Naturopathic Doctor Angela Agrios (Pacific Palisades, CA) explains how Naturopathic Medicine is able to reverse Rheumatoid Arthritis. Produced by Larry Cook. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis that's autoimmune in nature. What autoimmune means is that there is some confusion that's happened in the immune system, where the white blood cells in the immune system actually become reactive to the body's own tissues. In rheumatoid arthritis specifically, the immune system starts attacking the tissue in the joints, like in the hands and in the wrists, and in the knees; it can affect any joint, but these are typical places where we will see it. And in chronic cases, we actually see pretty extreme deformity and pain. As an autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis has many causative factors. We are going to look at things like endocrine imbalance which means hormone imbalance, we are going to look at mercury toxicity and other heavy metal toxicities. We are going to look at food allergies and we are also going to look at Dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is just a term that means you have an imbalance of the type of flora or microorganisms in your intestines. So, when someone comes to see me with rheumatoid arthritis, there are several things, we are going to do during the initial counsel. We are going to take a very in-depth history, because we want to confirm that what is actually going on is rheumatoid arthritis. I am going to take an in-depth look at their diet. Diet is actually very important, and there is a lot of foods that can be quite inflammatory and that can aggravate an autoimmune condition. I am also going to look to see what their stress levels are like and what any exercise habits look like because these things can also impact an autoimmune condition. I like to take many tests during the first visit to again confirm that this is actually rheumatoid arthritis, so we are going to look at the blood and we re going to look for auto antibodies in rheumatoid factor, and then we are also going to look for antibodies, IGG and IGE form to many foods. Often times, people have food allergies that can aggravate this condition, and so we are going to want to rule that out. In addition in the blood work, we are going to look at hormone levels and we are also going to verify that in saliva and then, in urine we are going to confirm that there is no heavy metal toxicity that's happened, because quite often things like mercury and other heavy metals can aggravate autoimmune conditions, and we want to make sure that that's not what's going on in this case. So, when I am formulating a treatment plan, my primary objective is to get the immune system under control, so we want to modulate that inflammation, bring it down, so that the body is no longer attacking itself. So the first area I am going to work with a person to have this happen is their diet. We are going to look at anything that's inflammatory in their diet and so this can be things like sugar and refined flour, any fake food will go, so there is going to be no package food, no trans fats. I recommend my patients eat organic and we are going to work on a completely whole foods diet. So we are going to do good proteins, good quality fats, lots of fresh organic vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, primarily. When we look at that blood work, if there were any positive reactions, either IGE or IGG to foods, we will remove those foods for at least three months completely. At that point, if they had positive food allergies, and there were a lot of them, that will tell me that work needs to be done on their gut lining. So sometimes because of chronic inflammation, we can get a little bit of what we call leakiness in the intestines and along with a little bit of undigested food, those spaces allow for food to get into the capillaries and cause more inflammation in the body, and specifically it's proteins that are leaking into the capillaries. So, we really need to work on not only taking out the foods that are aggravating the immune system but we need to work on healing of the lining of the gut. And things that are really good for gut mucou
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