Stopping Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis
This issue is for women who suffer from bacterial vaginosis (BV) - which is most of us gals at some time or another. (You know: funny smells, itching, tenderness, and/or thin white or gray discharge.)
(Sorry guys, this issue probably isn't of interest to you unless the woman you love has been dealing with BV.)
In this issue I will explain treatment options that help reverse this condition while strengthen...
Who Gets Well
Over the years, I have spoken with many people who either have or once had arthritis. One of the most striking things about those who are able to completely heal themselves, is that they have sought healing not just for their bodies, but also at the level of their thoughts, emotions and spirit. I have been struck again and again, how...
This article is the second in a series on the whys and hows of emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.
Over the years, I have spoken with many people who either have, or once had, arthritis. One of the most striking things about those who are able to completely heal themselves is that they have integrated emotional, mental, and spiritual healing...
The Old Story
This article is the third in a series on the whys and hows of emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.
Over the years, I have spoken with many people who either have, or once had, arthritis. One of the most striking things about those who are able to completely heal themselves is that they have integrated emotional, mental, and spiritual healing ...
This article is the fourth in a series on the whys and hows of emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.
Who Gets Well (Attention Is Power!)
This article is the fifth in a series on the whys and hows of emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.
Determination to Heal
This article is the sixth in a series on the whys and hows of emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.
You have heard this from me before, but the ideas in the next paragraph are so critical to healing from arthritis that I am repeating them.
Over the years, I have spoken with many people who either have, or once had, arthritis. The most striking ...
Sometimes I receive letters from readers who are hitting a point of overwhelm. In addition to the pain of arthritis, they may be experiencing new and scary symptoms, or other health challenges. On top of this, they ofen write of the additional difficulties that many people face, regardless of whether they have arthritis: a divorce, a lost job, a death in ...
Healing: Simple or Complex?
On one level healing is such a simple process. Remove the underlying causes of the illness and the body miraculously heals itself. On another level, healing is a complex process. So many elements can contribute to either illness or wellness, and it isn’t always clear what those elements are.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for Arthritis
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It involves tapping specific acupuncture points while remembering certain incidents from your past or feeling certain feelings. Once you know how to do this technique, you can do it either on your own or with the guidance of a skilled practitioner. Often this technique can release pain or trauma that has been in place for years and which other healing modalities have not touched.
Honoring Heart's Desire
Passionate involvement in our lives is a powerful agent of healing. Unfortunately, simple practices that can strengthen this power in our lives are often overlooked. Sometimes we even get so caught up in tending to the physical details of our lives that we forget how simple it can be to simultaneously make choices that deeply honor our spirit...
Fasting may seem like a funny topic when the holiday season is in high gear. But for many of us, there is a natural lull in our work loads between Christmas and New Years which allows us a relatively rare opportunity to step into a higher level of self-care. Many people who are too busy to fast the rest of the year can do so gracefully at thi...
Meditation Gone Mainstream
One marker that meditation has been mainstream for a while now is that already in 2004 the Arthritis Foundation published an article titled: "Meditation: Imagine a totally natural treatment that can ease arthritis pain."
Using the Placebo Effect to Your Advantage
Doctors used to think that the placebo effect was psychological. Now scientists have direct evidence that the placebo effect is actually physical. In other words, the expectation that a pill or procedure will produce a medical benefit can trigger the same neurological pathways of healing as “real” medication.
Why Make New Year's Resolutions?
Healing from arthritis often takes great resolve. Making resolutions is one way to strengthen that resolve and to clarify exactly what your new course of action will be. Taking action then creates new habits. If well chosen, these new habits can lead to deep healing.
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes on the topic.
Electricity can be our friend, but some types of exposure can make us ill or even kill us.
Healing and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment - Non-Dairy Sources of Probiotic Supplements
Rheumatoid Arthritis is not inevitable, no matter the particulars of your family history or genetics. Some people have genetics that make them more susceptible, but something must still trigger the disease process. Likewise, it is usually possible, even after the rheumatoid arthritis has been triggered, to “untrigger” it by reversing its underlying causes.
Complexities of Healing
Rheumatoid arthritis and all other types of arthritis have many possible underlying causes.
Because of my book, I have many people contacting me about arthritis. Some have healed completely, some are noticeably better, some have yet to see any improvement.
In last week's newsletter I mentioned a general principle regarding arthritis healing: if you limit exposure to a problematic food, chemical, etc., your body can often recover and repair itself. But what happens if you have corrected a known exposure (like the asbestos example I gave last time) and nothing changes? What's going...
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pregnancy
It has long been known that women with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) often experience a remission while pregnant. Pregnancy improves the symptoms of RA in about 75% of pregnant women, but 90% of these women experience a relapse within six months postpartum.
Hormone Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Every wonder what a hormone really is? The phrase 'it must be hormones!' comes up frequently when spending time with someone going through puberty, PMS, or menopause. People often make that declaration when sexually attracted to someone they don't particularly like. It is even heard in response to unusual displays of athletic prowess.
So what is a...
Hormone Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis,Part II
In the last article, I described how two types of hormones, estrogens and androgens, are important in rheumatoid arthritis.
Estrogens at normal (non-pregnant) levels enhance the type of immune responses that cause RA. Androgens suppress these responses. If you have normal levels of estrogens ...
Reader's Question: Tetracycline Treatments for Arthritis, and Ingrid's Story
A reader wrote:
I'm a 29yo (VERY) active male who was finally diagnosed with reactive arthritis about a year ago. Like you, I suffered immensely. After weeks of research, I found a proven protocol to beat RA with tetracycline. I’ve been on antibiotics for 6 months and I'm getting better. (I'm also eating very healthy....
Reference Section: Guides and Updates
Arthritis Pain Medication Guide
Table of Contents
Arthritis Treatments That Didn’t Work for Me
Why Conventional Treatments for Arthritis Seldom Work
Good Reasons for Arthritis Pain Medication
Four Classes of Arthritis Pain Medications
Changes in Food Labeling Laws
As many of you already know from reading my book, food allergies or hypersensitivities are a major underlying cause of arthritis. One of the keys to healing arthritis, therefore, is knowing what is in the foods you eat so that you can avoid your problem foods long enough to heal.
Latest Studies on Glucosamine
Glucosamine and chondroitin both have a good track record for helping folks with arthritis. They work well separately, and even better when taken together. The standard therapeutic dose is 1500mg/day of glucosamine and 1200 of chondroitin/day. It generally takes 1- 2 months to start seeing an effect.
Blood Test for Food Hypersensitivities
Delayed Food Hypersensitivities and Arthritis
Food allergies are one of the major underlying causes of arthritis.
The type of food allergies that cause arthritis are technically called delayed food hypersensitivities. They can be difficult to identify because they take hours and sometimes even as much as three or four days to show up after eating a problem food.
Omega-6 Oils and Inflammation
A reader wrote:
“I was just reading the section ‘The Magic of Omega-3 Oils - Calming Inflammation’ on page 224 of your book and it says ‘Omega-3 calms inflammation and Omega-6 turns it on.
Researching the Safety and Effectiveness of Brand Name Products
I recently got the following question from a reader:
“Do you have any information about a product called ‘Juice Plus’ which is supposed to be capsules that consist of only veggies and fruits. Although it is not touted as being for arthritis - is there any indication that it is harmful in anyway?”
Trustworthy On-Line Arthritis Resources
Where can you go on-line for trustworthy arthritis information? In an internet world filled with arthritis sites trying to sell you on a wide array of products that purportedly help arthritis, it's easy to get lost.
Accidental Poisoning from Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen is the most popular painkiller in the US. It is best known by the brand name Tylenol but is sold under 97 different brand names. It is also sold in combination with other drugs in more than 100 products.
I am writing about it today because with cold and flu season here, people who take acetaminophen for arthritis are at risk for acet...
Reader's Question: Why Break a Fast with a Baked Potato?
If potatoes (nightshades) should be avoided by people with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) why is a plain baked potato one of the first things you add to the reintroduction after the fast?
Reader's Question: Are Wheat and Wheat Grass Related?
Are wheat and wheat grass related? If I have an intolerance to wheat, will I most likely have an intolerance to wheat grass as well?
Genetically Modified Foods
Today, roughly 75% of US processed foods contain some genetically modified (GM) ingredients. This is according to the Grocery Manufacturers of America.
Nearly every product with a corn or soy ingredient, and some containing canola or cottonseed oil, has a GM element.
Researching Promising Therapies Using PubMed
Whenever I want to verify scientific claims about arthritis treatments, one of the first places I go is PubMed. It is a free on-line service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). It contains publication information and (in most cases) abstracts of articles from biomedical journals. You can learn a lot by scanning titles and reading abstracts. It is a...
Arthritis Tips for Pain-Free Cocktail Parties, Holiday Travel and Beach Vacations
An Overview to Pain-Free Parties and Travel
It can take about seven days for inflammation to subside after it has been triggered. This means that in order to enjoy your vacation you need to avoid foods and chemicals that can cause inflammation. Get tested for inflammatory trigger foods about two month before your big party or trip (http://www.ConqueringArthritis.com/alcat).&...
Arthritis Success Stories
Food Sensitivities - One Woman's Yeast Story
As you know by now from reading my book and my articles, food sensitivities are a major underlying cause of many cases of arthritis and other diseases. Because of my own experience, the specific food sensitivities I am most familiar with are corn, rice, wheat, and beef.
Reader's Response: What Has Helped One Woman with Her Rheumatoid Arthritis
Here is one woman's experience with rheumatoid arthritis:
I wanted to share with you some of the things that I use to help manage my RA. I have to say the minute I saw the cover of your book with you holding a mountain bike over your head, I was so happy that maybe I found a source to help me cure my disease and I did. That ...
Julie's Story of Arthritis and Detoxing
The Power of Emotional and Physical Detoxing
Julie is a client who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. After years of fatigue and foot problems, she recently shared:
I'm totally off of my arthritis meds and feeling great!
My critical factors in success so far are:
Rosanne's Story of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Emotion Freedom Technique
Rosanne Martins is a client of mine from Brazil who experienced 95% improvement in her rheumatoid arthritis through taking the ALCAT test to discover her infla...
How JM Healed Rheumatoid Arthritis with an Elimination Diet
Here is JM's story in her own voice:
Barbara's Success Story Part 1
What Breaking a Board With Your Bare Hands Has in Common with Healing From Arthritis
What do breaking a board with your bare hands and healing arthritis have in common?
Most people don’t understand how
Focusing only on the problem (the board or the disability) is a recipe for disaster
Correctly focusing allows for a seeming miracle
To break a board, you have to:
Barbara's Success Story Part 2
In the previous article, I discussed how breaking boards and healing from arthritis are related. I began listing the principles needed to break a board:
Striking All the Way Through
Now, I am picking up with the third principle. If you would like to read the previous article, you can do that here.
Topical Liniments for Arthritis Overview
What Works for Joint and Muscle Pain?
My name is Cassandra Willis. For the past three years I’ve been working closely with Barbara Allan, arthritis expert and author of Conquering Arthritis: What Doctors Don’t Tell You Because They Don’t Know. In my years working with Barbara and her clients, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to heal arthritis, but, more importantly, what it takes to be healthy, no matter what ails you.
As a dancer, an ...
Menthol-Based Pain Relievers For Arthritis: Icy Hot® v. BioFreeze®
How Does Icy Hot® Work for Arthritis Pain?
Icy Hot® combines two pain-relieving therapies: ice and heat. The ice comes from menthol, which stimulates blood flow and cools the area to reduce inflammation. The heat comes from the methyl salicylate, a form of aspirin that heats up after application.
Treating arthritis pain with this kind of topical aspirin i...
Anti-Inflammatory Arthritis Creams For Feet and More: Traumeel and Zeel
Is Traumeel® Effective for Arthritis Pain?
The active ingredients in Traumeel® are homeopathic anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and accelerated healing agents. Some of these ingredients are natural analgesics that reduce pain while others reduce inflammation, the cause of the pain. Applying this cream to painful joints or muscles will relieve mild to moderate pain and pr...
Are Inactive Ingredients Really Inactive?
So-called “inactive ingredients” might also trigger a food or chemical sensitivity (and therefore inflammation) in someone who has a sensitivity to the source material of the ingredient. Many inactive ingredients come from common allergens like wheat, soy, and corn. Below is a breakdown of the inactive ingredients in both Traumeel® and Zeel®....
Does Penetrex™ Really Work For Arthritis Pain?
Penetrex™ contains a medley of ingredients that claim to revolutionize the relief of inflammation-related pain. After some equivocal research, it sounds like this product could either be amazing for arthritis or have little to no effect.
Most people with arthritis and other autoimmune diseases are deficient in Penetrex’s first ingr...
Capsaicin Creams for Arthritis Pain? Pros and Cons
How Does Capsaicin Work?
Unlike like other topical pain relief creams that give instant relief, capsaicin creams reduce pain gradually and must be used continually to feel and sustain the benefits. However, the benefits can be quite great if used over time, just look at the ...
Arthritis, Tiger Bones, and the Choices We Make
There are hundreds of traditional remedies for arthritis, all of which work for some people and all of which have avid supporters. These run the gamut from emu oil, certo (which is a plant derived pectin used for canning), raisins soaked in rum, apple cider vinegar and honey, turmeric, ginger, garlic, fish oil, flax seed oil, cherry juice, and vegetarian diets to more edgy treatments such as urine therapy.
Finding a Doctor
How can you find a doctor who knows about the types of healing methods I recommend for arthritis?
First, ask for recommendations. Ask your family, friends and colleagues if they have heard good things about practitioners in your area who use alternative, naturopathic, or holistic treatment methods. You can also ask around at healt...
Interviewing a Doctor
Last week I discussed how to find a doctor who knows about the types of healing methods I recommend for arthritis.
Echinacea: Friend or Foe if You Have Arthritis?
In one of my newsletters, I addressed the question:
“It is my understanding that Echinacea strengthens the immune system. Is this a good idea for an already overactive immune system of a person (me) who has RA?”
Women and Pain
Women really do feel pain differently than men. Dr. Jeffrey Mobil's lab at McGill University has shown just that through a study of genes and pain signaling pathways.
His research team discovered that males have only one pain pathway. Block this pathway and males feel no pain. Females, however, have two pain pathways. If you block the pathway that...
Living Gluten Free
Barbara was invited to give a talk to the Fountain Hills, Arizona Celiac Support Group. Barbara's lecture focused on food and chemical sensitivities and how avoiding your problem foods can help heal inflammatory diseases, like arthritis, and help control other food-related illnesses, in particular Celiac. She discussed surprising sources of hidden allergens, especially gluten. Avoiding hidden sources of gluten is critically important for everyone with Celiac and for some people ...
Arizona Archery Club's Help
One of the steps to healing from arthritis (actually from anything) is expressing heartfelt graditude. Health isn't just lack of illness, it is living with joy and connection. Expressing graditude is important because it helps foster these qualities.
With that in mind, I will now model expressing graditude.
I love the Hunger Game trilogy books by Susanne Collins. The heroine Katniss Everdeen has much to teach about prevailing over any difficult sit...