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Arthritis -Try Diet Revision
We think that inflammatory arthritis is sometimes caused by immune responses to food proteins and encourage everyone with arthritis to give diet revision a try. Several diet revision studies have shown benefit for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. These studies support the more common and persistent claims in the community that diet revision has benefits. Carinini and Brostoff reviewed the concepts of and evidence for food-induced arthritis. They stated: "Despite an increasing interest in food allergy and the conviction of innumerable patients with joint disease that certain foods exacerbate their symptoms, relatively little scientific attention has been paid to this relationship. Abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract are commonly found in rheumatic disease...Support for an intestinal origin of antigens comes from studies of patients whose joint symptoms have improved on the avoidance of certain foods antigens, and become worse on consuming them."
Many of our visitors are arthritic sufferers or have loved ones who are suffering. Some are newly diagnosed and are beginning the search for information and guidance. Others have had arthritis for some time and are disappointed with treatments offered to them. Many have read both the orthodox literature and popular books or magazine articles with claims of arthritis cures.
Arthritis Treatment is Disappointing
A 1997 survey of 1,000 Canadian Arthritis sufferers showed that 60% developed the disease after age 40; 62% of those dissatisfied with the care they received. "Not getting better" was their chief complaint. Arthritis was one of the most common reasons for visiting the family doctor in Canada and is the third most common reason for prescription drug use. The annual cost of arthritis health care in Canada is $14.3 billion.
The Key Points: 1 There is clash between orthodox opinion and the ideas that flourish in the community at large. Sometimes professional opinion is biased and dogmatic. A drug bias dismisses all attempts to discover and remove possible causes of arthritis.
2. The withdrawal of Vioxx, commonly used by arthritis sufferers was a shock to doctors and patients alike.3. While doctors attempted to reassure their patients that the medical approach to arthritis is not fundamentally flawed, the medical approach needed a complete review.
4. We urge the reader to spend the time required to understand good scientific hypotheses which lead to practical, common sense approaches to diet management in arthritis.
5. We think that inflammatory arthritis is often caused by immune responses to food proteins and encourage everyone with arthritis to give diet revision a try.
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