Article #2: Arthritis by Dr. Robert R. Gross
Arthritis is a “disease” caused principally by impaired metabolism and toxemia (poisons in the blood and tissues), acid pattern is eventually developed in the joints by the type of food eaten and the faulty habits experienced. A fibrositis (fiber inflammation) followed by a hardening of tissues surrounding the joint occurs. All the structures composing a joint-articular cartilage, synovial membrane, synovial fluid, articular capsule, ligaments, tendons, and muscle endings may become involved. Blood circulation to the parts is obstructed and calcium tends to infiltrate and precipitate in any of the areas. Mobility is reduced, and, ultimately, the joints may become locked (ankylosis) and deformed.
Arthritis is classified by physicians into different forms: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis and rheumatic fever arthritis. All these afflictions are basically the same type in the joint. The cause is the same (toxemia) and the care is the same. This abnormal state exemplifies typically the Natural Hygienic axiom of the unity of disease.
Pathology texts describe osteoarthritis as the hypertrophic form (joint enlargement) and rheumatoid arthritis as the atrophic form (wasting). I have seen innumerable cases wherein both forms were combined in the same joint. As a matter of fact, it is impossible that one form exist as an entity unto itself without involving some joint disturbance attributed to the other.
Medicine likes to classify health deviations down to impractical differences whereas all derangements are practically the same. The use of “medical jargon,” descriptive Latin and Greek names, and utilization of imposing-looking diagnostic instruments and laboratory procedures lend an aura of “science” to the practice of drugging. These adornments and embelishments are so much “eyewash” and serve to detract from the actual cause-and-effect relationship of all disease processes and their care.
Cause of Arthritis
The inflammation, pain and stiffness, lime deposits, deformity, ultimate destruction of the normal joint structures, and “locking” of the joint all stem from a form of life destructive to general health. Poor eating habits; smoking; consumption of alcohol and coffee; insufficient sleep, sunshine, fresh air and exercise; emotional intemperance; use of medicine and pills and other factors cause nutritional impairment, intestinal poisoning and chronic toxemia with arthritis.
The results of drugging and therapeutic abuses have made arthritis a hopeless condition. There is tremendously more harm, suffering, inconvenience and abuse caused by the treatment employed than by the arthritis itself. The evils of cortisone: ACTH, phenylbutazone, aspirin, gold salts and x-ray radiation have made hopeless cripples of mild arthritic sufferers. Persistence in ignoring causes of disease and refusal to remove them is the greatest evil of medical treatment.
Hygienic Care of Arthritis
Arthritis is not the hopeless condition that medical men make of it. It must not be permitted to advance beyond the possibility of vital redemption before Natural Hygienic care be instituted. In all cases that have not advanced to joint destruction and ankylosis, recovery may be experienced to varied degrees if the sufferer will forego the destructive way of life causing the derangement. He must be willing to adopt, and persist in, a regime from which normal health will evolve.
I have had innumerable arthritics recover normal joint function through fasting followed by a vegetable, fruit and raw nut regime. The fast promotes detoxification of the body, and marked improvement, both in general and local conditions, follows. Relief from excruciating pain is gained within only a few days after the fast is instituted. Marked reduction of the swelling and enlargement of the joints, restoration of motion in the stiffened parts and great comfort and ease are immediately enjoyed.
Some cases require two or more fasts before accumulated poisons are ejected and full recovery is accomplished. In advanced cases one or two years may be required before normal joint movement is obtained. The patient must be persistent and cooperative with nature’s infinite wisdom in the self-healing powers of the body. If he will do this, he will not only recover health but he will retain good health.
Faulty habits of living dangerously reduce nerve functioning power and maintain it at a level inconsistent with high-grade health. This substandard functioning power is the antecedent of all disease irrespective of by what name it goes and no matter what complicating causes may be superadded to them. The body does not possess unlimited power of recuperation, thus, diseased states in any degree should be immediately subjected to Natural Hygienic care.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Structure And Function Of Joints
- 3. Types Of Arthritis
- 4. Why You Have Arthritis
- 5. Treatments
- 6. Erroneuous Theories
- 7. What To Do If You Have Arthritis
- 8. Questions & Answers
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