Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Nutrition, and Autoimmune Disease

April 1, 2013

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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Nutrition, and Autoimmune Disease
 
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Welcome to this issue of "Living a Healthy Fit Life"
 
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Editor's Note –
 

We’ve had a busy 2 weeks.

Larry’s heart catheterization went well. The only thing, we are receiving mixed messages as to the results. After the procedure we were told that things looked very good.. no blockages and 3 of his former bypasses looked very good.. there was no need for angioplasty or stents. One of the bypasses had occluded but that was not a problem. The chest pains Larry is continuing to experience could be helped with a drug that would increase the blood flow. Our follow up appointment with one of the assistants from the cardiology clinic did not go so well. While waiting to see the doctor we studied the written test results. Those written results didn’t sound so good. Only 2 of his previous bypasses are functioning and the other 2 are occluded (not functioning). There is some confusion as far as our understanding whether the 2 that are functioning are working as well as they could be? The report is very confusing and the doctor we saw was not very good at answering our questions and giving us peace of mind. Our hope at this point is that our primary C-FNP will be able to shed more light when we go to see her this week.

Meanwhile, I had someone contact me as to what could be done nutritionally for RA.. rheumatoid arthritis. I communicated with her via email but decided to do this article on the subject as there are most probably other people who have some of the same questions so here’s some highlights of nutrition’s affect on RA.

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that signals nutrition problems. The jury is still out on whether the nutrition deficiencies are the cause or the result of having this disease. But none the less it has been found that restoring nutrient deficiencies can reverse and even heal RA.
 
A quick note about autoimmune diseases in general; it is when the immune system attacks it’s self. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system of a person actually attacks their own joints and tissues.
 
Some common health problems that are common in people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are:
  • Digestive difficulties
  • Morning stiffness
  • Loss of grip strength
  • Anemia (low iron)
  • Sensitivity to one or more foods
  • Fluid retention in the hands
  • Stiffness of the fingers
  • Tingling of the hands
  • Joint inflammation and pain
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Fatigue
  • Skin disorders such as psoriasis
Someone with rheumatoid arthritis may or may not have these symptoms however if you do suffer from any of them, let it be a warning that you could be at risk of developing RA.
 
Some of the more probable nutrient deficiencies are described in the paragraphs that follow.
 
Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA)
Just about every study of fish oil has found supplementation to be helpful for those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil has been known to reduce morning stiffness, increase grip strength, and reduce pain.
 
B Complex
B vitamin deficiencies can be caused by a deficiency of hydrochloric (stomach) acid or damage to the digestive tract from food allergies. These deficiencies can cause anemia, pain, disability, fluid retention in the hands, stiffness of the fingers, and tingling of the hands. Methotrexate, a common rheumatoid arthritis drug can contribute to the B vitamin deficiencies but is no less effective when B Complex supplements are used. Actually supplementing with some of the B vitamins may lessen the side effects of RA drugs such as methotrexate.
 
Vitamin C
Most people with rheumatoid arthritis have low levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C with flavonoids supplementation has been helpful to reduce the symptoms of RA and is known for helping reduce inflammation and pain.
 
Vitamin D
Vitamin D is beneficial in reducing the risk of autoimmune disease in general. A vitamin D rich environment for immune cells is important for the health of the cells. That means get moderate sunshine exposure and when supplementing, use D3.
 
Vitamin E
Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory benefits so can reduce pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. In order for vitamin E to work as an anti-inflammatory it must be in mixed form with the entire E family. The mineral, selenium also helps the E to work.
 
Minerals
Supplementation with selenium, zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium, & iron can be helpful in balancing nutrient deficiencies. Minerals are best absorbed when in a chelated form.
 
Generally, supplementation with the above nutrients is helpful in reducing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. When supplementing it is important to not take isolates but complete families of nutrients as they are balanced in nature. Supplemental nutrients will most likely be more effective when taken in low balanced doses rather than in high amounts. This allows the nutrients to have a synergistic effect on the RA.
 
 Food allergies are often found in those who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis. Certain foods can trigger symptoms of RA. Some of the more common foods can be grains, nuts, eggs, milk, beef, pork, sugar, and alcohol. Avoidance of these foods may possibility lead to partial or complete resolution. At that point the foods could slowly be reintroduced one at a time to determine any allergic responses. As I mentioned earlier in this article, low hydrochloric acid can trigger food allergies so supplementation with a food grade hydrochloric acid will most likely be helpful. A raw or vegan diet may be good to relieve the symptoms of RA. Keep in mind that any food or drink that is high in sugar will trigger more inflammation and pain.
 
Bacterial overgrowth or abnormal bacteria in the digestive tract should be considered as present in those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Bacterial overgrowth is one of the main things involved in training the immune system to attack its own tissues and/or joints. This means it is critical to keep digestive bacteria in balance from the stomach all the way to the colon. Once again I am suggesting supplementation with hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes, and probiotics especially for those suffering with RA.
 
Anyone with rheumatoid arthritis should be aware that they are more susceptible to lung infections, heart disease, nerve damage, and bone loss. Since RA is an autoimmune disease, it could cause problems in any part of the body. For long term good health it is important to make the lifestyle changes necessary to get RA under control. Low impact exercise is important to keep the body stronger, keep joints and muscles flexible, and keep the blood flowing to all parts of the body.
 
Hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is usually caused by excessive sugar intake and exhaustion of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are the command posts of the body when the body is faced with bacterial invasion or exposure to potentially toxic substances. Studies have shown that many allergies, food intolerances, and symptoms associated with RA melt away when adrenal gland function is supported.
What is the key to adrenal gland support? The essential oils from wheat, rice, and soy are the key. Over the years of even basic food processing, the oils from those grains and legumes have virtually been stripped from our diets. They were removed to prevent rancidity and prolong shelf life. This is a whole other topic but it has been proven that supplementation with these 3 essential oils (without the gluten, GMO’s, etc.) support adrenal function.
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Personally, prior to supplementing with the 3 essential oils from wheat, rice, and soy, I used to experience low blood sugar symptoms but very seldom do now. On the very rare occasion I feel a bit of low blood sugar symptoms coming on, I also have a snack of balanced 2 to 1 quality protein and carbohydrate. I have no doubt that I would now, almost 30 years later, suffer seriously from at least autoimmune disease if I had not been supplementing with Tre-en-en, these essential oils.
 
At this point you may be thinking that I am just pushing the supplements I sell. Hopefully that is not the case however to get long term relief from autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis it does require supplementation with quality products. I believe Neo-Life (GNLD) nutritionals are the absolute best in the marketplace. You will do yourself a huge favor by committing to giving Neo-Life (GNLD) supplements a try for at least 6 months, especially if you are suffering from RA or any other autoimmune disease.
 
Neo-Life Nutritionals I suggest as a basic program are as follows:
  • Pro Vitality with Formula IV Plus – item #3143. Start with 1 packet daily with a meal for the 1st week, go to 2 packets daily for the 2nd week, and then 3 packets daily thereafter. Each packet will give you the essential oils from wheat, rice, and soy plus extra vitamins and minerals as well as Salmon Oil Plus (omega-3’s) and Carotenoid Complex (antioxidant protection from fruits and vegetables).
  • Chelated Cal-Mag with 1000 IU vitamin D – item #3404. Take 3 tablets daily.
  • Beta-Zyme Digestive Aid – item #3522. Take 1 packet daily with meals and possibly build up to 2 packets daily if needed. This provides targeted, natural stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) and targeted intestinal enzymes.
  • Acidophilus Plus – item #3524. Take 1 capsule each morning upon rising. This is a targeted probiotics providing 5 billion live microorganisms per capsule which helps maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the intestines.
It is possible certain individuals may need to add additional supplements to reach optimal results. That will be when we should have a one on one consultation as to what else might be needed down the road.
 
Please share this article with anyone you know who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.
 

 

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PatIMG_8971  Pat is a Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Coach. 

Pat has been married to the same man for over 51 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren.  Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others.  Her goal is to share with others the things she has learned and is still learning about having the BEST REAL HEALTH possible. 

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1 Babara Becker April 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm

God bless you Pat and your husband, Larry. I've been through the same procedure with a dear friend, several years ago. It was a cardiac catheterization he underwent, while I channeled healing for him, from the waiting room. Thank you for the information on RA dietary modifications.

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2 Pat Moon April 26, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Babara, thanks for mentioning Larry. He is actually doing much better right now.. fewer chest pains. We finally was able to get clarification on the test results.. no blockages & medication to increase the blood flow to his heart seems to be helping. Meanwhile we continue to eat healthy, take all our heart healthy supplements, and regular exercise.

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3 Helena Bowers April 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Hi Pat,

Glad to hear that Larry's catheterization went well. I'm sorry you are having such trouble getting straight answers from the doctors. Thanks for all the great info. I really appreciate all the information you share on nutrition and supplements.

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4 Pat Moon April 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Helena, thanks for remembering Larry’s heart catheterization. We finally did get a clarification of the results. No blockages on the 2 major by-passes he had 6 1/2 years ago. Two of the other minor by-passes are occluded (have malfunctioned). One of them has rerouted itself and the other one is not that important. His doctor did double the medication to increase the blood flow and Larry is now feeling better. No mention now of statin drugs because no blockages so that is very good news.

I’m glad you are appreciating the information I’ve been sharing.. it’s great to have you as a reader & follower.

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5 Gary Hyman April 8, 2013 at 10:30 am

Pat, I always enjoy coming back to your blog for your in-depth, nutritional, mountain of knowledge that you so generously share. Thank you. I'll be back. 

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6 Pat Moon April 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

Gary, glad you enjoyed and will welcome you back.

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7 Sharon O'Day April 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

It's pretty amazing when we realize how much information and knowledge exist today, compared with just a few decades ago.  It can be quite overwhelming.  The next issue, of course, is interpretation of much of that information!  Thank you for sharing your knowledge about RA, Pat.

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8 Pat Moon April 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

Sharon, great to read your encouraging comments. Yes, it is absolutely amazing to have so much information and knowledge at our finger tips. It can certainly be overwhelming when challenged with what path to pursue when needing to turn an ailment around. As far as choosing supplements, I have chosen to follow a company that has been at the forefront of research and development since 1958 as well as they have set the highest standards available in the industry. In my 28 years of working with them, a product has never been recalled or pulled off the market because it was not up to what they claim. It has been said, “If you don’t know your diamonds, know your jeweler.”

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9 Sharon O'Day April 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

How fortunate we are, Pat, to have the extent of information and knowledge we have today about what ails us!  Now our challenge is to know which path to pursue in terms of turning things around once an ailment presents itself.  But better that than not knowing at all!  Thanks for sharing this important information on RA!

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10 Delia @ Blog Formatting April 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Great article, Pat, so information rich! So important to eat properly and exercise so we can have a healthy and good life.

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11 Pat Moon April 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Delia, so happy you stopped by my blog. Yes, it is absolutely important to eat properly and exercise regularly in order to be healthy and reduce the risk of diseases taking over.

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12 Lorii Abela April 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

 

Thanks for sharing this detailed information about RA Pat. This is a good resource for good nutrition. Do you know some home made remedies for RA?

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13 Pat Moon April 5, 2013 at 9:46 am

Hi Lorii,
Thank you for reading my article about RA. What do you mean by home made remedies? Are you referring to a home made lotion or cream to apply topically or some combination of food ingredients to take internally? Cleaning up a person with RA’s diet is an great place to start. Stay away from processed foods, sugar (a biggie), perhaps eliminating the foods I listed in the article that may cause allergic responses, and eating a large portion of the diet from vegetables and some fruit. Most generally once RA has set in with symptoms, extra nutritional supplementation from whole food supplements is very helpful. Low impact exercise is also important to keep strength and flexibility.. a great program is “T-Tapp” (see the link in the right column above.) Please feel free to ask for more specific information.

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14 denny hagel April 4, 2013 at 6:15 am

Excellent information that is sure to help many, I love knowing how much we can do to take care of ourselves naturally! Thanks!

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15 Pat Moon April 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

Denny, yes, knowledge is the start of making improvements in our life whether it be health or in other ways. My job is to share the good news of using more natural means of taking care of ones self.

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16 Carla J Gardiner April 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Great detailed information on Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pat. Right along with the diet and supplements you recommend RA can be helped by eliminating oxidative stress. This will help the body reverse the DNA and allow the proper nutrition to aid the body in healing itself. So many suffer from this debilitating disease we really need to get the word out.

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17 Pat Moon April 4, 2013 at 10:14 am

Thanks for your comment and support, Carla. Yes, oxidative stress is at the core of so many illnesses and I am so happy to be able to share this information of how through quality supplementation many illness symptoms can be reversed and even go away long term.

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18 Cindy Taylor April 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Excellent information…learned a lot about why the supplements are necessary. Thanks!!

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19 Pat Moon April 4, 2013 at 10:10 am

Hi Cindy, happy to have you visit my blog and am so happy you learned a lot about why most people need quality supplementation. My goal and passion is to share useful information about health, fitness, and nutrition.

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20 Carele Belanger April 3, 2013 at 10:46 am

Thank you so much Pat for this list. This information is fantastic.

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21 Pat Moon April 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

Carele, your support is fantastic as I share the good news of a road to fantastic health.

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22 Explode Your Business Online @Norma Doiron April 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

Keep on giving us this valuable information Pat !
Luve it <3

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23 Pat Moon April 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

Norma, thanks for the encouragement. It is all about helping others either keep their good health or restore their bad health to fantastic health.

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24 Lisa Frederiksen - BreakingTheCycles.com April 3, 2013 at 8:23 am

I will definitely be passing this along to a friend of mine who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. Thanks for another highly informative article, Pat. I hope it's good news when you next visit Larry's primary C-FNP.

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25 Pat Moon April 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Lisa, thank you for passing my article to your friend. Let them know I am available to answer any questions they may have. We saw our C-FNP today.. its interesting the report is even confusing to her as it gives contradicting info. She is going to seek clarification and call us when she gets clearer info.. thanks for asking.

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26 Robin April 3, 2013 at 7:19 am

Great article.  Love how you decided to answer someone's questions with an article – this way it helps so many more people – because if one person was wondering, chances are, A LOT MORE are wondering too :) 

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27 Pat Moon April 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Robin, I know there are many people who could use this information. Thanks for your comment.

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28 Daniele Holmberg April 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Thank you for the article and sharing about these topics. Nutrition is so important to lead a full, happy & healthy life:)

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29 Pat Moon April 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Daniele, thanks for your support. Next to God & family, our health is important and, yes, nutrition is key to having good health. Your comment is appreciated.

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30 Moira Hutchison April 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Thanks for all of this excellent information and advice on RA – it's true that paying attention to nutrition is so important for vitality.  P.S.  I'm glad that Larry's procedure went well and I hope the confusion is cleared up real soon!

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31 Pat Moon April 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Moira, my goal is to help people make positive changes in their nutrition so they can have more vitality and avoid the suffering that goes along with diseases such as RA. Most of these type diseases can be reversed if people are willing to make those wise choices. Thanks for thinking of Larry and the confusion surrounding the test results.

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32 tomsfoodieblog (@tomsfoodieblog) April 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

It is interesting to see how the many different ailments are interrelated and how many issues can be treated with diet changes. I wonder how many people suffer RA from the result of low nutrient dense diets.

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33 Pat Moon April 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Tom, thanks for reading & commenting. Yes, so many ailments are interrelated with most of them very much a result of poor nutrition choices. I would venture to say that a good number of people who suffer with RA have a history of low nutrient dense diets. It is very sad.

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34 Meire Weishaupt April 2, 2013 at 10:29 am

Thank you so much for all this very detailed info Pat, I had no idea that RA was related with nutrition problems!

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35 Pat Moon April 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Hi Meire,
You would be amazed at how many illnesses & diseases are related to nutrition deficiencies. The unfortunate part is that most people do not make that consideration until it creates a drastic change of lifestyle to make any type of correction. I appreciate you are a reader of my blog.

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36 MarVeena April 2, 2013 at 8:55 am

Thank you for the ideas! Nutrition is so important  with this!

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37 Pat Moon April 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Hi MarVeena, yes, it is amazing just how important nutrition relates to disease. Thanks for reading & commenting.

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38 Meryl Hershey Beck April 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm

All excellent information. Love the list of vitamins and their benefits with regards to RA. 

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39 Pat Moon April 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Meryl, thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting. My hope is that someone will be able to avoid the suffering that comes with RA.

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40 Sherie April 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Pat, thinking of you and Larry….I really appreciate the info you shared about RA. A lot of the symptoms are very similar to celiac disease (I guess because they are both auto-immune diseases). The similarities are a bit scary, will have to keep an eye on that and take my vitamins!

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41 Pat Moon April 1, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Hi Sherie,
Yes, so many autoimmune diseases do have similar symptoms. I agree you do need to stay alert and listen to your body as far as nutritional needs. As a side note, you would most likely benefit from the digestive aids, Betagest and Enzymes to get a handle on the allergies involved in the celiac disease.
Thank you for your kind thoughts for Larry and I.. they are appreciated.

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42 Alexandra McAllister April 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Thanks for sharing all that helpful information, Pat. I believe that by eating properly, exercising and taking supplements can only help us to a better life! I have certain things that I take that have helped me.  It's to find what works for each individual. :)

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43 Pat Moon April 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Alexandra,
It is so good to hear from someone like-minded as far as the need for supplementation. We all have individual nutritional needs yet there are many things that overlap.
Thanks so much for your input.

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