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Is there a natural cure for arthritis? I can tell you from my own experience that you can heal arthritis with good nutrition. I reversed rheumatoid arthritis (and a host of other symptoms) by changing the way I eat. In short, I removed processed foods from my diet, got off sugar and white flour, and started eating more real food.
My journey with real food has been a long one. Here's how it all started…
When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 26, the doctors and medical experts told me was facing a life of pain killers, surgeries, and possibly a wheel chair.
I was not willing to accept that fate. I was only 26. There had to be a way that I could heal my body naturally. So I started doing research.
I read everything I could find about natural and alternative therapies and nutrition. When I read Dr. William Crook's book, The Yeast Connection, everything fell into place for me. Suddenly it all made sense. I had all the symptoms of candida overgrowth: rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, chronic sinus infections, thrush on my tongue, and sores in my nose that would not heal. I also found out that I had an allergy to wheat (gluten sensitivity).
Click here to read my story of how I cured myself of arthritis (and all my other health problems) by healing my digestive tract with real food.
It was almost two years ago, after my daughter was born, that I discovered the “traditional food” movement. When I say traditional food, I mean grass-fed meat and dairy, raw milk (also known as “real milk”), pastured eggs, wild seafood, traditional saturated fats like lard, butter, cream, coconut oil and beef tallow, and cod liver oil. The same stuff our grandmothers used to feed their families. Sometimes I call it slow food or “beyond organic”.
Here are just a few more testimonials from the past two years:
The technical term for melasma is “Chloasma faciei”. They are also called age spots, and sometimes “the mask of pregnancy”. Melasma is a tan or dark skin discoloration. When I was about 35, I started noticing dark patches on my face.
Unfortunately, other people were noticing it, too. I remember my mother said to me one day, “You have a bit of a moustache.” It did look like a very faint moustache. But there was no hair growing! It was just darkened skin above my lip.
I tried waxing and bleaching, but nothing worked. Even makeup wouldn't cover it up! And to my horror, more dark patches were developing on my forehead and on the sides of my face.
I didn't know what to do. I heard people talk about chemical peels, but I knew that was just a bandaid solution. There had to be a deeper reason for why I was getting such obvious age spots on my face — and I was only 35.
It was about 6 months into my journey into eating traditional food when I found out that melasma is caused by adrenal fatigue. Makes a lot of sense, because skin pigmentation has to do with hormones.
According to Wikipedia:
Melasma is thought to be the stimulation of melanocytes or pigment-producing cells by the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone to produce more melanin pigments when the skin is exposed to sun.
I've suffered from adrenal exhaustion since I was in my mid-twenties. All coffee and late nights working in Silicon Valley start ups didn't help matters.
I've been working to rebuild my adrenals for a year and a half now and I can't believe the results in my face. The discoloration above my lip and on the sides of my face are totally gone. And the dark patches on my forehead is about 80-90% gone. My husband says he can really notice the difference.
I really believe that this has happened because of all the good saturated fats I've been eating, plus the cod liver oil, Iodoral (iodine), maca, and adrenal gland supplements I've been taking. And avoiding coffee and white sugar and flour (I still drink some coffee, but not anywhere near as much as I used to, and I rarely eat sugar or white flour).
I'll post more in a future post on everything I've been doing to rebuild my adrenal glands.
When she was 4 months old, I had to start giving my daughter commercial baby formula because I could not produce enough breast milk. She started having cradle cap and no matter what I tried, it would not go away. Within a week or two of introducing the homemade raw milk formula, her cradle cap disappeared and never came back.
I used to get cavities all the time. It was pretty typical for me to get at least one cavity every other year or so. I've also had two root canals. In addition to that, I have had tooth pain and sensitivity for decades.
After just a few months of eating a nutrient-dense diet including raw milk, butter, grass-fed meats and pastured eggs, avoiding white flour and sugar and taking cod liver oil daily, my teeth pain and sensitivity completely went away. Not only that, but I have not had a cavity in about 2 years now.
Amazingly enough, I even had a tooth remineralize. I have a chip in my front tooth. It used to be really noticable and now you can barely see it — it's filled in about 80-90% since I started eating traditional food.
And no, I haven't been any better about brushing or flossing. The only difference is what I've been eating.
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