There is A Cure for Arthritis
By Dr. Bruce Fife
“I have had chronic pain for 10 years,” says Barbara Moody of
Redmond, Washington. “Because of the pain I had to end my career as a
firefighter.” She also was an avid rock climber and runner, but had to
give those up too. Barbara suffered from arthritis in her knees and back
with accompanying nerve involvement in her feet. Walking summoned pain
with every step. Over the years she endured four back surgeries and a
spinal fusion. Despite medications and surgeries, her condition
continued to worsen. Doctors recommended a fifth surgery and second
Conventional treatments for arthritis rely on drugs and surgery to calm
inflammation and deaden pain. Doctors have yet to fully understand what
causes arthritis. Treatment consists of trying to ease symptoms. This
approach may help reduce the pain and discomfort temporarily, but does
nothing to stop the progression of the disease.
Although arthritis can occur at almost any age, the risk of developing
this degenerative disease increases as we get older. Many doctors
consider it an unavoidable part of the aging process. They give their
patients pain killers and tell them to “learn to live with it.”
Over the years many theories have been proposed as to the cause of
arthritis including food allergies, genetics, trauma, and infection. As
the evidence mounts it is becoming evident that arthritis occurs
primarily as a consequence of infection. Researchers have identified
numerous bacteria, viruses, and fungi with all the forms of arthritis.
The disease can be triggered by almost any type of infection, such as
the flu, a urinary tract infection, or even candidiasis. The most common
cause, however, appears to be from infected teeth and gums. Bacteria
from oral infections can easily filter into the bloodstream and cause
secondary infections in the joints.
If arthritis is caused by microorganisms then you might think the
solution would be simple—antibiotics! While antibiotics can help with
the systemic condition, they often have little effect on the joints. One
of the reasons for this is that joints do not have a blood supply like
other organs. Our joints are encased in a tough protective membrane.
Blood cannot pass through this membrane, but bacteria can. Consequently,
joints make a good hiding place for them.
Without blood circulation, white blood cells and antibiotics are less
effective in fighting off invasion. If the infection is caused by a
virus or fungus, antibiotics are completely useless. Chronic infection
in the joints can cause arthritis during or immediately after an illness
or it may not show up for months or years. Infections can flair up
whenever the body is put under stress. Therefore, people with no
apparent symptoms or who have only a mild case of arthritis can go alone
fine without problem and then suddenly be hit was an attack of arthritis
pain. Triggers can be anything that stresses the body such as poor diet,
allergies, illness, excessive physical or emotional stress, exposure to
toxins, and even aging.
If antibiotics are of little value in combating the arthritic infections
what can be done? Knowing what causes arthritis provides a key to
understanding the cure. The book The New Arthritis Cure: Eliminate
Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Pain Permanently outlines several
important steps you must take to overcome this crippling disease, stop
the pain, and restore flexibility and motion.
The first step is to build up your immune system so it can more
effectively fight off chronic infection. The primary way to do this is
by dietary modification. In fact, a poor diet is a major contributing
factor to the development of arthritis. A lack of good nutrition
depresses immune function allowing infection to spread and migrate into
joint tissues. A diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole
grains, organic meat, eggs, and dairy and the reduction or elimination
of overly processed foods is a must. Sweets and refined carbohydrates
are the worst offenders. They contain little nutritional value, deplete
essential nutrients during metabolism, and feed oral and intestinal
microorganisms that cause most of the trouble.
The second step is to actively fight off the infection within the body
and the joints. Antibiotics have only a limited ability. They cannot
fight viruses, fungi, or drug resistant bacteria. However, there is a
natural product that can. That product is coconut oil. Unlike any other
dietary oil, coconut oil is composed predominately of a unique group of
fat molecules known as medium chain fatty acids. These fatty
acids possess potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral
activity. Taking 2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily, with meals can
help rid your body of chronic infection.
The third step is to address your oral health. Since the vast majority
of arthritis cases involve oral infections, this is an essential step.
If you have any known dental issues you need to get them taken care of.
Regular tooth brushing, flossing, and the use of mouthwash are not
enough to remove infection and keep it out. Many people with good oral
hygiene habits still get infections. According to the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) 90 percent of the population has some level
of tooth decay. So apparently these methods aren’t working. What does
work is a process called oil pulling. Oil pulling is basically
rinsing your mouth with vegetable oil, much like you would a mouthwash.
However, in this case you would rinse your mouth for 15-20 minutes at a
time at least once daily, before breakfast. After breakfast you would
brush your teeth as normal. The oil attracts and collects the
microorganisms in your mouth along with toxins, mucous, and pus. After
swishing the oil in your mouth for the allotted time, spit it out, then
rinse your mouth with water. Your mouth will feel clean and refreshed.
There are other steps described in the book, but these are the most
Barbara, who was mentioned at the beginning of this article, followed
these steps. “Here are the results I have noticed so far,” she says
after only four weeks. “Reversed documented nerve impingement and
Reversed documented osteoarthritis of my spine and knees.
Avoided my fifth spine surgery and threatened second fusion.
Restored my ability to exercise. I am able to walk down a flight of
stairs without pain, limping or gimping. I can also walk two
miles without knee pain!...My prior problems were well documented with
MRI and PET scans that showed nerve impingement, lack of ankle reflex
and foot drop (inability to heel walk), inability to resist downward
pressure on my great toe and foot. Then only four weeks later, I had a
perfectly normal EMG; I could heal walk; and I had a normal ankle reflex
and good toe, foot, and ankle strength. The fact that this was so well
documented, my doctors were completely amazed.” A diagnosis of arthritis
is not a life sentence. There now is a cure for arthritis.
Bruce Fife, CN, ND is a certified
nutritionist and naturopathic physician. He is the author of over 20
books including The New Arthritis Cure: Eliminate Arthritis and
Fibromyalgia Pain Permanently.
"Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on
earth."-Bruce Fife, N.D.
"Coconut oil is the healthiest oil
you can use."-Joseph Mercola, D.O.
Coconut oil is the world's only
natural low-calorie fat.
Why has coconut oil had a bad
reputation in the past? It's not what you might think. The reason has
nothing to do with science or with health.