by: Daniel DeReuter
There are two main types of arthritis: inflammatory
arthritis and osteoarthritis. Inflammatory arthritis can be treated
naturally without drugs. Inflammatory arthritis' symptoms (such as Rheumatoid
Arthritis) are exactly what they sound like: inflammation, redness and
swelling in the joints. Sometimes there will even be a temperature change
in the area affected. Also, in the hand, you may notice that some fingers
may look like they are turning away from the thumb (ulnar deviation).
This type of arthritis is primarily an auto-immune response. This means
that the body believes it is under attack by an invader, such as an infection
of some kind. However,this is not the case and the body ends up "attacking"
the toxins that have built up in the joint capsules. Alternative treatment
for this type of arthritis is fairly simple. Since the problem is caused
by toxins in the joints, then the solution is to remove these toxins.
There are actually several ways to detoxify the body. One of these is
fasting. Using juice fasts,fruit fasts or other types of fasts can be
very effective. However, it takes a very disciplined individual to actually
finish one of these programs. There are several good books to help you
if you planon doing a fast, one of my personal favorites is "Dr.
Jensen's Guide to Better Bowel Care"", by Bernard Jensen.
Another way to detox is cleansing the colon with a colonic irrigation
or similar procedure. This procedure should be done by a professional
since there are some minimum hygiene standards that should be followed.
In this procedure, a tube is inserted into the rectum and filtered water
is constantly irrigated into the colon-and fecal matter and other wastes
flowing out at the same time.People that have this performed often report
they see waste products from foods they have not eaten in years.
A third way to cleanse is by supplementing your diet with large quantities
of fiber and herbal supplements. This method is probably best for most
Americans. Not because it is more effective than the other two, but because
of it's ease of execution.
One good way to see if this type of treatment will help is to buy an
inexpensive psyllium supplement and take it three times per day for two
days. If you do notice an improvement in your symptoms,then go ahead and
purchase a complete cleanse program of some kind.
If you are performing a cleanse you should modify your diet in several
ways: increase the consumption of leafy green vegetables, decrease the
consumption of dairy, red meat and other mucus-producing foods. And probably
the most important-increase your intake of clean filtered water to at
least a gallon per day.
One note of caution: when doing any type of cleanse, you may experience
a healing crisis. On the third or fourth day or a cleanse regimen, you
may experience symptoms such as sore throat, headache, lightheadedness,
bad breath or pimples. Don't panic! this is a normal response and indicates
that the cleanse is working and the toxins are beginning to leave your
body. Depending on your toxicity level, you may experience some relief
by simply having a bowel movement.
If the healing crisis becomes too uncomfortable, then be sure to discontinue
the program and consult a health care professional. The goal is to find
the type of treatment that is correct for you and see it until the end.
You will find that these treatments are more successful in helping arthritis
than the traditional medical solution of pain killers and drugs.
© 2000 Daniel DeReuter, D.C.
About The Author
Daniel DeReuter is a chiropractor and author practicing in Georgia.
He operates various websites including
http://www.healthfultips.com. He writes about natural methods for