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There is a Cure for Arthritis

by Dr. Bruce Fife

Knowing that infection is a primary cause of arthritis provides
a key to understanding the treatment

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Doctors have yet to fully understand what causes arthritis. Therefore, treatment consists of trying to ease symptoms. This approach may help to reduce pain and discomfort temporarily, but does nothing to stop the progression of the disease.
"I have had chronic pain for 10 years," says Barbara Moody of Redmond, Washington. "Because of the pain I had to end my career as a firefighter." Severe arthritis affected Barbara's knees and back. Walking summoned pain with every step. Barbara endured four back surgeries and a spinal fusion. Despite medications and surgeries, her condition continued to worsen. Doctors recommended a fifth surgery and second fusion.
Many theories have been proposed as to the cause of arthritis, including food allergies, genetics, trauma, and infection. As the evidence mounts it is becoming evident that arthritis occurs primarily as a consequence of infection. Researchers have identified numerous bacteria, viruses, and fungi with all forms of arthritis. In fact, arthritis can and is induced in laboratory animals by injecting them with various microorganisms. The disease can be triggered by the flu, a urinary tract infection, or even candidiasis. The most common cause, however, appears to come from infected teeth and gums. Bacteria from oral infections can easily filter into the bloodstream and cause secondary infections in the joints.
If microorganisms are involved, you might think antibiotics would be an easy solution. While antibiotics can help with systemic infections, they often have little effect on the joints. One of the reasons for this is that joints do not have a blood supply like other organs. Our joints are encased in a tough protective membrane. Blood cannot pass through this membrane, but bacteria can. Consequently, joints make good hiding places for them.
Without circulating blood, white blood cells and antibiotics are less effective in fighting invasion. If the infection is caused by a virus or fungus, antibiotics are useless. Chronic infection in the joints may show no symptoms, then suddenly flair up. This happens due to stress caused by poor diet, allergies, illness, excessive physical or emotional trauma, exposure to toxins, and even aging.
Knowing that one of the primary causes of arthritis is infection provides a key to understanding the cure. There are three major steps you can take to successfully combat arthritis. The first step is to strengthen your immune system to more effectively fight chronic infection. The primary way to do this is by dietary modification. A poor diet is a major contributing factor to arthritis. A lack of good nutrition depresses immunity allowing infection to spread into joint tissues. A diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, organic meat, eggs, and dairy and the reduction or elimination of overly processed foods is a must. Sweets and refined carbohydrates are the worst offenders. They contain little nutrition and feed microorganisms that cause most of the trouble.
The second step is to actively fight off the infection within the body and the joints. Antibiotics have only a limited ability. They cannot fight viruses, fungi, or drug resistant bacteria. However, there is a natural product that can. That product is coconut oil. Coconut oil is composed predominately of a unique group of fat molecules known as medium chain fatty acids. These fatty acids possess potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral activity. Taking 2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily, with meals, can help rid your body of chronic infection.
The third step is to address your oral health. Since the vast majority of arthritis cases involve oral infections, this step is essential. If you have any known dental issues, you need to get them taken care of.  Regular tooth brushing, flossing, and the use of mouthwash are not enough to remove infection and keep it out. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of the population has some level of tooth decay. So apparently these methods aren't working.
What does work is a process called oil pulling. Oil pulling is basically rinsing your mouth with vegetable oil, much like you would a mouthwash. However, in this case you would rinse your mouth for 15-20 minutes at a time at least once daily, before breakfast. The oil attracts and collects the microorganisms along with toxins, mucous, and pus. After swishing the oil in your mouth spit it out, then rinse your mouth with water. Your mouth will feel clean and refreshed. There are additional steps you can take to fight off infection and repair damaged joint tissue, but these are the most crucial.
Barbara, who was mentioned above, followed these steps. "Here are the results," she says after only four weeks. "Reversed documented osteoarthritis of my spine and knees. Avoided my fifth spine surgery and threatened second fusion. Restored my ability to exercise. I am able to walk down a flight of stairs without pain, limping, or gimping. I can also walk two miles without knee pain!…My doctors were completely amazed."
A diagnosis of arthritis is not a life sentence of pain and disability. There is a cure for arthritis.

Bruce Fife, CN, ND is a certified nutritionist and naturopathic physician. He is the author of over 20 books including his newest book The New Arthritis Cure: Eliminate Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Pain Permanently (Piccadilly Books, Ltd., 2009).

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