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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hypochlorhydria
Posted by: TGR
Date: October 10, 2011 12:03 PM

Is it possible that RA can be caused by Hypochlorhydria. Could food antigens in the blood be the cause of inflammation? Digestive Enzymes/Betaine HCl seem to alleviate the symptoms whilst certain foods notably yeast and milk seem to aggravate it. I notice these foods have certain types of protein in common (notably albumin). How do I go about proving this link and is it possible to treat RA with nutrition and Digestive Enzymes/HCl only i.e. without the medication? How do I go about finding the cause of the Hypochlorhydria and will it ever go away?



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Re: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hypochlorhydria
Posted by: drron
Date: October 10, 2011 6:30 PM

True rheumatoid arthritis is not caused by nutritional factors but is an inappropriate autoimmune reaction targeting your joints. That is not to say nutritional factors are not involved. Something provokes your immune system into this inappropriate production of autoimmune antibodies. The provoking agent could be nutritional. Wheat and dairy restriction is commonly reported to help RA, but not cure it. Some research suggests bacteria are involved. The Germans tend to treat RA with antibiotics and with some, though not complete, success. They use a German antibiotic named Roximycin. You are probably aware that there are powerful drugs to control RA, the most effective one being Embrel but these depress your immune system, so you have to careful to not be exposed to infections. RA can be a vicious painful disease, so in the end it may be justified to use such a medication along with dietary restrictions. It may also be useful to have testing for food sensitivities and avoid those foods to which you are sensitive. This can be done by electrodermal screening. As to hypochlorhydria, if supplementing with Betaine HCL helps, and often it does, then that can be part of the program. Hope all that helps Titia.



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