People who Overcame RA

When I first learned of the diagnosis, I followed treatment just like everyone else. But I got tired of the medication and started to find people who overcame RA with different methods…

We read a number of books and read from a number of accounts from people who had overcome Rheumatoid Arthritis largely through changes in diet.

Having a healthy approach to treating RA really appealed to me.

I’m not saying that the meds can’t help, but as we looked long term, the meds weren’t the answer.

I know that you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet, but there are enough people who have shared their stories that you can find a common theme.

Below I’ve listed a few of the individuals I’ve come across whose stories have helped me:

Barbara Allan – Overcoming Reactive Arthritis

One book that clicked with us was Barbara Allan’s book Conquering Arthritis: What Doctors Don’t Tell You Because They Don’t Know

It made sense to us.

Barbara shares her story of Reactive Arthritis (similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis) and the various things she tried.

I believe it’s one of the top selling books on Amazon for Arthritis.

Her approach and discoveries include the following:

  • Auto-immune arthritis attacks are due to a combination of allergic reactions, increased permeability of the small intestine, and excess toxcity.
  • RA can be managed through diet and elimination of problem products containing allergens.
  • Food sensitivity (vs food allergies) can be a major factor, different for each person.

Joseph Hackett – Rheumatoid Arthritis Documented Progress

Diagnosed with severe RA, Joseph took steps to control the condition. His Rheumatoid Arthritis story was inspiring, and I loved that he posted a timeline of the Rheumatoid Factor from his tests.

  • Elimination Diet to idenfity problem foods
  • Determine if it’s Candida Albicans
  • Bacteria or Parasites
  • Use relaxation techniques

Phyllis Heaphy – Overcoming RA with the McDougall Diet

Overcoming RA through Diet, Phyllis followed a low fat, vegan diet outlined by Dr. McDougall.

Commonalities in Overcoming RA

What impresses me is that the stories have a common thread…lifestyle change, changes Rhuematoid Arthirits.

The changes are different from person to person, the similarities are often diet related, removal of allergies, and eating healthy, life giving (instead of taking) food.

I’m going to post more stories here.

There were a lot that we came across, but we didn’t keep a list, so I’m going to find the ones that influenced us, and post them here.