We think that inflammatory arthritis is sometimes caused by immune responses to food proteins and encourage everyone with arthritis to give diet revision a try. Several diet revision studies have shown benefit for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. These studies support the more common and persistent claims in the community that diet revision has benefits.
Carinini and Brostoff reviewed the concepts of and evidence for food-induced arthritis. They stated: "Despite an increasing interest in food allergy and the conviction of innumerable patients with joint disease that certain foods exacerbate their symptoms, relatively little scientific attention has been paid to this relationship. Abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract are commonly found in rheumatic disease...Support for an intestinal origin of antigens comes from studies of patients whose joint symptoms have improved on the avoidance of certain foods antigens, and become worse on consuming them."
We encourage all people of all ages with inflammatory arthritis to try diet revision. This includes people with:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Arthritis associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Arthritis associated with Lupus Erythematosis
- Arthritis associated with Celiac Disease
The Book Inflammatory Arthritis is an introduction to the dietary management of inflammatory arthritis with the Alpha Nutrition Program. We encourage all people with inflammatory arthritis to try diet revision. The Book of Arthritis explains why. The inflammatory tendency in your body will be explosive at times and the triggers can be sensitive.
In his introduction Dr. Gislason states: Many of our readers are arthritis sufferers or have loved ones who are suffering. Some are newly diagnosed and are beginning the search for information and guidance. Others have had arthritis for some time and are disappointed with treatments offered them. Many have read both the orthodox literature and popular books or magazine articles with claims of arthritis cures. Some have already experimented with diet revision. As always, there is a clash between orthodox opinion and the ideas that flourish in the community at large. The truth of arthritis probably lies somewhere in the middle. Advice from the major institutions is often dogmatic and sometimes wrong. We know that advice about diet and arthritis from major institutions can be misleading and often discourages self-directed effort to seek a solution through diet revision. There is bias toward drug treatments and a prejudice against any self-management. The newest drug treatments can be aggressive, toxic, expensive and require intense involvement with medical faculties over many years. The long-term benefits of aggressive drug treatments are uncertain; drug toxicity and cost are, however, more obvious.
We urge the reader to spend the time required to understand a good scientific hypothesis, which leads to a practical, common sense approach to diet management in arthritis. We do not advocate taking any product as a cure for arthritis. We do suggest a practical, problem-solving approach to arthritis management.
The idea that food can actually cause inflammatory arthritis is difficult to believe and widely dismissed by physicians. The fact is that food can cause arthritis. The basic idea is that proteins in foods such as cows milk and wheat can enter the blood stream and travel to the tissues around joints. A foreign protein is usually captured by an antibody and travels as an immune complex. Immune complexes that end up in tissues can trigger inflammation.
You follow the Alpha Nutrition Program
10 days on phase one of the Alpha Nutrition Program is usually enough time for joint inflammation to begin to subside. Symptoms may increase for a few days before they clear. Food holidays may be required for chronic and severe inflammatory disease. Alpha ENF supplies extra nutrients that may be in short supply - such as amino acids, B vitamins, vitamins D and B12 and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc.
After pain and swelling have subsided, slow food reintroduction follows the Alpha Nutrition Program. Each returning food is carefully screened for arthritis-triggering effects. You hope that food allergy caused the problem and that food control can be successful controlling the disease in the long-term. Unfortunately, we do not have good data on how many un-selected patients would respond to this approach, but nothing is lost by taking this approach and complete control of the disease has been obtained. If strict food control proves to be inadequate, then other treatments can be instituted.
You must re-design your food supply to avoid food triggers of arthritis and to secure optimal nutrition. The Alpha Nutrition Program steers you away from high-risk foods and toward foods that tend to be well-tolerated and safer in the long-term.
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