What causes osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

One in two people over 50 complain of knee and joint pain – the beginnings of osteoarthritis.

A lesser number suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, which is called an auto-immune disease because the body’s immune system becomes over-belligerent and attacks joints. Since rheumatoid arthritis is a ‘systemic’ problem it often affects joints on both sides of the body, while osteoarthritis will focus in on the weakest link – perhaps a knee, hand or single joint. Osteoarthritis is often described as ‘wear and tear’, the implication being there’s nothing you can do about it. But I’ve met hundreds of people who have reversed both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in knees, fingers and joints by dealing with the underlying causes of arthritis. These are different for each person but often include digestive problems, unidentified food allergy/intolerance, poor liver detoxification, a pro-inflammatory diet (eg high in alcohol, meat & milk), lack of anti-inflammatory nutrients, herbs and foods, raised homocysteine and poor methylation, poor blood sugar balance, stress and overweight, as well as physical tension – e.g joint strain or injury. I explain these causes in the book Say No to Arthritis, and my recent DVD Say No to Arthritis and Osteoporosis, which come free when you join my Joint Transformation Club. As a Club Member I’ll guide you through a process, throught three audio consultations (teleseminars), backed up by your Joint Transformation Workbook, to discover what are your key contributors to joint and knee pain and how to eliminate them. People with rheumatoid arthritis, as opposed to osteoarthritis, almost invariably have an unidentified food allergy as big part of the problem. What happens is that the immune system reacts against a food and ‘cross-reacts’ against joint tissue. Inflammation, which is what causes pain, activates the immune system, which can become belligerent, so calming down inflammation not only reduces joint pain but also helps to switch off an over-reactive immune system.

Regular use of pain-killing medication also damages the gut which then means that food proteins get through into the blood, and the immune system reacts. Even if food allergy wasn’t part of your original problem, if you’ve been using pain-killers regularly then you are more likely to develop food intolerances. In a survey of over 5,000 people having a food intolerance test 74 per cent with arthritis gained significant relief, while 84 per cent had less swollen joints and 88 per cent had less aches and pains. This is just one causative factor for both rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis that I’ll be going into details with you when you join my Joint Transformation Club.