When I was very ill in 1979 among other conditions and diseases, I had arthritis, which at that time affected my neck, spine, knees and ankles. I went through a diagnostic procedure involving a blood chemistry analysis for food intolerances and mineral salt deficiencies. The doctor also looked at my blood for other problems, did iridology, the deep pulses known in Chinese medicine and checked other observable symptoms.
I eliminated the offending foods, took herb preparations he had prepared for digestion, switched to a mostly raw food diet, and took 5 weeks of treatments at my doctor's modest clinic, which involved a combination of hydrotherapy (a timed, scientific application of heat and cold to stimulate the blood circulation) and electrotherapy, which used electrical current that feels like a deep vibrating massage used to stimulate the activity of different muscle groups affects the vital organs, like the liver, kidneys, etc. The equipment to do the electrotherapy isn't for home use. In fact, many hospitals use similar equipment, particularly in cases of bad fractures, after discovering it makes bones knit together better. But the hydrotherapy can be done at home, and detailed instructions are on the hydrotherapy page.. Hydrotherapy is good for virtually anything that ails you, because improved blood circulation, digestion, and eliminaton benefits most healing processes. It also helps to detoxify the body.
According to a report I recently heard on "superfoods" for healing, it was mentioned that the sulfur product MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) was a "specific" for arthritis. The reason is partly because this disease involves cells that have a hardened outer coat to protect themselves from body fluids that have become too acidic instead of alkaline, which interferes with toxins and cellular wastes being cleaned out and disposed of through channels of elimination, causing an inflammatory response, and which also prevents needed nutrients from getting in to heal the cells. The sulfur reportedly softens the cell walls so eliminations and absorption of nutrients become more normal. (Sulfur also helps liquefy essential oils such as Omega 3 & 6 oils for better absorption. High sulfur-content proteins like cottage cheese or tofu are mixed with cold-pressed flaxseed, almond, walnut, or apricot oil to make a cancer remedy.)
Most arthritis sufferers already know about using the two ingredients glucosamine/chondroitin to rebuild damaged joints.
If you haven't already, read Dr. Jarvis's book "Arthritis and Folk Medicine" about the use of apple cider vinegar (get the health food store apple cider vinegar with the "mother" of vinegar included).
Late Fall of 2003--After already having written this material in the early Fall of 2003, a lower back injury from a fall which occurred in Nov. 2002 became complicated with severe inflammatory arthritis. It is commonly known that arthritis often settles into damaged areas, and I believe that is what happened in my case, since no other location seems to be affected. Adrenal exhaustion earlier had affected and caused many conditions due to lowered immunity.
As soon as an MRI in the Winter of 2004 revealed the heavey presence of arthritis, I started taking MSM. After the initial pain was dimenished, I remembered my own information below, and applied it to myself, using Dr. Fleet's formula (see below) which included directions for using cherries, alfalfa, cod liver oil, peanut oil, and the specific instructions for calcium supplementation in an acid drink made more acidic with organic Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother in it), and digestive aids. Dr. Fleet authored "A Doctor's Proven New Way To Conquer Rheumatism And Arthritis" which I purchased a couple of years ago from an internet source.
I added gelatin, and paid careful attention to known food allergies, cut down significantly on grains, and increased essential fatty acids (flax seed and flax seed oil) and other nutrients.
More recently those nutrients have come to include Dr. Rubin's amazing "Garden of Life" products found in most health food stores--Perfect Food (all the nutritional needs of the body), Primal Defense (beneficial soil organisms--probiotics to restore the missing intestinal flora), and plan to add other products in this line, including one for inflammation, and one for immune system enhancement. See his book "Patient, Heal Thyself" (an extraordinary journey of healing and the development of his product line) in most health food stores or through internet sources including the most visited alternative health site on the web--mercola.com
It is now May, 2004 and all of the pain and inflammation from the arthritis is long gone. A few months ago my lower back from the waist down was so painful and inflamed that I could barely stand the pressure of clothing. People with inflammatory arthritis will know what I mean. It was a rigid, demanding regimen but worth the effort. If you want to change the way you feel, you must change the way you live. There are no magic pills or potions that instantaneously cure anything. That doesn't include spiritual healing. I do believe in miracles when it comes to a Higher Power, although some believe that "miracles" are just the working of unknown natural laws. Either way, healing feels miraculous to the person who experiences it, no matter what the cause. I had already done the first program and combined it with the Van Fleet protocol for the second time around.
The following are some alternative programs for the treatment of arthritis:
(More information will be provided as it is found.)
Dr. Harold Dick, N.D.
My physician, naturopath Dr. Harold Dick, treated many arthritis patients successfully by diagnosing food intolerances through a blood chemistry analysis, which also pinpointed mineral salt (also known as cell salts or tissue salts, of which there are 12 required by the body) deficiencies. With the elimination of the offending foods, mineral supplements, herbs and glandular medicines when needed in individual cases, and in house clinic treatments using constitutional hydrotherapy combined with electrotherapy, or homeopathic remedies, most cases responded well. The problem is that each case has different requirements. White potatoes and grains are common offending foods for many people, but in my case it was eggs and the combination of fruit with cane or beet sugar, and I don't know which food was the culprit. It could be any food, food group, or food combination intolerance. "One man's food is another man's poison" and though some foods may be more prevalent in causing problems, each case needs to be evaluated individually. Dr. Dick is now recognized as the co-founder of clinical constitutional hydrotherapy--a powerful natural treatment using scientifically timed alternating hot and cold packs over the vital organs to stimulate blood circulation. The home version of this therapy will be covered in the section on hydrotherapy as a treatment for most illnesses.
Dr. James K. Van Fleet, D.C.
Dr. James K. Van Fleet published a booklet called "Special Report--A Doctor's Proven New Way To Conquer Rheumatism and Arthritis" by Parker Publishing Co. (Prentice Hall, Paramus NJ 07652: http://www.phdirect.com ). I recommend ordering the report and reading it in it's entirety. Besides that, the website has other outstanding books, booklets and reports. However, I will summarize the most important data in the book, which addresses treatment rather than causes.
For starters, he uses 5 primary supplements in his program, but they are used in a very particular way which needs to be explained, especially how to take calcium so that it's absorbed and assimilated by the body which otherwise has a difficult time metabolizing calcium from the usual supplement sources known as "metallic minerals." That includes coral, eggshell, dolomite, oyster shell, etc. Calcium from food sources like sea vegetation, green vegetables, sprouts and carrots are a different matter.
No one remedy works for everyone, but this formula includes some of the best known treatments worked into one program by Dr. James K. Van Fleet, D.C. I put the basics on another thread, but this one has more details. I used it when arthritis settled into a lower back injury that insurers delayed in authorizing treatment for, and in a matter of weeks had cooled down the heat on inflamatory arthritis.
The best thing is to diagnose constitutional food intolerances that are often the underlying cause of the inflamatory condition, but few people have access to the Carroll Food Intolerance Test http://www.truthquest2.com/carrollfoodtest.htm which is the only one that can diagnose digestive enzyme deficiency conditions. The standard medical food allergy tests are for immune-mediated allergies, which are different, although they are often caused by the deeper-seated food intolerances. But this program is pretty good, particularly if you can add hydrotherapy to stimulate blood circulation, digestion, elimination and detoxification http://www.truthquest2.com/hydrotherapy.htm bring your pH up to the 7 range, add some whole superfoods to your diet, quit eating junk, remineralize to correct mineral and trace mineral imbalances http://www.truthquest2.com/oceanplasma.htm get some direct sunshine (the cod liver oil is to supplement Vit A & D deficiencies), and avoid or manage stress as much as possible, http://www.20minutestolessstress.com/index.html (A less expensive source of the u-cure.com program) http://www.truthquest2.com/eftmanual.htm (EFT)
White potatoes, corn, and wheat seem to be the culprits more times than not, although any hard-to-digest food can set up an inflamatory reaction when the by-products of malabsorption--fermentation, rancid fats, or putrefaction of proteins--get into the general blood circulation through the bowel.
Arthritis, rheumatism & gout (posted on healthiertalk.com)
Dr. James K. Van Fleet recomends 5 things in particular. He says it takes one month for every year you've had arthritis to cure it. I saw results in a few days and the end of pain in about a month, after having the condition for about a year, so the timing was right on what he predicted.
1. Peanut oil: It MUST be cold-pressed/expeller-pressed means the same thing, like Hain oil). This is taken internally and externally. Take one tablespoon in the morning, in about 1/3 glass of juice--orange, apple, cranberry or cranapple are ones he mentions. You also massage this oil into the affected joints daily, because it absorbs through the skin and has an anti-inflammatory effect. It increases blood circulation to the area and pinks it up, so it might be good for other areas of skin also.
2. Cod liver oil: he says this is a must for the proper absorption, assimilation and metabolism of calcium in your body. 1 tablespoon at NIGHT in a small glass of orange, apple, cranberry or cranapple juice. He says NO lemon or grapefruit juice--they will increase the pain. This needs to be taken several hours after the last meal so the stomach is empty, so your body absorbs all the nutrients.
He says DO NOT take the oil in capsules, or try to substitute vitamin A & D capsules.
3. Calcium (ascorbate):needs to be increased with arthritis. He says when calcium is low the body leeches it from the bones, and then tries to stablize the bones and stop physical activity by laying down bony deposits and bone spurs on the joints, which means that arthritis involves a calcium deficiency. The first symptom of this calcium deficiency is muscle cramps, although muscle cramps alone can also be caused by a vit E deficiency which results in poor blood circulation, as he explains it.
The calcium has to be mixed with magnesium, which most of the commercial sources are. The ratio should be 2:1--two parts calcium to 1 part magnesium. The magnesium is what makes the calcium soluble in the body. Calcium only disolves in an acid medium, so you add that because stomach acid is too seldom strong enough to do it. That means taking it with an acid drink. Use the above mentioned juices, but then add 1/4 teaspoon of vit. C crystals to the juice, or add 2 teaspoons of apple cidar vinegar to the juice. You can also add 2 teaspoons of honey with the vinegar. (Honey and vinegar together is an old remedy for arthritis in itself--Jarvis)
He suggests using pure apple juice, but warns that some lesser quality apple juices have glucose added, and that this isn't good for arthritis. You can get organic apple juice from the health food store and use that. Then you just mix in the vinegar and honey.
4. Alfalfa: there is something in alfalfa called the "anti-stiffness" factor, especially in the seeds. It is also a powerful detoxifying agent, and helps provide resistance to disease, particularly those that end with "--itis". He recommends six 500 milligram tablets 4 times a day. Not only that, but a cup of alfalfa tea with each meal and before bed. This plant has more nutrients than any known plant, according to this doctor, including every amino acid needed for health. The best tablets are made from seeds rather than leaves and stems. He recommends Alfa-Con Tablets from Barth's Vitamin Corporation (whoever that is?). This brand is only made from the seeds. From this company they come in two sizes: the smaller size is 520 mg. and he has them take 6 tabs with each meal. The other size is 1000 mg, and that would cut down the number needed (he said 4 or 5 tabs). This is a superfood, not a drug.
Barth's Vitamin Company
(if the health food stores don't carry alfalfa tablets made from seeds)
He said to make the tea, just pour boiling water over a teaspoon of seeds and let them steep for at least 5 minutes. Commercial teas are usually made of the leaves and stems and are far less potent. Health food stores carry seeds in bulk. You can add a teaspoon of honey to the tea for sweetener. He adds a better tasting tea with it for flavor, since alone it's pretty tasteless and boring.
(When my granddaughter comes to visit, I soak seeds until they just begin to sprout so they are digestable, and then mix them with organic crunchy peanut butter, hershey's unsweetened chocolate, honey, and nuts and make them like little frozen candy balls so she'll eat them. I tried grinding them and adding them to this mix, but that way the taste is too strong and bitter.)
5. Cherries: one half pound per day. Higher levels of uric acid are believed to cause the painful inflammation in gouty conditions. In many cases this will bring the uric acid levels back to normal and relieve rheumatic symptoms. Any kind of cherries seems to work. Cherry juice works also. Try to avoid the canned kind that have sugar, heavy surup, and aftificial colorings added. (We used to get frozen cherries but can't find them now.) Fresh are best when you can find them, in season.
To Dr.Van Fleet's formula I also added sulfur--MSM, and gelatin. There's a kind of orange-flavored drinkable gelatin that is much easier to deal with than having to make it up from unflavored gelatin packages, and it tastes delicious. I think it's recommended to take the plain stuff with orange juice. http://www.truthquest2.com/arthritis.htm
I've seen many arthritic patients recover with the food intolerance-free diet alone, so if anyone can make it to Spokane, WA, USA. go see Dr. Letitia Dick-Watrous. http://www.truthquest2.com/drletitiawatrous.htm
Adrenal fatigue and low thyroid
are often, maybe even usually co-factors in arthritis. This is one of
the best sites I've seen for adrenal fatigue, which also involves chronic
fatigue, fibromyalgia, and a host of other symptoms: http://www.chronicfatigue.org/History.html
They can apparently treat people long distance, with test materials you send back to them and by other means. I contacted a naturopath there, and he said to start out by reading the Chronic Fatigue Unmasked 2000 in their website archives http://www.chronicfatigue.org/Archive%20files.htm
Dr. Jonathon Wright, M.D.
Renegade allopath (medical professional) turned alternative researcher and practitioner perhaps best known for being held at gun point by armed FDA agents who ransacked his office for suspected illegal injected treatment substances...and ended up red-faced when suspect "injectibles" turned out to be a vitamin and mineral formula. Nevertheless, Dr. Wright is known internationally in the field of alternative medicine for more than his mistreatment by misguided government officials. He reportedly has an arthritis treatment success rate of nearly 100%. His statements on the cause and treatment of arthritis:
According to Dr. Wright, he "recognized the healing potential in a little known discovery by Dr. James Bereneman--the secret culprit hiding behind a large percentage of joint pain and more than 50% of all undiagnosed illness...It's called low-level food sensitivity." He claims that certain foods can trigger immune reactions, which lead to full-blown auto-immune conditions like "arthritis, lupus, asthma, colitis, Graves' disease, chronic fatigue."
According to his report, "an australian colleague of Dr. Wright's--Dr. Christopher Reading of Sydney--treated 100 people with so-called 'incurable' lupus" who had all been verified as having the disease through blood tests. Their symptoms vanished, and five years later their blood tests showed no evidence of lupus. Their treatment was adding supplements to their diets, and eliminating certain foods, particularly all grains except rice and corn (although other specialists that will be listed here claim that most grains should be eliminated, including corn). Dr. Reading claims that all the lupus sufferers shared a gluten sensitivity--a protein contained in WHEAT, RYE, BARLEY, SPELT, AND OATS.
Dr. Wright goes on to say there is a landmark book published this year (2003) linking "this same grain sensitivity to joint pain, cancer, depression, brain disorders...even osteoporosis. the study estimates that as many as 90 million Americans are suffering without even suspecting the ca use..."
He claims that "cutting-edge research reveals that many people with autoimmune diseases share certain genetic commonalities that are known markers for extreme gluten intolerance."
Dr. Wright offers details on how to test yourself for food sensitivities/intolerances in a book or report that has to be ordered. It may be contained in his "Library of Food and Vitamin Cures."
Dr. Joel Wallach, B. S., DVM, N.D., (Author of international best-selling audio tape "Dead Doctors Don't Lie") and Ma Lan, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Wallach started out as a veterinarian and soil/mineral specialist, and claims many of the diseases considered "incurable" in man also affect animals, and that vets have long known how to avoid them or cure them. He became a naturopath so he could treat humans and better make known the "secrets" of successful animal treatments, which apply to humans.
Arthritis/rheumatism--He claims that arthritis is a complex of nutritional deficiencies, and in the case of RHEUMATOID ARTHIRITIS, a chronic infection with a Mycoplasma spp. (fungus)
Treatment--A dietary calcium/phosphorus ratio of 2:1, which is impossible without supplementation, and with the average diet. He explains that a vegetarian diet helps get closer to what is needed, but that plant "phytates" (a chelating substance in plants) still interfere with calcium absorption.
He lists common foods and their calcium/phosphorus ratios that get us into trouble:
When these imbalances occur, calcium is leached from the bones and teeth. In short, the more meat and pop consumed, the more calcium needed.
Calcium: 2000 mg/day
and more if you eat much meat
He strongly urges people to use plant derived colloidal minerals, which are 95% absorbable
Determine food allergies-- those foods which aggravate or precipitate symptoms.
Dr. Wallach is an advocate of autoimmune urine therapy, (urine is sterile and contains many nutrients) but this is probably not going to catch on as a therapy in this country, although it is practiced elsewhere.
MSM - - A
Methyl-sulfonyl-methane (MSM) is a naturally-occurring sulfur compound found in our bodies as well as in many common beverages and foods, including milk, coffee, tea and green vegetables. In its purified chemical form, it is an odorless, essentially tasteless, white, water soluble crystalline solid. It is one of the least toxic substances in biology, similar in toxicity to water.
MSM is a relative to dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), a unique therapeutic agent used worldwide in the treatment of many painful and inflammatory conditions. MSM has many of DMSO's properties, but without the oyster-like odor and other side effects.
sulfur, such as that found in MSM, is not similar to inorganic sulfides,
sulfites and sulfates to which many people are allergic.
Many anecdotal accounts including some unofficial tests indicate that a supplement of ordinary gelatin DAILY helps. Some accounts credit this with completely reversing the effects of arthritis indicating that an arthritis sufferer will be able to open a tight pickle jar with ease after 90 days on this treatment.
Put a 1/2 ounce envelope of gelatin in your favorite drink. Orange juice, even tea or coffee. It does not affect the flavor of the drink. Stir well to dissolve. It may take 60 seconds of stirring. Drink 1/2 oz. per 100 lbs. of body weight daily. You can buy gelatin in your supermarket.
LATIN NAME: Apium graveolens
FAMILY NAME: Apiaceae
The one medicinal plant among Duke's Dozen that I take faithfully every day is the one I was initially the most skeptical about.
"The Crisis" is my name for a bout of gout, a condition I've endured for nearly two decades. I'd get attacks in my big toe so debilitatingly painful that words hardly do justice to the agony. I've suffered them enough over the years to know when they're all but certain to occur: after an injury, after a little alcohol-related overindulgence, or after I neglect to take my allopurinol, the pharmaceutical treatment of choice to prevent this condition.
The drug lowers the bloodstream's concentration of uric acid. At high levels, uric acid accumulates and then crystallizes in certain joints, typically the big toe. I so dread the pain these crystals cause that I took allopurinol faithfully almost every day for nearly 18 years.
Ever since I started taking celery seed, though, I've abandoned allopurinol. I simply no longer need it.
Celery is a good example of phytochemical medicine in action. For me, it's just as therapeutically effective as its man-made pharmaceutical rival--maybe more so. It's also safer. And you don't need a doctor's assistance or a discount prescription card to obtain it. You can swallow the seeds in standardized supplemental form. You can guzzle the reedy stalks as a juice or tonic, chew on them raw or relish celery's crunchy, flavorful presence in soups, salads, stews, and pot roasts. Try making a Bloody Mary with allopurinol. It won't work. And it won't taste very good, either.
Going Toe-to-Toe with Gout
I was 49 when "the Crisis" (my term for a gout attack) struck for the first time. That summer, I was munching on fresh asparagus from my garden like it was going out of style. Asparagus is one of the many foods high in purines, substances that the body, courtesy of an enzyme called xanthine oxidase, converts into uric acid. Too much uric acid can lead to gout.
I awoke one morning to pain in my big toe so excruciating that I couldn't even stand the weight of a bed sheet on my foot. Imagine what it was like to put on a sock and attempt to walk. My doctor diagnosed the problem immediately and prescribed colchicine, a very heavy duty chemical (derived, incidentally, from the autumn crocus) that purges the crystals as it purges you. (Laxity is one side effect.)
For a while, I tried the dietary route, avoiding asparagus, organ meats, mushrooms, sardines, and other foods high in purines. All to no avail. Finally, another doctor suggested allopurinol (a pill a day for life for preventing gout) and indomethacin, a potent anti-inflammatory that stops gout attacks not prevented by allopurinol (or those that come on if you forget to take allopurinol). I didn't forget too often in the succeeding 18 years. In fact, I came to remember a few other things: that drinking a six-pack and forgetting my allopurinol (not necessarily in that order) brought on the Crisis the next day and that getting hurt also triggered an attack.
So on my merry way I went, studying plants as substitutes for pharmaceuticals and taking my man-made medication like a good little pain-fearing patient. Then one day I came across an advertisement for a phytochemical supplement that purportedly prevented gout. celery seed extract, the ad claimed, was hypouricemic; it lowered uric acid.
I arched an eyebrow. I scoffed. I knew about celery seed. I've heard about its reputed medicinal properties. I had recorded everything known about the plant in my herbal archives. Sure, I'd read that it possessed some anti-inflammatory properties, but nowhere had I heard that it reduced uric acid. Itching for an argument and suspecting that he was motivated more by profit than science, I wrote to the man behind the ad, asking for more information about his research.
Imagine my surprise when I received copies of studies conducted in Australia and South Africa attesting to the anti-inflammatory qualities of celery seed extract. The science looked good. I was impressed. But how could I verify that it worked? I didn't have my own lab, and no other research in the world attested to the claims.
And then the dangerous idea dawned on me: I could serve as my own human guinea pig. No one, absolutely no one, is supposed to stop taking a drug without telling the prescribing physician. I beg you not to stop taking any medication on your own in favor of any herbal supplement advocated on these pages. Do as I say, not as I do.
Tossing aside everything I knew and believed about the advisability of discontinuing a medication, I stopped taking allopurinol. Instead, I swallowed, optimistically but hesitantly, four capsules of standardized celery seed extract. Then I braced myself. I was sure I'd wake up the next day to the oppressive load of the bed sheet on my big toe.
The next day, nothing. The day after that? Nothing still. For a week here at home in my herbal vineyard, I took celery seed extract. And my big toe was as happy as it could be. Coincidence? I didn't think so, but I couldn't be certain. I knew I'd find out soon, though. I had to leave for a week in Peru--a week of walking several miles a day through the rain forest, a week that inevitably would end with a parting ceremony filled with drink and dance. If ever there were a prescription for triggering the Crisis, this was it.
And so I went, armed with an ample supply of celery seed extract--and my anti-inflammatory medication, indomethacin, just in case. I toughed it out in the jungles all week long, and the gout held off. No problems. I didn't need the anti-inflammatory indomethacin.
Then on my last day there, we all convened at Tahuampa Bar, a thatch-roof refuge stilted over a tributary of the Amazon. We worked hard all week long and were ready to let our hair down.
It's a familiar scenario, one that I've been a part of many times before: lots of drinking, lots of over-vigorous dancing with guides who play great rancheros and salsa music. I recall an episode from years earlier in which spirited dancing to spirited music with spirituous Amazonian rum precipitated a splenetic attack of gout. Still, I didn't care. I was in the middle of an experiment.
So this 67-year-old man took his celery seed extract, drank his potent Peruvian rum, danced--barefooted!--the dances of a 30-year-old, and threw caution to the wind. All evening long at the Tahuampa, we cut the rug and shook the mahogany floor. I remember, at one point, writhing to the beat with my partner, a masseuse who's a quarter or a third my age. We jumped up and down, then sideways, then up and down again, with me leaping higher and higher.
All of a sudden I felt an agonizing pain as I dropped down on my left foot. I thought I dislodged my hip from my pelvis. It hurt like hell. But, probably exceeding the legal limit for dancing, I kept on moving and finished out the song. Then, weary, hurting, and barely able to walk, I quietly absented myself and went to bed.
The next day greeted me with black-and-blue marks spanning some 15 inches from my left upper hip to below my buttock. It hurt. I could barely walk. But I tried not to show my pain. After all, in store for us that day were two hours on the Amazon, a long wait at Iquitos International Airport, and an even longer journey home. I didn't want to dampen anyone's fun, and complaining certainly wouldn't have put me out of my misery, although part of me wished someone would.
From the river, through Peru, and through long walks at the airports in Miami, Charlotte, and Baltimore, I was in agony all the way back--but not from gout. My big toe never let out a peep.
Knowing that traumatic injuries can conjure up the Crisis just as easily as a traumatic party, I fully expected a double-duty dose of gout pain. I anticipated it as a sentry awaits an imminent attack. At my side was a bottle of indomethacin, but I didn't reach for it. Instead, I took celery seed extract. I was, as I've said, in the middle of an experiment. In case an infection simmered near the damaged hip joint, I took some echinacea.
By all rights, I should have fallen over in agony somewhere between Miami and Charlotte. Certainly, I should have been causing an embarrassing scene in the aisle of the airplane somewhere over Virginia. But I didn't. I didn't feel very well, but I knew that gout wasn't part of my pain.
Finally back home, I took some turmeric and boswellin (along with celery seed), then crashed, anticipating that the Crisis would awaken me the next day. It didn't. In fact, I slept through my shift back to Eastern Standard Time, got up and performed my usual back exercises, walked out into my beautiful herbal vineyard, did some back stretches later on, took two more celery seed supplements, and felt pretty good. My wife was in Michigan, visiting our daughter. I was all alone--just me, the birds, and the other animals.
Well, that's not entirely true. The indomethacin was never far from ready reach. But I didn't need it--not so long as I had celery seed extract. As I walked around the garden, my limp grew less noticeable. I took it easy, but I was still using my brutally abused hip. By the end of the day, I concluded that I didn't even need to see the chiropractor or osteopath.
The next morning, I took more celery seed extract, felt even better, and continued to go about my business. Still no reason to take the indomethacin. Days wore on to weeks, weeks progressed to months. Before I knew it, Thanksgiving was at hand, then Christmas and New Year's and all the excesses that each holiday mandates. Throughout it all, the Crisis stayed away.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? I didn't forget my old acquaintance (gout) that holiday season, but I did the year after. And the year after that. With celery at my side, gout pain is just a ghost of grimaces past. Good riddance.
What Celery Seed Is and What It Can Do
If you ask Commission E (a German panel of experts roughly equivalent to the Federal Drug Administration), nothing about celery makes it worthy of recommendation. It's used only occasionally in folk medicine, according to the panel, mostly as a diuretic for kidney and bladder woes and as an ancillary supplement for rheumatism. The commission apparently didn't do the same homework I did and is thus a wee bit pessimistic.
I think Commission E is conservative in this respect. My own experience has convinced me that celery seed is an effective preventive for gout. For me, at least, no matter how much I tempt hyperuricemia, whether with an injury or a six-pack, celery seed seems to keep the Crisis at bay. Even three years into my experiment, my success could just be coincidence. Maybe I'm just one big 220-pound anecdote. But I doubt it. I think I'm on to something here.
Herb Lore and More
Celery's light-green stalks seem so commonplace, so mundane that you might not suspect the plant boasts a long history of numerous therapeutic uses. Folk medicine practitioners dispensed various leaf preparations for cancerous ulcers, inflammatory tumors, herpes infections on the fingers (whitlows), and corns. Seed-based remedies were said to help breast and vulvar tumors. Celery juice could purportedly treat some forms of cancer in the eye and stomach, while a tea decocted from the seeds was said to help lumbago and rheumatism.
Other folk practitioners used the seeds against liver and spleen diseases, bronchitis, asthma, and flatulence. Indian medical experts believe the roots and leaves relieve colic, encourage excretion, and lessen tissue swelling from water retention. In Chinese medicine, the seeds are a standard treatment for dizziness, high blood pressure, calming the body, and regulating the menstrual cycle. The plant and its seeds have also been given to provoke menstruation and abortion. Celery's volatile oils do, in fact, induce uterine contractions and trigger menstrual flow. (Remember, an overdose of many, if not all, herbs and medicines can do the same or present problems for pregnant women. A former National Institutes of Health director has gone so far as to say that pregnant women and children should avoid all herbs. I cannot support such an extreme position.)
How Celery Seed Can Help
Apart from gout, let's look at what other applications might work, too.
Arthritis and inflammation. Whether you suffer from gout or arthritis, you need to cool the fires. celery seed is just what the doctor ordered for both conditions because of its myriad anti-inflammatory properties. Phytochemicals relieve pain and reduce water retention and tissue swelling.
Gas. In folk medicine, celery has a long-standing reputation as a "carminative," something that alleviates flatulence and the stomach pains associated with gas. I've received anecdotal accounts that relief comes rather quickly, too. According to other informal but informed reports, it also relieves indigestion, cramping, and heartburn.
Heart problems. Celery's active ingredients make it of potential value if you have arrhythmia or the chest pains of angina. With compounds that lower cholesterol and blood pressure, dilate arteries, thwart fluid retention and tissue swelling, normalize heart rhythm, and fight hardening of the arteries, I'd say it's a must-have medicinal for anyone concerned about cardiac health.
Hypertension. Celery contains apigenin, just one of about a dozen active ingredients that contribute to healthy blood pressure.
Science has confirmed celery's
value from both clinical and experimental research. In one small study,
14 out of 16 men reduced their sphygmomanometer readings by drinking 40
milliliters of celery juice three times a day. Other lab investigations
show that celery extract lowers blood pressure in dogs and rabbits; direct
injections of an extract cut blood pressure significantly.
RA SPES for
and distributing company of the product will provide any interested doctor
with all necessary information.
http://www.rainbowminerals.net/arthritis.htm --information about the connection between mycoplasma infection and rheumatoid arthitis.
Calcium Sources, Inhibitors,
By Thomas Stearns Lee, NMD
Calcium is an important mineral
for bones, teeth, and metabolism. Here are some useful tables and lists
that show what foods are good sources of calcium. Also shown are what
factors are inhibitors of calcium assimilation, and particular times when
the body requires more calcium. Finally, we list some protein sources
that contain significant amounts of calcium.
more coming soon...
Dianne Jacobs Thompson Est. 2003
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