Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects your joints. While the joint symptoms may feel a lot like regular ol’ achy arthritis, RA is actually an inflammatory condition that affects your entire body. Signs that you might have RA include stiff, swollen, warm, painful joints, especially in your wrists and hands. The joint stiffness is usually worst in the morning. You might find it hard to do simple things, like cut your food with a knife and fork or lift something heavy (which, we know, can be super frustrating). Eventually, as it progresses, this chronic condition can cause inflammation of the skin, eyes, heart, lungs, and other organs. It causes fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Autoimmune diseases just don’t know when to quit, do they? As far as treatment goes, there are lots of conventional medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS), biologics, and steroids, to name a few. Any habits or remedies that support your health holistically are also worth considering. Omega-3 supplements may help with inflammation, and plant oils from the seeds of evening primrose, borage, and black currant may reduce pain and morning stiffness (these might affect the liver or interfere with other meds, so check with your practitioner before using them). Some people find that gentle, mindful exercises—especially Tai Chi and yoga—can also provide relief. Be sure to rest when you feel tired and take time for yourself to help reduce stress. Like other autoimmune conditions, RA can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages, and there’s no single blood test for it. If you have a gut feeling about your symptoms, talk to your practitioner and connect with others on Wana about them. If you do have RA, early diagnosis can get you on the path to healing faster!
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The Keystone Approach: Healing Arthritis and Psoriasis by Restoring the Microbiome
We are currently witnessing a paradigm shift in the understanding of autoimmune disease. The latest scientific research reveals that the balance of bacteria in an individual's microbiome can have a profound impact on inflammation throughout the body. In those with psoriasis or autoimmune arthritis, there is often a characteristic lack of certain beneficial bacteria that normally regulate the immune system - known as "keystone" species. This is typically coupled with an excess of harmful bacteria that provoke an unwanted immune response. The Keystone Approach calms inflammation at the source by addressing both of these factors- restoring the balance of good and bad bacteria in the microbiome. Doing so can make a life-changing difference for those with autoimmune conditions, especially psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Medical writer Rebecca Fett shares her own story of successfully addressing her long-standing psoriatic arthritis through dietary changes, carefully chosen probiotics, and other supplements. The dietary changes at the core of the Keystone Approach emphasize a lower carbohydrate Mediterranean diet, based on a vast array of scientific evidence demonstrating that this way of eating is the best way to rebalance the microbiome and calm inflammation. You will learn why the starches and saturated fats emphasized in the autoimmune paleo diet are in fact counter-productive for many with psoriasis and arthritis, along with getting detailed guidance on choosing probiotics and other supplements supported by good-quality clinical trials.
The Rheumatoid Arthritis Cookbook: Anti-Inflammatory Recipes to Fight Flares and Fatigue
The revolutionary cookbook for managing rheumatoid arthritis. Nutrition plays an important role in finding day-to-day relief from joint pain and stiffness. The Rheumatoid Arthritis Cookbook is the groundbreaking cookbook for people with RA, written to take control of symptoms through delicious and nutritious meals. From chia-coconut porridge for breakfast to lamb souvlaki for dinner, these anti-inflammatory recipes prove that food as medicine can taste really good too. Complete with a 2-week meal plan to get started off right, this cookbook makes it easy to fight flares and fatigue naturally with the things you eat. The Rheumatoid Arthritis Cookbook offers: A Nutritional Overview―Understand the relationship of food and medicine and how nutrition can relieve the side effects of rheumatoid arthritis medications. A 2-Week Meal Plan―Get started right away, with guidelines for modifying calories to lose or gain weight. 100 Easy Recipes―Cook up good food that’s good for you too with choices for vegetarian and vegan, fish and seafood, poultry and meat, and dessert dishes. Eating well has the power to make you feel well―The Rheumatoid Arthritis Cookbook shows you how.
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which inflammation plays a major role in causing joint problems. Warmth and swelling in the joints, along with significant stiffness and pain, can make daily life difficult. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis also experience fatigue, low-grade fever, loss of appetite, depression, and muscle aches. In this, the third edition of Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tammi L. Shlotzhauer describes new findings about causes and treatments, including • New research on risk factors and triggers, including pathologic bacteria in the digestive tract, smoking, and exposure to pollutants and chemicals• Lifestyle and diet modifications that can help avoid potential triggers • How stress contributes to inflammation and other symptoms • Information about new biologic disease-modifying drugs • Promising research on biomarkers that may generate a personalized approach to treatment • Remarkable gains in reducing disability, hospitalizations, and surgeries In addition to explaining the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for people who have rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Shlotzhauer offers practical strategies for coping with the pain, fatigue, and emotional toll of a chronic illness. She provides new information on associated diseases such as osteoporosis, tips for finding safe and reliable information online, and information on how to get an accurate diagnosis.
Podcasts about Rheumatoid arthritis
House Call with Dr. Mark Hyman: Conquering Arthritis Naturally
Arthritis has become a 21st century epidemic, affecting 1 out of every 4 people. Even more shocking is that 30% of adults age 45-64 have doctor diagnosed arthritis. Something has changed in our environment, making all types of arthritis more and more prevalent. Inflammation is the most basic problem in all arthritis, whether it is what we traditionally call “inflammatory arthritis,” like autoimmune rheumatoid arthritis, or the arthritis most associated with wear and tear on joints over time, osteoarthritis. The traditional medical approach to these two kinds of joint inflammation is to use medications to block the inflammation process. Although these can be successful in decreasing symptoms and can in some cases prevent further joint destruction, the medications don’t get at the root cause of why you developed the inflammation in the first place. Functional medicine takes a deeper look at the causes of inflammation and gives you options for reversing the process where it starts: in the gut, in the mouth, from your food, and from the stress response. Traditionally, doctors almost never evaluate these areas when addressing joint pain, but fortunately functional medicine has the tools to do just that. In this interview, Dr. Susan Blum presents a new way to treat arthritis. In her new book, Healing Arthritis, you will learn the best food plan for arthritis, the precise supplements and dosage we recommend to reduce pain and inflammation, how to build resiliency so that life’s stressors won’t affect your health, and what your gut has to do with your arthritis symptoms. In essence, Dr. Blum gives you all the tools you need to fix your gut and heal your arthritis. I am so excited to share this interview with you. I hope you enjoy it. Wishing you health and happiness, Mark Hyman, MD
Carnivore Cast: Mark Strough - Meat Heals Arthritis and High Intensity Training
Mark Strough (@Mark_Strough) is a high-intensity trainer/nutritional coach, martial arts instructor and lifelong student. He is currently following a zero carb 100% carnivore nutritional approach, which he credits with clearing up his Rheumatoid Arthritis. Mark helps inspire and coach hundreds of others in person and online through his Mark's Health and Nutrition Facebook Group. Mark and I talk about: Mark's background in fitness and martial arts A debilitating injury that Mark suffered Mark's initial success with a meat-heavy diet Fasting Rheumatoid Arthritis Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry Corporate Warrior by Lawrence Neal High intensity training as infrequently as once every 3 weeks Remarkable changes from removing the last few servings (per week) of vegetables Mark's daily diet Cost-effective carnivore High intensity training Dr. Doug McGuff Mark's workouts Mark's great advice for people in general Where to find out more about Mark and follow him: Twitter Instragram Facebook Group Corporate Warrior (EXCELLENT high intensity traini… What questions would you like answered or who would you like to hear from in the carnivore or research community? Let me know on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also email me at email@example.com.
Fast Keto with Mikhaila Peterson: Strict Carnivore Diet for Arthritis, Depression & Fat Loss
Mikhaila Peterson has had quite a journey to health. Her father, Jordan Peterson has spoken about his Carnivore diet for anxiety on the Joe Rogan Podcast, and he found it through his daughter's discovery of it. She had suffered since a very young age with crippling health conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, depression and many more symptoms which were improved considerably from a strict carnivore diet. Vanessa and Mikhaila do a deep dive on her zero carb diet and journey back to health and how for her, meat truly heals.
Sickboy: The Show Must Go On: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Aren Morris has spent a career changing the lives of a bunch of snot nosed kids from Sackville. She was basically Jeremie's Robin Williams and he was her Matt Damon. This ex drama teacher/competitive improv coach is moving through life dealing with a crippling case of Rheumatoid Arthrisis. From beautiful physiotherapists to highly aggressive rub & tugs this conversation goes ALL over the map with laughs and love.
Natural MD Radio: Healing Arthritis Naturally
My guest today is Dr. Susan Blum, a medical doctor, a pioneer in functional medicine, and the founder and director of Blum Center for Health. In today’s episode, we take a deep dive into Dr. Blum’s upcoming book, Healing Arthritis: Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally. “Arthritis is an epidemic that nobody is talking about.” - Dr. Susan Blum Join Dr. Aviva Romm as she dishes up a weekly dose of the whole truth on health and medicine.
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