Arthritis is a generic term for inflammation (pain, swelling and redness) of the joint (where two or more bones join), stationary and mobile. Movable joints include the bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves and blood.
Cartilage (gelatinous substance, shock absorber) caps, separates and cushions the ends of all movable bones. Ligaments hold the bones together. Tendons attach muscles to ligaments. Nerves provide electrical impulses. Blood (nutrients) stimulate, move, expand and contract the muscles, tendons and ligaments, which move the bones (range of motion). Poor circulation via deficient blood, anemia, clogged arteries, obesity, injury and sedentary lifestyle tends to cause arthritic pain.
There are three types of arthritis:
(1) Rheumatoid (autoimmune)
(2) Gout (excess uric acid)
(3) Osteo (bone on bone)
Protein and fat build, thicken, fuel, heat and moisten. Long-term low protein, low fat, caffeine and high carbohydrate diets tend to reduce, thin and weaken the blood. Chronic, low protein, low fat deficient, thin blood, thins, dries, inflames, weakens and pains the muscles, tendons, nerves, etc. in the arms, legs, hands and feet: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Peripheral Artery Disease and Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). RLS is a condition in which the legs develop painful cramps, twitch, and jerk or kick involuntarily while lying in bed, day or night.
High animal protein, fat diets, in the extreme, thicken and the blood (clots, high cholesterol) and clog the arteries (plaque, atherosclerosis) stagnating and reducing circulation, especially to the extremities: head, arms and legs, which, dries, thins, inflames and pains the bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves causing arthritic symptoms (rheumatoid and psoriatic). Pain, numbness, in the arms, legs, while sitting or lying down with arms or legs crossed generally indicates clogged arteries or poor, reduced circulation. High protein diets, in the extreme, also cause excessive uric acid (by-product of protein digestion) that can lodge in the joints (gout), in particular the big toe causing excruciating pain. Gout is more prevalent in men, western countries (high protein, high fat) than women (low protein, low fat diets) and Asia (low animal protein, fat, high carbohydrate).
Blood thinners can also cause arthritic symptoms, as they thin the blood; remove excess protein, fat (cholesterol), which eventually thins the bones, muscles, etc. Protein, fat builds, thickens the bones, as does exercise. My health food store was located in S. Fl. Many of my elderly customers who were taking blood thinners complained about subsequent bone deformities, melting, fusing of the bones in the hands and feet
Dietary treatment (food, herbs) for arthritis via blood deficiency and clogged arteries is relatively simple but time consuming, to rebuild and cleanse the body.
The hotter middle diet, more chicken, turkey, hard cheese, soups, cooked vegetables, spices (red pepper, turmeric) is recommended for “cold” arthritis caused by deficiency, low protein, and low fat, anemic thin blood. Turmeric helps stretch the ligaments.
The colder middle diet, turmeric, is recommended for excess heat, building, “hot” arthritis, clogged arteries. Increase vegetables (raw cabbage, celery) fruit (apples), juices (with pulp) spices (cumin, coriander, fennel, turmeric) and peppermint tea. Vegetable and fruit juices with pulp and asparagus help dissolve calcium and uric acid deposits in the joints. Raw pineapple helps relieve, cure acute tendonitis. Glucosamine sulfate (1500 mg/ day) and bovine cartilage can help grow cartilage where there is cartilage. Check with your doctor first before using or have an allergy to shellfish (source of GS). Hot salves (contain hot herbs: camphor, capsicum/ cayenne pepper) used externally for reducing pain are also effective, especially when skin is wrapped, covered with plastic, which contains, drives heat down, into the skin, muscles, circulates blood. Reduce, avoid animal flesh, alcohol, sugar, cooked nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant); caffeine and flour, which are acidic, worsen arthritis
Diet and herbs cannot cure osteoarthritis (bone on bone). You cannot grow cartilage where there is none.
Case history #27 I used to suffer numbness and pain when I crossed my arms and legs while sitting or lying down. I also suffered pain in my back and knees. I changed my diet, increased hard cheese, nuts, seeds fruits and vegetables (raw and cooked) while decreasing, eliminating animal flesh (except occasional turkey and chicken) and grain. My diet used to be one-third grain. Within six months the pain, numbness, etc. with my arms and legs, crossed, raised, disappeared as long as I ate well. The pain would return if I did not eat well (excess animal protein, fat, grain, alcohol and coffee), and immediately disappear once I corrected my diet, indicating that my circulation back to normal, regardless of the fact that I was getting older, nearing my sixtieth birthday. Everything (plaque, clots, etc.) builds up and breaks down.
Case history #6: I played basketball most of my life, until the age of fifty-two. I sustained some damage to my ligaments, tendons and cartilage, arthritic pain in both knees. I started using MSM (sulfur) 4,000- 5,000mg and Vitamin C 3,000 to 5,000 mg two times per day, which vastly improved, lessened the pain. However, it was not until I added fresh fruit and vegetable juice (with pulp), 2x/ day that my pain, in my knees completely disappeared. Fruits and vegetables are highly alkaline which help helps dissolve calcium, fluoride and other mineral deposits in the bones, muscles, nerves, etc. Prior to these cures, I had consistent pain in my knees and legs, when walking, or sitting on the ground with my legs crossed. Now I could do both without pain. Check with your doctor, as sulfur may interfere with some prescription drugs.
Arthritis, in its many forms can also have non- dietary causes (injury, trauma, drugs). Medical consultation and or treatment may be necessary.