Diet RA

Food sensitivities are a common cause of rheumatoid arthritis.6 An elimination diet should be used to determine the presence of food sensitivities (see pp.205). Identification and avoidance of offending foods can produce dramatic improvements in symptoms and function. Aspirin and other NSAIDs damage the gastrointestinal mucosa and increase the ability of allergens to cross into the bloodstream, thereby aggravating food sensitivities that often contribute to RA. Diets high in essential...

Food Allergies and Sensitivities

Food sensitivities occur when a component of the diet triggers an allergic reaction or an abnormal, overzealous immune response.1415 Food sensitivities can cause histamine-medi-ated allergic reactions resulting in itching, swelling, and hives. They can also trigger autoimmune reactions, where immune cells activated by exposure to the food component cross-react with and harm the body's own tissues. Sensitivity can develop to foods or food additives and can produce a wide variety of symptoms....

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, is characterized by gradual loss of the smooth articular cartilage that covers joint surfaces and by degenerative changes in the underlying bone. Osteoarthritis is common in people over 55 years (over two-thirds show evidence of this disorder). It is one of the most common causes of chronic disability in the industrialized countries. Symptoms are joint pain, deformity, and loss of mobility. The joints most often affected are the fingers,...