The previous herbs I have described have primarily worked to strengthen the body’s natural defenses against infection rather than attacking microorganisms themselves. Resulting from infection from contact lens use or from injury to the eye, bacterial keratitis usually develops very quickly, and if left untreated, can cause blindness. A fungal infection is a much rarer cause of cellulitis. Most people heal their bones or joints and do not succumb to rheumatoid arthritis. Many pharmaceutical antibiotics kill only a narrow range of these germs. Based on 3 large studies of identical twins, the chance of both twins developing rheumatoid arthritis was only 12.3% to 21%. Chickenpox and shingles often cause blisters to develop on your skin.
Let’s pretend that you get infected. This is the chemical that gives fresh garlic its strong biting flavor, and you need to use fresh garlic to get a reliable antibiotic effect. Even when your immune system has cleared or rid your body of the intruder, your immune system may be confused. If your skin becomes very swollen it may crack, creating an entry point for bacteria. This is called molecular mimicry because part of the molecules of your joints and the intruder look similar to your immune system. Initially the antibiotic kills most of the bacteria being attacked. Several bacteria including subclinical Proteus urinary tract infections, the common disease causing bacteria found in gingivitis, Porphyromonas gingivalis, as well as Mycoplasma arthritidis, Mycoplasma fermentans, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Ureaplasma urealiticum, and Chlamidia trachomatis are also found to be associated with rheumatoid arthritis in some patients.
At least one researcher found each of these infectious agents (or antibodies reactive with them) in the joint fluid of some rheumatoid arthritis patients at higher levels than in osteoarthritis patients. Interestingly, skeletal evidence suggests that rheumatoid arthritis only became common in the European continent after Christopher Columbus returned from the Americas. Garlic does not seem to produce such resistant strains, and may be effective against strains that have become resistant to pharmaceutical antibiotics. Recent scientific data shows that 3 of every 4 rheumatoid arthritis patients who eat foods that they are allergic to, experience significantly more stiffness, pain, tender and swollen joint counts, higher Ritchie’s articular index, sedimentation rate, C-Reactive Protein levels as well as higher TNF-alpha and IL-1 alpha levels. In a study of over 57,000 patients, people who ate more fruits and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts), certain antioxidant micronutrients, particularly beta-cryptoxanthin, and who took supplemental zinc had lower rates of rheumatoid arthritis. Thus, low essential nutrients make you more susceptible to RA. Subsequent experiments have shown garlic to be effective not only against the parasitic amoebas that cause dysentery, but against other organisms such as toxoplasma, cryptosporidia, and pneumocystis, all of which cause disease in humans.
In the last 50 years, our world has become more laden with many man-made chemicals including pesticides, organic solvents as chloroform and xylene, dioxins, volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde, and polychlorinated biphenyls. Most of these toxic substances increase our risk for cancer. Some, like the toxic metal mercury, altered the immune response to the infectious agent Mycoplasma in rodents and increased the incidence and severity of autoimmunity. The main antibiotic therapy he uses in garlic, at about nine cloves a day for active infections, and he finds it effective to prevent or treat these infections, even when conventional antibiotics have failed to do so. Dr. F. Batmanghelidj who studied many chronic and acute signals of dehydration in a stress filled environment in Iran has proposed that dehydration is one of the major causes of rheumatoid arthritis.
Recent research supports use for intestinal parasites in AIDS (AIDS Research Alliance 1996; Deshpande et al 1993). Furthermore, chronic dehydration would lead to damage to the cartilage, inflammation and angiogenesis, which is consistent with being one of the causes of rheumatoid arthritis. Causes of your rheumatoid arthritis probably involve multiple factors, including low levels of one or more essential nutrients, possible injury or infection, food or chemical sensitivities, mild dehydration, acid-alkaline imbalance, unreleased stress or past trauma, toxic accumulation, and genetic susceptibility. They also use various methods (including injection with the infectious agent, Mycoplasma or chemicals like formaldehyde) to induce an arthritis-like symptom in susceptible strain (types) of mice. Chinese researchers also have shown that garlic as a intravenous extract can be effective against cryptococcal meningitis. Angiogenesis is the body’s method to bring more blood vessels to an area. These blood vessels then bring more fluids, nutrients, water, white blood cells to fight infection and enhance healing, as well as remove waste.
This research helps to further understand the causes of rheumatoid arthritis, the disease process and to identify proteins that occur in rheumatoid arthritis damaged tissue that does not occur in normal tissue. Although garlic attacks bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms directly, it also stimulates the body’s natural defenses against these invaders. By comparing how I feel with my activities, eating habits, water consumption, surroundings and exercise, I’ve identified 36 triggers for RA flares so far. And ways to calm each type of RA flare. I’m writing special reports to share the information. It did this in lab experiments at concentrations of as low as one microgram per ml — the equivalent of a tiny pinch of salt in about 30 gallons of water. Molnar-Kimber and her community.
It is not intended to replace your one on one relationship with a qualified health care professional. It also is not intended to be medical advice. Dr. Dr. Molnar-Kimber encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research and discussions with your qualified health care professional.