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Foreward to the book Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Disease

by Anthony di Fabio & Gus J.Prosch, Jr., M.D

Foreward to the book Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Disease



This documents provided by:

The Arthritis Trust of America

This article is the "Foreward" to the book Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and
Rheumatoid Disease With Rheumatoid Arthritis by Anthony di Fabio & Gus J.
Prosch, Jr., M.D


Forward


Our Purpose

We want to help you to get you well:

* by convincing you that generally it is an outright lie, that arthritis
is incurable;

* by means of books and articles that expand your horizon (and your
physician's) on causes of ill-health;

* with the gentle support of some self-help treatments; and

* through your commitment to guided tours led by knowledgeable
alternative medical health professionals of your choice, using treatments of
your choice.

We can and do supply you with some of the world's best wellness advice and
down-to-earth reading references and other resources. We have no vested
interest or stock holdings in those whose help or products are recommended.

Considering all of the above, you're sure to run into the claim of
"quackery" especially by the professional who does have a vested interest in
holding onto your "patient" status, or suffers from his or her own hidden
desire to remain ignorant. So bear with us a moment while we discuss the
nature of quackery.




The Nature of Quackery

Much of the advice proffered so liberally by many health professionals while
creating this book bucks traditional medicine, but represents safe,
innovative, non-traditional treatments when applied properly. Given the
success stories told repeatedly, it's hard to understand how anyone could or
would want to continue with totally ineffective, often damaging traditional
treatments for arthritis!

Those who would persuade you not to try safe, workable alternatives would
call such treatments "quackery," and those who would help you toward
wellness as "quacks."

John W. Campbell, Jr.4 was a remarkable modern writer and thought-provoker,
who was commemorated by naming a crater on the far side of the moon the
"Campbell" crater.

A "Quack" According to John W. Campbell, Jr.

"Now let's consider for a moment what's meant by a 'quack' in the medical
field.

"The usual charge is that a quack is someone who uses an improper treatment,
one which does not help, or actually injures the patient, while inducing the
patient to pay for his mistreatment, and keeping the patient from going to a
licensed doctor and getting the treatment he needs. That a quack is in the
business solely to make money at the expense of suffering humanity.

"Now any time A disapproves of B emotionally, he'll attribute B's actions to
some generally demeaned motivation -- 'just for money' being the most
common, with 'just for his own pleasure' being a runner-up.

"Let's be objective about this business of what a quack does. Suppose a man,
calling himself Dr. Jones, treats a patient who has a lethal disease, and
uses a method he knows for a positive fact will not save the man's life. He
charges fees, and sees to it that the patient doesn't go to any other
therapist -- just gives him some drugs that do not save him, but let him die
slowly.

"That set of actions fulfills exactly what the [medical establishment]
accuses those awful, nasty, wicked quacks of doing.

"It is also precisely what an [establishment medical] doctor does when he
treats [an arthritis] patient; he knows that the standard treatments for
[arthritis] do not work, do not save lives. [Arthritis], treated by the
[medical establishment] methods, means [continuous pain, disfigurement and
possibly] death.

"The [medical establishment], moreover, does everything in its power to make
it impossible for the victim to get treatment from any other therapist who
might be able to do better, and most certainly couldn't be less effective.

"The patient [may], moreover, wind up broke, and his family in debt -- a
charge constantly leveled against those wicked quacks! -- by the time he
dies.

"But this is not quackery, of course.

"Why not? Because the doctors know they are doing their best, with the best
of intentions -- despite the [medical establishment's] convictions that he
must be evil -- and actually does better than the [medical establishment's]
best?

"Oh . . . I see. That never happens, huh . . . ?

". . . how about that unlicensed non-M.D. -- that charlatan, that fraud,
who'd gotten crackpot ideas from studying silk-worms and wineries, no less!
-- who started treating human beings for rabies? That chemist, with only
half a brain, Louis Pasteur?

"Or how about that licensed M.D. charlatan, expelled from the hospital and
the medical society -- Semmelweis? [Semmelweis solved childbed fever and
demonstrated the importance of cleansing hands before touching patients.]

"Or take a few other notorious quacks like Lister -- who was most violently
attacked for his temerity in opening the abdomens of living patients.
(Ethical doctors of the time never opened the abdomen until after the
patient died.)

"And Ehrlich, another chemist, who invented the concept of chemotherapy.

"Every time someone outside -- or even inside! -- the field of medicine
brings up a break-through discovery, he'll be labeled a quack. The field is
too emotional.

"He'll be charged with being a fraud, charlatan out after money, a
blood-sucking leech. . . .

"Actually, it's pretty clear, the definition of 'quack' is someone I believe
to be dangerous, evil, destructive and unprincipled!

"Trouble is -- the term 'quack' was -- in their own place and time --
violently hurled at many men we consider today among the greatest medical
heroes. [Semmelweis], Jenner, Koch, Harvey, Ross, Lister, Pasteur, Ehrlich,
Sister Kenny, even Roentgen, who didn't even try to practice medicine!

"One very certain thing about the field of medicine: it is not, and never
will be a field of objective science. It's too deeply dominated by emotional
factors."

Your Search for Wellness

So! You've probably been to an establishment medical physician about your
present ill-health.

You've probably been told that your pain is a consequence of age or
genetics, soon to lead to an incurable condition! -- Or that it is such and
such a malady, and is already incurable! That very nice man, that fine
mannered, knowledgeable doctor said, "Here's a pill. Take it three times a
day. Learn to live with your condition and pain!"

He may also have warned you against quackery -- people who claim to have
cures, but only want your money -- also conveniently overlooking the fact
that he claims not to have a cure, but is perfectly willing to take your
money.

He's an Authority -- a MEDICAL DOCTOR. Possibly he's one of the very best in
your region, highly educated and trained, a respectable, leading citizen, of
the highest ethics, a family man, recognized by both your local hospital and
your insurance company as a man to trust.

Since -- you believe -- all medical doctors are equally trained, equally
knowledgeable, all have had the same education, the same training, have read
the same books, and all are at the very forefront of research, you'll profer
trust in this nice man (or woman), you'll go home, suffer, take the pill
three or more times a day, and be emotionally stricken as your body
progresses into a grotesque disease condition.

Right?

Hopefully, not any more! Not after reading this book, and others available
elsewhere. Thankfully people are beginning to wake up, to realize the
ineffectiveness and futility of relying on traditional medicine, as more and
more folks take up alternatives -- and achieve wellness.

Not all establishment medicine is bad, of course. It simply uses a faulty
standard usually designed by medical boards, insurance companies,
pharmaceutical industries, trade unions such as the American Medical
Association or American Dental Association, or ivory towered professors in
medical schools whose research is dominated by the pocketbooks of
pharmaceutical industries -- hardly an unemotional or unbiased grouping.

While the gold standard of medical scientific proof is that of controlled,
double-blind studies that often cost as much as $40,000,000 to establish the
fact that one kind of pain killer is slightly better than another kind of
pain killer, the crux of medicine is and should be whether or not people
achieve wellness, and how they do so. We have, therefore, included actual
case histories (usually under pseudonyms), describing how people suffered
and what they did to achieve wellness.

In the osteoarthritis chapter you'll learn that William Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D.
solved one of the basic mysteries of osteoarthritis, having proved his
solution under rigorous scientific studies. Others also worked on pieces of
the puzzles, and these include natural-medicine-oriented Rex E. Newnham,
D.O., N.D., Ph.D. and Michael T. Murray, N.D., nerve specialist Roger
Wyburn-Mason, M.D., Ph.D., surgeon/acupuncturist Dr. Paul K. Pybus,
reconstructive therapists William J. Faber, D.O. and James Carlson, D.O.,
general practitioners Jack M. Blount and one of us (Gus J. Prosch, Jr.,
M.D.), chiropractors like Paul Goldberg, D.C., M.P.H., and many other health
professionals -- all of whom have volunteered extremely useful knowledge.

Osteoarthritis is no longer a necessary concomitant of aging, being
treatable and solvable. Would it also surprise you to learn that rheumatoid
arthritis has been capable of being cured for many years?

The necessary treatment factors, usually involve (1) proper nutrition, (2)
detoxification [mercury, foci of infection, herbicides and pesticides] (3)
strengthening of the immune system, (4) elimination of foreign organisms
[parasites], (5) treatment for food allergies, and (6) treatment against
candidiasis, a yeast/fungus infestation. While accounting for all of these
factors, and while all are necessary ingredients to achieve wellness, in
particular cases they may not be sufficient, as each of us are designed with
genetic differences and reared in differing environments.

What We've Learned

Both of us have experienced nearly fifteen years of freedom from rheumatoid
arthritis, and one of us has successfully treated thousands of rheumatoid
arthritis patients.

We've learned two impressive fundamental truths:

(a) All health not related to genetic defects is a function of what we
eat, drink, breathe, how we eliminate, the nature of our living styles, and
our response to and the levels of experienced stress. "To be healthy," says
the wise man, "then clean up your act."

This book describes how to start cleaning up your act!

(b) There are probably more ways known to stay or get well than there
are ways to achieve illness, or to stay ill. Apparently -- from the nature
of wellness principles -- we humans work very hard to stay ill!

The Many Layers to Wellness

It took one of us (Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr.) six weeks to halt the progress
of "galloping" rheumatoid arthritis, two more years to pay attention to
candidiasis, nutrition and food allergies, and the next 13 years to
understand what's really going on with the factors that create rheumatoid
arthritis and the other 79 related rheumatoid diseases. The following are
layers which, when peeled apart sheet by sheet, surely will produce wellness
in virtually everyone:

1. Stress

Stress is the greatest contributor toward a sick body. As a necessary
ingredient of life, stress is totally unavoidable, arriving at our doorstep
because we live, and appearing as either a physical or emotional stressor.

Physical stress includes heat and cold, polluting chemicals, daylight and
darkness, the pull of gravity, microorganisms, changes in humidity and air
pressure, accidents and sports, and so on.

Emotional stressors include offenses against others or against ourselves,
shool discipline and study, work -- particularly if detested -- marriage
relationships and divorces, and certainly the loss of loved ones.

According to Derrick Lonsdale, M.D. [Why I Left Orthodox Medicine], "Each of
us live in a dangerous world, surrounded by all kinds of invisible
stressors, many of which are indeed bacteria and viruses. The defense
reaction to a stressor, however, regardless of the nature of the stressor,
is much the same."

Some folks can handle enormous amounts of stress, and others very little,
probably as a matter of their differing nutritional intake, state of health,
and genetic factors.

We can make choices to reduce stress, but, short of death, there is no way
to totally eliminate stress. It is our choices that determine the nature of
our stress.

Whenever undue stress is unavoidable, or even if you've conditioned yourself
to believe that a stress activity is enjoyable, some folks will get well
simply by choosing to remove themselves from an environment of undue stress.

Stress has many faces, and it is never solved by blaming others, although
it's possible that removing yourself from others may be necessary.

There are so many faces to stress that it deserves a book by itself.

Some folks can get well from rheumatoid arthritis and related rheumatoid
diseases simply by removing themselves from stressful situations.

2. Nutrition

As we've repeatedly written -- as has Joel Wallach, D.V.M., N.D. and Ma Lan,
M.D. (Dead Doctors Don't Lie; Rare Earths: Forbidden Cures, etc.) -- a
successful farmer knows more about nutrition than the vast majority of
health professionals graduating from the standard medical school. A
successful farmer knows with a certainty -- a certainty upon which his
family's welfare relies -- that unless he feeds his cattle, chickens, hogs,
sheep, and so forth the very best nutrients, their market value will be low,
and his income accordingly will suffer. Unfortunately few American farmers
have learned to apply this same philosophy to their plant kingdom crops, as
they seem to be stuck in the limited nitrogen/phosphorus "fertilizer" cycle,
along with the use of hybrids that produce large, healthy appearing
vegetation with lopsided nutrient values or without a whole lot of
nourishing qualities.

Most religions teach that man is both spirit and animal. And while it is
most important to nourish the spirit, this can be increasingly difficult
without persistently buttressing our animal natures with the proper
nutrition and nutritional supplements. If not, the spirit may leave the body
prematurely.

Everywhere on earth are healthful foods growing wild: insects, worms, nuts,
fruits, various vegetation. There's probably more healthful edible foods
growing wild on this planet even today than there are unedible, poisonous
foods -- but we and you are not about to break our childhood conditioning to
seek after it. So, what is left?

Well, the closer we can come to the diet of our foraging ancestors, the more
healthy we will become, excepting, of course, unavoidable intake of
parasites, bacteria, et. al. In other words, we need organically grown food
free of pesticides, herbicides, and chock full of enzymes, vitamins,
minerals, and essential fatty acids. If we were to plant and raise our own
gardens, insuring that the soils are balanced and mineral-laden, we'd more
than likely not need vitamin and mineral supplements.

As it has become increasingly difficult to obtain what our animal natures
require, we must do the best we can. After having chosen the very best store
products available to us, we must choose wisely in supplementing with
various vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids -- because our foods
no longer contain the proper balance or they lack sufficient quantity of
these life substances.

Those are just the general principles. A scientific discourse on the proper
food baffles the best of physicians, so don't expect this non-encyclopedic
book to provide you with foolproof, complete advice suitable just for you.
Each person is genetically different, and each has different requirements,
and those are the ingredients that you must learn about with the assistance
of a knowledgeable health professional. The "4-food groups" or "6-food
groups" recommended by dietitians is nonsense, not even suitable for
grade-school children, providing incomplete, misleading information, and
leaving out the very varying biochemistry that makes you different, or
supports your life.

Derrick Lonsdale, M.D. (Why I Left Orthodox Medicine), describes five
patients who are non-genetically related. Each of them are clinically
diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis, each described as having joint
inflammation, pain and swelling. Traditional medicine would attempt to treat
each and every one of these five patients the same, but on a nutritional
basis, each would require a different approach, depending upon their
biochemical needs which must be learned by astute biochemical analysis. Dr.
Lonsdale's nutritional approach also emphasizes that rheumatoid arthritis
and related rheumatoid diseases are not a disease of joints, but a disease
of the whole body -- and we wholeheartedly agree.

There are many who achieve wellness from rheumatoid arthritis -- and the
other 79 collagen tissue diseases which we call rheumatoid diseases --
simply by improving their nutritional intake to that which best fits them.
We would guestimate that about 30% can get well by this means alone.

Chose to remove undue stress, and improve nutrition, and you may very well
achieve wellness from rheumatoid disease!

3. Candidasis and Food Allergies.

Candida albicans, a yeast/fungus, is an organism of opportunity, just as
many other microorganisms are. Whenever conditions are right these
organisms-of-opportunity set up shop in our bodies, particularly the
intestinal tract. Right conditions are provided by the use of antibiotics,
hormones (cortisone, birth control pills, etc.) and other chemicals,
exposure to stress, and poor nutrition. A particularly virulent form of
candidiasis -- the name given to the Candida albicans yeast/fungus infection
-- is a fungal form that plants itself in the intestinal mucosal membrane,
there to grow inward rootlets that penetrate all the way into the blood
stream. (See The Yeast Connection, William Crook; The Yeast Syndrome, Morton
Walker, D.P.M., John Trowbridge, M.D.; others)

Candidiasis, as will most yeasts, produces either acetaldehyde or alcohol,
or both. Acetaldehyde is the metabolite of alcohol, the part of drinking
liquors that gives you a hang-over the next morning. This persistent
production of acetaldehyde in your intestinal tract passes through and into
every organ and bodily system day by day, night by night, placing extreme
chemical stress on your cells, organs, and systems. In time virtually every
degenerative disease condition can be mimicked, including those of
rheumatoid arthritis as well as the other 79 so-called "auto-immune"
diseases.

Simultaneously, as acetaldehyde is slowly, drastically, affecting your life,
the rootlets planted in your mucosa are permitting small molecular particles
of food to pass directly into the blood stream without being digested. These
particles in your bloodstream are recognized as foreign invaders, and your
immune system builds up protection against them, forming what's called an
antigen/antibody complex which is the biochemical beginnings of a food
allergy.

The number of your food allergies increases over time, and they have some
peculiar characteristics: (a) Some food allergies can be spotted as soon as
you've eaten the substance: headache, nausea, joint pain, depression,
lethargy, and so on. (b) Some food allergies require as much as three days
from the time you exposed yourself to the food to kick in with headache,
nausea, joint pain, depression and lethargy, and so on. This type becomes
hard to associate with foods eaten by causal observation, and may require
either a valid blood test for allergies or a carefully prepared log of foods
eaten compared to daily symptoms (Dr. Braly's Food Allergy and Nutrition
Revolution, James Braly, M.D.).

Just as infestation by Candida albicans can create a huge variety of
symptoms, depending upon which tissues are most affected, so can food
allergies. And, just as candidiasis can mimic rheumatoid disease, and the
other 79 collagen tissue diseases, so can food allergies.

In short, candidiasis produces food allergies, and both of them not only
create their own disease symptoms, but both of them can also mimic any of
the 80 rheumatoid diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Incidentally, you're probably not going to want to learn that food allergies
behave according to the same biochemical rules as does drug addiction.

Health professionals who have had their patients rid themselves of stress,
improve nutrition, and conquer candidiasis and food allergies have cured a
high percentage of those afflicted with rheumatoid disease.

4. Mercury Detoxification, Pesticide and Herbicide Detoxification, and
Sterilization of Foci of Infection.

Solving stress may get the arthritic well.

Changing stressful conditions and improving nutrition may get the arthritic
well.

Attending to stressful conditions, improving nutrition, reducing candidiasis
infestation, and avoiding allergenic foods may get the arthritic well.

-- and any of these life-style changes may be permanent or temporary,
depending upon each individual's temperament and situation.

But what will surely work? And what will also come closest to returning your
body (and youthful spirit) back to an early period when you were free of
disease?

Broad Spectrum Anti-Microorganism Treatment

Two foundations, The Arthritis Trust of America and The Road Back
Foundation, have historically recommended the use of prescription medicines
to halt the progress of rheumatoid arthritis and some osteoarthritis (about
10%). The Road Back Foundation recommends a series of treatments of
minicycline, whereas The Arthritis Society of America has long recommended
any one, or combination, of several broad-spectrum anti-microorganism drugs.

Both treatments have resulted in remissions or "cures," from rheumatoid
arthritis.

Coupling broad spectrum anti-microorganism treatment with treatment for
nutrition, candidiasis, and food allergies has consistently resulted in an
80% cure rate since 1982, according to one of us (Gus J. Prosch, Jr., M.D.
of Birmingham, Alabama).

According to Lee Cowden, M.D. of Dallas, Texas, (Health Restoration Systems,
Inc.) various foci of infection are important to remove, but they will not
leave completely until accumulated herbicides and pesticides are removed.
Hebicides and pesticides will not go completely until mercury is removed.

We don't want to use this limited space to get involved in a lengthy pro and
con as to why each of these factors are so important. That's what The
Arthritis Society of America's recommended books and articles do in some
detail. We'll briefly describe the nature of each of the above factors.

Mercury Poisoning

The US Environmental Protection Agency sets no lower limit for the amount of
mercury that is dangerous to health. Dentists who handle mercury must do so
under guidelines set by the agency for a very dangerous substance, including
the need to dispose of mercuric waste scraps in a manner that will not
endanger our environment, thus also endanger people.

For some irrational reason, once mercury is placed in fillings of teeth
American dentists consider it no longer of danger because, they say, it is
in an amalgamated form -- mixed with other metals -- and will not come free.
This assumption is demonstrably false, and can be easily shown to be false
by measuring the percentage of mercury from removed fillings and plotting
percentages of remaining mercury against the time the amalgam spent in the
mouth. Mercury disappears from the amalgams in a very predictable (linear)
manner. The longer in the mouth, the less mercury contained in the filling.

The Swedish Medical Association, after resisting these claims of danger in
the use of mercury fillings and after studying available scientific data,
concluded they were wrong, and they publicly apologized to the Swedish
public. Sweden, as well as some other countries, are now phasing mercury
from dentistry.

The normally intransigent American Medical Association has declared mercury
dangerous, in agreement with the Environmental Protection Association.

The American Dental Association, however, is so blind, so protective of
their trade union, that they and their licensing boards have threatened to
take the license away from dentists who remove fillings and replace them
with a non-dangerous substance.

When mercury is amalgamated with another metal, the filling exists in either
an alkaline or an acid environment, the saliva and food mixture in your
mouth which changes according to what you eat and when you eat.

Two dissimilar metals in either an alkaline or acid environment form a small
battery which, when activated, produces an electric current. Such an
electric current is easily measured in each and every metallic filling in
your teeth.

The joint effect of all the little batteries in all of your teeth is also
measurable as both a current, and also as a persistent source of evaporated
mercury in your mouth.

Evaporated mercury combines with organic matter in the mouth to form a
mercury/organic compound, which your body accumulates. Over time, your body
will accumulate a considerable amount of mercury from your fillings as well
as from other sources, such as consumed fish (which accumulates mercury),
herbicides and pesticides, and additional dangerous environmental stressors
surrounding us everywhere.

According to Hal Huggins, D.D.S. (It's All In Your Head), and other health
professionals, here's the two major effects of the use of mercury fillings:

(1) Organic mercury tends to accumulate at nerve ganglion where it
interferes with the proper functioning of nerve signals. Accumulated mercury
in a ganglia in the face -- for example -- may easily affect performance of
a joint in a remote part of the body, causing a form of "arthritis." The
proof is that when the organic mercury is removed from the ganglion in the
face, the pain in the joint stops immediately, and the joint begins to heal
and function properly.

This is but one example among thousands of seemingly unrelated dysfunctions
that might be cited, including that of improper functioning of the immune
system.

(2) Organic mercury forms small pockets or envelopes in various tissues of
the body within which foreign microorganisms set up shop. These are usually
mutated, anaerobic (live without oxygen) forms of organisms. When our
macrophages and leucocytes try to attack these foreign organisms as they're
supposed to do, they are prevented from entering the pocket by the mercury.

Thus, the foreign organisms continue to thrive, producing toxins (microbial
waste products) which, if our human tissues are not already sensitive to the
toxins, will, for the arthritic-prone, probably become sensitive to them.
The daily production of toxins, and their distribution throughout the
tissues, organs, and systems of our body are what produce the various
disease symptoms that are then classified as one of the 80 so-called
"auto-immune" diseases.

It greatly surprised one of us to learn that the red coloring matter used to
produce partial dentures and full dentures are usually made of a mercuric
coloring matter. This mercury also leaches out over time, continuing our
accumulation of dangerous mercury. A clear flexite denture is recommended by
Lee Cowden, M.D. of Dallas, Texas.

We were shocked to learn from one manufacturer of denture plastic that he
used cadmium to help keep the red (mercury) from leaching out.

Yea Gad! Cadmium is as dangerous as the mercury, and a major problem for the
Environmental Protection Agency to keep cadmium from leaching into our soils
and water systems especially by it's improper disposal.

The problem of obtaining dentures made from a clear flexite material may
prove difficult, but, if you insist, can be done.

Root Canal and Tooth Extraction Foci of Infection

Extracted teeth and root canal surgery are extremely large sources of
persistent infections that create degenerative diseases, including the
various arthritides. "Arthritides" refers to all forms of arthritis.

George E. Meinig, D.D.S. (Root Canal Cover-Up) reports on the work of Weston
Price, D.D.S., who, under the auspices of the American Dental Association,
headed studies performed by 60 top-ranking medical scientists from very
prestigious medical and dental institutions.

Whenever a tooth is extracted, or root canal work has been performed, the
muscular tissue in the socket is usually left in place, and the dentist
makes an assumption that the use of antibiotics will penetrate this tough
tissue killing any microorganisms that may be present after the surgery.

The assumption is demonstrably false.

Steptococus feci, or any one of hundreds of viruses, bacteria or
mycoplasmas, will find themselves in these open sockets during surgery.
Within the apparently healed gums, microorganisms that thrive in oxygen in
the mouth (aerobic) will mutate to a type that thrives without oxygen inside
the tooth socket (anaerobic).

Only 10% of those infected in the gums will have sore or sensitive gums, and
will ever suspect that something is wrong.

One of us (Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr.) had all of his teeth removed 50 years
ago, and argued loud and long with those who insisted that the teeth be
checked for a focus of infection. After all, "I had no root canals
performed, and my gums felt normal!" Burton Goldberg (Alternative Medicine:
The Definitive Guide) insisted, and so more to oblige him than because of
belief, several non-invasive tests were made, and two blood tests.

Two kinds of non-invasive tests are effective in making such a
determination: (1) kinesthiology, a method of testing for muscle strength or
weakness in the presence of an antigen or allergen; or (2) a computron, or
dermatron (Electro-Acupuncture according to Voll), a device that sends a
small amount of current along an acupuncture meridian. By reading the
resulting effect on a changing electrical measurement one can determine if
foreign invaders are involved, often what species.

Each blood test confirmed the presence of a species of mycoplasma, one of
them also inferring the presence of an associated virus.

Under the care of a biological dentist, his computron confirmed the presence
of both a mycoplasma and a virus throughout the upper and lower gums, also
naming the organism's species.

Still there was no belief or acceptance, but permission was given to cut
into a small portion of the gums as a final determination.

Lo! A greyish mass was present. We found this evidence of infestation
throughout the top and bottom along my whole gum line -- a fifty year-long
unsuspected focus of infection. These were laser sterilized and cleansed
with hydrogen peroxide injections.

Later a nerve ganglion that could not be cut into by the biological dentist
was also cleansed of infection by a medical doctor with appropriate
techniques, as were other nerve ganglia containing mercury in other parts of
the body.

According to Dr. Meinig, so long as the immune system is young, and
functioning properly, these toxins and foreign invaders are properly
handled. Once we age, as do our systems, the immune functions become slowly
overwhelmed, and the various degenerative diseases set in.

By the way. None of this kind of dentistry should be attempted without a
Biological Dentist. They are few in number, and not too easy to find. The
untrained, normal dentist not only will not believe, but even if willing to
remove mercury or cleanse foci of infection, they are likely to leave you
worse off than when you began. Especially dangerous is the possibility of
accumulating more mercury in your system than you had before amalgam
replacement with a neutral filling. Specialized techniques and training are
necessary!

There are cases on record where once the mercury has been removed, and the
foci of infection cleared up,(by use of the proper procedures) arthritis has
totally disappeared without further treatment.

There are also cases where obvious health improvement has been obtained, but
the arthritis has not cleared. Reason: Stress, nutrition, candidiasis, food
allergies, and additional problems to be discussed in the following.

Adnoidectomies and Tonsilectomies Foci of Infection

Additional foci of infections may result from improper sterilization after
adnoidectomies or tonsilectomies, according to Dr. Meinig.

What's Happened to This Important Information?

What's happened to this information, about the dangers of mercury, gum
infection after extracted teeth and root canal surgery, and possible storage
of infectious microorganisms after adniodectomies and tonsilectomies?

Why hasn't the public -- or the arthritic -- been told of it?

Although the important medical research was initially sponsored by the
American Dental Association, when one of us asked his dentist about his
knowledge of these fantastic, long-term, definitive research works, he shook
his head, saying, "No, I've never heard of them! They never taught us this
in dentistry school."

We gave him copies of Meinig's and Huggins' books.

Like so many important medical discoveries, the knowledge got buried by
mean-spirited, closed-minded, suppressive personalities -- or people with
vested interests.

Original research records are stored in the American Dental Association
library archives, and copies are also found in the Price-Pottenger Nutriton
Foundation (PO Box 2614, La Mesa, California 91943-2614). However, George
Meinig, D.D.S. has nicely summarized the work in his book Root Canal
Coverup.

Pesticides and Herbicides

Pesticides and herbicides surround us everywhere. It's as though we live in
a sea of these dangerous, man-made substances. The initial idea was to kill
pests (insects, rodents, etc.) or to kill weeds that are undesirable on our
farms so that we could produce more and better crops. A similar motivation
led to the use of antibiotics which, at first glance, appears to be a
miraculous use of nature's own means of limiting undesirable microbes.

However, what has happened is this: Insects, microorganisms, and even
so-called weeds adapt -- usually faster than we do. One surviving microbe,
for example, can breed a generation of descendents that not only cannot be
killed by the chemical or antibiotic that killed its forebearers, but
thrives on it instead, and so another chemical or antibiotic must be
manufactured against this new generation.

And so it goes, until there is hardly anything that can be used against
these adaptable organisms that is not also dangerous to the cells of man.

Dangerous pesticides and herbicides have also become extremely widespread:
winds spread the chemicals to our shores as does wave; and even traffic from
country to country by car, ship, plane, and feet which all spread these
deadly man-made chemicals.

There is little water, whether city conditioned, or farm well-water, stream,
ocean, or lake, that does not contain these dangerous substances, just as
there is little produce that reaches our markets that does not contain them.
Nor are the snows and ices safe. Dangerous herbicides and pesticides can
even be found in the arctic and antarctica, carried by wind and wave. Whole
eco-systems and their many varied life-forms are dying by the tens of
thousands from our poisonous incursions.

Harold Buttram, M.D. (Our Toxic World; Who Is Looking After Our Children?)
reports that "about 70,000 chemicals are now used in commerce, of which
several hundred have been tested for neurotoxicity, and among these only a
handful have been tested thoroughly. Children have been estimated to be up
to 10 times more vulnerable to toxic chemicals than adults."

Generally, these poisons or their dangerous metabolites are accumulated in
the parts of the cells of the body called "lipids," or fatty parts of our
cells.

Parasites, including infestations of candidiasis, amoebae, mycoplasmas,
bacteria, viruses, worms, et. al., will not readily leave the body
(especially intestinal tract) until these pesticides and herbicides are
driven from the body.

There are many ways to detoxify herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals
from the body, among which are (1) 3-1/2 to 4 weeks of sweat sauna at
1400-1800 F, with replacement vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids
(Church of Scientology); (2) use of body soaks with special preparations,
including dry scrubbing, et. al. (3) specially prepared herbs and
homeopathic remedies, and so on.

Primary, however, and according to Lee Cowden, M.D., is to get rid of the
accumulated organic mercury compounds, which permits removal of herbicides
and pesticides, which permits removal of parasites.

Parasites

Getting rid of parasites, including yeast, amoebae, mycoplasmas, bacteria,
viruses, worms, et. al. may require a number of different treatments over
more or lesser time periods.

Nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman (Guess What Came to Dinner) says, "If you
think that parasitic diseases happen only to people in Third World
countries, think again . . . An astounding one out of six people will test
positive for parasites," -- those are only counting parasites for which
tests are made.

Lee Cowden, M.D., for example, may recommend ozone colonics, especially the
kind that can be used in one's own home. An ozone machine (to prepare
ozonated water) is purchased and used in the home to freshly prepare a
number of gallons of water, after which, and with the prior layout of a
colema board and training in the method, one injects the prepared ozonated
water into the lower colon. Dr. Cowden's rule of thumb is that for each 20
years of life it requires about 1 week of such treatment, twice daily, along
with other special dietary factors.

Bernard Jensen, D.C., Ph.D. (Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management)
describes other effective methods, as does Sherry Rogers, M.D. (Wellness
Against All Odds), and

Louis J. Marx, M.D. (Healing Dimensions of Herbal Medicine), may provide
specific herbal formulations for specific as well as general conditions.

Removing undue stress, satisfying individual nutritional requirements,
detoxifying mercury, pesticides and herbicides, treating candidiasis and
food allergies, killing undesirable parasites via prescription drugs, herbs
and other means, and removing the thickened intestinal lining which harbors
parasites, microorganisms, and worms will surely restore health with the
vast majority.

5. Necessary Individualized Treatments

There is another level which might be required for optimum health for some
individuals, and that is specialized individualized treatments. These are
whatever individualized treatments are necessary for the specific person.
For example: a person who has diabetes may very well have a type that
William H. Philpott, M.D. of Choctaw, Oklahama has identified as being
caused by allergies to certain widely consumed foods. The beta cells in the
pancreas swell because of the allergy, thus preventing the body from
receiving necessary insulin. We've known folks who, on talking with Dr.
Philpott, have tried his allergy recommendations and subsequently have
become free of insulin shots thereafter.

Whether or not the type of diabetes is from food allergy, any diabetic can
benefit from chelation therapy, a method of improving blood circulation in
80% of the peripheral (extremities) circulation. Such improvement in blood
circulation is always accompanied by improved nutritional support for each
individual cell, and thus improves ability to heal.

In fact, the use of chelation therapy can very well eliminate the need for
by-pass surgery, one of those very costly, mostly ineffective standard,
obsolete, medical practices.

As each individual differs greatly from others both in genetics, past
nutritional intake, stress, and other important modifiers of our biology,
only a trained health professional can determine whether or not Level Five
is necessary, and in most cases, while perhaps not necessary, may be
desirable.

Level Four Toward Wellness. and possibly Level 5, are such an important
steps (especially when combined with levels 1 through 3) there's virtual
certainty that when properly, implemented every (100%) arthritic will
achieve wellness. But this doesn't mean that all of the damage to joints and
other body systems will necessarily be reversed. Special treatments may be
necessary for damaged, irreversible problems.

Not just those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, not just those suffering
from rheumatoid disease (the whole 80 of them), but also a large portion of
any who suffer from many so-called degenerative disease will achieve
wellness.

We knowingly include many forms of cancer among the promised wellnesses
accomplished through the directions described.

You see, we've sort of snuck up on you!

We started by describing simple levels of healing strategies just for
arthritides, and arrived at a level that will heal almost everything, so
common are the causes, and so basic are the common physiological conditions.

The Catch

Implementing the above recommendations can be a serious problem. Although
The Arthritis Trust of America's physician list contains many doctors
knowledgeable in one or more of the preceding treatment programs, there are
few, indeed, knowledgeable or trained in all of them.

Finding a biological dentist in your geographical region, as has been
mentioned, can be a pain in the tail. The Price-Pottenger Nutrition
Foundation has a listing of biological dentists.

Finding a compatible physician or dentist may take some time, and may also
require you to search throughout the country, or even out of the country.
Some procedures can be accomplished only at the risk of the professionals'
license in some states, and some medical procedures (such as colonics) can
be best done by yourself, in your own home after proper training. Some, of
course may be best with your family physician.

Thus it is -- with all the many implementation problems -- that we highly
recommend that you begin learning. Learning is what The Arthritis Trust of
America's publications and books are about. When you've studied the variety
of aspects to getting well, you can decide for yourself how much expenditure
of time and effort you will make to heal yourself.

Some things you'll do yourself, based on the knowledge we've provided you.

Some treatments will require guidance by a knowing health professional.

Some treatments will require full attendance by a knowledgeable health
professional.

Some treatments can only be found a long way from your home.

Your best bet is still to begin by ordering books and materials from The
Arthritis Trust of America and elsewhere.

Study, and decide!

Only you can get you well!

References

1. James Braly, M.D., Dr. Braly's Food Allergy and Nutrition Revolution,
order from The Arthritis Trust of America.

2. Harold Buttram, M.D., Our Toxic World: Who Is Looking After Our Children?
order from The Arthritis Trust of America.

3. William Crook, M.D., The Yeast Connection Handbook, order from The
Arthritis Trust of America.

4. Anthony di Fabio, Rheumatoid Diseases Cured at Last, 1985 edition, only
computer print-out available, The Arthritis Trust of America.

5. Ann Louise Gittleman, Guess What Came to Dinner, order from The Arthritis
Trust of America.

6. Burton Goldberg, Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide, order from
The Arthritis Trust of America.

7. Hal Huggins, D.D.S., It's All In Your Head, order from The Arthritis
Trust of America.

8. Bernard Jensen, D. C., Ph.D., Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management,
order from The Arthritis Trust of America.

10. Derrick Lonsdale, M.D., Why I Left Orthodox Medicine, order from The
Arthritis Trust of America.

11. Louis J. Marx, M.D., Healing Dimensions Through Bowel Management, order
from The Arthritis Trust of America.

12. George Meinig, D.D.S., Root Canal Coverup, order from The Arthritis
Trust of America.

13. John Parks Trowbridge, M.D. & Morton Walker, D.P.M., The Yeast Syndrome,
order from The Arthritis Trust of America.

14. Sherry S. Rogers, M.D., Wellness Against All Odds, Pestige Publishing,
PO Box 3068, 3500 Brewerton Road, Syracuse, NY 13220.

15. Joe Wallach, D.V.M., N.D., Ma Lan, M.D., Rare Earths: Forbidden Cures,
Double Happiness Publishing Co., PO Box 1222, Bonita, CA 91908.

Detoxification Services

Health Restoration Systems, Inc., Dallas, TX, (972) 480-8909.

Non-Profit Nutrition Information and Archives

Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, PO Box 2614, La Mesa, CA 91943-2614;
(619) 574-7763.


This article is the "Foreward" to the book Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and
Rheumatoid Disease With Rheumatoid Arthritis by Anthony di Fabio & Gus J.
Prosch, Jr., M.D

If you wish this 350 page book, please send $10 to The Arthritis Trust of
Canada, Fourth Floor, 300 March Road, Kanata, Ontario K2K 2E2 or The
Arthritis Trust of America, 7111A Sweetgum Dr. SW, Fairview, Tn 37062-9384

$10 donation, 350 pages paperback; ISBN 0-9615437-3-6
The Arthritis Trust, 7111 Sweetgum Drive SW, Suite 1, Faiview, Tn 37062-9384

Copyright 1997 All rights reserved

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