Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Monday, 27 Jun 2011 12:33 PM

Question: I’ve suffered from arthritis for the past five years. My last MRI showed that the inflammation has now caused bone damage in my ankle and I am almost handicapped. Can you tell me what I can do to alleviate my arthritis?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

The first thing you should focus on is your diet. Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. It is vitally important to eat a healthy diet free of refined foods — no refined sugar, salt, flour, or oils, which contribute to inflammation.

Have your healthcare provider check you for food allergies, particularly dairy and gluten. If you test positive for either of these, eliminate them. Sometimes a therapeutic trial of dairy- and gluten-free diets can provide dramatic results for arthritic patients.

Also, drinking enough water is important step to overcoming arthritis. If you only have tap water available, drink it. However, it is better to drink filtered water that removes chlorine and fluoride.

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