1) First, investigate infection(s), thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, etc. as underlying causes.
2) Play an “ACE”: Vitamins A, C, and E are powerful antioxidants and free radical scavengers. Increase Vit. C gradually to 3-5+ grams, A to 25,000 units, E to 1200 units
3) Add high omega-3 supplements (fish oil or flaxseed oil or evening primrose oil: 6 grams per day to get relief, then 4 grams per day maintenance.) Buy fresh, USP grade, best quality, with high EPA, DHA. Refrigerate to prevent rancidity.
4) Limit consumption of processed foods, sugar, salt; bacteria thrive in a sugary environment
5) Avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, cocoa (note: Restless Leg Syndrome is linked to cocoa)
6) Try herbals such as boswellia, bromelain, garlic, ginger, turmeric, valerian, devil’s claw, white willow bark, St. John’s Wort, and homeopathic remedies such as arnica and Rhus. tox.
7) Apply topical creams: camphor, menthol, DMSO rather than reaching for a pill
8) Identify food allergens and avoid them (IgG and IgE blood tests are most accurate)
9) Drink plenty of fresh water (divide body weight by 2 = number of ounces needed daily)
10) Try a juice fast or mild detox routine once per month
Eliminate environmental allergens (plants, dust, mold, mildew, household chemicals)
12) Try acupuncture, acupressure, massage, chiropractic alignment, physical therapy
Reduce stress through guided imagery, meditation, short naps, a relaxing hobby
14) Use a slant board twice/day for 15 minutes to release toxins, oxygenate blood
15) Exercise in warm water (swimming, brisk walking, aquarobics)
16) Lose weight to reduce pressure on weight-bearing joints (hips, knees, ankles)
17) Try gentle stretching exercises (yoga, tai chi, Pilates, Callanetics, etc)
Don’t sit for more than an hour. Tight muscles lead to spasms. (Magnesium can relieve)
19) Practice deep breathing: inhale through nose 4 counts, hold 7, exhale through mouth 8
20) Re-learn correct posture: sitting, standing, walking (Alexander, Egoscue Methods)
21) Bend the knees to pick up low objects; bending from the waist strains your back
22) Invest in good shoes and a supportive mattress
23) Avoid high-impact sports and activities likely to produce joint trauma
24) Look on the bright side and cultivate a sense of humor; “laughter is the best medicine”
25) Remember that good health starts with good nutrition – you are what you assimilate!
Dr. Poehlmann is the author of Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Infection Connection, available at Amazon.com and major bookstores, or click here to order now.