The following is my personal experience. However, I am not a medical doctor. I make no claims regarding the information presented. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. In the event that you follow any of the information contained here, the author of this post and the owner of FOTM assume no responsibility for your actions.
The doctor laughed in my face.
“There is no cure for arthritis!” she said.
I was at the veteran’s hospital. For months I had experienced excruciating pain and stiffness in my right shoulder. It felt like someone had taken a blowtorch and scorched the entire bone. I couldn’t raise my arm higher than my ribcage and the pain was unbearable.
I thought I’d torn my rotator cuff, but the hospital’s X-rays showed something else. When the doctor told me I had arthritis, I was shocked.
“Arthritis?! I thought arthritis was for old people.”
“Young people get it, too,” she said. “Lots of them.”
“Are you sure there’s no mistake?”
“No mistake.” She pointed at my X-rays. “You have advanced osteoarthritis. The cartilage in your shoulder is completely worn away, and your bones are rubbing and scraping against each other. That’s why you’re in so much pain and you can’t raise your arm.”
That’s when I asked the “cure” question, and she let out a hearty laugh.
“What about my cartilage? How do I rebuild that?”
“You can’t. When it’s gone, it’s gone. And yours is gone. Basically, you have two options. You can replace the entire shoulder with surgery, but that’s expensive.”
“Twenty thousand dollars.”
“What’s the second option?”
“Pain medication. We can prescribe pain medication and show you how to inject yourself. I can give you a shot right now if you want.”
“How long do I have to stay on this medication?”
“The rest of your life. You have one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen. Your bones are deteriorating. In another year or two you may have nothing left.”
“Are you saying I’m going to be a cripple the rest of my life?”
She turned away, unable to hold my gaze. “We treat thousands of arthritis patients at the hospital, and for those who can’t afford surgery, pain medication is the only choice. Your bones will continue to deteriorate, but your pain will be lessened.”
“This is ridiculous.” I said. ”There’s got to be a way to heal this.”
“Not a chance,” she insisted. ”The best medical minds in the world have studied arthritis for decades and no one has found a cure. If they did, they’d be rich and famous.” She reached for a large syringe. ”Would you like me to give you a shot of pain medication?”
I rose and headed for the door.
“Where are you going?” she asked.
“To find a way to heal this.”
Her laugh echoed across the walls and down the long hall. “You’re crazy! No one has ever healed arthritis!”
I headed straight to the downtown library. To my surprise, I found over forty books on arthritis. I checked out as many as I could and put holds on a dozen more.
Back home, I read late into the night before giving up in disgust. To my dismay, the books all repeated what the hospital doctor had told me: arthritis was incurable and could only be treated by surgery and drugs.
Within days, my pain became worse and spread to my right forearm and hand. I couldn’t grip anything. I rushed back to the hospital for a second opinion. The second diagnosis was worse than the first. Now the bones in my forearm were deteriorating along with my shoulder. And, of course, there was no cure. The second doctor told me I would be crippled and bedridden in a matter of weeks without immediate bone replacement surgery.
That night I lay in bed unable to sleep from the searing pain. It felt like a red-hot jackhammer was pounding into my shoulder cap, my forearm, and my hand. Thrashing around in my sweat and tears, I did what many people do when faced with dire circumstances: I prayed and begged God for help.
Around 3 AM, a sudden urge prompted my to turn on my bedside radio. I heard Dr. Gary Null, the well known health advocate, talking about a doctor named Marshall Mandell who had an 80% success rate treating arthritis patients. According to Gary, Dr. Mandell believed arthritis was caused by food and environmental allergies.
The next day I was back the library, only now I had a glimmer of hope. I checked out three books: “Dr. Mandell’s 5-Day Allergy Relief System” by Dr. Marshall Mandell, “A Doctor’s Proven New Home Cure for Arthritis” by Dr. Giraud Campbell, and “Arthritis: The Allergy Connection” by Dr. John Mansfield.
These three books, all written by medical doctors, described arthritis as the body’s reaction to allergies, primarily food allergies, and they provided plenty of documentation and case studies. This was a direct contradiction to everything the hospital doctors had told me and everything the other arthritis books said. I almost fell out of my chair. The answer was right under my nose all along!
Immediately, I stopped eating and drinking everything I was used to and began a bland diet of organic brown rice, organic broccoli, and organic lettuce. For drinking and cooking, I used only distilled water.
Within a week, my pain began to subside, first in my hand and forearm, and then in my shoulder. In two weeks, I felt immensely better and could actually raise my arm over my head, something I had not been able to do for the last three months.
Slowly, I added my old foods back to my diet. I noticed certain foods triggered immediate pain and when I stopped these foods the pain went away. The books were right! Arthritis was nothing more than an allergy!
Day by day, my pain lessened, my mobility increased, and my enthusiasm soared.
I began drinking large quantities of raw organic vegetable juice (celery juice was a favorite) and felt better and better. (At the time, I used a cheap $49 centrifugal juicer. I have since learned that the absolute best way to juice is with a grind and press machine where the produce is first ground into a pulp and then squeezed with a press to extract the juice. This procedure retains the most vitamins and minerals from the juice. The Rolls Royce of grind and press juicers is the Norwalk Juicer. It’s the best, but it’s also the most expensive. The kind I currently use is the Champion Juicer along with a separate press machine.
Eliminating the pain-inducing foods and consuming large quantities of raw organic food was by far the most important thing I did to heal my arthritis naturally.
Around this same time, I bought a DVD from Matt Furey called “How To Eliminate Shoulder Pain Forever.” Matt presented a series of shoulder stretches and exercises done with a chest expander. I bought a cheap $20 chest expander made by Altus Athletic at the local sporting goods store, and began doing the stretches and exercises. At first I was so weak, I could barely pull a single strand, but I did the best I could three days a week. Over time, the strands became easier and it felt good to get some nutrient-rich blood circulating throughout my entire shoulder girdle.
In two months, 80% of my pain was gone, and in six months I was completely healed with full mobility of my shoulder joint and zero pain.
From being so weak and crippled I couldn’t close a car door, I was now able to perform ten repetitions of handstand pushups, with the entire weight of my body supported on my hands and pressed up by my shoulder muscles. All this, less than a year after being diagnosed with advanced osteoarthritis and told there was no cure for my pain, no cure for my lost cartilage, and no way to stop or reverse my rapidly deteriorating bones.
The entire cost of my healing was around $100 for some books, a DVD, and a chest expander.
The main key, the primary ingredient, in healing my arthritis naturally was removing allergic foods from my diet, and almost all of these were processed foods. As those foods were eliminated, my pain and stiffness just melted away. Which begs the question…
By now, you may be wondering if this is all so easy, if arthritis can be healed by removing allergic foods, then why aren’t we told about it? Why are we told it’s incurable and urged to treat it with surgery and drugs?
Perhaps a clue can be found in a NY Times article that states that the arthritis industry generates $700 million in annual drug sales and over $3 billion in retail sales. Compare that to the $100 I spent to heal my arthritis naturally. Coincidence?
As a bonus to my healing, by eliminating all processed food from my diet, I began to look a lot younger. Many people who knew me were shocked.
Since healing my arthritis naturally, I’ve found some other things that might be helpful. If I had known of them at the time I would have used them.
One is hot and cold therapy. I learned of this from reading books by Dr. Richard Schulze. Hot and cold therapy consists of exposing an injured or inflamed body part to one minute of hot water followed by one minute of cold water, back and forth for several minutes. The hot water brings nutrient-rich blood in to the body part and the cold water pushes the blood out. This is a tremendous healing protocol.
A second thing I would do is to embrace the nutrition advice of Dr. Weston Price. Dr. Price is the only nutritionist in the history of the world who proved conclusively what the ideal diet is for humans. You can read of Dr. Price’s findings in his masterpiece. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. It’s pretty stiff reading, but it’s the best nutrition book ever written. It’s available at www.ppnf.org. An excellent summary of Dr. Price’s work can be found in the book, Cure Tooth Decay. by Ramiel Nagel.
Finally, if I had to heal my arthritis again, I would pray more. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of documented studies detailing the remarkable effects of prayer on healing. Why buck the evidence? It’s free, it’s easy, and it works.