Despite the medical model which relies on pharmaceutical intervention for every known illness, there are well over one hundred common diseases that can be reversed naturally. That’s the difference between treatment for profit and healing for wellness. Arthritis (both rheumatoid and osteo) diabetes (both Type I and Type II), hypertension and cancer are all reversible with proper herbal strategies, nutrition and exercise.
There are over 17,000 Americans who die yearly and unnecessarily from arthritis medications. Osteoarthritis is thought to be a normal consequence of aging, caused by routine “wear and tear” on joints. It is thought that cartilage cannot heal itself. Of foremost importance is the notion that osteoarthritis is associated with an inevitable progression to disability, and nothing can stop or reverse the process. These concepts have been overturned by recent research findings a number of studies are finding that inflammatory mediators promote more a rapid progression of cartilage to be degraded.
Five to 10 years ago it was thought that osteoarthritis was due to the degeneration of cartilage due to wear and tear, but this is only one of the factors. There is substantial evidence that osteoarthritis can be reversible. A new term introduced from Europe describes the actions of two categories of nutrients found to aid in reversal of osteoarthritis. Chondroprotective agents promote repair of cartilage by stimulating anabolic metabolism of chondrocytes and/or inhibiting catabolic processes found in osteoarthritis. This concept of helping chondrocytes to heal cartilage, rather than reliance on palliative analgesics, is a relatively new concept that gets more to the actual causes of osteoarthritis, as well as treating the symptoms.
Antioxidants with known chondroprotective abilities are ascorbate (vitamin C), tocopherol (vitamin E), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase, and other antioxidant nutritents have shown in vitro protection. Antioxidants share common properties of inhibition of free radical damage to cartilage, modulation of immune functions to resist auto-immunity, decrease of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins, inhibition of degradative enzymes, and for vitamin C, direct anabolic stimulation of chondrocytes.
Joint cartilage can be repaired using a combination of glucosamine sulfate (most important: 750 mg 2 times a day for at least 6 weeks), MSM (2-3 grams a day), and Chondroitin (400 mg 3x day). It is also critical that you get broad nutritional support (a good multi-vitamin powder supplement is best).
Use natural anti-inflammatories to prevent damage and decrease or eliminate pain.
Boswellia (also known as Frankincense). In one study, this decreased arthritis pain by over 80% and it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Use 900-1,000 mg a day.
Willow bark. This is the original natural source for aspirin. Because it combines many natural compounds, it is more effective and has been shown to not cause the stomach bleeding caused by arthritis medications. In head on studies, it was twice as effective as Motrin, and as effective as Vioxx.
DMSO has many uses, but it is known mostly as a natural pain killer and transporter. First synthesized in 1866, DMSO is a sulfur-containing organic compound that is derived from MSM, and can be used internally or externally. DMSO can aid injuries such as sprained ankles, sore muscles and joints, and even fractures. It is very effective in treating joint pain when combined with capsaicin which dramatically increases effectiveness.
Restore function with stretching, exercise, weight loss, and heat. Exercise at least 20 minutes a day. Swimming, walking, and yoga are good choices. Use a heating pad or moist heat for up to 20 minutes at a time to give relief.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
RA is your immune system’s response to things going wrong within your body. The smaller joints get affected first, then larger ones and slowly the organs of the body also get affected. It is not very uncommon for RA patients to develop heart and other organ related diseases as their immune system works towards destroying their bodily functions.
One of the major underlying causes of RA is an accumulation of nutritional deficiencies. Since RA is primarily an immune system disorder, if the immune system is strengthened with the help of nutrition, the symptoms of RA reduce drastically.
Generally speaking, raw foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds should form 60 to70 percent of your diet. You should also switch to green tea instead of their regular tea and coffee.
Certain types of intestinal bacteria could be linked to the development and progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Most importantly you should eliminate foods like sugar, white flour, processed meats and cold drinks. These foods are extremely dangerous for patients with RA as they only aggravate the process of inflammation and destruction of their body’s defense mechanism.
Modify your diet and including nuts, fruits and green vegetables, that help in controlling inflammation. Add raw garlic, green tea and fish oil supplements (these foods also have anti-inflammatory components). Many of those who follow the above suggestions decrease their blood markers for RA after just 6 months to 1 year. Some sooner
Yoga and pranayama is great for people with RA. The pain and stiffness that they feel is often excruciating and causes their joints to freeze making it difficult for them to move. Therefore, a combination of yoga andpranayama helps reduce these symptoms considerably. While, yoga keeps their joints supple and flexible, pranayama helps in the efficient release of toxins from the body, thereby reducing pain.
Tai chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, may alleviate some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and help sufferers better cope with daily life.
Vitamin D — which the body makes when exposed to sunlight — may helpprevent rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and some patients who have moved closer to the equator reverse their symptoms completely.
Stay away from creams and cosmetics with nanoparticles which have been linked to rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
It’s disease which affects over 370 million people worldwide with increasing frequency every year. Type 2, or adult onset diabetes, is a metabolic disorder that results when the body cannot make enough or properly use insulin, a hormone that converts food to energy. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases and more tan 95% of type II diabetic cases can be reversed within 1 year of diagnosis with nutritional balancing and exercise.
A study published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine linked statins to 48 percent increased risk for type-2 diabetes.
The evidence of lifestyle modifications, including diet and exercise to curb diabetes is overwhelming. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a trial published in 2002, found intensive lifestyle interventions such as diet or exercise were more effective than the diabetes drug metformin in preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes.
The researchers compared the cost-effectiveness of diet and exercise programs in preventing diabetes versus either the use of the drug metformin, or placebo. The diet-exercise program, however, cost society about $8,800 while taking the pill cost about $29,000 per year of healthy life saved. Diet and exercise delayed the onset of type 2 diabetes by about 11 years, while metformin delayed the onset by about three years.
While lifestyle changes may be more difficult to make and adhere to than taking a pill, experts say that making the transition to a healthy diet and regular exercise is key.
“The important points of the study are that minimal changes in lifestyle are within the possibility of many different free-living individuals of different ethnicity and culture, and that it works better than medications,” says Dr. Philip Orlander, professor and director of endocrinology at the University of Texas, Houston.
Finnish researchers found that diet and exercise counseling resulted in a 58% reduction in diabetes risk among people who are prime candidates for developing the condition, which is associated with obesity and sedentary lifestyle.
According to two recent Harvard studies, a diet rich in certain high-carbohydrate foods–those low in fiber and with a high glycemic index –increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, at least in those predisposed to it.
Supplementation with the amino acid arginine could help to improve glucose metabolism by as much as 40%, according to researchdemonstrating that supplementation with the amino acid significantly improves those with both insulin-sensitive and insulin-resistant metabolisms. In fact, the amino acid is just as effective as several well-established drugs for type 2 diabetics.
Frequent consumption of walnuts could help to slash the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost a quarter. The data comes from more than analysis of 135,000 people in the USA over a ten year period. Led by Professor Frank Hu and his team at the Harvard School of Public Health, USA, the researchers investigated the possible association between walnut intake and the incidence of type 2 diabetes in 2 large cohort studies: the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and NHS II.
Another study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Southern Denmark researchers found that men who combine weight training and aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking or running, may be able to reduce their risk up to 59% without medication.
A weight gain of 11 to 18 pounds increases a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes to twice that of individuals who have not gained weight, while those who gain 44 pounds or more have four times the risk of type 2 diabetes.
An exercise program that combines aerobics and weight lifting is most effective in reversing diabetes. About 100 minutes of higher-intensity aerobic exercise a week, and then two days of resistance training for 15 to 20 minutes a day was found to be very effective in defeating diabetes.
In Type 1 diabetes, people must theoretically take daily insulin shots because their bodies don’t produce any insulin, and is most commonly diagnosed in children and young adults. This makes up less than 10 per cent of all diabetic cases.
The disease is said to arise from an aberrant immune system assault on the pancreatic cells that churn out insulin. But something causes that assault on the pancreas. The immune system doesn’t suddenly work against the human body unless a toxin has been introduced into the human body. That’s where T cells of the immune system go awry.
Although individuals in the pre-diabetes stages have been found to harbor antibodies against their own insulin-producing cells, the antibodies themselves have not been thought to help trigger the disease. Instead, scientists have believed these antibodies are produced after a person’s T cells had begun attacking the pancreatic cells.
A recent study published in Diabetologia found a correlation between serum levels of vitamin D3 and subsequent incidence of Type 1 diabetes. They found that deficiency in vitamin D may be associated with an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes. The risk of insulin-requiring diabetes was 3.5 times higher in individuals with the lowest Vitamin D concentrations compared with those with the highest.
“Individuals in this study who had serum levels of 25 (OH)D greater than 100 nmol/l had a 70% lower risk of developing insulindependent diabetes than those with levels below 43 nmol/l,” stated the study authors.
Based on these results, they estimated that the level of serum 25(OH)D needed to prevent half the cases of type 1 diabetes is 50 ng/ml.
Some researchers has centered on whether the trigger to Type I diabetes might be the protein in cow’s milk or wheat gluten, the concentrated form of the protein contained in wheat flour that’s sometimes used in infant cereals. The data revealed that infants who were susceptible to diabetes — because of a family history or genetic makeup — and who were fed cereal before they were 4 months old or after the age of 6 months, had a higher risk of developing antibodies to the islet cells of the pancreas.
Simple dietary modifications that include the addition of foods rich in certain amino and fatty acids could help people with type 1 diabetes to keep producing at some of their own insulin, according to new research inDiabetes Care. “Increased intake of branched-chain amino acids and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may support preservation of beta-cell function,” said the authors.
The American Diabetes Association’s website lists top super foods for diabetics. Among them are nuts and seeds such as walnuts and flax, as well as vegetables – the darker and leafier, the better.
Wild green edibles have been found by many Type 1 diabetics as an effective solution to reverse their disease. The story of Sergei Boutenkois one of many hundreds of Type 1 Diabetics who successfully reversed their condition with a raw food diet and wild edibles. While foods such as kale, lettuce, collards, etc. offer immense nutrition to the people who consume them, they will never come close to the nutrition of wild greens. Greens found in nature have been grown without human interference and are therefore hardier plants, with longer roots. These root systems are able to reach deep down into the mineral rich, forest soil and draw out trace minerals, which are unattainable through the best commercially grown organic plants. Wild plants have not been hybridized and remain in their natural form.
Boutenko’s story is a wake-up call for any Type 1 diabetic who has been told by their doctor that their disease is not reversable with diet and exercise.
The discovery of the beta cell regenerative potential of various food and compounds is bound to upset a burgeoning diabetes industry which relies on convincing all Type 1 diabetics that they cannot survive without insulin. A broad range of natural substances experimentally confirmed to stimulate beta cell regeneration, 10 of which are listed below: