When I was just still a teenager I discovered something about myself, that if I drank too much soda pop it would make all of my joints hurt. I would get achey and all I had to do to get back to normal was drink water for a day or two. Back then it was easy to tell when you had consumed too much sugar, because all you had to do back then to quit eating sugar was to quit drinking Coke and stop putting it all over your cheerios in the morning. Back then the only added sugar in my food was the sugar I added. I can see where kids these days would have a harder time figuring out what was making their joints ache.
Then in today’s news I read this:
“It’s been suspected for years and years, both in humans and in the animal model, that the development of autoimmune diseases like arthritis is dependent on the gut microbiota,” says immunologist Diane Mathis of Harvard Medical School in Boston. Now, she says, those suspicions are beginning to be confirmed in humans. “It’s a very striking finding.”
This is from news.sciencemag.org and it is from a report that is to be released next week. At the end of the article they make this prediction:
The findings, Mathis says, open the possibility of new therapies to prevent or treat rheumatoid arthritis. Current treatments for the disease include drugs with scary side effects—Remicade, for instance, seems to increase the risk of developing certain cancers and serious infections. Perhaps P. copri could be attacked with antibiotics, Littman says, or crowded out with probiotic pills full of good bacteria. Either way, patients may someday be able to relieve their joint pain by focusing on their guts.
I recommend a treatment option not mentioned here: Stop Eating Processed Foods. Don’t eat any foods with added sugars, only eat natural sugars found in real food. Eating is how we discriminate between good and bad germs in our guts. Eating unnatural foods promotes unnatural bacteria. I have read that if you have lots of plaque growing on your teeth that you are also growing plaques in your heart vessels. This makes sense to me, because I know that people who eat a lot of sugar are getting heart disease from doing so. Just the other day I reported on these pages that a study of veterans in the veteran’s hospital system revealed that three out of four of them already had plaques forming in their coronary arteries. I bet they all had lots of tooth plaque too, and ate the normal western diet, where 80% of all foods have added sugars in them.
I could now list and cite a dozen different maladies that have been related to foods we eat, or specific artificial ingredients in those foods. I could relay all of the known information about eating grain fed meats, and what they do to you, or, I could once again implore you to just eat REAL FOOD. It does not have to be organic, it can even be GMO, because real food is one thousand times less likely to give you complications. Real food does not have to be approved by the FDA as Generally Regarded As Safe, because it IS safe. God only knows what effect artificial ingredients and added sugar have in YOUR SPECIFIC body, because nobody is studying any of it. They make money selling you the poisons in food, and then they make money again selling you poisons to correct the symptoms of your prior poisoning, and then they will sell you poisons to correct the new problems caused by the medicines. Good luck getting off that merry-go-round.