You Can’t Cure Arthritis…Can you?

images

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about carbohydrates and arthritis. Well this is an update on what is no longer a personal thing but a small-scale medical experiment.

There are now 29 people involved in this unofficial trial to try and work out if cutting carbs can reduce the pain of arthritis. Now contrary to what many people believe I am not entirely stupid, I worked in the medical profession for years and I KNOW you can’t cure arthritis. It’s a degenerative disease that depending on the patient, causes pain and decreased mobility, grows steadily worse over a period of years and usually results in joint replacement.

It isn’t a reversible condition.

So why am I not suffering the effects of it anymore?

Why are 14 people in our unofficial trial not suffering from the effects of arthritis anymore?

  • Of the 29 people who have signed up to try this out 1 has lupus and has reported a moderate improvement in her condition.
  • 4 including myself have psoriasis and all of us have seen an improvement, even though we have stopped using the creams and lotions that normally keep it under control. Flare ups associated with individual triggers have occurred in two of us but are of lower severity than we would have expected under the circumstances.
  • 10 people have reported a moderate improvement in their arthritis symptoms
  • 2 people have reported a minor improvement in their arthritis symptoms
  • 3 have reported no difference so far

Now, as this is not a formal clinical trial there are two major problems and that is that we all joined in at different times. For example, all of the 14 who have reported a massive improvement in their arthritis symptoms have been cutting carbs for between 4 and 6 weeks.

Of the 3 people reporting no improvement one of them has only been cutting carbs for a week, the other two for more than two weeks but under 3 weeks. Is it a case of giving it more time or will  this not work for those three individuals? Only time will tell.

we have decided to continue recording results and see what happens with each individual at their three month mark.

The second problem is weight loss.

3 are clinically obese for their height

3 are severely overweight for their height but not clinically obese.

9 are moderately overweight for their height…including me!

10 are within recommended weight limits for their height

2 are at the lower end of normal weight for their height

2 are underweight for their height.

ALL of us have lost weight, which is great for those above the optimum weight for height but not so good for the rest of the group. We have to consider that weight loss, particularly in the severely overweight and obese groups is possibly responsible for at least part of the alleviation of arthritis symptoms as there is less weight on their joints.

Those within normal limits, low end of normal and underweight have had to add more fats and protein to their diet to prevent weight loss.

I have lost 10 pounds, but the pain associated with arthritis started to go within three days of cutting carbs and well before any weight loss occurred. Overall 8 other members of the group report the same findings. Pain subsided within 72 hours of cutting carbs.

All of those involved in this a medically trained and the general consensus is that for us at least a major cut in carbohydrates has alleviated a degree of pain we suffer from arthritis.

Time will tell of course, and at the three month point 6 of us have elected to start eating carbohydrates again to see what happens…we feel this is the only way we will be able to differentiate if it really is the carbs, the weight loss or a combination of the two.

On a personal level being able to get up in the morning without hurting is amazing. To those who have never suffered arthritis the only way I can describe it is that you are not conscious that you have hips! You can take them for granted, like everyone else does. To walk a mile without pain is just so fantastic I can’t tell you. Not to ‘waddle’ when you walk because your body favours the less inflamed joint and to walk upstairs upright, not bent and going up with your hands on the stairs, bum in the air like a toddler learning to walk is just mind-blowing.

These are very simple things to most people, but to me it’s a new lease of life. I even look a little taller as I hold my body upright more than I did. This is a major bonus when you are only 5 ft 2.

I miss carbs. I love toast dripping in butter. My cooked in goose fat roast potatoes make people salivate…but I no longer eat them. I am craving a cheese and onion sandwich, a British staple. A crunchy baguette filled with all manner of scrummyness feels like a distant memory and worst of all cold chicken, bacon and mayo pasta salad…Oh Lord how I miss that.

BUT…

I won’t have them until the time comes to reintroduce carbs to see what happens. The thought of waddling to the shops, groaning when I get out of the bed and seizing up if I drive the car for longer than 20 minutes is just too terrible to contemplate.

I am taking more interest in my appearance in general, I feel alive, I smile more…I am happier. I had no idea that I had fallen so low, that constant pain had had such an effect on me both physically and psychologically.

I feel reborn in a way, and it’s a feeling I don’t want to lose.

Take Care

Liz

11 thoughts on “You Can’t Cure Arthritis…Can you?”

  1. Just a tangential thought. I understand that it is common practice to spray wheat fields with Roundup a week or two before harvest both to kill the weeds mixed with the wheat and to hasten the slower maturing stalks to dry down. I have been told by a reliable source that commercial growers also use Roundup on potatoes to kill back the vines to ease harvest. Also commercial potatoes are often sprayed in storage to keep them from sprouting. A neighbor planted some potatoes that had been a charity donation to our community from a big grower and found that they must have been sprayed because they didn’t grow and when he dug them up they had a few “weird” sprouts only.
    I don’t know what effects the antisprout spray has on human health but Roundup apparently has lots of nasty links to health problems.
    Just saying!

    1. Morning Howard

      It’s something that’s crossed my mind, especially sine this ‘trial’ has been going on. We initially considered going wholly organic at the end of this to see what happens, but in the UK the area is so small that we don’t feel anything grown outdoors can be truly organic due to cross contamination. We are still puzzling over that one. I’ll let you know if we come up with any ideas on a workaround.

      Love to the family

      Liz

  2. Liz, I suffer from Chronic Lyme Disease and for the last year I have been attempting to maintain a Ketogenic Diet. When I stay away from carbs, sugars, and processed foods my health is semi-normal. I have noted that I do get sick after slipping. Just last Friday, I taught my daughter to make nomads Fettuccini Alfredo at her request. I decided to enjoy a massive plate. I ended up sleeping from 7:30 pm to 8:00 am the next day. Then I was off for 5 days.

    I have noted the same correlation with arthritic pain.

    Dave

    1. It’s amazing isn’t it David. My husband works away and we tend to go out to Africa for holidays rather than him coming home here…we wit shopping and he’s walking along at the speed he usually does for me and I’m surging ahead lol. he’s pleased he is ^ft 9 with a huge stride and it kills him walking slow.

      I hope your symptoms continue to improve

      thanks for taking the time to comment

      Liz

  3. Liz

    So glad that you posted an update regarding your arthritis. I’m assuming that you and the rest of the group are following a paleo diet,

    Very impressed at the results so far and very happy for you. I fell off the no-carb diet that I had started after reading your first post. There was so much happening that I started stress eating again. And nothing helps that better than carbs!

    Once things get back to normal, I’ll pursue the diet again. Keep up the good work.

    kk

    1. Tell me about it….I struggle some days x

      sorry lots in my head right now and sadly none of it good

      catch you soon x

  4. Wow, this is great news, Liz. Keep up the great work!

    A couple things to think about, if you wish to. I hope you don’t consider this an intrusion.

    First, now that your joints are no longer inflamed, you might be able to heal some of the damage. Don’t assume that all such damage is unfixable. Cetyl Myristoleate (“Myristin”) appears to help a lot of people. Of course, supplements may give your body some extra help. A technique I have not tried (I’m 65 and don’t have significant arthritis) but hear some interesting news about is Prolozone therapy, which is prolotherapy with ozone and an anesthetic. I gather this will actually trigger a remodeling of a damaged joint.

    Second, for the one who has Lupus, and indirectly for all of you, there is an Australian MD who treats Lupus by eliminating *all* grains from the patient’s diet, among some other things. I have seen credible reports that he has a 100%, that is 100%, cure rate for Lupus. Grains are damaging for many people. I myself used to sneeze 50 or more times a day. Five days after stopping all grains, I had no more sneezes. I can now eat grains occasionally without much issue, but I stay off them the vast majority of meals. If you add to your carb reduction program by focusing on eliminating all grains as your principal way to cut carbs, you may experience even more benefits than you already are. It isn’t just the reduction of carbs that causes benefits. It’s the reduction of certain kinds of carbs that brings the most benefit.

    And a bonus: Some people cannot detoxify certain substances in nightshade plants. If some of your program members don’t experience as much benefit as others, perhaps they should try the more difficult nightshade-free diet to see if their liver has lost the ability to handle nightshade toxins.

    I look forward to more good news. 🙂

    1. tell you straight Steve I’, amazed…and ver pleased. Thanks for the suggestions, no intrusion at all x

      1. Oh, good. 🙂 Literally just today I read an article on mercola.com that profiles growth-factor-and-stem-cell therapy to treat orthopedic injuries and arthritis. I’ve heard of this before, and it is expensive, but I gather it really works. Here’s the link to the article at mercola.com (it may be behind a registration wall):
        http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/05/29/platelet-stem-cell-therapy.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20160529Z1&et_cid=DM108718&et_rid=1503247528

        I hope that link comes out usable. Anyway, the company and doctor network behind this work is Regenexx. Here is their physician locator (for USA):
        http://www.regenexx.com/find-a-physician/

        If I had arthritis I would follow the guidance of someone like Leiber to remove the impetus toward arthritis in the first place, and then (have money will travel) find a Regenexx-affiliated clinic to treat specific areas to repair them once my body was less (or not) arthritis-prone any more.

        The internet is an amazing place. Think something cannot be fixed? Try searching the internet for someone who refused to believe it was untreatable! 😀

Something to say? Go right ahead...