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Safer Arthritis Treatments

Monday, 24 Jan 2011 04:45 PM


Question: Is there a link between Enbrel, for arthritis, and brain tumors?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:
Enbrel is a drug that powerfully blocks an inflammatory cytokine called tumor necrosis factoralpha, or TNF-alpha. Some years ago, this cytokine was found to destroy tumor cells as well as infectious organisms.

Later, it was learned that blocking this cytokine with Enbrel could dramatically improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The problem with the drug is that it suppresses TNF-alpha so severely that it leaves the patient at a serious risk of fatal infections and rapid growth of cancers.

There are other, safer ways to reduce inflammation; these include taking supplements like curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, hesperidin, natural form vitamin E, buffered vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids (especially ones high in EPA and DHA), and high-dose vitamin D3, a powerful immunomodulator. Vitamin D3 is also a powerful antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal, and it suppresses many tumors, especially brain tumors.

Diets high in omega-6 oils increase inflammation and make rheumatoid arthritis worse, as does high iron intake. People with RA are also severely deficient in magnesium. Supplementing with magnesium reduces inflammation and pain, and improves mobility.

It has also been shown that certain antibiotics can improve RA. At first, doctors thought that the disease was caused by an infection. Now it is known that these antibiotics — such as doxycycline and minicycline — actually suppress the immune cell, called a macrophage, which is the real culprit in RA.

This treatment can completely cure some people. It is also vital to take probiotics (such as Theralac) during antibiotic treatment and with RA in general because these beneficial gut bacteria can reduce joint inflammation. One should also be tested for food allergies, which can worsen the condition in RA sufferers.





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