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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the more difficult of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases to control and can do grave damage to joints. The condition generally starts between the ages of 20 and 50, although it can begin at any age.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that usually affects many joints, most commonly the small joints of the hands. Autoimmune disorders are caused when the body's immune system, which is meant to defend the body against bacteria, viruses, and any other foreign product, malfunctions and produces antibodies against healthy tissue, cells and organs.

Inflammation and thickening of the tissue that lines the joints causes pain and swelling and may cause destruction of bones, deformity, and disability.

The severity of rheumatoid arthritis varies. In some cases the disease may be mild while in others it can be crippling. It can flare up suddenly, and then quickly go into remission. Although emotional stress is not a direct cause of rheumatoid arthritis, it can speed the progress of the disease and make it worse.

Conventional treatment involves the use of Prednisone and other corticosteroids. Often patients are unable to tolerate the toxic side effects of these drugs.

The alternative, nutritional medicine approach is to identify hidden allergies by blood test and avoid those allergens (primarily foods). Also enzyme potentiated desensitization holds hope for putting the disease in long term remission.

As with all autoimmune disorders, detoxification and dietary changes are usually helpful. For best results this should be done under the supervision of a doctor experienced in nutritional medicine.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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