It has now been almost exactly 20 years since I was diagnosed with severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. The doctor taking my blood and listening to my symptoms looked at me with pity, which, at that time, alarmed me more than the prospect of the disease. I was expected to decline rapidly, a wheelchair and nursing home in my immediate future.
I took methotrexate, upping the dose as it lost effectiveness, until it was no longer safe to increase the dose again. I was given cortisone and began developing the side effects, cataracts, weight gain and osteoporsis. It became clear over the course of a year or two that there was not going to be a magic bullet that would solve my problem. After several of my physician’s more compliant patients died, I refused to take biologics. I was on my own. I began doing research for my personal survival as I had done it for my job as a public health researcher. Then – Eureka! – I found the solution.
It wasn’t a secret. As I scoured the medical library and the local bookstore I found plenty of evidence that Rheumatoid Arthritis was quite manageable without drugs. I began to think I was the last to find out. The only place the information was not available was in the doctor’s office.
All evidence suggested that RA was a food sensitivity disorder. The way to test that idea was to fast. If the symptoms vanished without food, then food had to be the problem. And indeed that was what I found and what you will find.
Here’s how it works:
1. The fastest and surest way to eliminate the symptoms of RA is a 3 day, water only, fast with no cheating. Two days won’t work. There is something magical about the third day. During those days the food antigens in your body will dissipate and by day 4 they’ll be gone and you will feel normal again. Astonished and jubilant, but normal.
2. Many of us have trouble going without food for 3 days, so here is an alternative suggestion. Be aware that you are sensitive to food that you eat all the time. Therefore, if you don’t want to try a 3-day fast, what you should do is eliminate ALL of your normal diet and substitute foods you don’t ordinarily eat. For example: If you eat bread every day you will have to eliminate all cereal products, and all products containing grains, not just bread. If you eat meat daily, substitute fish or vegetables. If you eat potatoes frequently, substitute other, less common, veggies. There are lots of them.
3, Foods that have few inflammatory properties and that you are not likely to be allergic to include salad greens, fish and some oils, like canola or olive.
4. Remember that you are not giving up your favorite foods forever. You are, first, convincing yourself that you have the ability in your own hands to turn a big problem into a minor annoyance, drug free.
5. Most important: Do NOT eat the same food more often than once every 3 or 4 days. This will allow food molecules for which you have only a minor allergy to exit your body before more are piled on. This step alone will all but make your RA disorder go away. Using this step, you will find that your diet changes very little, only the frequency of foods changes.
Congratulations! You have your life back.
Ok. You have had your own Eureka! moment, you know that your problem is an allergic reaction to food, and it is time to move on and make your healthy change permanent. How?
First keep a food diary, a daily journal, of what you are eating. This will guide you in discovering how food affects you.
But most important, understand the risk that you take with the lethal pharmaceuticals that you and your insurance company pay big bucks for. Your doctor probably will not inform you, as she writes your prescription, that you may die from her advice.
I agree with many others who say that the best medicine, and the surest way to good health, is a healthy skepticism of the medical-pharmaceutical industry.