The Problem With Pain MedicationsDrugs only mask inflammation, they do not correct the source. Many pain meds also cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This side effect can prevent long term healing. For example, NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause folic acid and vitamin C deficiency. Both of these vitamins are crucial for the body to be able to repair damaged cartilage, joints, tendons, and ligaments. See the diagram below: Fox News recently interviewed me on this very complex topic. You can watch the interview below. If you think that the information will benefit someone (including your doctor), please share it.
Forms of Arthritis That Benefit With Diet Changes:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- reactive arthritis
Common Foods Associated With Joint PainIn my clinical experience the following short list of foods commonly contribute to arthritis. The list is not comprehensive.
- Grain (all grains including wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn, rice, millet, sorghum, etc)
- Nightshades (potato, eggplant, tomato, peppers, tobacco)
- Hydrogenated Fats (hardly a food, but added to a lot of processed food items)
- Sugar (in all processed forms)
- Coffee and Tea