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12 Steps to Alleviate Arthritis: Part 1

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12 Steps to Alleviate Arthritis: Part 1

The severe side-effects and deaths linked to some medications leaves many arthritis sufferers looking for safe, natural and effective alternatives to prescription drugs. Fortunately Mother Nature has a massive apothecary full of safe and powerful remedies in the form of herbs, foods, and nutritional supplements. Here’s the approach to arthritis I take with my clients:

1. Find and eliminate food allergens. Most arthritics suffer from food allergies. Instead of the sniffles and runny nose, the result is inflamed joints (even 2 to 3 days after eating a particular food). Research shows that the most common allergens among arthritics include: corn, wheat, pork, oranges, milk, oats, rye, eggs, beef, and coffee. In some studies, researchers are even able to produce inflammation comparable to arthritis in the joints of animals simply by switching their water to milk. Milk does the body good? Not for people who are sensitive to it or are experiencing arthritis or other inflammatory disorder.

2. Eliminate foods that cause or aggravate inflammation in the body. Many common foods in our Western diet cause inflammation in people who are prone to arthritis. Here are some examples:

  • Processed, packaged, or fast foods
  • Hydrogenated fats (margarine, shortening, lard or products made with them such as cookies, pies, packaged foods, buns, etc.)
  • Meat (fish excluded)
  • Fried foods (French fries, onion rings, potato chips, nachos, hamburgers, etc.)
  • White sugar and sweets, including soft drinks and sweetened juices
  • Synthetic sweeteners (Nutrasweet, saccharin, aspartame, etc.)
  • Table Salt (use Celtic sea salt moderately instead)
  • Food additives: colors, flavor enhancers, stabilizers, preservatives, etc. Some of the main ones include sulfites, benzoates, and colours named FD&C #”X.” For example, FD&C #5
  • Dairy products (yogurt, ice cream, cottage cheese, butter, cheese, etc.)
  • Wheat products
  • Alcohol

3. Balance the body’s pH. People with arthritis have acidic blood. Avoiding foods that create acidity in the body can help lessen pain and inflammation. Foods that create acidity in the body include: meat, dairy, hydrogenated fats, overheated fats, wheat and sugar. Foods that help restore balance include: fruit (when eaten on an empty stomach), vegetables, and legumes.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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4:39PM PDT on May 23, 2014

good to know.

10:22AM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Thx for sharing

4:46PM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

Thank , I may have to change my husband diet but he wont be happy !

1:05PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

thanks, didn't realize all those foods were bad for arthritis.

6:44AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011


2:09PM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

Diet and exercise can help some.

12:21PM PDT on Jul 31, 2010


6:35AM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

As per the link/s I posted below...:
Our Earth Has Been Patented As An Anti-Inflammatory.! Literally.
(And this is just one among many of the researched and yet to be researched beneficial effects of going back down to where we all belong, my dear fellow Earthlings!)

2:32AM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

The newly released videos (technology researched for years & patented(!) AND FREE!! to affect our immunity in matter of.. no time.!)
Take your time with the Finale as well!!


10:56AM PDT on Jul 17, 2010


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