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Rheumatoid arthritis

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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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Books about Rheumatoid arthritis

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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.

Podcasts about Rheumatoid arthritis

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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

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