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Juicing and Arthritis Relief

Juicing and Arthritis Relief

Treatment of arthritis with diet became fashionable in the 1920s and many studies over the last 20 years have shown a healthy diet, one very different from the typical American diet, can be a very effective treatment of inflammatory arthritis for many people. One study followed 27 RA patients for a four-week stay at a health farm where they fasted. At the end of the four weeks, they showed significant signs of improvement. They continued on with a vegetarian program, and after one year benefits were still present.

Juice Fasting Has Been Shown An Effective Treatment

In 1979, Skoldstam fasted 16 patients with rheumatoid arthritis for 7-10 days with a fruit-and vegetable juice fast, followed by a lactovegetarian diet for 9 weeks. One-third of the patients improved during the fast, but all deteriorated when milk products were reintroduced (a lactovegetarian diet) (Scan J Rheumatol 8:249, 1979).

In 1982 Sundqvist studied the influence of fasting with 3 liters of fruit and vegetable juice daily and lactovegetarian diet on intestinal permeability in 5 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Intestinal permeability decreased after fasting, but increased again during a subsequent lactovegetarian diet regime (dairy products and vegetables). Concomitantly it appeared that disease activity first decreased and then increased again. The authors conclude, “The results indicate that, unlike a lactovegetarian diet, fasting may ameliorate the disease activity and reduce both the intestinal and the non-intestinal permeability in rheumatoid arthritis.” (Scand J Rheumatol 11:33, 1982.)

In 1991, Skoldstam fasted 15 patients for 7 to 10 days. Almost all of the patients showed remarkable improvement. Many patients felt the return of pain and stiffness on the day after returning to their “normal” eating and all benefit was lost after a week (Rheum Dis Clin North Am 17:363, 1991).

In 1998, Nenonen tested the effects of an uncooked vegan diet, rich in lactobacilli, in rheumatoid patients randomized into diet and control groups. The intervention group experienced subjective relief of rheumatic symptoms during intervention. A return to an omnivorous diet aggravated symptoms. The results showed that an uncooked vegan diet, rich in lactobacilli, decreased subjective symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (Br J Rheumatol 37:274, 1998).

2 comments

  1. Craig Wood

    Hi. My pastor’s wife has been suffering with ‘shingles’ for quite a few months now. Do you have any dietary information relating to this and what she could/should be eating/drinking to help ease/eliminate it?

    • We could help her design a high lysine low argentine diet that would be very helpful for her. She could schedule a nutrition counseling appt. on my website. We’d be happy to design a healing diet for her.