This Woman Put Her Rheumatoid Arthritis in Remission, Here's How She Did It
Sarah Allen was only 28 when she started experiencing the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was a young and healthy tri-athlete, and it took doctors over three years to figure out her diagnosis, as eventually it showed up in an x-ray she took.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a common but complicated auto-immune disease that many suffer from. Symptoms include pain in hand and feet, and other migrating pain issues. Traditionally, conventional doctors treat RA by using powerfully toxic drugs like methotrexate (an anti-cancer drug), prednisone and Enbrel. These may ease some symptoms in the short run, but in the long run, only cause other problems.
In Sarah Allen’s case, she was first put on a low dose of methotrexate, which meant she had to check her liver status once a month. She suffered from some of the side effects from it, such as losing her hair. In fact, a rheumatology expert at Mayo Clinic told Sarah to expect methotrexate to shorten her life by 15-20 years. Thankfully, Sarah was lucky enough to find an alternative that not only gave her relief from symptoms, but eventually put her disease into remission entirely.
She did a little research and came across Dr. Mercola’s name in a book. To date, Dr. Mercola has helped over 3,000 RA sufferers and at least 80-85% of them have enjoyed great strides in recovery, and many of them have gone into remission. Sarah contacted him, and this started the beginning of her healing journey.
So what does Dr. Mercola suggest for RA patients?
In a nutshell, here are the most important steps:
1. Clean up your diet.
Get processed foods out of your life. The biggest culprits here are processed sugar and grains. Focus instead on nourishing your body with nutrient rich, whole foods, organic where possible. Eat as much raw foods as you can.
Exercise is a very important component for keeping RA symptoms at bay. Find a routine you can do and stick to it daily.
So much of your health comes down to the gut level. Eating 4-6 oz a day of fermented vegetables will supply your body over 10 trillion good bacteria. That is 1/10th of the bacteria in your gut.
4. Lower your stress levels.
Your stress levels and emotional health have a huge impact on your immunity. Learn conducive ways to relax and slow down and see the big difference it can make to your symptoms.
5. Vitamin D
It is very important to keep your vitamin D levels between 50-70 ng/ml. Vitamin D stimulates several hundred anti-microbial peptides that work even better than antibiotics. This will help regulate your immune system and keep it strong to fight off disease. If you wonder why your RA symptoms are worse in the winter, it’s because of the lack of sunlight.