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Good day, I’m Clint Paddison. Today I want to talk about one of my favorite topics in the world which is rheumatoid arthritis treatment. I had chronic rheumatoid arthritis for over five years, and so rheumatoid arthritis treatment is not just very close to my heart but very “close to my joints!” and certainly became an extreme passion and study focus of mine over the years to try and find a way that rheumatoid arthritis could be treated without the common approach of drugs like methotrexate. Let me talk first of all about some of the options with medications, and then I want to talk a little bit more about treatments, which are other than medications which are really close to my heart and exciting for me to talk about.
So let’s first of all talk about treatment. Now if you’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and you had it for a while, you know that there are a multitude of different drugs that you can take for this disease. Some of them are very simple, some of them are just your regular non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory NSAIDs, and you can pick them up at the pharmacy and they include various brands like Tylenol, Advil and all those sort of things, just basic painkillers. Now, they offer short-term relief, maybe 12 hours at the most. Often what happens is that you end up taking those on a regular basis. Some people I’ve talked to who’ve emailed me for support have taken them up to 20 a day, which has dramatic detrimental effects to the insides of your intestinal integrity. So, there’s one way you can go with that, but it tends to be a never ending, constant need for those medications and they do worsen the underlying cause.
The next sort of most common approach with medications for rheumatoid arthritis is with, as I showed a moment ago, these methotrexate tablets. Now these were the tablets that I was on. I was taking these, this was in 2010. This was in November, 2010. I was taking these medications at 25 milligrams a week, and you normally take them in conjunction with folic acid because the active ingredient of the methotrexate requires folic acid and so you don’t want to be using up your own resources of folic acid in your body. So, you supplement a high dose of folic acid that goes with the methotrexate. Some people get methotrexate via injection as well which is another way to go, and methotrexate is just one of a range of another type of drugs called a disease modifying drug, or DMARD. Those range of drugs include others like Plaquenil and a whole other range that fortunately I did not end up on, so I am not an expert in those.
I know that there’s a lot of alternatives to methotrexate, and the methotrexate option works for some people for a period of time. It gave me great relief for about six months, and then I noticed that the effect of the drug started to wane. It was excellent at reducing my inflammation, particularly from the three to four week mark after I started taking it until six months and then down the hill it went, but the side effects continued. Methotrexate is notorious for being very, very fatigue inducing. Now, rheumatoid arthritis, as I’m sure you know, if you’ve got this disease or you’ve got a loved one or a friend who has this disease, causes great fatigue already. So, on top of the pain, the inflammation, the frustration, you’ve also got this fatigue which makes it very difficult to combat the disease. That’s a real pain, a real side effect of methotrexate among many others, and some people have severe reactions beyond fatigue which means they can’t take it for very long.
And then there’s the biologics which are the modern or fancy and expensive new range of drugs, like Embrel and Humera and drugs like that. Some people do really well on these for several years until they start to wear off. So three years for instance can be achieved in doing well on drugs like Humera and Embrel, but the side effects of some of these can be really bad and when they don’t work they can really not work. So, going on these drugs is a serious consideration for your health, for your longevity of life, because these things interfere with the way your body’s actually designed to work. However, let’s not forget that it’s very important to keep the inflammation in the body down, because when the body is attacking itself, which is happening with an autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the joints need to be protected for long-term safety because once they end up bone on bone and cartilage gets destroyed, which is the case with long-term aggressive rheumatoid arthritis, then your old age is going to be very, very difficult and you’re looking at joint replacements or you’re looking at chronic osteoarthritis with bone on bone kind of conditions.
Now, there is an alternative and this is the exciting part of this talk that I wanted to present to you, because we all get told that there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, and once you get rheumatoid arthritis you’re on drugs for the rest of your life and you’re basically in a pain
management existence. It’s not really the sort of thing that any of us ever have wanted to hear or dreamt that we would get told by a doctor. It’s something that I don’t believe is a death sentence. I don’t believe it is a sentence to a life without hope. So, I just want to talk about approaches to natural rheumatoid arthritis treatments because you can look at things like home remedies that you’ll often see and all the folks often talk about, things like lemon and honey and ginger teas and things like that. That’s not going to do anything to seriously turn around what is one of the most chronic and severe autoimmune diseases that exists. You need to take a very serious approach to address the underlying cause of rheumatoid arthritis. And the rheumatoid arthritis underlying cause comes from problems within your digestive process. And just like Chinese medicine has taught since the beginning of time or even Indian adivac [SP] medicine has taught for similar lengths of time, most diseases, if not all, stem from the digestion firstly, and then you experience external symptoms as a result. So, if you address the underlying cause of the disease which is, in the end, an intestinal disorder, then the symptoms of that intestinal disorder, being your inflammation in your joints, settles down dramatically.
And following natural approaches that I both read about and also helped create myself through my own experimentation, I was able to get off of my 25 milligram a week of methotrexate and now don’t have any medications at all. In fact, I haven’t taken one single medication in over 12 months, and now my blood tests are back to normal again and I’m able to resume a normal life. So, how did I do that? That’s another video. This one has already gone on for a little while. I appreciate you watching, but if you want more information right now, then you can go to I(the front page of this website, which is Rheumatoid Arthritis Program and learn a lot more about the natural treatments, especially the condition that I call blame. So, go check it out on the website, read about BLAME (Bacteria, Leaky Gut, Acidosis, Mucosal Lining and Enzymes) and you’ll learn about the underlying cause of rheumatoid arthritis and the natural rheumatoid arthritis treatment that I talk about. Thanks for watching and good luck with your RA.
Disclaimer: Do not take this information as personal medical advice. Do not change your diet if you are ill or on medication without the advice of a qualified health care provider (your physician, for example).