Asparagus, kiwi fruit and parsnips 1.5 mg

  • Black berries 1.2 mg

  • Chlorella 1.1 mg

VITAMIN D AND OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

 

Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids are two nutrients vital for bone and joint health. During the winter months (October to April) in the Northern Hemisphere extra vitamin D is required in the diet as the sun is too weak for the skin to manufacture vitamin D from the suns UV rays. The body does store vitamin D for 60 days but then, if stores are diminished, there will be a deficiency which will affect the bones and joints. Omega-3 is required daily to keep joints in good working order. Copper, together with zinc improves the absorption of vitamin D which aids in the absorption of calcium.

 

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

 

Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to correct functioning and repair of joints in the body. The ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids is also an important factor.  Most people tend to consume foods with a far higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 which can lead to joint problems. A way to counteract this is to consume kill oil capsules daily. This has been known to cure joint problems within a  month and krill does not get contaminated by mercury as some ocean fish do as it is short lived and resides higher up in the ocean. One food that contains the perfect ratio of these vital fatty acids is hempseeds. Try grinding them to a powder and adding to various dishes.

 

Krill oil capsules are the best to consume on a daily basis as krill is not contaminated with mercury like some types of ocean fish and they are the richest sources of both vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Highest sources of vitamin D per serving

(One IU is the biological equivalent of 0.3 μg or 0.3 micrograms)

 

         Krill oil - 1 teaspoon: 1000 IU

         Eel - 85 g or 3 oz: 792 IU

         Maitake mushrooms - 70 g: 786 IU

         Rainbow trout - 85 g or 3 oz: 540 IU

         Cod liver oil - 1 teaspoon: 440 IU

         Mackerel - 85 g or 3 oz: 400 IU

         Salmon - 85 g or 3 oz: 400 IU

         Halibut - 85 g or 3 oz: 196 IU

         Tuna - 85 g or 3 oz: 228 IU

         Sardines - 85 g or 3 oz: 164 IU

         Chanterelle mushrooms - 85 g or 3 oz: 155 IU

         Raw milk - 1 glass or 8 oz: 98 IU

         Egg yolk - 1 large: 41 IU

         Caviar - 28g or 1 oz: 33 IU

         Hemp seeds - 100 g or 3.5 oz: 22 IU

         Portabella mushrooms - 85 g or 3 oz: 6 IU

 

VITAMIN K

 

Vitamin K aids in bone formation and repair. It is also necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin. Osteocalcin is the protein in bone tissue on which calcium crystallizes. It also reduces the accumulation of iron in the joints, which is thought to be a primary cause of rheumatoid arthritis and reduces pain and inflammation. Vitamin K1 helps prevent excessive activation of osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone.

 

Beneficial bacteria in the intestines convert vitamin K1 into vitamin K2, which activates osteocalcin, the major protein in bones. Osteocalcin anchors calcium molecules inside of the bone. All of these vitamin K-related mechanisms point to the importance of vitamin K-rich foods for bone and joints. Looking after the beneficial bacteria in the intestines is important and antibiotics and other medications plus too much sugar and artificial food additives in the diet can adversely affect these vital microbes. See Prebiotic and Probiotic foods.

 

Highest sources of vitamin K in micrograms per 100 grams

 

         Basil 1714.5 g

         Kale 817 g

         Watercress 252 g

         Spring onions 207 g

         Broccoli 148 g

         Cloves 142 g

         Brussel sprouts 140.3 g

         Chilli peppers 105.7 g)

         Pickled cucumber 76.7 g

         Soya beans 70.6 g

         Chlorella70 g

         Spirulina 70 g

         Olive oil 60.2 g

         Prunes 59.5 g

         Asparagus 50.6 g

         Sun dried tomatoes 43 μg

         Asparagus 41 μg

         Cashew nuts 35 g

         Alfalfa sprouts 30.5 μg

         Celery 29 g

         Black berries 20 g

         Blue berries 19 g

 

NOTE: Vitamin K rich foods should be limited by those with poor circulation and at risk for blood clots.

 


NATURAL HEALING

If the skin is cut open, it will heal automatically. If a part of the the liver is lost, it regenerates itself. If a bone is fractured or broken it will  begin healing itself immediately. Healing in the body occurs naturally if more care is taken of the body and diet and it is not subjected repeatedly to toxins, poisons, heavy metals and damage. Natural selection ensured that only people who possessed the self-healing powers to bounce back from illnesses and injuries could survive to the present day.

A cell is the basic structural and functional unit of all living organisms, the building block of life. All organisms are composed of one or more cells. Cells emerged on earth at least four billion years ago. The main purpose of a cell is to reproduce in order to ensure survival of future generations. All cells existing today are the product of a continuing process of evolution. Just as bacteria have in recent years evolved to become resistant to antibiotics, the human body cells are evolving to survive the worst damage that nature can impose.

The human body is made up of over 200 types of specialised cells, an estimated 10 trillion or 100,000,000,000,000 in all. Each cell is an amazing world in itself. The inherent nature of a cell is to regenerate to make good any damage, to reproduce through cell-division (mitosis) to sustain growth and maintain the same number of cells in the body. The human body experiences about 10,000 trillion cell divisions in a life time.
Cells that are damaged beyond repair are programmed to self-destruct through a process called apoptosis, which makes cell damage irrelevant. When this vital process fails, due to lack of nutrients, too much sugar, alcohol, coffee, processed foods and food additives, pesticides, powerful medications and toxic build up in the system, the result can be cancerous tumours.

The body also has stems cells which act as a maintenance system. Stem cells divide through mitosis and self-renew to produce more stem cells. Stem cells can differentiate into diverse specialised cell types such as chondroblasts which produce a special secretion called chondrin which actively builds and repairs cartilage. As the chondroblasts mature they turn into chondrocytes which replace the damaged tissues, effectively repairing the wear and tear of the cartilage.

Cells have different life spans and millions die every minute with or without damage. Cell damage and cell death therefore do not cause illness, because the cells naturally reproduce to give provide a fresh start. These and other cellular functions are the natural processes that keep the body healthy. The cells will continue to repair or destroy themselves as required and will reproduce to replenish themselves, as long as they are supplied with the essential nutrients to enable them to do this. Illness develops when cellular functions break down.


GELATINE FOR NECK AND BACK PAIN

Taking a daily dose of gelatin every morning can relieve neck and back pain by lubricating the joints and will also improve metabolism, mental stability and the growth and quality of the hair and nails.

Purchase 150g of pure unsweetened gelatine powder from a health food store. This is enough for one month.

If vegetable gelatin is preferred it can be used instead and is available as vegetable gum such as agar, agar-agar, kanten from algae or carrageen or Irish moss from a seaweed source.

In the evening add 2 flat tablespoons of gelatine to 1/4 glass of cold water, stir well to get a smooth texture and let it rest till the morning.

During the night gelatine will turn into jelly and it should be consumed first thing in the morning before eating anything else.

This homemade remedy should be used for one month only, followed by a 6-month break.

NATURE CURES DIET FOR BONE DISORDERS

Try steaming a wide selection of the vegetables listed with the herbs and spices listed and a tablespoon or two of bottled or filtered water then place in a blender for a deliciously healthy potage soup and eat a small bowl before each meal. Similarly blend a wide selection of the fruits together with nutmeg, cinnamon and honey to provide a tasty nutritious 'smoothie'. Add live probiotic organic yoghurt to make the 'smoothie' or soup creamy.

Meat (3 times a week)
Beef (organic lean grass-fed), calf's liver, lambs liver, lamb, poultry, organ meats,
rabbit and venison.

Fish (4 times a week)
Halibut, shellfish, oily fish: such as anchovies, bloater fish, carp, cod, eel, herring, hilsa fish, kipper, mackerel, pilchards, salmon, sardines, sprats, swordfish, trout, tuna (fresh only) and whitebait

Dairy (yoghurt & kefir milk daily, eggs and cheese 3 or 4 times a week)
Kefir milk, non-pasteurised blue cheese, eggs and yoghurt (plain with live cultures)

Vegetables (a selection of at least 4 colours per day meaning all have been eaten at least once a fortnight)
Alfalfa, asparagus, beetroot,
bell peppers (all colours), broccoli, carrots, celery, chicory, cress, cucumber, daikon, kelp, marrow, mushrooms, okra seaweed, Swede, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, turnips and watercress.

Legume (4 times a week)
Black beans, black-eyed peas, broad beans, chickpeas, legumes, lentils, lima bean, mung beans, navy beans, peas, pinto bean, red kidney beans, soya beans and winged beans.

Fibre (at least 1 everyday)
Amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, oats, quinoa and teff.

Fruit (a selection of 2 or 3 colours per day meaning all have been eaten at least once a fortnight)
Apples,
avocado, bananas, berries, lemons, limes, grapefruit, apricot, strawberry, red grape, cherries, peaches, pears, papaya, mango, mosambi juice, oranges, tangerines and watermelon.

Dried Fruit (as snacks or added to meals daily)
Apricots, dates, figs
, goji berries, raisins and sultanas.

Seeds (as snacks or added to meals daily)
Flaxseeds, hemp, nasturtium, poppy, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and watermelon.

Sprouts (see the Micro Diet Sprouting page to find out how to grow your own then add to meals and snacks daily)
Alfalfa, almond, amaranth, barley, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, chickpea, corn, hazelnut, fenugreek, flaxseeds, kamut, leek, lemon grass, lentil, lettuce, milk thistle, mizuna, mung beans, mustard, oat, onion, pea, peanut, radish, rice, rocket, rye, quinoa, sesame, spinach, spring onions, sunflower, turnip and watercress.

Nuts (as snacks or added to meals daily)
Brazil nuts (2 per day), cashews, chestnuts, coconut, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts (5 per day).

Common Herbs (nutritious herbs to be used as often as possible daily in meals or as teas)
Basil, cardamom, coriander, cloves, dill, lemongrass, oregano, parsley, rosemary, safflower, sage, tarragon and thyme.

Medicinal Herbs (consume as teas or add to meals as required)
Ash gourd, bissy nut, borage, burdock root, black seed, common stinging nettles, dandelion, devil's claw, drumstick, horsetail, hydrangea, Japanese or Chinese knotweed, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, liquorice root, noni, oatstraw, pan pien pien, pine needles, Queen of the meadow,
scutellaria, yellow dock root, wild strawberry leaf and yukka (desert plant).

Spices (nutritious spices to be used as often as possible daily)
Cardamom, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, nutmeg, paprika, peppercorns (all colours) and turmeric.

Derivatives (to be consumed and used as desired on a daily basis)
Anise seed tea, apple cider vinegar, bergamot tea,
black strap molasses, brewer's yeast, brine pickles,
green tea, honey, miso, olive oil, sesame oil, rapeseed oil, tea and tofu.

NOTE eat natural foods containing fat soluble carotenoids at the same time as foods containing fats such as olive oil, sesame oil, nuts or avocado.

NOTE Non-heme iron is found in vegetables like spinach and kale. Tea, as well as green leafy vegetables has oxalates that block the absorption of iron. To assist the body in the absorption of non-heme iron from tea and those healthy green leafy vegetables, eat a couple of strawberries, an orange, tangerine or some mango if having green leafy vegetables or tea with a meal or snack.

RESTORATIVE SLEEP

 

In one scientific study it was discovered that cutting sleep short to six hours a night for just one week altered over 700 genes, leading to cell damage. This explains how the prolonged lack of restorative sleep damages and destroys cells, resulting in degenerative diseases such as arthritis. It is vital to sleep when the body is tired. Even if it is in two stages of around four hours, which was natural for humans in the past, the body is showing it needs to restore itself as and when is necessary.

 

Forcing sleep with medications is not the answer as this will do more harm than good to already damaged bones. Changing lifestyle to accommodate the unique sleep patterns of an individual is vital. Unfortunately, this has become very difficult since the industrial age which dictates sleeping and daily working hours. This could well be the reason why so many people are now suffering with bone and joint disorders and other degenerative diseases.

 

KEEPING WARM AND COMFORTABLE

 

When the body is cold circulation slows down considerably and this will affect both the nutrients getting to the cells where they are needed and the lymph system which cleans waste and toxins from the system. It is therefore important to wear warm clothes especially socks, gloves and hats during the cold months of the year. Ill-fitting and unnatural shaped shoes will also have a damaging effect on the joints of the toes, feet, ankles and knees. Wearing strong warm boots, that support the ankle and adding cushioned and thermal insoles can help to reduce damage caused to feet and improve circulation when the weather is cold. Sitting for long periods will also cause joint stiffness and poor circulation. It is important to get up and stretch the legs for ten minutes at least once every hour.

 

EXERCISE

 

UK doctors recommend plenty of exercise for people with arthritis; they also recommends plenty of rest for people with gout, a common form of arthritis. This contradiction highlights the confusion which is causing so much damage and suffering that are completely avoidable.

If arthritis is the result of joint damage caused by overuse or wear and tear as it is commonly perceived, the notion that plenty of walking, jogging or any exercise that exerts pressure on damaged joints can improve joint damage is contrary to common sense.

Arthritis is cell damage often caused by malnutrition, the result of energy deficiency that leads to organ dysfunctions and bad circulation. What cells need are nutrients and oxygen which blood delivers in circulation. Movement improves circulation and therefore provides the relief that cells need.

 

Light exercises such as stretching, tilting, turning, bending, flexing and swimming are movements that improve circulation and strengthen muscles without aggravating the damage. Cycling is also a good exercise as it does not put undue pressure on joints. Never exercise on hard surfaces such as concrete or paving slabs as this will cause more damage to joints.

 

The problem is that people with arthritis also suffer from energy deficiency which causes arthritis in the first place. While movement improves circulation in the short-term, it also depletes energy which makes circulation worse in the longer-term.

 

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WHAT TO AVOID WHEN

NOTE: Motherwort may be habit forming.

CAUTION: Many herbs are powerful and can react with medications. Always check before taking at the same time as any drugs.

NOTE: Some nutritional yeasts, especially brewer’s yeast, can  also interact with medications. Those who are on Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor antidepressants (MAOIs) medication are especially at risk. It is also best avoided by those carrying the herpes virus as it can induce a attack.

Try to avoid refined and processed foods, any foods with additives such as aspartame, coffee,  fizzy drinks, sugar, table salt (use Himalayan pink crystals or unrefined sea salt), white flour and white rice (choose whole grains and brown or wild rice).

Only eat the following fruit and vegetables if they are organic because of the risk of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides:

  • Apples

  • Asparagus

  • Aubergine

  • Avocado

  • Bananas

  • Bell peppers

  • Blue berries

  • Canataloupe

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery

  • Cherries

  • Chilli peppers

  • Cocoa beans

  • Coffee beans

  • Collard greens

  • Courgettes

  • Cucumbers

  • Grapefruit

  • Grapes

  • Kale

  • Kiwi fruit

  • Lettuce

  • Mange toute peas

  • Mangos

  • Mushrooms

  • Nectarines

  • Onions

  • Oranges

  • Papaya

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Pineapples

  • Plums

  • Potatoes

  • Raspberries

  • Runner beans

  • Spinach

  • Spring onions

  • Squash

  • Strawberries

  • Sweet corn

  • Peas frozen

  • Tomatoes

  • Watermelon

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