What is Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term (chronic) condition where there is inflammation in many joints, leading to pain, swelling and stiffness, often on both sides of the body symmetrically,
It is an autoimmune condition where the body produces an immune reaction to itself, the lining of the joints. Classically thought of as an error in immune recognition, there is evidence to suggest that RA is associated with immune overload, often from dietary causes and digestive problems.
An approach looking at root causes, optimising lifestyle and supporting the immune system, appears to have delivered great benefit for this patient.
This is a very interesting patient story printed in The Telegraph (17 June 2017) of an acclaimed New York chef, Seamus Mullen, who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2007. Between 2004 and 2007 he made several visits to hospital at one point he was put on life support.
Interestingly Seamus spent a long time tinkering with diet but saw no results.
"But on an intellectual level I knew there had to be a correlation between how I felt and how I ate."
After working with a doctor in integrative healthcare his life changed. In one year ...
"I thought, if I do all the right things – drink green juice, rest, eat this, don’t eat that – and I still feel terrible, what’s the point. I might as well go and get drunk with my friends and enjoy life,"
Seamus had to address his pro-inflammatory foods, allergens, the gut microbiome (using probiotics), anti-fungals, supplements including vitamin D ... An approach looking at root causes, optimising lifestyle and supporting the immune system, appears to have delivered great benefit for this patient.
"All his markers are negative. His bloods are totally normal, his joints are fine and he is in great shape. He is a model for how lifestyle changes can help reverse many of the epidemics of chronic disease today."