Robin Fleck, M.D.  928-778-7000  Board Certified Dermatologist

 
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Help for Arthritis

Normal calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood must be maintained at a ratio of 10:4 to prevent arthritis according to the work of Price and Page.  When the phosphorus level is more than this, arthritis results. 

How does the phosphorus level get to be out of balance?  Page's research suggests that a high intake of refined carbohydrates including sugar, candies, juices, cereals, bread, pasta,colas, sweetened drinks, toast, coffee, tea, chocolate and alcohol lower the blood sugar (hypoglycemia) which results in a lowered calcium and an elevated phosphorus.  Correction of this diet by eating mainly animal protein and fats, supplemented very occasionally by fresh fruits and vegetables can bring the arthritis under control as the calcium and phosphorus ratio returns to normal.  Avoiding high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils in the diet will require reading all labels and preparing food at home. 

In addition, new research points to Vitamin D deficiency in many autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus.  Have your Vitamin D level checked and if it's lower than 30, your doctor will recommend supplementation with oral Vitamin D3.

Many people are under the mistaken assumption that healthy food preparation is too time consuming.  Very healthy foods can be prepared in bulk in advance and snacked on throughout the week, like salmon, chicken drumsticks and spareribs.  These take less than an hour in the oven. Salads and salad dressings take about 5 minutes to prepare. Many foods, eaten raw like oysters take even less time.

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