Q: What can I do to feel better? I have arthritis and gout. My left ankle is sore and swollen. My right knee is hurting constantly. My back is sore if i stand too long. My left shoulder is very sore. The ex-rays indicates that i have rotary cuff. I am so very overweight that all I do is sit – I cannot even go in the basement to do laundry – my stomach is so big that it overlaps. Please help.
A: My first recommendation would be to begin an anti-inflammatory diet, such as the one outlined in The Hormone Diet or The Supercharged Hormone Diet. This will dramatically reduce the levels of inflammation in your body by removing allergenic items. This includes the removal of all of the most common food allergies (all grains that contain gluten, dairy, citrus, peanuts, sugar and soy). After the 14-day removal period he should slowly reintroduce the foods one at a time. By doing so, any physical or mental symptoms related to the food can be isolated. For instance, you may try oranges, cheese, yogurt, rye, kamut and wheat while watching for symptoms that point to an allergy or intolerance. Common symptoms of gluten intolerance or wheat allergy may include: gas, bloating, constipation, headaches, fatigue immediately after eating the food, fatigue on waking the next day, or a gradual decline in energy, irritability, anxiety, headaches, water retention (can’t get your rings off) and dark circles under the eyes. In my clinical practice I have seen patients eliminate their joint pain, migraines, water retention, abdominal cramping or bloating, skin rashes, joint pain and more – just by discovering their food allergies. And of course, many patients notice significant weight loss while on the detox!
In addition, I recommend adding high potency fish oil capsules (or liquid) and a Curcumin supplement, taken daily with food, for their anti inflammatory and immune-enhancing benefits. A recently published clinical trial evaluated Curcuma longa (a chemical contained in curry and tumeric), in patients with osteoarthritis, which is a type of degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage and underlying bone deteriorates, resulting in pain and stiffness. Researchers compared the efficacy of Curcuma to ibuprofen in subjects with osteoarthritis. The participants included 107 patients over the age of 50 with knee osteoarthritis and an initial pain score of 5 or greater out of 10. The subjects received either 800 mg of ibuprofen or 2 grams of Curcuma extract daily for 6 weeks. The results of the study showed that pain while walking, pain walking on stairs and knee function significantly improved in both groups. However, the Curcuma group had less pain climbing stairs than the ibuprofen group. Patient satisfaction with the treatment was also similar between the two groups, with 91.1 percent in the Curcuma group and 80.4 percent in the ibuprofen group reporting moderate-to-high satisfaction.
And finally, I would recommend Wobenzyme – a wonderful anti inflammatory. Wobenzym contains bromelain and other enzymes in enteric-coated tablets that pass through your digestive tract and allow the enzymes to enter your bloodstream. The enzymes are distributed throughout the body along with nutrients and oxygen to benefit all your tissues and organs by breaking down inflammatory proteins. Wobenzym rids the blood of these harmful proteins that can damage joints, blood vessels and other tissues. Take 2 tablets 2 to 3 times a day away from food.
Wishing you perfect balance,
Dr. Natasha Turner ND