The human body is a complex, interconnected system, and a dysfunction in one location can present issues in a completely different area on the body.Supporting the basic foundations of health, such as digestion, is often overlooked in traditional medicine.
However, through my experience in treating patients, I believe an underlying root cause of this disease is bowel and digestion dysfunction.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can begin as a small pain that increases over time to be a much larger problem.
In other cases, patients simply wake up with it one day.
Common symptoms are inflammation, pain, and morning stiffness of the small joints in hands, feet, wrists, and ankles.
Treating the digestive system to alleviate the symptoms and progression of RA begins with a whole food (primarily vegetarian) and gluten-free diet.
RA tends to be more prevalent in western society with processed-food diets.
In addition, certain supplements help restore GI health such as digestive enzymes, probiotics, and herbs with healing, anti-inflammatory, and mucilaginous properties.
These supplements assist in rebuilding healthy GI tissue to ultimately renew the digestion processes.
The medical tests used to diagnose RA are rheumatoid factor, anti-nuclear antibody, and ESR.
X-rays are also performed to determine any changes in bone formation.
Medications for RA are typically immunosuppressant, chemotherapy, and anti-inflammatory agents.