Affecting some 1.3 million Americans, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the small joints (typically, the joints of the hands and feet). Unlike Osteoarthritis, which is due to wear-and-tear or injury, Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. In other words, the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joints, causing painful swelling and often limiting mobility. Left untreated, Rheumatoid Arthritis can result in bone erosion or joint deformity. Because Rheumatoid Arthritis is systemic, the disease can sometimes affect other organs of the body, such as the skin, eyes, lungs, and blood vessels.
Thankfully, this disorder can be treated—though the approach to treatment will differ from that of Osteoarthritis. I use a variety of integrative therapies to address this disease at the level of its root causes, which might include toxin overload, hidden food allergies, and other inflammatory triggers.
Often, a program of Detoxification can be very effective in relieving the joint pain caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis. To clear the body of chemical contaminants that can trigger inflammation, I use a 14-Day Detox Program, which many of my patients have found easy to incorporate into their busy lives. Chelation Therapy, which cleans out the body’s accumulation of toxic metals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic, is another safe and effective treatment.
Another approach is Neural Therapy, which uses procaine injections to treat a “focus of irritation” such as a former injury. When procaine is injected into an old scar or diseased tissue, it can prompt significant improvement or even full recovery in organs seemingly unrelated to the injected site—such as the body parts affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Also gaining ground as a treatment option, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement—involving the supplemental use of hormones that are identical in structure to the ones the body produces naturally—can help relieve joint pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis in many cases.