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Why Are You Suffering From Arthritis?
Medical experts have shown that chronic inflammation is the root cause of most “modern” diseases such as arthritis, cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, alzhiemer’s, stroke, asthma, allergies, skin conditions and auto immune disease, even depression.
Sugar, refined carbs and man made fats (industrial seeds oils) such as margarine – these are the root cause of inflammation – and are the cause of most modern diseases.
Modern food is the villain. You can treat and protect yourself from diseases such as arthritis by removing toxic foods from your diet – foods such as sugar, refined carbs and industrial seeds oils (often referred to as “vegetable oils”).
What IS INFLAMMATION?
Inflammation is the body’s response to injury. For example, if you got punched in the eye, the area around your eye – your eye socket, cheek, eyebrow, etc would become red and swollen – it becomes inflamed. Inflammation helps heal that injury.
Inflammation is the natural response by the body to fight against injury – it is a normal response when your body gets damaged. Inflammation is a signal from the body that something is wrong and it kickstarts the body’s defences to get started on protecting, repairing and rebuilding that part of the body that has been damaged.
Usually, the inflammation will last a few hours, days or just long enough for the body to send the required chemicals to repair and rebuild that injured part of the body., so that it will recover. These chemicals will create a protective barrier between your body and the infection, injury or stress. This inflamed barrier increases blood-flow (hence the selling) and sends immune boosting white blood cells and antibodies to the areas of your body that require healing.
Every single time a part of the body is injured it will become inflamed. Sometimes those injuries are obvious – for example, you twist your ankle and sprain it, and it becomes inflamed, hot, tender, swollen, painful, red, bruised, etc.
However, sometimes parts of your body become inflamed and it is not so obvious. Sometimes the inflammation is internal and not so obvious. There will be tenderness, selling, redness, etc but you just won’t feel it – the injury won’t be immediately obvious, and noticeable. For example, atherosclerosis, which develops over time to become heart disease.
You could liken this to “sleeper” inflammation – you don’t know you’re injured, you don’t realise parts of your body are actually inflamed – you don’t know your body is suffering, but it is happening – parts of your body are inflamed.
Unless you were to take highly sophisticated blood tests that would notify you of inflammation in your body, then odds are you wouldn’t be aware that you’re suffering from inflammation. From the outside you may appear to look normal and healthy.
Two Kinds Of Inflammation
It important to understand that inflammation by itself is not bad – as mentioned previously, it is the body’s way of protecting the body from an injury – it is can actually be good for us, as it’s a warning sign from that body that something is wrong i.e. we have an injury, and it is part of the process in helping repair that injury and enable us to recover. This normal type of inflammation is a response from our immune system to protect us – a short, sharp response to help keep us healthy. If the injury remains, then the inflammation will remain. Once the injury or infection has been destroyed or repaired, then the inflammation disappears as we recover. The injury has gone – the threat to the body is over, and so the inflammation ends.
However, if your body is repeatedly injured, they it will be inflamed repeatedly – and that is bad news for out health. When our body is exposed to inflammatory factors it releases white blood cells. The problem is when inflammation continues long-term, repeatedly – it causes these white blood cells to attack internal organs and healthy tissue. Stressed cells also produce free radicals – molecules that damage the structure of cells.
This kind of ‘Chronic Inflammation’ can lead to a range of health problems , from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis to heart disease, troke, cancer, arthritis, and auto-immune conditions such as inflammatory bowel diseases, as well as depression, anxiety and dementia.
What causes chronic inflammation?
There are numerous factors which cause chronic inflammation, from environmental factors such as pollution; lifestyle causes such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption; auto-immune diseases, unresolved infection and injury; allergies and food intolerances.
However, the main cause of chronic inflammation is caused by what we eat. Our modern diet is full of foods that trigger inflammation.
A combination of toxic foods cause inflammations and they derive from 3 types:
3. Seed Oils
If you understand what causes inflammation then you can avoid these “modern diseases” such as arthritis – and you can begin to take steps towards reversing your inflammation, reversing your arthritis.
Each of these foods on there are not good for you – but combined they are extremely toxic, disease causing and potentially deadly. They are a major factor in causing arthritis.
Conventional Health Guidelines
The health of humans started to go down hill as soon as agriculture was introduced. The more bread, pasta, legumes, etc people ate – an agricultural diet – the worse their health became, and the more susceptible they were to illnesses. The further they strayed from their natural diet, the more our health suffers.
We need to understand that when it comes to our diet most people are in a very real sense, eating out of context. Our bodies have a long history of evolution and adaptation, but today most peoples diets are completely wrong – health problems in the form of lack of energy, depression, illnesses and diseases is the result.
Most doctors are clueless when it comes to healthy eating and what is the right thing to do when it comes to nutrition.
Over the last 50 years – in particular the last 30 years, our diet has got worse and worse. As a result, people have been getting fatter and sicker:
- Obesity is increasing
- Cancer is increasing
- Diabetes is up
- Arthritis is up
- Auto-Immune disease are increasing
- Skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, etc increasing
- Mental Health issues increasing e.g. Depression, dementia, autism, anxiety, etc
There’s been a huge increase in so many “modern diseases”
Traditional Western Diet GIVES YOU ARTHRITIS
The typical ‘Western Diet’ is one that is packed full of starch carbohydrates e.g. white flour, sugar and “vegetable oils” (toxic industrial seed oils) – plus large amounts of sugar that is often added into many processed food products. Many people think they eat healthy, but if they looked at the actual ingredients of the foods they eat, then odds are they;d be in for a shock.
In 1977 Dietary Goals for the United States were developed by the US government – recommending a diet high in carbs and low in fat. This was the complete opposite of what our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate, the opposite to the diet we all evolved to eat.
The guidelines set out by the US government included 6-11 portions of grains per day and stated that sugar was safe to add to all foods. Unfortunately this diet was quickly adopted across most of the Western world. Big business further backed it, resulting in numerous low fat-food products being developed, marketed and sold as a healthy diet.
Unsurprisingly, this had a terrible effects on the health of millions of people – and it continues to do so to this very day. The same dreadful diet guidelines are still being promoted to this very day – the result of which is is a massive increase in obesity levels, diabetes and other chronic illnesses such as arthritis.
More people than ever are been tricked by the high-carb, low fat diet. If these guidelines were in fact conducive to a healthy diet then why are there such shock statistics such as:
US ARTHRITIS & OBESITY
An estimated 22.7% (54.4 million) of adults had doctor-diagnosed arthritis, with significantly higher age-adjusted prevalence in women (23.5%) than in men (18.1%). Arthritis prevalence increased with age. Over 50% of the US population is overweight – . One third are obese. Obesity Raises Your Risk of Arthritis.
UK ARTHRITIS & OBESITY
In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis affects people of all ages, including children. 66% of the British population are overweight. 25% are obese. Obesity Raises Your Risk of Arthritis.
AUSTRALIA ARTHRITIS & OBESITY
3.9 million Australians have arthritis. That’s 1 in 6 people. By 2030, it is projected there will be 5.4 million Australians with arthritis. Around 2 million people with arthritis are of working age (15-64 years). 63% of Australians are overweight. 22% are obese. Obesity Raises Your Risk of Arthritis.
You may wonder why obesity has been mentioned – shouldn’t this page just focus on arthritis? Fact is obesity is a leading indicator of developing chronic diseases such as arthritis. If you are overweight, then it is therefore vital that you also concentrate in losing weight. You only need to speak to a health insurance company about they will tell you pretty quickly that if you are overweight you are, to them, a poor risk. If you are 30% overweight, your chances of dying in a given time period are increased by 60%.
We make a great fuss today, and quite rightly, about the large number of people who suffer from arthritis, or who die from breast cancer, or suffer from dementia, etc. However, many more people die because they are too fat.
If you need further proof, just see what happens to people who were once obese, but now reduced their weight. Those who have high blood pressure find that it comes down. Those with diabetes find their condition improves, sometimes so much that they can give up using insulin. Many overweight women who have longed for a family find that their infertility disappears with excessive pounds. A healthy diet improves all areas of your health – not just improving your arthritis.
The worldwide obesity epidemic is a relatively new phenomenon. In 1980 obesity rates were less than 10%. Now the rates have doubled or in some cases tripled in the worlds 33 richest countries. Peoples health is getting worse – not better. The high-carb, low fat guidelines are clearly wrong and when you add into that processed foods, junk foods, high sugar consumption then it’s no surprise there been an explosion in obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases.
Shockingly, by 2030 it is predicted that more than 50% of Americans will be obese and a third of the British population will be obese. People need to ask why this is happening, and make a change. Since 1977 by following the conventional modern diet of high-carbs, low fat has been making people fatter and sicker every year. It’s time that stopped.
Our hunter-gather ancestors didn’t suffer at such a rate with obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases – so they must have been doing something right. It would be wise to understand what their diet was like. What did our slim, strong, lean, fit, healthy ancestors of 50,000 years ago eat?
Who Does Not Have Arthritis?
If we look back into history, a long, long time ago, say 50,000 years ago, our ancestors were all hunter-gatherers. None of them were farmers (agriculture didn’t happen until approx 10-12,000 years ago). Our ancestors ate mostly meat from the hunt.
They also ate fish and insects and a variety of other animals. This they supplemented with some roots, berries and leaves. His diet consisted of mostly protein and fat, and only a very small amount of carbohydrate. The animal foods they ate included all the internal organs e.g. liver, heart, kidneys, etc, and so gave them all the vitamins and nutrients they needed.
Contrary to popular belief, as proved by archaeologists, our hunter-gatherer ancestor (as long as they survived childhood) actually led a long, healthy disease free life – they were often taller, stronger and fitter than modern day humans. Very few of them would have suffered from chronic diseases such as arthritis – because they ate a healthy diet. They never ate:
- Refined sugar
- Refined wheat
- Processed foods
- Vegetable oils (man made Industrial seed oils/PUFA’s)
Throughout history, wherever in the world the foods above where introduced, very soon after ‘Diseases of Civilization’ started to appear. Healthy native populations who strayed from their “primitive diets” would start to suffer from various chronic diseases – that are all to common in Western countries.
Is there anyone alive today that follows a diet similar to their hunter-gatherer ancestors? Is there anyone alive today who does not eat the typical Western Diet? If there is, then what can we learn from them? What is their health like? Are they suffering from arthritis?
The good news is there are still some populations around the world that still follow the traditional diets of their ancient ancestors – and who don’t have problems with arthritis or any other of the modern diseases such as diabetes, cancer, etc. Three of which are detailed below:
The Masaai inhabit an area of Kenya and Tazania in Africa, and they are famous for their warriors. These people are extremly healthy – tall, toned, muscular, excellent dental health and very fit. Over the last 100 years, scientists and anthropologist who have studied this population show that the Maasai are in a good health status in spite of a limited diet, in spite of poor or very limited access to health care. They very rarely suffer from chronic diseases that plaue Western countries, such as arthritis, cancer, stroke, alzhiermer’s disease, etc.
Their diet consists mainly of: blood, milk, meat and a small amount of vegetables. More important to note is that it does not include any refined sugar, no refined wheat, no processed foods and no vegetable oils – ingredients which are common in ‘Western’ diets.
Tokelau is a remote group of atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Only 1400 people live on these islands. In 1968 to 1982 a study was carried out on their traditional diet which until the 1960s consisted of coconut, fish, breadfruit, pulaka, fruit, pigs, chickens and wild fowl. These are typical Polynesian foods. At that time there was no cases of arthritis, and hardly any chronic disease. They were very fit & healthy. Sadly from the 1960s through the 1980s, Tokelauans gradually adopted flour and sugar as major carbohydrate sources, partially displacing starchy breadfruit and pulaka intake as well as coconut. They also began eating low-quality canned meats that partially replaced fish in their diet. As a result, cases of arthritis started to appear along with an increase in numerous chronic diseases.
As fascinating health study of the effect on native population from their traditional diet was a study of the Inuits and their diet in the 1920’s by the anthropologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson. He lived with the Inuit people for over ten years and his study focused on their diet and the effect it had on their health.
The Eskimo diet, composed largely of fish, fish roe and marine animals, including seal oil and blubber, allowed Eskimo mothers to produce one sturdy baby after another without suffering any health problems or tooth decay.
Stefansson showed that the Inuit people ate a virtually zero-carbohydrate diet and that it had no adverse effects on their health – in fact it was quite the opposite, they were actually extremely healthy, plus their dental health was excellent – and nobody suffered from arthritis. Why were they free of chronic diseases? Again, they were free of arthritis because their traditional diet did not include any refined sugar, no refined wheat, no processed foods and no vegetable oils – ingredients which are common in ‘Western’ diets.
The Arthritis Diet can be followed for your whole life – not just for a short period of time e.g. to reverse arthritis, or to lose weight for a few weeks , etc. It is proven to be a healthy diet, and long term can help reduce numerous modern diseases including not only arthritis, but cancer, heart disease, obesity, etc.
If you need to treat arthritis or lose weight, or improve your body composition, or if you want to get lean or just improve your overall health and energy levels, then the Arthritis Diet is worth trying. Many people are achieving fantastic results on the diet
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