Diet and Nutrition
following article is written with arthritis
in mind but its implications are equally
valid for diabetes, hypoglaecemia and numerous
Shahriar Mazandi, owner of The Cloudesley
view of the body, as seen by allopathic medicine,
is that its many cries for help such as fever
or illness should be treated with synthetic
substances that rid the individual of their
symptoms. Chemical substances may well prove
effective in suppressing these symptoms but
more often than not, they fail to address the
underlying issues responsible for making that
individual unwell in the first instance.
In essence, what many medications actually
achieve is to mask the symptoms. The illness
or dis-ease which might have been in an acute
phase, with pain, high temperature, vomiting,
or any number of the body’s other self
defense mechanisms are then limited but the
body is then left with fewer resources to deal
with the underlying causes that are then driven
to a chronic phase, with less acute pain, etc,
but with the problem sent to a deeper level
into the body.
Inevitably, with time, sometimes months, sometimes
years, when the body attempts to deal again
with the underlying causes, dis-ease or un-wellness
returns, requiring another, more often than
not, stronger combination of medications. This
cycle repeats itself until it progresses to
a serious complaint. if not dealt with appropriately,
a serious complaint will ultimately lead to
The holistic or alternative approach views
the person as a whole, looking at their diet,
environment, factors that may be causing stress,
both physiological and psychological, their
background and their immune system’s
ability to self-repair.
The body tries continuously to reach a state
of balance or ‘homeostasis’ through
self repair. When this process is hindered,
un-wellness can set in.
Most are already well aware that factors such
as diet, nutrition and the above named are
what lead to recovery, not a cocktail of pills
that require yet more pills to deal with the
unwanted side effects of the first batch.
There is now substantial evidence to demonstrate
the efficacy of natural well being and healthy
living over synthetic drugs. But, as certain
food stuffs that help the body heal cannot
be easily patented and offer little profit,
not much incentive exists to market these over
highly profitable drugs.
Today’s multinational pharmaceutical
companies or ‘Big Pharma’ are primarily
interested in protecting profits. They are,
in effect, in the business of managing sickness
(and profits), rather than protecting patient
Most modern diseases start in the gut with
a ‘bad’ diet. A bad diet consists
of acid forming foods that create ‘system
acidity’ and take the body out of balance
and out of homeostasis. System acidity is what
inevitably leads to disease.
Acid forming foods include sugar, bread, refined
and processed foods, soft drinks with modified
corn starch syrup and similar, foods that each
of us already know are not very good for us
yet we sometimes like to ‘treat’ ourselves.
When willpower is diminished and these ‘treats’ become
routine, the road to better health becomes
more difficult to negotiate.
System acidity could almost be compared to
the aging process, with the gradual breakdown
of internal organs and the muscular and skeletal
systems. Along the way, the individual might
be greeted by diabetes, cancer, arthritis or
any other condition.
The remainder of this article is written with
arthritis in mind but could just as easily
be applied to the other complaints mentioned,
as ultimately, as already stated, in the view
of this researcher, most diseases start with
According to my research, there is a strong
connection between diet and and many types
of arthritis. Pain in the joints, in itself,
might not be arthritis but an early indicator
of potential onset. A lack of particular vitamins
will contribute towards onset.
By their very definition, vitamins are things
needed is small doses. So, personally, I don’t
recommend pills but a balanced diet rich in
For some, certain foods with ingredients such
as gluten, lactose, yeast, sugar or nuts aggravate
their condition - for such people, an elimination
diet can be useful in identifying the culprit
foods. Elimination diets work by cutting out
all suspected groups of foods - such as dairy
products and/or refined grains, for a set period
and one by one re-introducing them to discover
which food is a potential cause. In reality,
unless you are methodical, have good discipline
and are working with a qualified nutritionist,
such diets can be hard to follow and the food
items difficult to pinpoint.
Seeing a qualified nutritionist would be best
but what can easily be done initially is to
reduce intake of foods known to cause problems
and to increase intake of better, natural foods.
Proper regular exercise and a well balanced
diet really will go a long way towards removing
toxins from the body, and replenishing it.
Furthermore, it is not always correct to assume
that one suffers from particular allergies.
A good nutritionist should be able to do accurate
mineral and allergen tests to pinpoint problem
But again, when the immune and lymphatic systems
are back to working well, the body is more
able to tolerate boderline foods. For example,
bananas, raisins, dates and grapes are very
high in sugar and ought to be greatly moderated
by a sufferer of hypoglycemia, but after recovery,
the body will tolerate larger intake of these,
which may in any case have other valuable vitamins
and other ingredients beneficial for overall
As mentioned, refined grains are best eliminated
or drastically reduced. As well as white bread,
this would include sugar-loaded supermarket
biscuits, other refined and highly processed
starchy snacks. Foods with hydrogenated oils,
such as crisps, should also be reduced as they
are heavily coated with trans-fatty acids,
or simply trans-fats, which cause problems
and lead to system toxicity. Saturated fats,
however, are less harmful and in moderation
may actually be useful. These are found in
milk, butter, cream, eggs and fatty meats.
But moderation is the key.
Another very important reason to avoid processed
foods is due to the power of one company that
has genetically modified the vast majority
of refined and packaged foodstuffs found on
supermarket shelves. These engineered ingredients
have now been shown to cause, kidney and liver
damage, immune system damage and even death.
This company is Monsanto. Monsanto’s
rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) is
another cause for great alarm.
For non-vegetarians, cutting down on excess
red meat consumption will help reduce potential
problems. While protein is needed, too much
red meat consumption, whilst providing protein,
amino acids, zinc and iron which help balance
blood-calcium, can cause body acidity. When
combating arthritis, it is very important to
balance the diet with alkalising foods. Dairy,
meats and refined grains all acidify the body,
leafy greens and vegetables help alkalise,
returning the body to homeostasis. Greens will
very much help fight conditions such as osteoporosis.
But again, acid-alkaline balance is the key.
Vitamin A as an anti-oxidant can help self
repair and is therefore influential in rheumatoid
arthritis. Carotenoids such as beta-carotene
can be converted by the body to Vitamin A.
Carrots are a good source, as are mangoes and
red peppers but broccoli is excellent. Beta-carotene
supplements in high doses can actually become
carcinogenic after extended use, whereas, with
natural foods, the body can absorb exactly
the amount needed.
B Vitamins and Folic acid help break down homocysteine
levels which increases after menopause. Pyridoxine
(Vitamin B6) and Panthothenate (B5) occur naturally
in greens - increasing intake of vegetables
and salads is one of the most important steps
one can take towards better health while reducing
intake of sugar and grains.
Vitamin C helps repair and maintain healthy
connective tissue and is essential for the
production of collagen, a vital ingredient
in articular cartilage, which lines the joints.
Food sources rich in Vitamin C, include oranges,
grapefruit, dark berries - blackberries, blueberries,
blackcurrants, etc. Fresh grapefruit in particular
is a good alkalising food.
As fruit goes through the digestion more quickly
than grains, meats and other foods, fruit should
be consumed before, not after a heavy meal
and in the morning rather than evening, to
avoid the possibility of it sitting in the
stomach overnight where it can ferment. Also,
one should eat more fruit in summer than winter,
when the body metabolises it more quickly.
Dark berries have the added advantage of being
rich in flavonoids which not only have anti-inflammatory
properties but are rich in anti-oxidants. Strawberries,
raspberries, cherries and most red berries
are all other good sources for flavonoids but
dark red grapes are a particularly good food.
The skin of dark grapes is one of the best
foods as an anti-oxidiser in fighting free
Vitamin D, known as the ‘sunshine’ vitamin,
is extremely important in maintaining balance
and repair. The best source is direct sunlight
on the skin. Far too many are stricken by cancer
for want of Vitamin D and lack of exposure
to the sun. Sensible exposure will not only
help fight depression, balance sleep disorders
and the body’s natural rhythms but will
help with essential Vitamin D production.
Again, when possible, it is best to avoid Vitamin
D pills, as they can be toxic in the higher
doses found in capsules. A, D, E and K are
all fat soluble, cumulative and can be toxic
in high doses. Even more problematic are the
super-high dose Vitamin C tablets which can
actually aggravate joint inflammation - An
orange which might only have 40 mg of vitamin
C, the body knows how to absorb. 3000 mg or
even 1000 mg is another matter.
Sunflower seeds are also a particularly good
source of Vitamin E, as are pumpkin seeds -
good sprinkled on salads. Other sources of
Vitamin E - almonds, hazelnuts and avocado
which is a ‘superfood’. Bananas
and red peppers are also good. Raw or undercooked
vegetables are generally better than overcooked.
I steam my vegetables for between 30 seconds
to 1 minute, as heat kills the beneficial enzymes
Cod liver oil, if taken, should be taken with
care, as, in its processed form, it can severely
deplete the body’s store of Vitamin E.
Also, due to oceanic pollution, most modern
processed cod liver oils have unacceptably
high levels of mercury and PCBs. Krill oil
could be tried instead.
For Omega 3, rather than fish oils, flax seed
sprinkled onto porridge for breakfast is another
source. Flax seed and flax oil have ALA (alpha-linolenic
If taking supplements, a safer option might
be pure (non-vitamin enriched) evening primrose
oil which has GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). GLA
and ALA are termed Essential Fatty Acids, as
the body cannot manufacture them by itself
and we need to consume food sources rich in
them. Borage oil has twice as much GLA than
evening primrose and works in much the same
way, improving skin and hair, reducing inflammation
and countering the damage done by trans-fats,
food additives and other ingredients of the
Glucosamine is another supplement that apparently
maintains cartilage, tendons and other connective
tissue. New research advises caution with Glucosamine.
After Aspartame, excess sugar is perhaps one
of the least beneficial substances one can
put into the human body, particularly white
refined sugar which not only suppresses the
immune system for hours after consumption but
also greatly acidifies the body, thus aggravating
arthritic conditions. For those with a sweet
tooth, Manuka honey or blackstrap molasses
in smaller quantities can be enjoyed sparingly
after recovery. Better yet, would be natural
sugar substitutes such as Stevia (an Aztec
plant) or Xylitol, a natural sap from the xylem
of trees. For the sufferer, it is important
to note that sugar and sugary foods are addictive
and courage may be needed to wean oneself off
these food additives.
Aspertame, as found in Diet Pepsi/ Diet Coke,
NutraSweet, Canderell, Sweet n’ Low and
a host of other low-sugar/sugar substituted
supermarket products should be avoided altogether.
Quite possibly, Aspartame, as a sweetener,
should shoulder much responsibility for much
of the ill health in the Western world. Please
Another controversial subject is fluoride toxicity.
Most people consider fluoride to be very beneficial
for teeth and health. My research shows otherwise.
It’s important to review who financed
a particular clinical trial before accepting
it’s findings. If trials are shown to
be independent, all good and well; if the sponsor
is shown to be a subsidiary of a major pharmaceutical
company, then questions must be raised to validate
According to my research, with traditional
fluoride toothpaste, one should make all attempts
to avoid swallowing the paste while brushing.
Fluoride toxicity is not only cumulative but
destroys collagen. Collagen, as mentioned,
is an essential component of skin, muscle and
ligaments. In the longer term, fluoride accumulation
can also destroy bone and thus could be a contributing
factor in arthritis. On skin, it can cause
premature aging. There are now many excellent
fluoride-free toothpastes on the market and
in health food stores.
Another important issue is excess consumption
of teas and coffees which not only acidify
the body but rob it of water - effectively,
they dehydrate the body. The old saying that
one should drink 8 glasses of water a day may
have some truth to it. When cartilage is dehydrated,
its gliding ability is decreased, its normal
alkaline state becomes acid, sensitising the
nerve endings that register pain. With sufficient
water intake, acidity and toxins can be washed
out. In dehydrated joints, cartilage cells
die more quickly due to constant abrasive friction.
The blood supply is then robbed of cartilage
cells to compensate but this mechanism is short
term and ineffective at maintaining cartilage
regeneration to replace dying tissue.
Arthritis, in itself, may indicate broader
system toxicity. Simple steps towards detoxification
could include removing harmful ingredients
such as parabens and sodium laurel sulphates/SLS
from daily contact.
Yet another substance we all put into our bodies
which is harmful in higher doses is regular
table salt - sodium chloride. Himalayan crystal
salt is a far healthier alternative as is has
a balance of potassium, calcium and a great
many other minerals the body requires in trace
amounts. You can find it by typing ‘Himalayan
Crystal Salt’ into google.
Apple cider vinegar: Not the clear supermarket
variety which for all intents and purposes
is nutritionally ‘dead’ but the
traditional farm produced cloudy variety, is
packed with beneficial enzymes, full of trace
minerals and other important ingredients. Delicious
when made with olive oil (itself a very important
ingredient against arthritis) as a salad dressing,
it may not work for all but pure, unadulterated
apple cider vinegar could prove to be a ‘miracle
cure’ for some conditions including arthritis.
It should be evaluated by each individual for
their own purposes.
The views expressed above are my own and
do not constitute medical advice. Nor should
be relied on when treating illness. Always
consult a qualified practitioner
in the appropriate medicinal field and
even more importantly, always do your own
information about conventional medication,
your health and alternatives
to drugs, please visit the following links:
From the website: http://www.globalresearch.ca/
Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex: A Deadly
Furthermore, homeopathy has
recently been in the news as a fraudulent and
dangerous alternative to conventional health
care. If that is also your view, this article
might interest you:
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