I recently was diagnosed with RA and had my first terrible flare. As a result, many well meaning friends have suggested things such as different foods to eat or supplements to take. I felt inundated with information that quite frankly I couldn't put much credence in. Therefore I decided to seek the advice of a medical doctor who gears things towards a wholistic approach. This is in addition to seeing my rheumatologist and continuing on my medications. This doctor has a background in physcis as well and claims that sometimes a persons intestine develops leakages allowing substances that would normally be digested to enter the bloodstream. These toxins are passed onto the liver to deal with them but it cannot cope with them so stores them in the body tissues to come back to later on. The liver is too overworked to go back to the toxins and as the intestinal lining gets consistently weaker, more & more toxins enter the bloodstream. The immune system then sends out antibodies to fight these foreign substances and in doing that, toxic oxidants are produced which attack the body tissues causing allergic reactions and pain and inflammation throughout the body. You can read about this if you just google it on many sites. The theory sounds true but the problem is that you need to completely change your diet for 3-6 months to correct the leaky gut. You can't have any dairy, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, red meat or sugar. That leaves you with rice, foul, fruits, vegetables and nuts. It's quite overwhelming. I feel I need to make changes to my nutritional intake anyway so I plan on trying it. I certainly won't sleep well thinking that as I take methotrexate for the rest of my life, I will never know if this could have helped. Has anyone else heard much about this?
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