Rheumatoid arthritis is a common, yet, painful and unpleasant condition, usually treated with various medications that soothe the symptoms, but fail to address its cause.
On the other hand, some people turn to alternative natural ways to treat it and experience amazing effects.
Sarah Allen is among these people, and she managed to put rheumatoid arthritis into remission. Therefore, she shared her incredible success story with the rest of the world.
She began experiencing the symptoms of RA at the age of 24. She remembers:
“I thought I was very healthy. I was young. I was a competitive triathlete. I believed I had a pretty good diet. So, I didn’t really understand why I was experiencing so much pain in my fingers and in my feet.
I had migrating pain, and a lot of tendonitis issues all throughout my body. It took the Western doctors a long time to diagnose me. It took about three years going to different doctors before they knew what was wrong.
It didn’t show in my blood; I didn’t have the RA factor, and my C-reactive protein (CRP) levels were normal. But it showed up on an X-ray.’”
One of the most common symptoms of this condition is the pain in the hands and/or feet, in most cases, the joints closest to the palm. If you experience pain in these areas, and especially if it’s symmetrical, you definitely have RA or some of its variants.
Yet, note that this complex disease is auto-immune one, and it can be terminal, as the pain is sometimes unbearable. Additionally, only 1% of the patients have a spontaneous remission.
The conventional treatment involves highly toxic drugs, such as methotrexate, prednisone, and drugs that interfere with tumor necrosis factor, such as Enbrel.
When she got the diagnosis, Sarah visited a well-known rheumatologist in Milwaukee who suggested quitting running, as her risk of permanent disability was high, and prescribed a low-dose of methotrexate, which is, in fact, an anti-cancer drug, and might cause severe side-effects.
Sarah made an analysis of her liver status monthly, but her hair started to fall after the 3-month use of the drug. Therefore, she decided to consult another rheumatology researcher at the Mayo Clinic, and she was told to continue with the use of the drug, but it would shave 15 to 20 years off her life.
“I was really afraid of what that drug was going to do to my body. The physical therapist who recommended I get tested for RA said there was a lot I can do naturally. So I read a lot of books about rheumatoid arthritis and different alternative treatments.
I read there’s a possibility of it being connected with an infection, and that a low dose of antibiotics was being prescribed. I then came across one name in a book. I looked him up, found him in Chicago, and made an appointment.’”
This book was The Road Back: Rheumatoid Arthritis, its Cause and its Treatment, by Dr. Thomas McPherson Brown and Henry Scammell.
Dr. Brown was a well-respected board-certified rheumatologist, who rejected the use of prednisone, which was the conventional treatment drug for RA in the’40s and ’50s.
He maintained that RA was an infection due to mycoplasmas, so he treated it with the antibiotic tetracycline instead, and some of its more powerful forms, like minocycline. His work saved more than 10,000 RA patients into remission.
Dr. Mercola found this success motivational, and he began using his protocol and modified it a bit.
When he met Sarah, she thought that her RA might be caused by genetic since she was Scottish-Irish, and many relatives suffered from autoimmune issues. He also said that she might have a gluten or wheat intolerance.
“He said I should eliminate that out of my diet as well as processed foods and sugar. He also did a metabolic typing. I did a very thorough questionnaire about how I metabolize food, about my energy levels, and about the stress in my life.
Along with my blood type, I was given a very special protocol of which foods would help me heal… I did a lot of vegetable juicing, which really helped me. I juiced probably 48 ounces a day of green juice.
I also ate a lot of organic grass-fed beef, ostrich, bison, free-range chicken and raw dairy. You even recommended raw eggs and raw egg yolks. Because I was in Wisconsin, I found an organic farm close to me. I got most of my meat, raw milk and my eggs from there. I bought all my fresh vegetables from local farmers markets. I got to know area farmers and learn about their farming practices.
I would buy a variety of vegetables and meats from them because I knew how they grew their food and raised their animals. I even used to meet the ostrich farmer in a parking lot across from the co-op where she used to sell her meats and buy it direct at a lower price.
I also incorporated a lot of probiotics in my diet, and increased my vitamin D levels. Instead of suppressing my immune system with drugs to control my disease, I was using food to redesign my immune system and make it as strong as possible.
Apart from diet, the other important issue he advised me to address was the level of stress in my life. At that time, I was a teacher, new and passionate about the field.
I worked very long hours, beyond what was healthy. Additionally, I dedicated several hours per week to triathlon training, and had some emotional stress in my life is well.
Dr. Mercola emphasized how stress and emotions impact immunity and now that I am studying Eastern medicine I have learned it is one of the primary causes of disease. I still question whether it was the amount of work and stress in my life which triggered the onset of my disease.
After I began seeing Dr. Mercola, I cut back on the amount I was working and doing, and made more time for rest and enjoyment. Dr. Mercola also taught me Emotional Freedom Technique, a method of tapping along traditional energetic acupuncture meridians to help relieve emotional issues.
I began incorporating EFT into my daily life, which was a simple and time-effective method to help me better deal with everyday stress and anxiety.”
Furthermore, Sarah was also reminded of the importance of vitamin D, since it stimulates 200-300 anti-microbial peptides that are much more powerful than antibiotics in boosting immunity.
She noticed that during the winter, her symptoms worsened, and improved in summer. During the winter, the sun exposure is the lowest, so it is highly important to optimize the vitamin D levels in the body. It is recommended that RA patients take a therapeutic level of 50 to70 ng/ml.
Additionally, increase the intake of fermented foods, and avoid sugar, since it weakens the immune system and feeds pathogenic microbes.
“I learned how to ferment my own vegetables and dairy products. I made my own kombucha, yogurt, cultured butters, milk kefir and coconut kefir.
It took almost two years to get my system in balance, but right away, I noticed a difference. In about two weeks my cravings for wheat, breads, and sugar diminished…
You did a live cell analysis before and after the diet. My live cell analysis showed I had leaky gut and digestive proteins in my bloodstream.
I came back three months after being very strict with the diet. I felt better; I’d lost about 10 pounds. I had so much more energy and felt lighter.
But when they did the live cell analysis and showed me on the screen that my blood cells were perfectly round, strong, and healthy — when I saw that my blood completely changed — that’s when I really believed that food was medicine…
I was able to resume my regular activities… I was able to return to racing. That year, after following your protocol for about a year, I actually won an entire triathlon…
So I went from being told I’d never run again to winning a race. Slowly, slowly the symptoms diminished. After two years of being very strict [with my diet], my symptoms went to complete remission, and they’ve stayed that way. It’s been over 10 years.
I still work out. Right now, I train Brazilian capoeira, which incorporates martial arts, dance, and acrobatics. I’m still able to do gymnastics.
I can still do back flips at age 43. I still run occasionally. I still swim and bike. I do yoga and cross-country skiing when I’m in the north. So, I’m very active and very healthy. In fact, I feel that by you helping me, it really extended my life. I feel much younger than my age.”
Such strategies are extremely effective in the treatment of other autoimmune diseases as well, including multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease.
The story of Sarah should serve as an inspiration and hope, as it proves that these diseases can be successfully treated without the use of toxic drugs, but in a completely natural and safe way. If it has all it needs in optimal quantities, our body is able to heal itself.
“If I would’ve just listened to the Western doctors, and stayed the course, where I would be today? I hate to imagine it. But even when I told the doctor [about my improvement], he almost acted disappointed or angry that I dared try that method.
He said he wanted me to stay on methotrexate, and he still didn’t believe in diet even though it worked for me. I went to another rheumatologist later just to check how I was doing.
She said, ‘That disease is going to come back in 10 to 12 years, and just explode in your body possibly.’ She recommended I also stay on the drugs even though I was completely symptom-free!’”
Even though Sarah’s insurance company refused to pay her treatments and tests, and denied to reimburse her expenses, she decided to continue her journey.
She spent $2,000-3,000 out of pocket, but after a few years, she was completely healthy, used no toxic drugs, and no longer needed to see doctors.
“It was an investment. To buy the foods that I needed to buy, I had to spend a little bit more money. I also spent a lot of time in my kitchen (about 2 -3 hours/day), but it was definitely worth it. It really changed my life. I grew really close to food. I look at it as magic.
If you look at it from an Eastern perspective, our bodies are microcosms of the universe and our universe provides us with all that is necessary to heal.
There is energy or chi in food that builds and moves the energy and blood in our bodies to promote balance and health. Food is so powerful, I think it’s one of the most important gifts we have in life.”
To conclude, while conventional RA treatments include toxic drugs which lead to various side-effects, this protocol offers magnificent effects in the treatment of autoimmune arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis.
Here are the nutritional principles of this protocol:
-- Avoid all kinds of processed foods, limit the intake of sugar, and focus on unprocessed, high-quality foods; organic foods.
-- Whenever possible, eat raw foods, and drink fresh vegetable juices.
-- Increase the intake of high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats. Krill oil is the most beneficial source.
-- Make sure you consume 4 to 6 ounces of fermented veggies daily, which will provide 10 trillion beneficial bacteria, that is about 10 percent of the population of the gut.
-- Optimize the vitamin D levels, as it is closely linked to the development of RA.
-- Exercise regularly.
-You can try low-dose Naltrexone (LDN) to soothe the pain due to RA, as patients claim that it significantly soothes it, and is much safer drug than all the others.
-Take 4 mg of astaxanthin daily, as it will relieve the pain, and prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration in patients who have been placed on prednisone.
Natural Pain Relievers
The following natural pain relievers will be of great help in controlling the debilitating RA pain:
-- Ginger has potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties
-Curcumin (turmeric) soothes acute and chronic pain, due to the strong-inflammatory properties. It blocks the inflammatory pathways linked to rheumatoid arthritis and treats the joint swelling and pain.
-Boswellia, or boswellin or “Indian frankincense”, effectively alleviates arthritic inflammation and associated pain.