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Cause of My Arthritis?

Posted by Felix (Toronto, Canada) on 03/26/2007

I read all the comments here about the wonders of ACV, magensium and alkalina diet to cure or at least minimize arthritis. But i'm also confused because i do not understand what acidity has to do with arthritis, some say i should stay away from acidic foods such as raw tomatoes, starches, pastries and other processed food. Can anyone explain to me why all those foods cause arthritis? I would like to get to the source of the problem and not just relieve myself from hip pain, i had that for few years now and only 22. This winter is a disaster, some mornings i have to struggle to get our of bed, and obviosuly realize that something in my body is screwed up. People recommend various remedies, and i would like to try whatever it takes to cure my pains. But i need to know what exactly i'm doing. Am i having these pains because of vitamins and minerals deficiency? I didn't always eat fruits and vegeables, would that be the main cause? My diet? Does chlorine in the tap water affect my bones? I would greatly appreciate a detailed explanation and perhaps advice on how should i approach this very serious matter with all the remedies inlisted here and other sources. Thank you.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Dear Felix: Basically the cause of arthritis that is little known to the public is the issue of mycobacteria, which is a microbe that is fungus like and exists in the cartilage between the joints. The tend to grow there causing pain. Israel have some of the lowest arthritis level due to high boron in their drinking water. In some other regions of the world, people who are not exposed to the sun such as during winter also get severe arthritis, usually due to the vitamin D levels being low. A healthy body can easily produce 10,000 i.u. of vitamin D in full sun. Certain vitamins apparently have antifungal properties (anti-mycobacterium) such as vitamins D and vitamin K.

The biological terrain parameters for a these arthritis causing microbes is they grow well in high acidity, high heavy metals (in particular high free metal iron) and when the body's immune system is low. A 60 year old person will produce only 1/6 the level of vitamin D as a young person. And borax, or boron mineral have anti fungus properties as well, which in effect reduces arthritis.

Therefore the remedy for arthritis is alkaline such as at least taking baking soda 1/4 teaspoon taken twice a day, or a more complete one such as 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. This will raise the pH to alkaline weakening the fungus and mycobacterium cellular structure.

Taking vitamin D, and vitamin K is used as treatment for osteoporosis, but at the same time it helps considerably in reducing pain associated with arthritis. I should know since my own mother has it. The usual dose of vitamin D especially for people who really need it who is not out in the sun or especially during the winter is usually between 2000 i.u. to 10,000 i.u. at least. I take them myself but at about 20,000 i.u. but I don't take them everyday, only when I have cloudy vision (cataract), or arthritic pain. But this is not the only thing I find that taking some borax is very helpful as a boron supplements, such as 1/8 teaspoon per liter of drinking water dividing up the dose over the course of a day. I may take more, but 1/8 is the best one. Usually it is taken for say 3 or 4 days out of a week for men, while for woman maybe once a week or twice a week such as every three days. The dose depends really on how the body responds, such as reduced arthritic pains the next day. The one supplements that helped me the most for my arthritic pains is the borax, followed closely by vitamin D and alkalizing. For vitamin D to work the best, since it increase serum calcium to be higher than normal is for me to take about 250 mg/day of magnesium chloride (or appropriate magnesium supplements such as magnesium citrate, magnesium gluconate).

The level of antioxidants in the body is also naturally increased when the body is in a more alkaline state. If you have your ORP meters handy (Oxidation Reduction Potential) and measure the urine pH also, the antioxidant level is raised by at least 20-30% depending on what your initial pH was and the ending. Of course this is just the average for most people. Antioxidant is seen as protective.

There is some observation that people with arthritis also has high level of free iron between the joints and they also serve as food to the mycobacterium. In that case coriander or chinese parsley eaten regularly will reduce the heavy metal burden throughout the body. Oil pulling is also seen helpful, if the primary target to remove heavy metals in your body, then I think olive oil is generally the best based on my own observations. You are free to use any other oils as heavy metals are oil soluble, the use of heavy metals pulls out the metals from the body, thus slowly reducing the heavy metal burden in the body.

As to which diets will help you the most in reducing arthritic pain, is obvious that avoiding certain foods are most helpful. Since microbes which cause arthritis tend to grow best with high heavy metals and fried foods sponge up a lot of heavy metals, avoiding fried foods, and oily foods would help the most. The second issue is the high sugar foods where mycobacterium tends to grow best in presence of high sugar foods such as as corn syrup (fructose), sucrose (sugar) and white flour. These the most obvious ones, besides bad habits of smoking, drinking and a few others.

I place little restrictions on what you can or cannot eat, but I prefer most people to avoid certain foods is a better option toward lessening arthritic pains in general. Foods that are alkaline forming are generally seen as green leafy vegetables, whole fruits now and then, some watermelon, seeds, cranberry, and sometimes if necessary whole wheat.

Avoiding anything white such as white sugar, white flour, fast food, devoid of any mineral are generally acid forming, even the common salt. Use sea salt instead, as they are generally alkaline with their pH averaging between 7.5 to 8.5, which is better than the common salt. Also, sea salts provides general micro mineral balance found in nature that processed foods is lacking.

Replied by Tina

Do you have any suggestions for Seronegative arthritis, no libido, little energy and bleeding in between periods and well as heavy ones? I have tried almost all the alternatives for my symptoms but I continue to decline in health. I felt no improvement with borax, magnesium, baking soda, vinegar, ect... I am not an old person but my life is passing me by because my condition is crippling me. I have swelling/fluid retention, stiffness, bone erosion and nodules, weakening muscles and joint, and hair loss. things are getting worse. I don't know what to do since I have done what Ted has suggested for the other with arthritis.

Replied by Teena
Melbourne, Australia
233 posts

I applaud you for your determination to heal your body for your own good health. Your body is trying to heal itself, but you need to stop giving it foods that cause inflammation, or worse, actual harm. No canned food. No vegetable oils, canola, etc. Toxic. Damages the liver. Only use coconut, grass fed lard, or ghee. These are heat stable and provide many benefits. No white sugar. Raw honey has beneficial properties if you must add sweetness. Definitely no artificial sweeteners. Contains aspartame and aspartame in new hidden names. ExcitoToxin. No MSG. ExcitoToxin. No white salt. Use unrefined salt, and put it in your filtered water, about 1/4 tsp a liter. If you can't avoid wheat or grains, (I can't), eat them cultured, eg sourdough, or soak your grains overnight, eg soak oats for porridge or soak flours for baking. Except einkorn, it doesn't need soaking. Info for soaking online. Also your dairy should be cultured, ie kefir, natural set yoghurt. We cannot digest lactose as we don't produce lactase. Kefir has so many benefits, including many diverse probiotics, which you also need. (Add a good quality probiotic from the refrigerated section of your health store). Or make your own kefir.

Add anti inflammatory foods, bone broths with lots of collagen if possible. Daily throw mostly your garden or organic greens into your blender (little fruit) to get easily digestible vitamins and minerals. You probably have nutrient absorption problems. If you can't get organic, wash well with water and white vinegar, add a good pinch of baking soda. These small changes for about a week should minimise detox effects when you begin the iodine protocol, you'll find in Ted's remedies. If you think that's to hard to accumulate the recommended supplements, then at least start on some good quality kelp. Iodine can eliminate the nodules, fibroids, cysts, and arthritis. Dmso (research) applied topically gave my husband relief on his knee, (one application) unfortunately he didn't like the initial stinging. Minimise coffee and add herbal tea, like if you have a rosemary plant, make tea. If you have a sage plant, make tea. Add turmeric, it's anti inflammatory. Sri Lankan cinnamon. Research the health benefits of the"weeds" in your garden. Eg shepherds purse can stop bleeding, whether wound or menstrual. I used to nibble some when in the garden and my period had gone on too long. Speaking of, my last period did not have the usual cramps, heaviness or excess longevity. I have used many supplements as I know it's a nutrient issue but nothing had worked. But very recently, week and a half? I was told to add chlorophyll to my daily water, yes I add it with the salt, for my constipation issue. I had been taking it straight, for I like the taste, but was told to add it to the water, it works better for my purpose. Well after seeing your post it got me thinking, I researched the benefits of chlorophyll, as it's the only very recent change, and it has many benefits, vitamins minerals etc, particularly magnesium, but because of a similar molecular make up to haemoglobin, it works as a blood builder. I encourage you to look into this for your heavy bleeding issues, as this is only my limited experience, and research.

Good luck on your good health journey.

Replied by DrHoward
San Pedro CA

It was Jarvis, an MD who really started the ACV revolution!