December 5, 2011
Arthritis and Its Cascading Effect
of Inflammation from Gut Toxins
Arthritis is actually a term covering over 100 rheumatic diseases. It is a common disease characterized by inflammation of the joints. There are several factors that may cause arthritis such as environmental toxins, bacteria, parasites, microbes, fungal infections and many others we will discuss in this article. The 2 most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. They both share similar symptoms of painful inflammation of joints. Arthritis is different from most afflictions because it is not always a chronic condition. In some cases arthritis will only “flare up” with a change of weather although, in other cases it is constant and can be extremely painful and sometimes even debilitating.
In this photo you can see the inflamed joints of the knuckles and fingers. (Photo from Medicine Net Inc.)
What Are the Differences Between
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Osteoarthritis is more prevalent than rheumatoid arthritis and is 3 times more common in females than males. It is generally considered to be an age related disease affecting nearly everyone over the age of 60.
Osteoarthritis may be caused by a joint injury, everyday wear and tear on the foot, repetitive sports and exercises which can place excessive pressure on the joints causing a progressive degeneration of the body’s cartilage that worsens over time. It mostly affects the load bearing joints such as the hips, knees, spine, and hands. The cartilage is a smooth gelatinous tissue protecting the ends of the bones at the joint. When the cartilage breaks down, the ends of the bones rub together. In time the bones harden forming spurs which can lead to severe pain, inflammation, and fractures. Once the degeneration progresses, living bacteria can find their way to the joints and form on the deposits left there previously by parasites. If not treated correctly it can lead to severe deformity and disability.
An estimated 41 million Americans suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. According to a study from the Mayo Clinic, arthritis among women has been increasing steadily since 2005. Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect any age group and it is mostly found between ages 40 to 60 but, there have been some cases of juvenile arthritis as young as
ages 3 to 20.
It may be caused by emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, insufficient sleep, insufficient sunlight, viruses, parasites, bacterium, and a buildup of toxins from the gut. Bacteria from the parasite wormlets can migrate in their life cycle to live in the joints and muscles. In addition it can also be caused by loss of collagen due to age, hormonal imbalances due to stress, sedentary lifestyle, and obesity.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a pro-inflammatory auto-immune disorder where the immune system becomes overactive and damaging to the body’s healthy cells by attacking the cartilage and tissue in and around the joints of the body. This causes chronic inflammation, swelling and thickening of the synovial membrane lining the joint creating pain and stiffness. It can also be accompanied by fever and malaise.
Photo credit to Medicine Net Inc.
Popular Medical Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
- NSAIDS, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen.
- Analgesics, Biologics, and DMARDS are anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Corticosteroids, steroids
Possible Side Effects:
- Increases gut permeability causing “leaky gut syndrome” and may also deteriorate the stomach and liver.
- Promotes systemic inflammation by absorption of toxins and gastrointestinal antigens.
- Suppresses cartilage formation and promotes joint destruction.
- Increases the risk of heart disease through silent inflammation that contributes to atherosclerosis.
- Drugs treat only the symptoms and not the underlying causes.
Popular Medical Treatments for Osteoarthritis
and Possible Side Effects:
- NSAIDS (Same side effects as rheumatoid arthritis).
- Medication Acetaminophen (Overuse may cause liver damage).
- Narcotics (Nausea, constipation, sleeplessness, addiction).
- Medication Cortisone Shots (May cause joint damage and interfere with calcium absorption).
- Osteotomy Surgery to realign the bones (There are always risk involved with any surgery such as infection or blood clots, etc.).
- Arthroplasty Surgery for joint replacement(Prosthesis can wear out or need replacement).
Alternative Medicine for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis and Possible Side Effects:
- Acupuncture (If the needle is unsterilized, bacteria can cause local infection or if the needle hits a blood vessel it can cause bleeding, bruising, and pain).
- Glucosamine and Chondroitin Nutritional Supplements (May interact with blood thinner and cause bleeding problems. Do not take Glucosamine if allergic to shellfish).
- Tai Chi and Yoga (Avoid moves that cause pain in joints).
- **Not all medical or alternative medicines have been listed, only the most recommended.
How do Chemicals, Gut Toxins and Parasites
Contribute to Arthritis?
Dr.Hulda Regehr Clark author of “The Cure for All Diseases” has done extensive research and has many case histories relating to gut toxicity and parasites leading to disease. She states that toxins such as mercury, thallium, cadmium, and lead as well as solvents or chemicals become distributed through the body from commercial processed foods, chemicals in the water, environmental toxins, cleaning products, and even beauty products.Once they are distributed to the body they lower the immune system allowing tiny larvae parasites to take up residence.
These 4 common parasites classified as roundworms: Ascaris, Hookworm, Strongyloides, and Trichinella can travel through the entire body and to the joints. She recommends a complete overhaul of body health such as a diet cleanup, a body cleanup (cleanses for colon, liver, gallbladder, and kidneys), as well as an environmental cleanup. Preferably get rid of all chemicals and switch to organic and natural products. For the diet, it is best to avoid or cut down on sugar, common grains, wheat, cow’s milk, pasteurized and hard cheeses, processed meats, carbonated drinks, black tea, and coffee. There are many new wholesome organic foods available now that can be substituted for these so you will not feel deprived.
Photo image credits to Wealden Natural Health and A.D.A.M.
How Does a Deficiency in (HCI) Hydrochloric Acid
and Poor Digestion Contribute to Arthritis?
Proper nutrition and digestion is extremely important in nourishing our body. David Wolfe, a leading authority in nutrition and author of “Eating for Beauty” has researched and found that (HCI) Hydrochloric Acid is the body’s first line of defense to destroy parasites, mold, harmful bacteria, and viruses. He also states that over time as our body ages, if we have had poor nutritional habits such as a lack of natural salts and vegetables while consuming mainly sugars and high quantities of complex carbohydrates, it will eventually cause the body to become deficient in chloride and HCI.
When HCI is low it affects the metabolism. It causes incomplete digestion of food and failure of assimilation of nutrients. The body builds HCI out of salts found in salty vegetable such as celery, spinach, chard, kale, as well as lemon juice and raw apple cider just to name a few. If you need more HCI than what you are able to get from a healthy green diet, Metagenics has a product called Metagest which is excellent. He highly recommends drinking spring water and adding lemon or lime to it which helps in cleansing our body. Always drink water on an empty stomach instead of with food otherwise it dilutes the body’s digestive fluids leading to poor absorption of nutrients.
* Note* Refrain from using HCI supplements if the body has ulcers. Instead use a high grade plant based enzyme to assist digestion.
How Does an Impaired ICV Contribute to Arthritis?
Another problem the body may face in fighting gut toxins has to do with the (ICV) Ileocecal Valve. Starting at birth, cranial and midline injuries that have occurred through the birthing process may create an environment where the ileocecal valve does not function properly. The ICV is a back flow valve that prevents waste material in the large intestine from backing up into the small intestine after the digestion process.
In the digestion process when there are toxins and substances that are indigestible by the small intestine, they will be passed to the large intestine to be further broken down by the good bacteria and then excreted. If the ICV fails, a backup can occur pushing the waste material from the large intestine into the small intestine where it then leaks and passes through the walls of the small intestine into the blood or lymph and is carried onto the liver.
The liver’s job is to filter out and metabolizes any waste that gets by the small and large intestines however, problems occur when it is continually bombarded by toxins from a leaky gut with a malfunctioning ICV. This becomes the perfect environment for parasites, mold, harmful bacteria, and viruses to thrive and wreak havoc on the body. Even if a person’s body has the ICV functioning properly, once they start taking NSAIDS and antibiotics on a daily basis the gut lining over time becomes damaged and leaky allowing the undigested foods to become a food allergy to the body. The body sees this food as an offending particle which is called an antigen. It then produces antibodies to try to fight the antigen.The body builds a defense of histamine to destroy the food allergens which then cause inflammation, swelling and eventually leading to a cascading effect of arthritis and/or other diseases.
Photo image credits from Gerhardt Chiropractic. Pictures of Ileocecal valve.
How Can the Cascading Effect of Arthritis be Relieved?
Gradually over time since the 1950’s society has introduced more and more chemicals, preservatives, and additives to our food, water, and consumable goods. These are foreign to the body, cause damage, and gradually begin to build up in our system deteriorating our health.
There are many effective natural ways to help relieve Arthritis. As a Quantum Energetics Practitioner I recommend doing all of these as a complete program:
- Clean up the diet eliminating foods that are acidic and replacing them with alkaline foods.
- Drink plenty of spring or filtered water (preferably not from plastic bottles which are toxic).
- Cleanse the colon, liver, gallbladder, and kidneys to eliminate toxins and parasites.
- Replace HCI either through diet or HCI tablets.
- Add the antioxidant Glutamine (100mg) to repair the body.
- Reinoculate the intestines with a probiotic such as Lactobacillus, Bifudus to support the growth of the intestinal flora which is the good bacteria.
- Establish regular physical activity to help the body detox and reduce stress.
- Incorporate Essential Oils such as Young Living Essential Oils which are the aromatic liquids
found within shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, resins, and seeds.
These oils contain unique constituents that provide therapeutic results
and are known as 'natures energy'. There are main that aid for digestion and pain relief for arthritis.
- Metagenics and Nutri-Dyn have several Gut Repair Programs to choose from that offer power gastrointestinal support for repairing the stomach lining and cleansing the colon.Both
offer medical foods
and nutrition for revising chronic illness through genetic science and
technology also known as nutrigenomics. You can contact me for
assistance with these products and also view through my website.
How Can Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy Assist the Body to Repair the Damage from Arthritis?
Our body is made of energy which is our vital life force. When our body becomes injured or diseased, a break in our energy is created and can prevent our central nervous system from getting the correct messages to the brain in order for it to make the needed repairs which can compromise our body from becoming completely healthy again.
Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy also known as QE is a structured energy work that uncovers the underlying causes of disease and injury such as Arthritis and assist the body naturally to make its own repairs thus bringing the body back to balance, greater energy and a healthier immune system.
What does Quantum Energetics Focus on in the Body?
- Digestive system
- Urinary system
- Reproductive system
- Skeletal System
- Muscular System
- Integumentary System for skin, hair, nail, and oil glands
- Nervous System
- Endocrine system
- Respiratory System and Glands
- Cardiovascular System
- Lymphatic System
- Immune System
Often, immediate relief can be achieved after a series of a few sessions depending on the individual or the progression of the Arthritis. Each person’s body is unique in its own way, so for others it may take more time. While we make no claims, we do have many testimonials of Arthritis relief and restored health from many happy clients.
Andrea Reuth, QEP doing Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy
energy work on client.
Testimonial for Arthritis and Knee Pain Relief
with Quantum Energetics by KB
I am a 62 year old female who was diagnosed with osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis over ten years ago. Anyone familiar with either form of arthritis will tell you that they each are very painful and that the scientific community has yet to discover a cure. I have had friends who also have lived with this disease and put their trust in traditional medical physicians. Some friends have died, not of the disease but the constant trial and error of replacement pharmaceutical medications and the agony of the pain.
In addition to arthritis, both a torn meniscus and fractured patella were diagnosed on the left and I had difficulty walking. Unable to tolerate standard COX 2 drugs, I have had three rheumatoid specialists prescribe drugs to kill the pain. I had my knee drained as well as cortisone shots injected directly into the joints. I have had MRIs and over $1500 worth of x-rays. Still, I remained in pain, especially in my left knee which an orthopedic surgeon wanted to replace.
In 2007, I decided to try holistic treatments the skills of Judith Heath who does Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy in Colorado. The result of her sessions has been better and longer lasting than any treatment I have tried and I'm not being stuffed with drugs!!! I am doing fantastic now and have not had knee pain since. I still like see her for regular maintenance on the rest of my body every so often just to keep it operating in top condition. If you are in pain for any reason give Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy the opportunity to give you back a life without pain.
- K.B., Central City, Colorado
Clark, Ph.D., N.D., Hulda Regehr “The Cure for All Diseases” San Diego, CA: New Century Press, 1995, pp.78-80.
Heath, Judith “Notes to the Practitioner” Colorado: Quantum Energetics Institute, 2009. pp 1-2.
Heath, Judith “What Do Wrinkles Heart Disease, Cancer, & Alzheimers Have in Common” Colorado: Quantum Energetics Institute 2008, pp. 1-5.
Stossel, Richard “Overcome Arthritis Naturally” http://www.naturalnews.com/z032199_arthritis_solutions.html April 2011 p.1
Wolfe, David “Eating for Beauty” San Diego, CA: Sunfood Publishing (www.sunfood.com), 2007, pp 44-45.