Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tendonitis & Related Diseases
© Copyright Bee Wilder, Revised December 4, 2011 to correct the description of tendons and ligaments in the section What IS Arthritis?
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What IS Arthritis?
Lerner states, "During my first quarter of graduate school, I had to take a course in medical
terminology. As I found out early on that chiropractic school was not much different than medical
school. We had to learn to diagnose and, interestingly enough, terminology was the key to
One of the first words we learned in that class was the term "-itis." "Itis"
is Latin for "inflammation of." Other terminology included some words that probably sound
familiar to you:
Arthro means joint.
Stoma means stomach.
Bursa is short for the fluid-filled sack in many
Fibro means muscle fiber.
Mya means muscle.
Cepha means head.
Tendons connect muscle to bone.
Ligament are fibrous tissue that connects bones to other bones.
Bee's Note: Rheumatoid refers to any disorder of the extremities or back, characterized by pain and stiffness.
Dr. Lerner says my classmates and I often laughed as we learned these words, because we realized
the vast majority of medical diagnoses weren't actually "diagnoses" at all, but merely
turning the name into Latin or something fancy to impress our patients.
It's also done, not only to impress, but to make an impact on the patient so they'll be satisfied
they have a diagnosis. So if you're told you have "arthr-itis," "tendon-itis,"
"burs-itis" or "stomat-itis," it means your joint, tendon, bursa sack or
stomach hurts. Doctors can then follow medical protocol and write a prescription to give you drugs that will hopefully ease the pain.
"Algia" is another interesting one that means pain. Therefore, "Cephalgia" is a
headache. The often used diagnosis, "Fibromyalgia," means muscle fiber pain.
There's one very serious problem with diagnosing: People feel they have a "condition."
Everyone knows once you have a "condition," you always have a "condition." It's
like old phones or luggage that used to last forever. Well, the medical myth that "conditions" last forever has gone the way of the rotary phone too.
Arthritis, tendonitis and fibromyalgia are not death sentences. They're merely Latin terms,
combined with fancy medical English phraseologies, for pains doctors don't understand and conditions for which they have no effective treatment. The key problem for conventional medicine, when it
comes to aches, pains, and degenerative issues like "arthr-itis", is that most doctors are only diagnosing and treating side effects, and not the true cause of the problem."
Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that attacks the synovial membranes
surrounding the lubricating fluid in the joints. The cartilage and tissues, the area around joints, and the bone surfaces are also affected. Rheumatoid arthritis creates stiffness, swelling, fatigue,
fever and pain.
Bee's Note: In fact all kinds of arthritis are caused by the Primary Reasons for All Failing Health:
Lack of the correct combination of nutrients that all humans need in order to be healthy.
Lack of oxygen at a cellular level and/or the inability of the cells to utilize oxygen.
Accumulation of toxins, poisons, and waste because of an inability of the body to detoxify like it should.
Lowered vitality (energy) due to stress, shock, injury, emotional upsets, losses, relationship or financial worries, being unhealthy, etc., and a lack of energy at a cellular level.
Poor "Nutritional Status" acquired from parents upon conception.
For more information see Inflammation & Infection are Natural Healing Processes.
Properly Functioning Joints Do Not Degenerate
Arthritis is an "inflamed joint." The
joints are created by the ends of bones meeting.
At this point they are cushioned by cartilage. The
knee, hip, shoulder, and other bigger joints have
a fluid-filled sac called a bursa
The inner lining of the joint has a grease-like
fluid called synovial fluid which reduces friction
and allows for freedom of movement. If the joint
begins to malfunction, this is often coupled by a
loss of synovial fluid that would aggravate the
bones meeting in the joint.
When joints become arthritic, swelling occurs
resulting in stiffness and rigidity. The body
creates swelling in order to immobilize the area. This is done, not
only to alleviate further damage, but also to
hold it still (immobile) so it can do a better job of healing
the area. Swelling also means there are extra
immune system fluids brought into the area to heal. Redness can occur because it means the body is
bringing more blood to the area which is needed
The body will warn you with pain if the joint
moves beyond its present limits. It is a vicious
cycle because, as mobility decreases, the muscles
surrounding the joint also weaken and deteriorate,
allowing for further damage to the joint.
Eventually, you can have cartilage, ligament and tendon
damage, as well as further bone erosion. If these
joints are functioning normally and well cared
for, they just don't "itis," i.e. become
There's good news about degenerative arthritis. Common medical wisdom is that if you have arthritis, essentially you're doomed. This could not be further from the truth. The body does heal itself.
What Causes Arthritis?
The onset of arthritis is often associated with
physical or emotional stress which suppresses the
immune system; however, poor nutrition, bacterial
infection, abnormal bowel function, lack of
oxygen, etc. may also be the cause. One of the major
causes of arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis and
other related diseases and disorders are high
toxic levels, from toxic drugs and foods, toxins the environment, etc.
A common finding in arthritis is bacterial and
candida overgrowth in the digestive system, which
is called "gut dysbiosis." The advanced concept
suggests that many diverse diseases, such as
migraine headache, ulcerative colitis, asthma, multiple
sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosis, as well
as arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis and other
related diseases, are all interrelated.
These diseases appear to result from
environmental, nutritional, biochemical, and other negative
influences that affect the victims' immune
systems. By recognizing these related causes, and by
taking steps to alter them, wholistic practitioners
are able to help victims of candidiasis [candida
overgrowth] without resorting to surgery,
hospitalization, radiation, chemotherapy, or other forms
of unsuccessful and potentially toxic drug
Inadequate nutrition greatly contributes towards producing illnesses like arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, rheumatism and other related disorders. Also nutrition is the key to altering and improving inherited DNA/genes.
Often a person who has candida has many other health issues, including arthritis, fibromyalgia,
tendonitis and other related diseases:
- Impaired digestion.
- Poor absorption of nutrients.
- Exhaustion of the endocrine system, including
adrenals, thyroid, pancreas, etc. which impairs
hormone production and digestion.*
- Impaired blood flow to the joints.
- Lower oxygen levels.
How Toxins Cause Arthritis and Other Symptoms
Toxins not only build up in many areas of the body, but they also cause cell damage and Cell Membranes Defects. Damaged or defective cells interfere with the body's production of fluids.
In arthritis the synovial membrane becomes rigid, and the lubricating fluids in the joints become
thin and watery. This makes them less able to protect the joints.
Toxins also makes red and white blood cells go rigid, when they should be flexible and
able to fold over and squeeze into the tiniest capillaries. This decreases blood flow which is needed
for nurturing the tissues surrounding the joints.
Cell membrane damage and defects can prevent nutrients and water from getting into the cells and prevent waste products from getting out of the cells, which will contribute to muscle weakness and soreness, as well as many other defects and symptoms throughout the body.
Cell membranes are intended by nature to be made up of 50% saturated fat (lung cells must be 100%
saturated fat), which are in butter, unrefined coconut oil, lard, and other natural occuring animal fats. But when Unnatural
Fats & Oils are consumed, i.e. derived from plants such as canola (from rape seed), soy, safflower, sunflower, soybean, and corn, the body incorporates them into the cell membrane creating cell membrane damage and defects.
Do You Need to Take Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate Supplements?
Glucosamine plays an important role in
maintaining cartilage. It makes synovial fluid thick and
gelatinous, which allows it to hold more water.
This increases its cushioning ability. Thus
glucosamine has the ability to decrease friction and
pain in the joint. NSAIDs (Non Steroidal
Anti-inflammatory Drugs) such as aspirin, have been shown to
do the opposite, actually causing the disease to
progress at a faster rate.
When fluid levels in the joints are close to the
normal, there is a tendency for much less damage
the nerves due to a greater resilience in the
disk from the higher water content. Simply put, the
more water held by the joint, the greater the
absorbing effect and the greater the health of
However, glucosamine sulfate is a naturally
occuring amino sugar synthesized in the body from
L-glutamine (amino acid/protein) and glucose*.
*Note: Glucose does not need to come from sugar
nor carbohydrate-type foods. The body can obtain all of its needs for sugar from meats, eggs, and good natural fats. That is because 58% of protein and 10% of natural fat turns into glucose inside the body.
Chondroitin sulfate is another natural substance
found in the body. It prevents other body enzymes
from degrading the building blocks of joint
cartilage. The type sold in health-food stores
and pharmacies is derived from animal products.
Your body can make all the chondroitin you need from
the glucosamine your body produces, making
Chondroitin sulfate supplementation unnecessary.
Deficiencies of glucosamine and chondroitin
sulfate are rare, since they are manufactured by the
body, and the key to increasing their production
is consuming a healthy
diet that contains meats, eggs, good fats,
low carbs, no sugars, no processed foods, etc. as
well as improving
digestion. Also see the candida
diet and the main
candida article for details about the candida
Also see information about healthy diets in Foods
that Damage, Foods that Heal.
Fortunately, God designed our bodies with
wonderful self-repair mechanisms. If one makes optimal
food choices there is a high likelihood that much
of the damage can be reversed.
Toxins Exhaust the Endocrine System
Exhaustion of the endocrine system causes many
symptoms and disabilities, including rheumatoid
arthritis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis and
other related diseases, as well as digestive
The endocrine system is made up of the endocrine
glands that secrete hormones. Although there are
eight major endocrine glands scattered throughout
the body, they are still considered to be one
system because they have similar functions, similar
mechanisms of influence, and many important
interrelationships. The major endocrine glands are:
- pituitary and pineal glands located in the
- thyroid gland located in the neck
- thymus gland located just behind the
breastbone in the chest
- two adrenal glands located just above the
- pancreas located across the back of the
abdomen, behind the stomach
- female ovaries and the male testes
Some glands also have non-endocrine regions that
have functions other than hormone secretion. For
example, the pancreas has a major portion that
secretes digestive enzymes and an endocrine portion
secretes hormones. The ovaries and testes secrete
hormones and also produce the ova and sperm. Some
organs, such as the stomach, intestines, and
heart, produce hormones, but their primary function
is not hormone secretion.
Adrenal glands produce adrenalin and
noradrenalin, the two hormones that produce effects on
the sympathetic nervous system. When the
sympathetic nervous system is active there a quickening
of the pulse, increase blood pressure,
constriction of blood vessels, decreased activity in
bladder and bowel muscles, less stomach acid produced, dilation of the pupils and a
rise in blood sugar – preparing the body to
react to a threat through "flight or
However, when the parasympathetic nervous system
is active it produces the opposite responses to
the sympathetic nervous system, i.e. pulse and
blood pressure are normal, blood vessels relax,
saliva and mucus production is increased, gastric
juice is secreted and motility of the digestive
tract is increased, digestion is increased, pupils
To relax the whole body switch it over from
the sympathetic nervous system to the
parasympathetic nervous system by doing Deep
Breathing Exercises Help You Heal particularly when you
notice your tension is increasing and your heart is beating faster. This will help
your body relax and change it over from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system,
which will aid digestion and many other functions of the body.
The adrenal cortex of the adrenal glands also
forms a number of hormones which are essential to
life. Two corticosteroids hormones produced are
aldersterone and hydrocostisone. They are most
important because they regulate the quantity of salt
and water in the body, and control carbohydrate, protein and fat
metabolism and help fight stressful situations.
Several other corticosteroids are produced by the
adrenal glands, including cortisone and cortisol
[one of several steroid hormones produced by the
adrenal cortex and resembling cortisone in its
action] from the hormone
When the diet does not supply the nutrients
needed by enzymes that make and balance these
hormones, DOC may fail to be converted and the areas of
pain and swelling may collect calcium. Cortisone
treatment, however, is not the easy solution. It
inhibits our own hormone products, thus lowering
Our bones become further demineralized, and other
mineral reactions and imbalances cause water
The actions of aldersterone and hydrocostisone
are clearly seen in states of adrenal under- or
over- activity. Under activity is evidenced by
tiredness, fatigue, low blood pressure (because
of lack of salt, water and decreased blood
volume), loss of body hair, etc. most often seen in people who are unhealthy.
Malfunction & How to Improve it.
The thymus gland produces the hormone thymosin, which plays an important role in
the health, and it is part of the endocrine system. The endocrine system affects digestion by secreting a number of gastrointestinal hormones
- Gastin stimulates gastric acid secretion.
Gastrin is stimulated by the presence of protein
in the stomach.
- Cholecystokinin stimulates secretion of
pancreatic enzymes, as well as contraction and
emptying of the gall bladder. This hormone is
stimulated by the presence of fatty acids (fats) and
amino acids (protein) in the small
- Secretin stimulates secretion of water,
bicarbonate of soda by the pancreas, and bile.
Secretin is stimulated by the stomach acid content in
the mixture of foods, hydrochloric acid, and water (called chyme)
as it empties into the first part of the small
intestines (called the duodenum). The higher the
stomach acid content, along with enough water, the better
secretin is stimulated.
- Ghrelin appears to be a strong stimulant for
appetite and it is also a potent stimulator of
growth hormone secretion. Ghrelin secretion peaks
prior to eating and diminishes after eating.
- Gastric inhibitory polypeptide
–inhibits gastric secretion (also it inhibits the
digestion of proteins and fat) and motility (movement
by the digestive tract), and it stimulates
the release of insulin by the pancreas. This is
in response to elevated blood glucose
concentration and to the presence of glucose
contained in foods in the small intestine.
As you can see, the important hormones needed for
digestion are stimulated by the presence of
protein and fatty acids (fats) in the diet.
On the other hand sugars and high
carbohydrates that are present in foods going into the
small intestines, and which contribute to elevated
blood glucose, actually inhibits gastric
secretions, which interferes with the digestion of
proteins and fats.
Help your digestion by consuming a
moderate protein and high "good" fat diet, no starches, no sugars or fruits (except small amounts of lemons and limes), and low in carbohydrate foods (all plant foods). See articles
for more information and details on how to
Arthritis & Inflammation
Certain fats are very important so the body can
respond to arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis and
other related diseases. One group is involved in
intense actions, often in response to an
emergency such as injury or stresses which results in
swelling and inflammation.
The body creates swelling
to immobilize areas so they can heal and it
creates inflammation in order to bring more healing
blood to the site. The group of fats that help the
body respond and heal includes coconut oil,
butter, animal fats, organ meats, eggs and fish fats
Lack of many other nutrients can inhibit the
breakdown and utilization of these fats, including
deficiencies in protein, vitamin E and B vitamins.
Consumption of sugar, trans-fatty acids and over
consumption of commercial vegetable oils, high in
omega-6 fatty acids, also inhibits these fat
enzymes. There is some evidence that an excess of
oleic acid (found chiefly in olive oil and nuts) may
production as well.
On the other hand, saturated fats, especially
lauric acid found in unrefined coconut oil, improve the body's
production of DHA and EPA essential fatty acids.
The best form of omega-3 fatty acids are found in
cod liver oil and fish oils. See Fats
& Oils, Cod
Liver Oil, Candida Supplements, and Healthy Diet Supplements.
Diabetes, poor pituitary function and low thyroid
function are synonymous with altered and
inhibited fat production by the body, as well as other
conditions such as alcoholism, pre-menstrual
syndrome (PMS), irritable bowel syndrome and many other
malfunctions and diseases. Therefore it is
absolutely necessary to take cod liver oil to provide
pre-formed EPA and DHA (omega-3).
Some popular writers claim that saturated fats in
the diet inhibit the production of fats by the
body. Actually the reverse is true. Saturated fats
in the diet improve the body's utilization of
essential fatty acids and protect them from becoming
Remember that the kind of fat the body
itself makes is saturated fat, which it needs for
energy, for the functioning of every cell in the
body, for protection and repair, for making bile
for digestion, and a variety of other important
Calcium and Magnesium–To help
alleviate arthritis pain calcium and magnesium are very
helpful. They are also very important for muscle,
joint, and bone formation, and their integrity. All minerals required a combination of good fats like saturated fats, omega 3, and vitamins A, D and E in order to be absorbed and utilized by the body, along with a good ocean sea salt. See Candida
Supplements List for a detailed description
and recommended doses.
Cod Liver Oil The omega-3 fats EPA and DHA
in fish oil and cod liver oil have been found, by
many animal and clinical studies, to have
anti-inflammatory properties that reduce joint
inflammation and promote joint lubrication - see Cod Liver Oil Products/Brands with Nutrient Levels.
Animal and fish based omega-3 fats are absolutely
essential for any comprehensive program. It is
also vital to understand that omega-6 must be
reduced, such as vegetable oils, margarine, seeds, nuts,
etc. since it is actually the ratio of omega-6 to
omega-3 fats be equal, which is what determines how much
inflammation is present. You could theoretically consume
enough omega-3 to help but then ruin the effect by
consuming too much omega-6.
Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) is found in fish, and butter, and it acts as a
"joint lubricant" and an anti-inflammatory. Delicious raw butter oil is sold by
a number of natural health sites on line, which contains "Wulzen anti-stiffness factor." that Dr. Weston A. Price writes about in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. This factor has been found to be highly effective in reversing arthritis and protects against calcification of joints.
Vitamin C travels through the body
neutralizing any free radicals with which it comes
into contact in the aqueous environments in the
body both inside and outside cells. Free radicals
can interact with healthy body cells, damaging
them and their membranes, and also cause a lot of
inflammation and painful swelling. This is one of
the reasons that vitamin C is helpful for
reducing some of the symptoms of arthritis,
fibromyalgia, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid
arthritis and other related diseases.
Detoxification IS Important
Since the major cause of arthritis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and other related diseases is toxins, it is very important to help the body detoxify effectively.
How To Increase Blood Flow
- Take vitamin B complex with niacin in
it, and not niacinamide (synthetic version). If
you can only buy B complex with niacinamide that is fine,
but also buy niacin separately, and take it in
addition to vitamin B complex.
Take 50 mg of vitamin B complex twice a day, as
well as 50 mg of niacin if separate. Niacin can
be gradually increased up to 400 mg, but higher doses of niacin are not recommended since they require increasing other supplements accordingly.
Niacin will cause an uncomfortable red flush and
a prickly feeling as well as itching but that
will pass within 20 to 30 minutes–it indicates
the blood vessels and capillaries are opening up,
increasing blood flow - see Niacin (B3) for more information.
Balance sodium and potassium: It is important for blood vessels to have a good balance of sodium
and potassium. It is very easy to get plenty of potassium in a good diet which is found in meats, eggs, most vegetables and other plant foods. Sodium is obtained from a good grey ocean sea
salt like Celtic Selina Naturally.
Garlic also improves blood flow and protects against clotting. Include some garlic, preferably cooked, along with your foods every day.
How to Improve Fat Utilization & Absorption
Avoid all vegetable fats, including those made
from soybean, corn, cottonseed, safflower,
sunflower, canola, etc. which are not only very damaging
to the body but they also contain high amounts of
omega-6 fatty acids that offsets the balance of omega-3 fatty acids in the body.
Use small amounts of unheated extra virgin olive oil in salad dressings, but do not cook with it since it is damaged by heat, light and air.
Use high quality butter.
Take unrefined coconut oil as a supplement, and use it for
Supplement with cod liver oil that includes the correct amounts of omega 3 (EPA & DHA), vitamin A and D.
Eat organ meats, and occasionally eat fish eggs.
Eat good quality "organic" free-range
Eat plenty of good quality meats and fish.
Avoid high phytate foods that block mineral
absorption and interfere with protein digestion, which
include all grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes that are not properly prepared, as well as any soybeans or soy-related foods and
products or oils. Modern soy
foods are very damaging to the body and they
shouldn't be consumed by anyone. If you do not
have candida you may eat grains, nuts,
seeds, and legumes in moderation, but only after
they have been properly
prepared to remove phytates that block mineral absorption, and enzymes that block protein digestion.
Avoid all sources of sugars, including fruits
(except lemons and limes–see articles about
Ruins Health, and also see Fruit
Is Not As Healthy As You Think.
Eat and drink in moderation–and do not
deprive yourself of delicious traditional foods direct
from Mother Nature.
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Several articles at The Glucosamine Center
for Rheumatoid Arthritis; Jan de Vries,
Alive Magazine, #113.
US Population Has More Arthritis; Joseph Mercola, M.D.
The Autonomic Nervous System
Ways to Protect Your Heart with Anti-Inflammatory Alternatives
The Digestive System
Tripping Lightly Down the
*Prostaglandins are a subset of a larger family
of substances called eicosanoids. Eicosanoids are
localized tissue hormones that seem to be the
fundamental regulating molecules in most forms of
They do not travel in the blood like
hormones, but are created in the cells [involved in] a
large number of processes including the movement of
calcium and other substances into and out of
cells, dilation and contraction, inhibition and
promotion of clotting, regulation of secretions
including digestive juices and hormones, and control of
fertility, cell division and growth.
are produced in the cells by the action of
enzymes on essential fatty acids.