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Still, supplementing for antioxidants may not be 100% effective, as responses are mixed. Thus dietary consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, is the recommended means of addressing obtaining them. One source recommended 75% of your diet from these.

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Selenium is also recommended as it works in synergy with Vitamin E, and is an essential component of two important antioxidant enzymes. Supplementation is recommended at 200 mcg/daily.

Selenium is also a specific remedy for mercury toxicity. Mercury amalgam fillings are a major culprit in the onset of disease, especially inflammatory diseases like A.S. Selenium is also controversial as it appears to have an upper toxicity limit of its own, like Vitamin A.

Proteolytic enzymes (4 tablets between meals for one month) help to control inflammation. Enzymes should be taken between meals on an empty stomach, not less than 20-30 minutes before a meal.

Zinc not only controls inflammation but also helps healing. Zinc and vitamin C go hand in hand; they are most effective together. Take up to 50 mg daily of Zinc with one or more doses of Vitamin C.

Taking a large number of pills can be problematic for some people. I take 2-3 dozen pills at each meal and enzymes between meals. When I take my pills with a meal I start by taking a few bites of food. Then I'll take 2-3 pills with a small sip of liquid, usually water. Then another couple bites of food and another 2-3 pills. I try to have food left over when the pills are gone. I know we shouldn't drink liquids at meals but there really isn't any other way for me to get them down.

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Dr. John Pagano, author of the book "Healing Psoriasis Naturally", found that nightshades increase inflammation in patients with Psoriatic Arthritis. Nightshades include tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers.

Dietary changes suggest limiting saturated fats and trans fats, as these increase inflammation risks. Instead, increase your consumption of deepwater ocean fish, such as wild caught salmon, mackerel, and sardines. Tuna, herring, and anchovies are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which suppress the substances that cause inflammation.

The book, "Patient Heal Thyself", offers an extensive diet, broken down into four categories, from Super foods, to Healthy, Neutral, and Dangerous.

Prostaglandins and leukotrienes are the cause of pain. They are eicosanoids, micro-hormones, produced by the cell and used by neighboring cells. Eicosanoids appear in the body in pairs. Although we may call them "good" or "bad", there is really no such thing as good or bad. Both extremes are necessary to the body, but health is achieved by maintaining a perfect balance. One example are the hormones that control blood coagulation. Too much and clots will form, putting us at risk of stroke. Too little and we would bleed to death from any break in the skin.

Eicosanoids are ideally managed with The Zone diet. Dr. Barry Sears, the author of the diet and several books on it, has also manufactured a pharmaceutical grade, high-dose fish oil for safe, maximum omega-3 supplementation.

Dr. John E. Sarno found Ankylosing Spondylitis to be emotionally induced and treated it successfully with "humor" therapy and vitamin C.

In summary then, non-conventional, alternative treatment consists of:

  • an airbed
  • water filtering
  • low-dose aspirin
  • increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables, nut and seeds, and oily ocean fish
  • reducing the consumption of red meat and saturated fats and trans fats
  • adding supplements of antioxidants and selenium
  • adding liquid mineral supplementation
  • possibly limiting nightshades
  • increasing exercise
  • address emotional issues and increase humor


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•Balch, James F., M.D. Prescription for Nutritional Healing . Balch and Balch (1990) ISBN 0-89529-429-X

More Ultimate Healing . Boardroom, Inc., Connecticut (2009) ISBN 0-88723-523-9

•Packer, Lester, Ph.D. and Carol Colman. The Antioxidant Miracle: Put Lipoic Acid, Pycnogenol, and Vitamins E and C to Work for You . John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (1999) ISBN 0-471-35311-6

•Rubin, Jordan S., N.M.D., Ph.D. Patient Heal Thyself: A Remarkable Health Program Combining Ancient Wisdom With Groundbreaking Clinical Research . Freedom Press, Topanga, CA. (2004) ISBN 1-893910-24-5

•Sarno, John E., M.D. Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection . Warner Books, Inc., New York. (1991). ISBN 0-446-39230-8

•Sears, Barry, Ph.D. The Omega Rx Zone: The Miracle of the New High-Dose Fish Oil . Regan Books (2003). ISBN 0-06-098919-X

The American Medical Association Home Medical Encyclopedia: An A-Z Reference Guide to over 5000 Medical Terms (Volume ONE & TWO) . Random House, New York (1989). ISBN 0-394-58248-9 (Set)

The Medical Advisor: The Complete Guide to Alternative & Conventional Treatments : Home Edition . Time-Life Books, Alexandria, Virginia. (1997) ISBN 0-7835-5250-5.


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