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Rheumatoid Arthritis and its Relationship to Gastric Illnesses

by M Amir(more info)

listed in arthritis, originally published in issue 232 - August 2016


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By Dr. Mercola

"Drugs - when taken as prescribed - kill more than 106,000 Americans each year and the death toll from overdosing on painkillers is now greater than both car accidents and death from illegal drug use. As noted in a recent New York Times article, "drug overdoses are driving up the death rate of young white adults in the United States to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago." Between 1999 and 2014, the rate of drug overdose deaths for Caucasians between the ages of 25 and 34 rose by 500 percent. The overdose rate for 35 to 44-year olds tripled.
And while these rates include both illegal and prescription drugs, the latter FAR exceed the former. It's a sad fact that the cornerstone of modern medicine - drugs - is also a major killer of patients."

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Dr Mercola goes on to say that:
"The drugs commonly prescribed for Rheumatoid Arthritis are among the most dangerous on the market.
These include prednisone, TNF-alpha inhibitors (sold under brand names such as Humira, Enbrel, and Remicade. Side effects of these drugs include infection and an increased risk for cancer), and harsh anti-cancer drugs like methotrexate."
Not long ago another Rheumatoid Arthritis drug Vioxx was removed after 60,000 people died of heart attacks and strokes. Many of these drugs are based largely on pure fantasy, wishful thinking or outright fraud.

Commment: I have a somewhat different take on the subject of Rheumatoid arthritis.
Please note this singer from the famous band The Eagles had Ulcerative Colitis. In our office we have noted the link between Rheumatoid arthritis and various gut symptoms on numerous occasions.

What does this Tell Us?

In this case there was perhaps an intimate connection between gut dysfunction and the incidence of Rheumatoid arthritis as we have often noted. These two symptoms are never related by the pigeon-holing medical profession. The two disorders conventionally are treated as separate entities needing different specialists - a Rheumatologist and a Gastroenterologist. Readers should not be surprised to learn that the biggest departments in any hospital are those dealing with these two symptoms. The wishy-washy treatments meted out to patients do not have a hope in hell of curing anyone. In fact the word "cure" is an anathema amongst medical nomenclature.
TNF-alpha inhibitors are some of the most expensive drugs costing around 20K per patient per year and hence the push from big pharma to call as many diseases "auto immune" as possible. The words "auto immune" and "cash cow" are synonymous! We might as well start saying that patients suffering from these "auto immune diseases" have "cash cow disease" which generates huge profits for big pharma and keeps the Rheumatologists and Gastroenterologists very busy putting patients through numerous futile scans and tests and finally sending them home with sacks full of useless and often very dangerous drugs as per Dr Mercola.

The presence of any of the following will predispose a patient to Rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Gastric reflux disease;
  • Constipation;
  • Diarrhoea;
  • Crohn’s disease;
  • Ulcerative colitis;
  • Diverticulitis.

How does this Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Whenever there is a problem with the digestive organs the pumping action that we are supposed to get from the diaphragm is often poor or mostly absent. The abdominal organs have evolved reliant on the external diaphragmatic pump. If this pump was not present all the abdominal organs would have evolved with much more vascularity.
In the absence of a properly functioning diaphragm, stagnation follows and all the various symptoms of IBS follow. The bacterial flora in the gut often contribute to various disease presentations. The 'leaky gut' phenomenon allows larger molecules to escape from the gut wall into the blood stream. These molecules go and lodge in areas of the least blood supply which are our joints. Our body does not like this foreign invasion and an inflammatory reaction follows giving rise to the condition called Rheumatoid Arthritis. Since no change is made to the breathing mechanism, the foreign molecular invasion is incessant and the condition becomes chronic.
Suppressing this reaction with steroids, which damage the femoral head of the hips, block the sagittal sinuses in the skull and can produce psychosis is ill-advised. Using immune ablation drugs, which kill the body’s ability to safeguard itself, is a most ineffective if not ruthless form of medical care.

What Can You Do to Overcome these Problems?

Very simply, the cause of all these conditions is mainly a poor breathing function. Most sufferers are chest breathers when they actually need to practise abdominal breathing. Patients would be advised to join Yoga classes and do abdominal breathing all the time. This would eliminate the problem in some patients while others will get substantially better from their gastric disorders.
To get much better outcomes and if your condition is very serious, you need an evaluation of your jaw and body asymmetries and the appropriate treatment to restore proper breathing function.

Comment received from a very senior hospital nurse:

“Dear Dr Amir

“Now that I understand the anatomy and physiology behind your findings and the impact it has on the body, I recall many patients who I nursed over my many years within the NHS who exhibited such symptoms.
“I worked with many rheumatology patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis who often complained of gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis or other such diagnosis/symptoms.
“There was never any understanding of the link between the two; in fact I recall being told the gastrointestinal issues were likely linked to side effects of arthritis medication.
“I hope individuals diagnosed with these conditions get the opportunity to receive your treatment and I will continue to try to influence the NHS to recognize this.”

Mari Gay

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Comment: Perverting medical knowledge and ending up punishing patients is rife. Altruism in medicine disappeared a long time ago. The stranglehold of medicine by big pharma warrants renaming many types of doctors as the real snake oil salesmen or pharmaceutical agents. Here is a recent input by a senior authority:


March 5th 2016

Queen Elizabeth II’s former Doctor, Sir Richard Thompson, is fed up with Big Pharma’s for- profit machine, and he’s calling them out on it. Thompson, former-president of the Royal College of Physicians, was the Queen’s doctor for over 20 years. He is now a part of a group of Doctors who are calling out Big Pharma for their egregious injustices and allegedly criminal acts. According to the Daily Mail (UK), the Doctor slammed pharmaceutical companies for making for profit drugs with ‘little-proven benefits.’
Sir Richard said: “The time has come for a full and open public enquiry into the way evidence of the efficacy of drugs is obtained and revealed.
“There is real danger that some current drug treatments are much less effective than had previously been thought.”
He said the campaign highlights the “often weak and sometimes murky basis on which the efficacy and use of drugs, particularly in the elderly, are judged”.
You can also read the impact of bad orthodontics on gut health here:

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About M Amir

M Amir BDS MSc (U. London) Dental Surgeon was a dental surgeon practising holistic dentistry in London. He specialized in the treatment of patients with medical problems emanating from the dysfunction of the jaw joint. He took particular interest in the field of body symmetry and its relationship to health He may be contacted on Tel: 0208 780 3433 (secretary);

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