Arthritis


Joint pain hot spots located on the body with arthritis

Chronic infection causes arthritis

Bacteria

Mycoplasma fermentans is a major contributor to autoimmune disease and chronic fatigue illnesses, which are now an epidemic in our society. It is in the synovial fluids (a joint that is surrounded by a thick flexible membrane forming a sack into which is secreted a viscous fluid that lubricates the joint) of RA sufferers and a leading cause of arthritis. It is the most aggressive of all mycoplasmas in its ability to be resistant and invasive in its attempts to take over the body. Implicated in degenerative joint disease that is not injury related.

Propioni acnes and Versinia are also implicated. Propioni acnes is found in virtually all cases of RA, in their altered cell wall deficient state. They are passed from mother to fetus.

Mycoplasma penetrans is also a common cause. These bacteria enter the body by way of larger parasites. Commonly found are Ascaris, Hookworm, Spongyloides, Trichinella. Worms eggs hatch into microscopic wormlets that travel to your joints. Toxins like mercury, cadmium, lead, thallium and solvents lower immunity and allow tiny larvae to live there. Once the pathway to these organs has been established, it continues to be used by other parasites as well.

Bacteria may come from jaw bone infections, but also gallstones, kidney stones and other parasites. The correct protocol is a complete overhaul of body health; diet, body and environment.

Roundworms are everywhere around us; dust, dirt, fingernails (long) and bowel movements. Superior sanitation is critical to avoid reinfection. No long fingernails! Food preparation with long nails requires the use of gloves.

Parasites consume large amounts of your vitamins and minerals.

Once the source of the infection is rectified, which involves supporting the immune system in its removal, the body is free from this systemic burden and the pain can subside. Normal function returns and higher energy levels also. However, that’s not all. Bacteria and pollutants are always seen together.

Pollutants

Arthritic deposits contain phosphates combined with calcium from your bones. Calcium is used to neutralize excess phosphates in the diet; meats, soda, commercial beverages, coffee, chocolate, processed grains.

Toe deposits are made of the same crystals as kidney stones. Because these deposits are far from the kidneys, it takes longer to restore them.

Knees are a favorite location for RA. Knees are dependent on the kidneys. Eliminate piperine (from the pepper family, but not cayenne). Eliminate the Solanaccae family of plants - potatoes, tomatoes, egg plant, tobacco.

Shoulder pain is called bursitis, but it can also be arthritis, which is from gallstones stuck in the bile ducts of the liver. Epsom salt relaxes bile duct valves. Do a liver & gallbladder cleanse. Shoulder pain is evidence of approximately 3,000 stones in the gallbladder.

Finger pain - Hippuric acid, uric acid and phosphates. Uric acid is excreted by the kidneys. Build up in the body, due to poor kidney function, is dumped in the body and blood, esp. in acidic pH conditions. Bacteria feed on these and as bacteria multiply the body fights back with inflammation = pain. Joints become knobby and unbending.

Hippuric acid is an excretory product that is made in the body to detoxify sodium benzoate; formed by the conjugation of benzoic acid and glycine, and is found in urine. The kidneys can’t excrete but so much, so it dumps excess in the organs where bacteria feed on it. Food sources of benzoic acid (a derivative of benzene) include beer, chewing gum, sweets, commercial beverages, pastries, ice cream, jam, jelly, maraschino cherries, margarine, processed foods, cheeses and meats. Manufacturers use benzoic acid in the production of artificial flavors, fragrances, cosmetics, mouthwash, deodorant, body cleansers, toothpaste, lotions, sunscreen, as a preservative that inhibits the growth of mold, yeast and bacteria, and as a pH adjuster. Side effects of benzoic acid include GI irritation, asthma, rashes, itching, irritation of skin and eyes.

Uric acid - Purines are specific chemical compounds found in some foods. They are broken down into uric acid. A diet rich in purines from certain sources can raise uric acid levels in the body, which sometimes leads to gout. Meat and seafood may increase this risk. Organic fermented dairy products may lower your risk. High purine foods include organ meats, bacon, beef, pork and lamb, game meats like venison, processed meats, gravy and beer.

Calcium and phosphorus, which are minerals, work together to build strong bones. They combine to form a calcium phosphate salt called hydroxyapatite. A low calcium to phosphorus ratio may be detrimental to bone health, esp. in women at risk for osteoporosis. Approx. 85% of the body’s phosphorus is found in bones and teeth. Phosphorus is an essential structural component of cell membranes and nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), but is also involved in several biological processes, including bone mineralization, energy production and storage (adenosine triphosphate - ATP), a number of enzymes, hormones and cell signaling through phosphorylation reactions, as well as regulation of acid-base (pH) homeostasis by acting on one of the body’s most important buffers. The phosphorus-containing molecule 2,3-diphosphoglycerate binds to hemoglobin in red blood cells and regulates oxygen delivery to the tissues of the body.

Healthy kidneys help regulate the level of phosphorus in your blood by removing extra phosphorus. If your kidneys aren’t working properly, eventually high phosphorus levels will result (hyperphosphatemia). Hyperphosphatemia may also affect individuals with inappropriately low parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels (hypoparathyroidism) as they lack PTH stimulation of renal phosphate excretion and fail to stimulate synthesis of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D. These individuals cannot excrete excess phosphorus in the absence of both hormones. Phosphorus homeostasis is highly regulated by the PTH/vitaminD/FGF-23 axis in individuals with normal kidney function. Elevated serum phosphorus concentrations have been associated accelerated disease progression in individuals with impaired kidney functions and linked to increased risk of health outcomes in the general population, including renal failure, bone disease and cardiovascular disease.

Elemental phosphorus needs vary, depending on kidney function. Many healthy adults eat more than double the amount of phosphorus their bodies require because they eat processed foods.

To limit phosphorus in your diet, eliminate the following high phosphorus food sources, but the worst offenders are those with food additives, such as phosphoric acid:
Fast food
Processed foods
Commercial beverages -Tea, coffee, soda, bottled water, drink mix, gatorade, rice milk, nondairy creamers, soy products, pudding, non-organic yogurt.
Beans, lentils, hummus
Processed meats (bologna, ham, hot dogs, sausage, beef, pork)
Chocolate
Processed cheeses, cheese spreads, hard cheese, ricotta, cream cheese, cottage cheese, ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, soups.
Pancake mix, crackers, cereal, pasta, breads, biscuits, cornbread, muffins, waffles, pancakes, rice mixes, mac & cheese, nut butters.

Read the label - calcium phosphate, disodium phosphate, phosphoric acid, mono potassium phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium tripolyphosphate. Manufacturers add phosphorus when processing foods as a thickener, to improve taste, prevent discoloration or preserve them. Check ingredient labels carefully. Try to choose similar foods that don’t have additives, which are listed near the end of the ingredients. Fast foods and convenience foods have potentially large amounts of phosphorus.

Consume the following:
Whole grains (not crackers, breads or cereals made from whole grains - processed)
Wild caught fish, (not farm raised)
Organic fermented dairy
Eat fresh or frozen organic vegetables and fruit more often.

Poor diet will take years to manifest illness at a cellular level. Many people who have pathogen related illness, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, had few signs or symptoms until they reached their thirties and forties. In most cases, the initial low grade infection started years earlier, unseen without symptoms. However, with time and the progressive weakening of their system, the chronic infection eventually took over their entire body, producing joint, muscle, vascular and system inflammation. Chronic low-grade inflammation causes gradual tissue damage.

The process of elimination

Herbal parasite cleansing program
Kidney cleanse for 3 weeks, repeated every few months to remove deposits in joints.
Liver cleanse
Remove toxins, esp. asbestos and fiberglass, which go to joints and permits bacteria to return, causing pain.
Correct body pH levels (urine)

Milk allergy - I experienced relief when I did a liver cleanse. I take enzymes and switched to goat dairy. Cheese is no substitute for dairy because the calcium is in the whey that is discarded. It takes bile to make calcium absorbable. Milk with less than 2% butterfat does not trigger the gallbladder to empty bile at mealtime. Same for low or no fat diets.

Use toxin-free body and household products.

Joint pain is not caused by a lack of Advil

Doctors will recommend pain management, likely using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil and Tylenol, despite their well-known side effects.

NSAIDs and pain relievers (analgesics) reduce discomfort, but they do not stop the progression of degenerating joints. In fact, NSAIDs make joints worse by accelerating the progression of joint destruction, causing more problems in the long run. NSAIDs work to temporarily relieve pain by blocking enzymes that are involved in the production of inflammatory compounds, but those same enzymes are required to manufacture cartilage compounds. NSAIDs inhibit the enzymes needed to make joint cartilage, silently causing your joints to get worse, but also wrecking your kidneys. Clinical studies have shown that NSAID use is associated with the acceleration of osteoarthritis and increased joint destruction.

Pain is a symptom, not the problem. Pain is the language of the body communicating that there is a problem and it’s pointing to the problem. It is warning you that something is wrong and you need to look deeper. What is causing the inflammation? The answer to that question will tell you what changes you need to make and how to proceed.

When oxygen is used by your body, damaging “exhaust.” CO2, also called Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) is released. Minimal amounts of ROS are necessary for metabolism, but when ROS production increases, your cell’s ability to neutralize ROS decreases and the overall effect on your tissues is destructive, causing inflammation, pain and degenerative diseases. Increased cell production of ROS starts reactions that are linked to heart disease, arthritis, cancer, periodontal disease, liver disease, cataracts, muscular degeneration, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, autoimmunity and asthma.

Sulfur is required by every cell in the body. Its primary function is transporting oxygen across your cell membranes. Deficiency of organic sulfur reduces intracellular oxygen and your health declines as you age faster. Cellular oxygen transport enables healthy cellular regeneration, which is essential to joint and soft-tissue repair, and maintenance. Muscles recover quicker after strenuous activity.

Sulfur has demonstrated an ability to detoxify heavy metals, which is another route for cel regeneration.

Sulfur is needed for your body to use amino acids, which are the body’s tissue building nutrients. Seventy percent of all amino acids are sulfur-based.

Sulfur is needed for healthy skin, blood pressure regulation, the circulatory system, scar tissue reduction, reduced pain and regenerating damaged nerves.

Plants produce organic sulfur, but mammals cannot, so it is necessary that we consume sufficient quantities of sulfur vegetables every day. Cook broccoli, kale, collards, Brussels sprouts, onions, garlic, mustard greens, turnips, leeks, cabbage and other sulfur containing vegetables at low heat, so as not to destroy the nutrients they contain. Radish, radicho and water cress can be included in salads. Don’t serve two sulfur vegetables together, like broccoli and turnips, because too much sulfur can irritate the lining of the intestines.

If you have questions, email johnna@wholefamilyhealthandnutrition.com to schedule your free introductory consultation. I look forward to serving you. JVW