Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can be a severe disabling condition. Pain and inflammation in the synovial area surrounding the joints of the knees, shoulders, hands, feet and hips is the predominant symptom. Symptoms are usually bilateral (on both sides) and flare and wane. Scientists generally agree genetic andenvironmental factors are both involved in RA. Some of the environmental factors are:

  • Stress
  • Acute and chronic infections.
  • Intestinal Imbalances
  • Heavy metal toxicity

Lab tests that should be performed are:

  1. Comprehensive Stool Analysis: evaluating intestinal bacteria, parasites, yeast and markers of incomplete food digestion.
  2. Organic Acid testing: Evaluates for metabolic imbalances, but most importantly toxin markers for yeast and clostridia.
  3. Food sensitivity tests: This looks for IgE and IgG antibody reactivity to various food.
  4. Gluten sensitivity testing: Gluten proteins can be a highly reactive food that trigger inflammation and autoimmunity reactivity.

Dietary changes are always necessary with RA. Gluten, eggs. dairy, nightshades are a consideration. IgG food sensitivity will help us decide which direction to go with diet. Oxalates need to be evaluated.

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