Tuesday 20 February 2018

Rheumatoid arthritis - why treat symptoms? Treat the root cause

Martin Healy

Chronic inflammation is the driving force behind many health conditions

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammation which spreads like a virus throughout the body attacking and destroying joints. By the time one hip replacement operation has been completed, the disease process has already begun attacking other joints and so on relentlessly. This gives us a clear picture of the destructive power of inflammation. This is the very same inflammatory force behind conditions such as, Thyroid Disease, Asthma, Eczema, Psoriasis, Irritable Bowel, some cancers, heart disease and autoimmune disease.

The medical treatments for the above conditions range from surgery to steroids to immune suppressant drugs. Such treatments can be lifesaving, but you should also bear in mind that the root of the problem is inflammation and inflammation is rooted in “allergy”.

Hayfever – is a classic example. The condition manifests in the eyes as stinging and irritation. The sinuses and nose becomes blocked and people suffer with chronic sneezing and all because of an “allergy” to pollen. The arrival of summer and pollen marks the beginning of months of suffering for a lot of people. However, once September arrives and the pollen disappears, all of these terrible symptoms of inflammation disappear.

Avoiding the allergy trigger stops the inflammatory condition

The treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, eczema, irritable bowel etc, is exactly the same. All of these conditions are but different manifestations of inflammation as a result of some allergy. Once the allergy trigger is detected and removed, the inflammation stops.

Food Intolerance is responsible for the vast majority of these reactions. These trigger foods are difficult to find without specialist testing. A new “Indicator” test for €15 has been launched to identify if you have “food intolerance” antibody markers in your blood. A NEGATIVE result means you don’t have food intolerance issues. A POSITIVE result means you do. 

All of these tests are CE marked (comply with EU regulation of medical tests). They are analysed at a registered medical laboratory. All of these tests can be processed from a finger-prick blood sample and are available from the clinic or as a mail order test here.

Don't just treat the symptoms, treat the cause

Roslyn Murphy, a sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis explains how her ailments were the result of an undiagnosed food intolerance.

“At 23 I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. What followed was 10 years of constant pain, private hospitals, medication and immune suppressing injections. I finally decided to go for a food intolerance test and was I shocked!”

“Since that day almost 2 years ago I have not looked back. Joint pain, inflammation, medications, injections and hospitals are all a distant memory to me. I have my life back and I am in control of my body which feels almost too good to be true, but it is true”.

More details on food intolerance testing at Fitzwilliam FoodTEST can be found here. Fitzwilliam FoodTEST is on Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2, Tel: 01-4733790.

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