A Message About Rheumatoid Arthritis

April 6, 2009

My two bits

I’m now officially on a nutrition plan that includes fish oil tablets, Vitamin C, and calcium supplements. The fish oil is supposed to be good for joints, and the calcium and Vitamin C help the bones. I’m also considering going on fish cartilage in the near future. After years of neglect, I think it’s time to *finally* take care of my body. As many of you know, I completely ignored good nutrition as a kid and as a child-bearing mom. My health and joint problems have been a result of these things, I think.

Did you know that Rheumatoid arthritis afflicts about 1% of the world’s population? That’s awful! Rheumatoid arthritis is a “systemic inflammatory disorder,” which means that it’s a chronic inflammation of the joints (although it can affect other areas of the body, like the organs) which lead to the eventual crippling and destruction of the joints. The joints can become distorted from the damage. šŸ™

Drugs like Celebrex, Prednisone, and Humira are prescribed for treatment. I took Celebrex for a few months and hated it. I don’t like how drugs like that are pushed on us by advertisements and the pharmaceutical companies. And I especially hate those drug ads that show happy, shiny people under a sunny sky, on those drugs; and then the commercial runs REALLY FAST through the side effects. Sometimes the side effects of most drugs are worse than the illness (like “side effect: death.” Holy cow, that’s a side effect?!). I think pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in our suffering, and therefore they emphasize the negatives, downplay the preventive measures, and push the pills. I do not need those companies to tell me how awful life is without their pills, thank you very much. I’d sure like to see more ads about how young women can take better care of themselves.

I prefer to go natural with my treatments and my health in general. Better yet, I think prevention should be emphasized much more than it has been… how I wish I’d taken better care of myself as a kid and young woman! Believe me, I try to make sure my kids do, now!

Chronic illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis not only affect one’s physical well-being, but the spiritual and mental, too. I believe God can heal any disease, so flooding one’s mind and heart with Godly convictions, trusting in Him, and doing what is right in His sight, is best. I know I feel so much better when I am focused on God’s love, and it makes me more loving to people around me, too. Eating good foods, and avoiding drugs, chemicals, and processed foods helps, too. It’s really a “whole” body process: love God, love others, eat right, avoid bad stuff, exercise and stay active. Yeah, I know, sometimes we need the pain relief… but like I said, I think natural is best. And I am feeling sooo much better and have had NO problems with my spine and my joints! Hurray!

By the way, did you know that women are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis FOUR times more than men? I think part of this is because of all the changes a woman’s body goes through with pregnancy, and perhaps because women just don’t take care of themselves like they ought. Women’s bodies also have more fat content, and fat tends to grab onto chemicals and nasty environmental toxins more readily. I don’t know if the “experts” even have any idea what exactly causes rheumatoid arthritis. I think they should focus on that before dosing us with billions of pills that do who-knows-what! As for me, I am avoiding the pills as much as possible and going to do things God’s way: obey Him, lower stress, eat better, exercise, and take fish oil.

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3 Responses to “A Message About Rheumatoid Arthritis”

  1. elf Says:

    My father had RA and I am pretty sure I do also, but I, like you, am anti-pharmaceutical. (I haven’t been officially diagnosed because I don’t want to argue with the doctor about drug treatment.)I saw what the drugs did to my dad, he passed away at 67 years old. It is a horrible illness when not controlled but I have noticed that when I maintain a healthy weight and eat whole/healthy foods my body feels better than ever and the painful periods are few. They believe that the illness starts with a virus and that your body’s immune system goes into overdrive and starts attacking itself. The same thing happens in type 1 diabetics. I think the pharmaceutical companies have a better idea of how to cure these illnesses than they let on. If they did where would they make all their money?

    • Rebecca Says:

      I didn’t know that, about a virus. Yick. Yes, drugs can oftentimes be much worse than the initial illness. But just like I believe God can heal illness, I believe God can heal the effects of drugs. šŸ™‚ Take care and God bless you!

  2. Terri Says:

    Don’t blame yourself for not taking better care as a child, I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was a child (juvenile arthritis). Since than I have read every material on the subject I could lay my hands on, I have tried all the supplements etc recommended, however what may work for you may not work for me and vice-versa.

    I tried Enbrel and that did work for me but the cost is prohibitive so I used the 4 injection vials and quit. I agree the drugs like Naprosyn or celebrex and the potential side effects are unacceptable.

    I did find a pain gel that worked, I even told my Rheumatologist about it, reason it works well is because it has Arnica in it which reduces inflammation

    I am fortunate in that my hubby is a Pharmacist because he understands formularies and what would really work (in natural substances) and what wouldn’t šŸ˜‰

    Arthritis Tylenol works better than Naprosyn for me along with the cooling gel with Arnica.

    God Bless!