There are many patterns of arthritis. A group of related joint and connective
tissue disorders have been called rheumatic diseases. All these diseases are
immune-mediated, and all are expressions of inflammation in connective tissues.
Joint involvement is diagnosed as arthritis. There are several distinct
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease of joints and other
tissues that affects approximately five million individuals of all ages in the
United States and Canada. The disease is characterized by persistent
inflammation of the joints with swelling and progressive deformity associated
with stiffness, pain, and reduced mobility.
In children the onset of the inflammatory arthritis is an acute whole body
illness 20% of the time with fever, joint pain with swelling, rash, generalized
lymphadenopathy, enlarged spleen, liver and digestive tract disease. A single
joint, usually the knee, is involved in 30%, and in 50% multiple joints are
involved. Flu-like symptoms may precede the onset of arthritis for months to
years. The temperature often peaks in the late afternoon or evening, to a level
of 39 C or higher with a rapid return to normal. Chills are common. Children can be
well between attacks of fever. The rheumatoid rash consists of 2-5 mm red
macules most commonly seen on the trunk and proximal extremities.
Autoimmune Disease? Rheumatoid arthritis is often considered an autoimmune
The concept of autoimmunity needs constant revision:
- It is clear that immune cells attack tissues of the host.
- It is not clear that this self-attack arises in the absence of external
Our idea is that no disease is 100% internally generated and must involve
outside contributions. Despite years of research, no one has come up with a
proven pathogen. Bacteria and viruses have been considered, but no definitive
evidence of infection has emerged. The missing idea is that antigens in the food
supply can act like infectious agents and can sustain chronic inflammatory
disease. Food antigens are mostly proteins and proteins altered by sugars or
fats attaching to them. Some antigens are small molecules, such as drugs that
attach to serum proteins. Other antigens may be carbohydrate polymers such as
proteoglycans, the components of cartilage and fibrous tissue. An important clue
is that inflammatory arthritis is often associated with inflammatory bowel
disease. The mechanisms of delayed patterns of food allergy link abnormal
digestive tract function with immune attacks on connective tissue.
The idea that food can actually cause inflammatory arthritis is difficult to
believe and widely dismissed by physicians. The fact is that food can cause
arthritis. The pathogenic possibility is not in doubt, at least if you read the
medical literature carefully. What is unknown is how many children have
food-induced arthritis. How much suffering is caused by ordinary food and how
much relief can be obtained by changing food choices? Food proteins such
as cow’s milk and wheat can enter the blood stream and travel to the tissues
around joints. A foreign protein is usually captured by an antibody and travels
as an immune complex. Immune complexes that end up in tissues can trigger
inflammation. We encourage all people at any age with inflammatory arthritis to
try diet revision using the Alpha Nutrition Program. The sooner you begin, the
better the result.
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Stephen Gislason MD.
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The Book Feeding Children
is a guide for parents when children are not doing well and need diet revision.
Infant feeding and proper nutrition for growing children are discussed. The book
discusses health problems that arise from the wrong food choices. The solution
is found in the Alpha Nutrition Program, a standard method of diet revision.
There are many conditions that improve with diet revision. Each condition is
described in the book.
Children, Adolescents and the Family
is a book for parents, teachers and other professionals by Stephen Gislason MD.
The book is available in print form and as an eBook for download (PDF file). 270 Pages.
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