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02-05-2011, 04:27 AM
Someone here PM'd for tips. I'd rather share them for others to see and hopefully benefit - if you or family members have it. My mom has it and this was one of the reasons for my research. I have a feeling I'll get it also. I feel it in my knees at times.
If you have more tips to share, please post. I'm no expert. Remember, these are natural methods - diet and lifestyle, etc. Not meant to replace a physician. Remember that one needs to be patient with natural remedies. They take longer than drugs and medication. But, of course, they're safer.

Pain is often a loud voice shouting that you have an inflammation that needs to be addressed.
When any condition ends in “itis” it means that inflammation is present.

SUPPLEMENTS - I get most of my supplements from vitacost.com or amazon - great prices and reviews

Glucosamine sulfate - a safe, natural anti-inflammatory supplement that has no side effects.
Most studies show that 500 mg taken three times a day is sufficient.
Be patient. It could take two or three months before you feel a difference.
Some people take glucosamine sulfate alone; others take it with chondroitin sulfate. These nutrients do help – especially glucosamine sulfate.

Cetyl Myristoleate (CM) is a fatty acid, found naturally in our joints, that helps regulate inflammation and pain from arthritis. CM not only prevents arthritis, but relieves its pain and symptoms as well. CM is simply a fatty acid that lubricates joints and reduces inflammation. It’s found in fish oils, coconut oil, and other foods.
CM-Plus from Longevity Science
Myristin fro EHP Products

Boswellia – 300-750 mg 3 times daily with food.
Look for a formula standardized to 60 percent boswellic acids.
Boswellia has been clinically proven to have strong anti-inflammatory effects. It’s known to reduce congestion and heat in the joints.

Too much calcium and not enough magnesium contributes to arthritis. It causes stiffness, because calcium causes muscles to contract.
Unabsorbed calcium doesn’t just “go away. “ It gets stored in joints and becomes arthritis, or in arteries where it contributes to heart problems. If you have arthritis, don’t overdo calcium either in supplements or in your diet.
If you have arthritis, don’t overdo calcium either in supplements or in your diet.

Magnesium, on the other hand, causes muscles to relax. Most supplements already contain more calcium than magnesium. When you take additional calcium supplementation, you upset the calcium/magnesium balance even more. This causes more contraction than relaxation.
Magnesium helps calcium get into your bones.
Take equal amounts of calcium and magnesium, or, ideally, twice as much magnesium as calcium. For most people on a healthy diet, 500 mg of each supplement should be enough. You’ll get more calcium and magnesium in your diet from whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and dark green leafy vegetables.
400-1200 mg daily of Magnesium is helpful but use according to bowel tolerance. Your body knows how much magnesium you can tolerate from bowel tolerance – take as much magnesium as your bowels can tolerate
If you can, add 100 mg of magnesium to your nutritional supplements, and increase it by 100 mg every few days until your stools are soft, but not uncomfortably loose.
Take in divided doses and with meals to ensure optimal absorption – preferably more at night
Some say to not take magnesium with calcium - I think that that is preferable.
Calcium, magnesium, and many other minerals are best absorbed when they are bound to an acidic carrier such as citrate, aspartate, picolinate, or amino acid chelate. Minerals need an acidic base to break down and get used.
The most absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, or aspartate, although magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate) are also good.
Avoid magnesium carbonate, oxide, sulfate, and gluconate. They are poorly absorbed (and the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements).
Side effects from too much magnesium include diarrhea, which can be avoided if you switch to magnesium glycinate.
People with kidney disease or severe heart disease should take magnesium only under a doctor's supervision.

Vitamin D3 - Vitamin D is necessary for keeping cartilage healthy and strong. A daily dose of at 2000 IU D3 can cut your risk of OA dramatically and slow its progression.
If you're under 60, take 2,000 IU per day.
If you're 60 or over, take 5,000 IU per day of vitamin D3.
If you're under 50, take at least 2,000 IU per day.
If you're 50 or over, take at least 5,000 IU per day of vitamin D3.
Always take your vitamin D with a fat-containing meal to ensure absorption.
Your need for vitamin D3 is affected by age, skin color, and the severity of any deficiency

800-1600 mg Sam-e daily – always take on empty stomach (take with large doses of B Vitamins). I read that a 1200 mg daily dose of this amino acid controls pain and improves function as effectively as Celebrex.

A good Fish Oil - 10 grams daily – choose a high-quality oil that contains at lest 200 mg of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA in every 1-gram capsule. I like Carlson's.
Diets which are higher in fish oils (omega-3's) result in reduced inflammation

Willow Bark – 400 mg daily of the herbal cousin of aspirin cuts OA pain dramatically. Twice as effective as Motrin!

640 mg Strontium significantly reduces back pain by building bone density and even prevents arthritic progression

Evening Primrose Oil (GLA) help relieve arthritis symptoms
Take it on a full stomach in 2 divided doses, equally spaced during the day.
Take up to 500 mg EPO 2-3 times daily or 2000 mg total daily
Avoid doses of GLA greater than 3,000 mg per day. High levels may increase inflammation in the body.
Expect to wait up to 8 weeks to see results.
Don’t use GLA if you take an antiseizure Rx.
People taking blood thinning medications should not take omega-6 fatty acid supplements without consulting a health care provider. Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids may increase the risk of bleeding.

Try to avoid iron supplements

Take 200-1000 mcg Vitamin K daily
Vitamin K helps build and repair joint tissue. People with K-rich diets are much less likely to develop arthritis in their knees and hands
Vitamin K can be safely taken at doses greater than 1 mg per day
DO NOT TAKE VITAMIN K IF YOU ARE TAKING COUMADIN. ONLY IN THIS SETTING WILL IT CAUSE A PROBLEM AS IT INTERFERES WITH THIS DRUG'S ACTIONS. You do not increase clotting risk with these doses of K unless you are taking Coumadin. Which most of us are not.
High doses of K - 5 mg per day for four years -- has been studied without any increased risk of clotting or toxicity.
Personally, I prefer to get K from diet, rather than a supplement.

Season meals with ginger and turmeric as often as possible
These spices have anti-inflammatory properties.
You can add fresh ginger to soups, salads, veggies, entrees. Be careful if you’re taking blood thinning medications.

Get more omega-3s from: wild Alaskan salmon and other cold-water fish; freshly ground flaxseed; omega-3-fortified eggs; and walnuts.

5-9 daily servings of fresh fruits and veggies from across the color spectrum

Pineapple contains bromelain, an anti-inflammatory compound. Bromelain suppresses inflammation and pain and minimizes swelling.

Selenium reduces swelling and helps keep delicate joint tissue healthy. More selenium-rich foods:
Brazil Nuts
Sunflower Seeds

Vitamin K found in lettuce, spinach, chard, cabbage, broccoli, collard greens, turnip greens, parsley, cauliflower, kidney beans
Vitamin K helps build and repair joint tissue. People with K-rich diets are much less likely to develop arthritis in their knees and hands
Because the body cannot store vitamin K for long periods of time or in large doses, benefits are best obtained through food
Try to have 1 cup of spinach at least 3 times a week
Vitamin K is fat-soluble, so eat your greens with a little olive oil to help absorb the nutrient

Cloves help arthritis pain. Try to get teaspoon a day. Saute 1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon cloves in 1 tablespoon olive oil. After 3 minutes, add 4 cups shredded leafy greens (rhubarb chard), and fry until soft and tender, about 5 minutes. Serve hot with chicken or fish.

Brown rice
Fish – particularly all oily fish: salmon, mackerel, sardines (canned sardines) and herring
Fresh vegetables
Green leafy vegetables
Lots of ginger and turmeric
Non-acidic fresh fruits
Oat Bran
Whole grains

Olive Oil’s high concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids (particularly oleic acid) seem to protect against joint inflammation. In one study, participants who consumed about 3 tbsp of olive oil a day lessened their chance of developing RA by 61%. But be sure to use it as a replacement for less healthy saturated fats like butter, since 3 tbsp can add almost 400 calories to your daily diet.

A Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, fish, and olive oil has been found to give great relief to arthritis patients. It contains less red meat and dairy products than do Western diets.

Bone broths are easy to make. Begin with bones from fish, poultry, beef, lamb, or pork. The bones can be raw or cooked, and they can be stripped of meat or still contain meat remnants and skin. You can also add leftover eggshells because the membrane that separates the white from the shell contains four joint-boosting nutrients—hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin, and collagen.
Place the bones and eggshells with water in a pot—and add a couple of tablespoons of one of the following per quart of water: apple cider vinegar, red or white wine vinegar, or lemon juice. Gently stir and then let it sit for about 30 minutes to let the acid go to work.
After 30 minutes, bring the pot to a boil, then cover and simmer for 4 to 6 hours for fish, 6 to 8 hours for poultry, and 12 to 18 hours for beef, lamb, or pork. Keep a lid on the pot, and add water when necessary. Once it’s done, you can strain it immediately and sip it as a soup (but don’t reheat the broth in a microwave—certain amino acids may become toxic if microwaved).

“Live” juices help rebuild the body and the joints—and all you need is a juicer to make them. Alternate between these two combinations: carrot & celery juice one day (8 oz of each), followed the next day by 10 oz carrot and 6 oz spinach juice. Make them fresh every day and consume immediately.
Carrot juice is loaded with zinc, vitamin E, copper, and beta carotene. Celery provides potassium and sodium, and it has an alkalinizing effect on the body. An alkaline diet supports joint healing.

Eat cherries as often as possible. Consuming 20 a day (about 2000 mg of cherry fruit extract) has been proven to provide more pain relief than aspirin and other painkillers.

Limit or avoid:
Nightshade foods:
Cayenne Pepper
Peppers – sweet and hot peppers
Tabasco Sauce
74-90% of people with ache from any cause have a nightshade sensitivity.
Temporarily avoid all foods with any amount of nightshades. Read labels carefully. Spend a day or two getting ready for this experiment. Then eliminate all nightshades entirely – 100% - for 2 full weeks. Did your pain subside or disappear during this time? If so, nightshades are a problem for you.
At the end of 2 weeks, eat one food from the nightshade family by itself – like a tomato or bell pepper, and watch for any reactions. You may feel tired, agitated, your heart may race, you could have more pain, or you could have other undesirable side effects.
If you react, continue to avoid the entire nightshade family for 3 months or more.
If not, bring them back into your diet.
Some people with arthritis who have a nightshade sensitivity can eventually add small amounts of them back into their diet – like the amount found in salad dressing. Others can’t. But if they trigger your arthritis pain, you’ll need to avoid them completely for at least 2-3 months.
Even tiny quantities of nightshades hidden in other foods can contribute to excruciating arthritis pain, and nightshades are everywhere.
Potato starch is disguised in many frozen and processed foods in the form of modified food starch, modified vegetable protein, modified vegetable starch, and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. Look for it meatballs, mock crab, sausages, and deep-fried foods that have been cooked in the same vegetable oils as French fried potatoes.
Some Rx and OTC medications use potato starch as their fillers. You need to find out.
Tomatoes are an ingredient in brown meat sauces like Worcestershire sauce and steak sauce, as well as salad dressings, some luncheon meats, gravies, and baked beans, so read labels carefully. Green olives may be stuffed with pimentos, a sweet red pepper, and dried pepper flakes are often sprinkled over pasta dishes.
Avoid sauces, especially Thai, barbecue, Cajun, Mexican, Southern, and Jamaican dishes, as well as Tabasco sauce, prepared mustards, and Cayenne pepper.
Safe foods you might think are unsafe include sweet potatoes, yams, and black pepper.
You may not react to vegetables in the nightshade family, but if you do, you need to stop eating them. You can test yourself at home.

Corn Oil
Soy Oil
Sunflower oil
Safflower oil
Vegetable shortenings
Processed foods that contain these fats
Fewer animal products
Inflammation and pain go hand-in-hand, and food sensitivities cause inflammation.
Limit milk, red meat, sugar, citrus fruits, and salt for a few weeks and see if your symptoms improve. These foods all affect cartilage.

02-05-2011, 04:27 AM
To stay fully functional, joint cartilage has to be fully hydrated. As children, our cartilage was made up of almost 85 percent water, but as we get older that usually drops to 75 percent—and even lower if we don’t drink enough water. Lots of water translates into more resilient joints.
Drink at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of pure, clean water. And avoid sodas and other carbonated beverages that can leach minerals from your bones.

Acupuncture reduces pain in 90% of patients :clap: :clap:

EXERCISE – Begin with a daily 10-minute walk, take up a gentle yoga class, or try the slow movement of Tai Chi. Water aerobics and swimming help also.
Keep moving: even though pain and stiffness can make you feel like skipping your exercise routine, research shows that staying active can help keep arthritis symptoms under control.
Try to swim as often as possible.
Going to the pool—better yet, the indoor heated pool—is an excellent way to exercise your joints. The buoyancy of the water takes pressure off your joints. If you don’t like swimming try water walking, and don’t forget to move your arms too.

This yoga pose helps some - gentle yoga is great for arthritis
Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend
You can do a search for specifics on that pose here (http://www.yogajournal.com/).

Joints and muscles tend to wake up stiff, and the warmth of the shower helps to make your whole body easier to move.

Arthritis is one of the many symptoms of a congested lymphatic system. Things that help to clear up the lymphatic system:
• Daily Rebounding (if possible)
• Deep Breathing
• Daily Dry Body Brushing
• Massage and/or Reflexology
• Swinging (yes, sitting on a swing!)
Great rebounding products here (https://www.reboundair.com/vhosts/rebound-aerobics/products1.htm). I would love to get this one for my mom, but it's so expensive. I'd also like one in our classroom.
We have their regular rebounder and love it.

Aim to lose weight if necessary.

Hot or ice cold compresses for 15 minutes

Epsom Salts Soak: Mix 2 cups Epsom salts in gallon of warm water. Wet a towel with the solution and hold it against the painful joints for 15 to 25 minutes. Then remove the towel and massage in castor oil.
Can take an Epsom Salt bath a few times a week

Topical capsaicin cream – 0.025% or 0.075% cream 1-4 times daily
I also love Tiger Balm :).

Healthy joints need movement. In fact, they thrive on it!
Joint health is a clear case of “use it or lose it”—and here are some easy ways to get moving.

One of the more common areas for joint problems is the shoulder. As people become more sedentary, they often don’t perform the motions that require raising the hands and arms above the head. This lack of movement means that these joints won’t get the opportunity to receive needed nutrients, and release waste, like they should.
Each morning do some neck and shoulder exercises. Turn your head from left to right, side to side (ear to shoulder), chin up, chin down.
Then, continue down into the shoulders, pushing them as far back as possible, then as far forward, and then rotating them in circles. Also stretch your arms up above your head—as far as you can without discomfort. These exercises help to keep your shoulder joints flexible and healthy.

Knees are often our "weak links" when it comes to joints because they carry much of the weight and do so much of the work! "Knee strengthening" is really quadriceps strengthening—that's the large muscle group that runs down the front of your thigh. Remember, your joints are no stronger than the muscles and ligaments that support them.

Tiger Balm - especially effective with plastic wrap

Oil of Oregano
Rub a few drops of Oil of Oregano into the skin covering the affected area. You can apply it as many times a day as you like. Oregano oil has the ability to penetrate through the skin right into the synovial fluid of the joint where its anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties will provide relief.

Lidocaine patches are as effective as Rx pills.

Get enough sleep. Your body needs a full night of quality sleep to fight pain.

CHIROPRACTIC/MASSAGE – both help immensely with pain
Be aware that you should wait for any inflammation to subside before starting either.

Hydrotherapy has been proven to help with arthritis. No medicine on the market can rival the physiological effects of water. Warm to hot water eases joint pain by reducing swelling and increasing blood flow to fight inflammation.

Daily Meditation for at least 6 months

May need to look into the possibility of Leaky Gut – which is connected to arthritis
Seemingly unrelated symptoms:
Intestinal discomfort is often the first symptom – but it can include a myriad of complaints from
• food and chemical sensitivities
• autoimmune diseases
• headaches
• inflammation
• joint pain
• constipation alternating with diarrhea
• gas
• bloating
• cramping
Over time, leaky gut can lead to arthritis
Normally, the lining of the intestines absorbs only well-digested nutrients. But if the intestinal lining becomes irritated, its tight junctions (that normally seal off the digestive tract from unwanted substances) loosen to allow undigested food, bacteria, and toxins to reach the bloodstream.
The immune system sees these unwanted substances as foreign invaders and triggers antibodies to fight them. This, in turn, produces inflammation throughout the body—leading to those seemingly unrelated symptoms.
Unfortunately, the causes of leaky gut are as numerous and varied as its symptoms:
• Long-term use of drugs like antibiotics, harsh laxatives, and NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen like Advil, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories)
• Chemotherapy and radiation
• Aging
• Alcohol
• Caffeine
• dysbiosis (imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the GI tract)
• food allergies (particularly gluten and lactose intolerance)
• lack of fiber in the diet
• parasites
• yeast overgrowth

It’s important to rule other serious problems like Crohn’s disease or colon cancer. But conventional medicine has been slow to recognize leaky gut even when its symptoms are all too real.
Make meals a time to relax, chewing your food slowly and thoroughly.
Damage to the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract can result in acne, asthma, brain fog, celiac disease, chronic fatigue, eczema, intestinal infections, liver dysfunction, pancreatic insufficiency, and ulcerative colitis. It’s critical that you repair any damage to the mucosal lining of the GI tract.

New research shows that the above 3 supplement help reduce inflammation and normalize leaky gut.
L-glutamine is an amino acid that:
• Prevents the villi (the tiny, fingerlike part of the small intestine that allows nutrients in) from becoming too porous, allowing substances normally too large to breach the intestinal wall to enter the bloodstream and causing allergic reactions and other problems – thereby helping to create a barrier against pathogens
• Encourages the growth of probiotics (beneficial bacteria), which also defend the gut from unwanted invaders - glutamine supports the intestinal lining, so that it can allow nutrients in, while barring allergens, pathogens, and toxins
• Reduces intestinal inflammation in those with ulcerative colitis and also increases good bacteria
• Feeds immune cells that live in the intestinal tract, where 75% of your body’s immune system resides – making it especially important for anyone who’s on chemotherapy or radiation - when scientists in Poland treated malnourished patients with damaged intestinal tracts this versatile amino acid, many of the lymphocytes (important immune cells) revived, while patients’ absorption of nutrients improved
The pure free-form crystalline L-glutamine powder is the easiest to assimilate. One level scoop or teaspoonful provides about 3 grams or 3000 mg of L-glutamine. Take one scoop or teaspoonful in 8 ounces of cold water at least 1-3 times per day.
L-Glutamine is best taken before meals (at least 20 minutes) or between meals.
Make sure it is mixed in cold or room temperature water.
Heat as well as stomach acids can deactivate the healing activity of L-glutamine.

Consumers are routinely ingesting bisphenol A (BPA) by eating processed foods in cans and plastic. It takes as little as one serving of canned foods to expose a person to levels of BPA that have been shown to cause harm in laboratory animals.
The latest lab research on BPA significantly links this chemical to a painful condition called “leaky gut.” Exposing both human intestinal cells and living rats to dosages of this chemical—10 times lower than what most governments consider safe—shows that BPA damages the intestines, allowing toxins and pathogens to enter the body more easily.
French scientists find that the gut “shows a very high sensitivity” to BPA, increasing intestinal inflammation. The result is abdominal discomfort, chronic muscle pain, depressed immune function, and poor nutrient absorption.
Don’t set a place for BPA at your dinner table! Over 130 studies have linked this hormone-mimicking chemical to an enormous range of health problems from birth and reproductive defects to cancers, diabetes, and obesity.
One can of Del Monte French Style Green Beans contains 1,140 parts per billion BPA, finds the National Workgroup for Safe Markets, which recently tested levels in common canned foods. Not only did 92% of the canned foods tested contain BPA, but the average level was also 77 parts per billion—almost 5 times higher than what was found in earlier FDA tests.
By contrast, Eden Foods has only traces of this chemical in their canned foods, and Muir Glen is planning to remove BPA from its canned tomatoes. Whenever possible, choose glass jars instead of cans—and eat as much fresh and frozen food as possible.

Homocysteine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in our bodies. In small quantities, it’s safe. In large amounts, it can produce free radicals that can lead to a build up of plaque in the arteries and heart disease. It is also an independent predictor of heart problems.
Rheumatoid arthritis patients tend to have high homocysteine levels, which, point to inflammation.
A simple inexpensive homocysteine blood test indicates inflammation. Make sure you get this test next time you see your doctor. A change in diet, stress reduction, or vitamin therapy can all reverse it.
Every time you have your cholesterol checked, tell your doctor to check your homocysteine. You need to fast for about 12 hours (nothing but water).
Homocysteine levels should be 8-14 micromoles per liter, and ideally, less than 10.
When you have enough betaine, vitamins B6 and B12, and folic acid – you can keep your homocysteine levels low.
Green leafy vegetables are the primary source of folic acid. Folic acid may be the most important nutrient to keep your homocysteine levels low. It is also very abundant in legumes (beans). The way you cook vegetables can also either reduce or retain folic acid. When you stir fry, you seal in a number of nutrients and retain more folic acid than if you steam or boil them.
Some medications and other substances block the absorption of folic acid. They include oral contraceptives, alcohol, nicotine, anticonvulsants, antibacterials, and some chemotherapy drugs.
Aging is a factor in high homocysteine levels.
Aim for 400-800 mcg a day if on medications or if your diet lacks folic acid.
Eat at least one serving of dark-green leafy vegetables a day.
Tea also contains a lot of folate. Drink a couple of cups of green tea daily. If your homocysteine is high, tea is a much better choice than coffee.
B12 often becomes lower as we age. If you have digestive problems or not enough friendly bacteria like acidophilus and bifido, you are likely lacking in B12. Begin by chewing your food well. Next, consider taking enzymes and hydrochloric acid. Check with your health care practitioner about these supplements before taking them.
B12 is lacking in a vegan diet. However, many vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy get sufficient B12 from their diet and a healthy digestive system.
B6 helps lower homocysteine. It is found in meat and whole grains, but the amount in food may not be enough to lower your homocysteine. Consider taking a multivitamin with 25-50 mg of B6.
Probiotics lower homocysteine. Take probiotics and add dietary sources of friendly bacteria like plain yogurt, sauerkraut, and miso soup.

Paige P
02-05-2011, 08:01 AM
This is great info, Negin, and very timely. My mom has just been diagnosed with RA, and she's warning us (my siblings and me) that it can be probably be passed on genetically, so researching natural "helps" has been on my "to do" list. I'm going to email this to my sisters and print it out for myself!

Leslie Nelsen
03-19-2013, 08:37 PM
This is an old thread but is timely for me too. I'm working on doing more things to help with my health which has taken a back seat for awhile as I'm dealing with the health of my children, kwim?

THanks Negin for posting all of this!

03-19-2013, 08:52 PM
Negin, thanks for posting and, Leslie, thanks for bumping it up! I missed it the first time!

Lindsey Carter
03-19-2013, 09:59 PM
I just wanted to add a word of caution. RA and juvenile RA are different than OA. They are autoimmune diseases that can lead to disfigurement, perminate joint damage, blindness, and even problems with internal organs. I'm all for natural remedies, but please work with your doctor while trying them. Your doctor can do blood tests and ultra sounds to measure the amount of inflammation. I don't mean to scare any of you and I appreciate Negin's tips. I'm just cautious after being a mom to a daughter with JRA.

Alice R
03-20-2013, 02:14 PM
My arthritis improved after I stopped wheat.

Just posting this in case anyone wants to research about foods causing inflammation in the body. For me, it was wheat.

03-20-2013, 06:10 PM
My arthritis improved after I stopped wheat.

Just posting this in case anyone wants to research about foods causing inflammation in the body. For me, it was wheat.

That is so good to hear. I just stopped wheat this week. How long before you noticed a difference?

03-21-2013, 05:32 AM
Thank you for bumping this thread. It's a good reminder for me to hopefully start more healthy practices! I've been rather lax lately.

Gwen in Texas
03-24-2013, 05:12 PM
My arthritis improved after I stopped wheat.

Just posting this in case anyone wants to research about foods causing inflammation in the body. For me, it was wheat.

Yup. I was going to say: gluten causes inflammation. Also, GMOs cause inflammation.