Scientist reveals which natural treatments for rheumatoid arthritis may boost your health
I didn’t start out to find why some natural treatments for rheumatoid arthritis can boost your health. I didn’t even care about their potential benefits and their pitfalls.
I, a scientist with RA, just wanted to get better... to get my life of dancing, gardening, hiking, cooking, canoeing, playing with my daughter and husband, and sewing back again.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a challenging disease.
I know. I had rheumatoid arthritis for 38 years.
RA patients, like you and me, often traipse from one physician to the next, having varied success with the different treatments.
When RA saddled me with excruciating pain and no end in sight [Physicians had given up], I took the ultimate challenge to finally explore natural treatments as a scientist.
I searched scientific literature,
reviewed many clinical studies,
listened with an open mind to complementary and integrative medicine MDs and other healthcare professionals, and
tried scores of complementary and alternative treatments.
Then I applied my scientific training (Ph.D. in Immunology) to make sense of them all.
I found many true RA facts well presented in many books, websites, physicians and healthcare practitioners.
For example, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a degenerative disease of the joint.
Secondly, your immune system actually attacks your joints in rheumatoid arthritis and causes swelling, tenderness and pain. Other organs and tissues can be affected later.
This is why rheumatoid arthritis is defined as an autoimmune disease.
Most prescription drugs for RA try to decrease your inflammation and / or stop your immune system from attacking the cells in your joints.
I then asked, “Why is the immune system attacking your joints in RA? Are the cells in your RA joints really normal?”
Surprisingly, they’re NOT.
Your cells in your swollen, painful, arthritic joints are NOT normal according to many scientific papers published in prestigious journals.
For example, the cells that line your RA joints, grow more rapidly than normal. These cells lining your painful joints look and act more like fibroblasts, instead of themselves.
These abnormal cells trigger your immune system to attack.
Likely, your immune system aims to remove the cause of abnormal cell behavior, replace these abnormal cells with normal ones and heal your joints.
In fact, some scientists think that your swollen, painful joints are part of a failed attempt to heal your body.
So, I embarked on a quest to discover what causes cells in RA joints to become abnormal and trigger the immune system to misfire.
Or, what causes rheumatoid arthritis to flare.
Each flare meant something signaled for more swelling and pain in your joint. And moe inflammation and immune cell activity.
I began checking the different possible causes on myself and reviewing the literature.
Then searched for ways to begin helping my body to heal.
So far, I've found 36 likely triggers for RA flares.
Applying these new views, I went from barely walking-- hobbling with a cane, no gardening, no dancing, constant, often excruciating pain, swollen fingers, stiff elbows and wrists, crossed toes, brain fog, ... to dancing a small part in a local production of Nutcracker ballet!
Here I am on the left in the red dress. We're dancing the Minuet.
Because friends and colleagues asked me how I've improved my health, I’m building this website and writing a book to share information about RA.
I hope that this info opens a deeper understanding of your RA and overall health, helps you find some relief and replaces your frustration and despair with skeptical optimism.
Wishing you complete health!
Katherine L. Molnar-Kimber, Ph.D.
Please note that this website is a sharing of information and knowledge from the research and experience of Dr. Molnar-Kimber and her community. It is not intended to replace your one on one relationship with a qualified health care professional. It also is not medical advice. However, it is often observed that patients who take a major interest in their disease and learn as much as they can about their disease and potential treatments often improve faster than those who don’t. Dr. Molnar-Kimber encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research and discussions with your qualified health care professional.
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