Athritis and Rheumatism
Arthritis – Rheumatism – Ostoarthritis – Rheumatoid Arthritis
What and Why?
Your joints are specialized for hard mechanical work. An ordinary circulation would be torn or crushed whenever you moved, so each joint is bathed in a fluid that oozes out of blood vessels in its capsule, and is massaged back and forth as it moves. This is much slower than the arrangements elsewhere in your body, and cannot cope with rapid metabolism or healing. But it refreshes and nourishes the joint surfaces quite fast enough to cope with the modest demands of healthy cartilage that is not being abused.
Any habitual derangement of your posture or movement throws extra strain on the joints involved, which may call for healing nourishment beyond their means. Many people with flat feet walk badly enough to strain in turn their ankles, knees, hips and backs over many years. Why as many as one in ten seem to have this problem from birth is still a mystery, although it may be related to the presence of the tuberculosis miasm. Nevertheless much osteo-arthrosis, or joint wear and tear, probably arises from it.
Having researched the subject ourselves, we consider that some people are unknowingly consuming enough fluoride from tea, toothpaste and (in some places) the water supply to develop joint pain or stiffness within middle life. X-ray changes do not at first differ from other forms of osteo-arthritis, and doctors never check the amount of fluoride victims are consuming.
Unnatural coldness affects your joints more drastically than any other part of you, because it makes the fluid in them more syrupy and much slower flowing. Since it also diminishes the pain which might otherwise warn you of abuse, you are doubly vulnerable to wear and tear until it is corrected.
Rheumatoid arthritis stems from a similar weakness. Your joints are a metabolic backwater, and whenver you are congested with waste acids or other materials they tend to be dumped there; severe thrush infection is supposed sometimes to contribute to this.
At first these deposits are only semi-solid or gelatinous, easily taken back into solution whenever opportunity arises — as in migraine. But if the deposit becomes permanent it hardens into crystalline incrustations which are much denser and less bulky. At first they are insignificant and you tolerate them. After years of accumulation, however, they begin to irritate and your joints inflame — perhaps quite suddenly and severely.
Conventional medical treatment may suppress that inflammation but cannot remove its cause. So you are liable to relapses whenever your tolerance of the situation breaks down. Gradually the affected joints become deformed, though this in itself is not too troublesome. Pain, stiffness, weakness and handicap are the main problems, which accumulate gradually over the years. Most sufferers survive to endure decades of this because few people die in the process — though some are killed by bleeding caused by their treatment.
Medical researchers fail to look in the only promising direction, which is dietary correction to re-dissolve the waste acid deposits. Evidently this cure is too cheap and not clever enough for modern tastes; but it works very well. Bircher-Benner’s dietary methods were even tried successfully on twelve ‘incurable’arthritics at the Royal Free Hospital in 1936 and reported in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, but nothing came of it.
What can I do?
Advice to maintain and maximise your health
1. Take seriously repeated or chronic pains in your joints, especially if they also swell and stiffen. Plan a cleansing diet to reverse the basic process. Tell your doctor you are doing it, and seek his help to avoid pain-killing medicines that will spoil its effect.
2. Supplement this with:
- food-state Zinc (15mg daily)
- Vitamin C (food-state 250mg twice daily)
- Vitamins B5 (food-state Calcium Pantothenate 50mg daily)
- B6 (food-state Pyridoxine 20mg twice daily)
- one tablet daily of food-state Vitamin B Complex.
- Boron (present in the food-state Multimineral Complex, two tablets daily) is very helpful to many arthritics, especially (some think) where fluoride accumulation may have anything to do with it.
3. If you feel unnaturally cold, or your normal temperature is usually low, follow the advice given in Always Cold.
4. Use heat to increase the traffic of healing in your joints. Ideally soak them in hot water for three minutes, then cold water for half a minute; repeat this cycle up to three times on each occasion. This gives relief lasting up to a few hours, and can be repeated whenever you wish.
5. For sore joints an infra-red lamp is a more convenient source of heat, which can be applied for five to ten minutes at a time. Shorter times are better, alternated with cold water or ice packs as above.
6. Low Melting Point Wax BP gives a comfortable heat for your hands. Melt it in an old pan, and let it cool until the surface skins over. Dip your hands in it, peel off the solid wax, and repeat until the wax cools too far; return the peelings to the pan after your session. Finish after 5-10 minutes with a fifteen second rinse under the cold tap.
7. Comfrey helps joints heal faster, and is safe provided you keep the joint moving. Plant a few rootlets in your garden and use their leaves and stems fresh in season as salad or tea. They also make excellent poultices, macerated and bound onto a painful knee or elbow with a cold damp cloth, then bandaged. This can be kept in place for an hour or two. Store some of the leaves in an airy place to make tea off-season, or buy the dried leaves from replete.
8. Green Lipped Mussel Extract has produced remarkable benefits for some arthritic people. Take it exactly as directed for a full six months. If you are elderly or severely affected, persevere for longer. Cod liver oil is less expensive and often works quite well (four capsules daily).
9. Gentle yoga exercises help to remobilise stiff joints after the worst inflammation has settled. Contact an experienced teacher for help with major joints, but treat fingers and toes yourself. Work each joint through its full range of movement with your other hand, leaving all the muscles around that joint relaxed. Give ten minutes to this daily and your dexterity will rapidly improve.
10. An Osteopath can very much extend the range of treatment possibilities open to you. Consult one to discuss what he can offer, and what you should expect. If there is none locally, look for a Chartered Physiotherapist with post-graduate experience in manipulative treatments (addresses here). If his reputation is not clear on this point, ask the therapist directly.
11. Psionic medical analysis will determine whether relevant miasms are present, and provide treatment to remove them.
12. Check your fluoride intake or just cut out tea, smoking, fluoridated toothpaste and fluoridated water and see what that does for you. Avoid inhaling fumes from the ash of solid fuel fires or boilers. There may be muscular discomfort at first whenever you try to relax, but this passes within a few days. It takes months for accumulated fluoride to drain out of your skeleton so do not judge the results only by the first few weeks.