"The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body ... If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad"   1 CORINTHIANS 12:12,26

Rheumatoid Arthritis or Autoimmune disease takes away from the quality of life, it causes suffering for so many people.  Some of the most precious and valuable years of people’s lives are spent in misery due to this disease.  Also the average lifespan of someone with an autoimmune disease is 10 years shorter than a healthy person.              

But it doesn’t have to be this way; it can be prevented and turned around.

I went through these experiences myself with RA and I can relate to your pain first hand.  But now I am on the other side of the healing process and determined to help others to reverse Rheumatoid Arthritis or Autoimmune disease by using Functional Medicine principals.  Let this be a powerful inspiration to all of you, to see that there is hope; there are alternatives to toxic drugs and it really works.  

What are the differences between Functional Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine!

Conventional Medicine – is designed around prescription medications.  This is just to help you function a little better, to hide your pain.  The medical prescriptions mask your body’s natural alarms and don’t treat the root cause of the disease but rather create new symptoms and suppress the immune system further. 

Functional Medicine focuses on the disease not the symptoms.  It focuses on the root cause.  It looks for the triggers.  You discoverer what are the habits in your life that are leading you to manifest this condition.  It analyzes what you eat, how much you sleep, how much stress you have in your life, your family history and how toxic is the environment in which you live in.  It is about how you live your life every day.  It is about looking at the whole person, and their unique physiology, and how the many different moving parts and pieces work in conjunction.  It is all about getting the big picture by tying all the little pieces together! 

The Autoimmune diseases have common roots in that the body’s own immune system attacks itself and by attacking itself the normal, healthy, vibrant tissue becomes damaged.  These attacks show up in different parts of the body.  Rheumatoid Arthritis is an immune system disease that occurs when your immune cells attack your joints, causing tissue damage, inflammation, and pain.  Early diagnosis and an effective treatment program is crucial to ensuring that you minimize damage and maintain your functional ability and quality of life.  What cause irritation of the immune system is complex and involves the interaction of three major factors:

-  Genetics

-  Diet/Food and life style

-  Environmental toxins and infections                                                                                                                                                          

Genetics are only one leg of the stool but it is not only your genes that determine your destiny.  You may be born with genes that are predisposed towards RA or autoimmunity or heart disease, or even cancer but it is not the genes that are responsible for developing these diseases. What is the trigger? 

Diet plays one of the main roles of handling RA.  It has nothing to do with calories counts or portion control.  It is not about depriving yourself of your favorite foods.  It is about creating new awareness of how foods you eat make you feel and how it affects your body.  As soon as you put food in your mouth it immediately starts to work for good or bad affecting your cells.  One of the fundamental traits of RA and other autoimmune diseases is gut dysfunction, which is directly related to your diet.  So until you heal your gut you will still have RA symptoms.  As you can see food is a powerful agent in the path to good (or bad) health.  Apart from diet, the other important element is your life style (your level of stress in your life, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, overuse of medications, toxic environment) which has a direct impact on our immune system.   Diet plays one of the main roles of handling RA.  It has nothing to do with calories counts or portion control.  It is not about depriving yourself of your favorite foods.  It is about creating new awareness of how foods you eat make you feel and how it affects your body.                                              

“We are our environment.  What we put into it, we also put into ourselves.  What we do to it, we also do to ourselves.  The way in which our bodies are turning against themselves when autoimmune disease strikes serves, sadly, as a disturbing modern analogy for what we are doing to ourselves as a society as we continue to dump thousands of chemicals into the soil, water and air that surround us.  Our mass dependence on chemically manufactured home and lifestyle products and our diet of chemically processed foods, in many ways, constitute a great societal health experiment, as we continue to surround ourselves with thousands of chemicals whose properties we do not yet fully understand”.  The Autoimmune Epidemic by Donna Jackson Nakazawa.                                                 

As hundreds of industrial chemicals that are in the foods that we eat, the air that we breathe or absorb through our skin, they cause an irritation of the immune system forcing it to attack the body itself. 

Many don't have the knowledge or the courage to follow the path that I did.  They're either stuck in the conventional paradigm, or they're afraid to go against their doctor's "orders”.  But there is scientific research that documents how natural medicines do wonderful things that are equal and sometimes more effective than prescription drugs.  Why don’t we hear about these natural medicines?  The reason is greed.  No drug company is willing to sell products that have little profit versus the medicines they sell now for exorbitant costs.

I am passionate about recovery from RA and autoimmune diseases because I know it can be done and it works.  But there is no magic pill here, it is a journey.  Once you start you can notice a difference in your body.  The time varies depending on your personal situation.  For example ten people with Rheumatoid arthritis can have ten different causes.  Also remember you didn’t get sick overnight, it takes years to develop the disease.  Some people start feeling better in a few short weeks while others take months.   My message would be to be open-minded, to be accepting, and to be kind to yourself.   Take it one step at a time.  So, keep digging. Stick with it. Keep exploring. Don’t get distracted by the quick fixes, as what you’re learning to do with me is all about sustainable change. In order to build sustainable change, we need to build a solid foundation and it’s this foundation that will allow for a deeper level of healing. 

For more information sign up for your free "The RA comfort cookbook" and "7 Common triggers of Rheumatoid Arthritis pain" above and I will send you an invitation to my videos on YouTube discussing RA using simple, easy to understand language to help to build your foundation to get feeling better again.

Remember the information is powerful but only if you put it into play.  Let me help you, I am ready to be your health coach and educator.  I’ll be on the journey with you.  I’ll fully engage with you in your recovery; emotionally, behaviorally and even spiritually.  We have to do it together. 

DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice.

- Lucy