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An Integrative Nutritional Approach To The Treatment Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dan Lukaczer, ND

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition of great morbidity for which few safe and effective approaches are available. It is an autoimmune disorder characterized by chronic inflammation of the synovial membranes. Although the exact etiology is unknown, some studies suggest that an antigenic response to
food-derived proteins can trigger RA in genetically predisposed individuals. In addition, research suggests that changes in the composition of fecal flora and generation of free radicals in synovial fluid also promote symptoms. Modulation of dietary fat intake, manipulation of gastrointestinal flora, and the use of antioxidants may be effective in managing inflammation associated with RA. In this case, a combined approach of nutritional supplementation to support gastrointestinal function was explored in a patient with RA who had previously reacted to many conventional therapies. The combined approach, which included probiotics and botanicals (for balance of fecal flora), fish oil and antioxidants (to balance inflammatory mediators), and a low-allergy potential rice-based medical food (to manage antigenic response to foods) was found to be successful in attenuation of RA symptomatology.

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