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Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis
that’s autoimmune in nature. What autoimmune means is that there’s some confusion that’s
happened in the immune system where the white blood cells in the immune system actually
become reactive to the body’s own tissues. In rheumatoid arthritis, specifically, the
immune system starts attacking the tissue in the joints, like in the hands and in the
wrists and in the knees—it can affect any joint, but these are typical places where
we’ll see it. And in chronic cases, we can actually see pretty extreme deformity and
pain. As an autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis has many causative factors: we’re
going to look at things like endocrine imbalance, which means hormone imbalance; we’re going
to look at mercury toxicity and other heavy metal toxicities. We’re going to look at
food allergies and we’re also going to look at dyspyosis. Dyspyosis is just a term that
means you have an imbalance of the type of flora, or organisms, in your intestines. So
when someone comes to see me with rheumatoid arthritis, there are several things we’re
going to do in the initial consult. We’re going to take a very in-depth history, because
we want to confirm that what is actually going on is rheumatoid arthritis. I’m going to
take an in-depth look at their diet. Diet’s actually very important, and there’s a lot
of foods that can be quite inflammatory and that can aggravate an autoimmune condition.
I’m also going to look to see what their stress levels are like, and what any exercise
habits look like, because these things can also impact an autoimmune condition. I like
to take many tests during the first visit to again confirm that this is actually rheumatoid
arthritis—so we’re going to look at the blood, and we’re going to look for autoantibodies
and rheumatoid factor. And then we’re also going to look for antibodies IgG and IgE form
to many foods. Oftentimes, people have many food allergies that can aggravate this condition,
and so we’re going to want to rule that out. In addition in the blood work, we’re
going to look at hormone levels, and we’re also going to verify that in saliva. And then
in urine, we’re going to confirm that there’s no heavy metal toxicity that’s happened,
because quite often things like mercury and other heavy metals can aggravate autoimmune
conditions, and we want to make sure that that’s not what’s going on in this case.
When I’m formulating a treatment plan, my primary objective is to get the immune system
under control. We want to modulate that inflammation—bring it down, so that the body is no longer attacking
itself. So the first area I’m going to work with the person to have this happen is their
diet. We’re going to look at anything that’s inflammatory in their diet: this can be things
like sugar and refined flour—any fake food will go, so there’s going to be no packaged
food, no trans-fats. I recommend my patients eat organic, and we’re going to work on
a completely whole-foods diet: we’re going to do good proteins, good-quality fats, lots
of fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds primarily. When we look at that
blood work, if there were any positive reactions—either IgE or IgG—to foods, we will remove those
foods for at least three months completely. At that point, if they had positive food allergies
and there were a lot of them, that will tell me that work needs to be done on their gut
lining. So sometimes, because of chronic inflammation, we can get a little bit of what we call “leakiness”
in the intestines; and, along with a little bit of undigested food, those spaces allow
for food to get into the capillaries and cause more inflammation in the body—and specifically,
it’s proteins that are leaking into the capillaries. So we really need to work on
not only taking out the foods that are aggravating the immune system, but we need to work on
healing of the lining of the gut. Things that are really good for gut mucosa repair are
the amino acid glutamine. I like to use a lot of what are called “demulcent botanicals,”
which means kind of slippery botanicals, and these things are typically slippery elm or
althea-aficinalis (sp?), which is marshmallow. There are several herbs that are very good
for the intestine lining—those are a few of them that I like to use. MSM (sp?) is another
very good nutrient for healing of the gut lining. There are many. I always give probiotics,
too. When there is inflammation, probiotics will actually help modulate inflammation,
and so that’s something that’s going to go in no matter what. Very typically if a
person has rheumatoid arthritis, what I’ll see if they are positive for dyspyosis, which
means that we have an imbalance in the type of bacteria and possibly fungus in the intestine—not
enough good protective bacteria, and an overgrowth of sometimes commensal bacteria (which means
bacteria that’s normally found there, but there’s an overgrowth), and sometimes frankly
pathogenic bacteria that needs to be cleared. There can be things like Candida or other
types of microorganisms that are harmful, so we need to clear any of that out. And we
would use specific botanicals if there is any type of infection. When we do panels,
if we’ve done a stool panel—and that’s another thing that we actually didn’t mention—but
if we’ve done a stool panel, that will tell us what type of microflora is happening in
the intestines, and we will culture these bacteria and see what type of natural agents
are actually sensitive to use. We don’t need to use antibiotics to clear an infection;
you can use antimicrobial botanicals that they culture sensitive to. So in that person’s
individual body with that infection, we’ll be able to have a positive match for what
types of natural medicines will get rid of infections, so we’ll work on that. If a
person has a hormone imbalance, the types of hormone imbalances that are pretty typical
are things like estrogen dominance: either high levels of estrogen in women, and sometimes
in men—especially if they’re overweight—but sometimes a woman can have lower estrogen
levels, but just have not enough progesterone to balance out that estrogen, and in that
case balancing that level of progesterone is called for. Another thing that is very
typical is to have low DHEA level—DHEA is another hormone—and testosterone. And so
we really want to make sure that all of the hormones are in balance so that we can help
the body modulate inflammation better. Cortisol is another important hormone to look at at
that point, and that is something that we’ll also find on a saliva panel. The last thing
that is really important and also common in autoimmune conditions is heavy metal toxicity.
And so the truth of the matter is most of have some elevation of heavy metal toxicity
in our bodies at this point, just from amalgam fillings, or eating too much fish that contained
mercury. But there are definitely levels that are more problematic than others, and if this
is positive in someone with an autoimmune disease, we really want to address this. This
can be done with a chelation series to address whichever heavy metal is elevated—typically
mercury, but there can be many other metals that are problematic and elevated—and so
this is how we’d go about treating this. This is a very effective protocol if you address
all these steps. These are many factors to address, but very effective. I have successfully
been able to take patients who’ve had rheumatoid arthritis off of Western medical drugs successfully.
It’s typically taken me about six weeks to two months to modulate the inflammation
and start that transition period, and then within six months, I have them off of all
of the natural treatments as well and they were able to sustain. And so I’ve had some
good success rates with things like rheumatoid arthritis which we typically don’t hear,
you know, happy endings for, so that’s great.

31 thoughts on “Effectively Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis with Natural Medicine by Dr. Angela Agrios, ND

  1. Hi
    Great Vidio, lot of information.
    I would like to reacher a Doctor in my area who treats Rheumatoid Artritis like you, can you help me and let me know how i could find a doctor who practice lihe you.

  2. @quez1977 Click the "more info" icon above (>>) and you'll see I give a hyperlink to her website. Her email is DrAgrios at

  3. I was diagnosed rith RA about 4 years ago, I resisted the medical establishment with their "recommendations" and took control myself, today I live a life free form any effects. The doctor (professor) I am seeing every six months puts the results down to a positive attitude, what a pity he does not believe in the steps I took so he can share it with his patients but then again if he did he would be laughed at by his peers.

  4. you sound like the most intelligent..informed person on this topic..wish you lived in canada nearby!! You are helping thousands i'm sure!1 God bless you!

  5. @jannnyyy1 You can always do a phone consultation with Dr. Agrios. I list her info in the description. She has helped me greatly, and I highly recommend her. Larry

  6. @adnerb4469 I changed my diet and kept out the nightshade family, the supplements I took where Glaucosamine, colloidal minerals and a green leaf extract. Later on I added Omega 3 fatty acids. In saying this, individuals would have to check with their health care profesional so it doesn't clash with what they are taking now.

  7. Hello,
    About 3-4 years ago, I am now 24, my hands start paining, elbows.Doctors didn't found anything. Now every day I feel pain, changed job to office job, but now even fingers start paining. For one week I have now finger joints inflammation. Doctors not helping me at all, said to come and see doctor when my fingers will be swelling more, than they will do blood test. Last time they did blood test 7 months ago, blood good,not showing nothing. May grandmother had RA. How to proof that same me?

  8. helloo! I have really enjoyed watching your video.
    I'm 21, female, and i've RA 🙁
    I've had it for a year now, and i think it is getting worst.
    my doctor is not helping, he only adds more dose to my drugs. I think he is trying to make me broke. i'm spending all my money on drugs but i'm not feeling any better. I live in Canada presently, please how can you help me.

  9. Hi, I'm also 21 with RA. I stumbled across this link in hopes of finding and alternative to tradtional medications because I'm afraid of the side effects 🙁

  10. Me too. This video tells what to eat to treat the underlying causes which may include leaky gut condition. Probiotics, foods heavy in fiber, proteins, veggie green & other natural herbs that help heal the leaky gut is essential. Also avoiding allergic causing foods like cereals, diary, sugar, carbs need to be eliminated.

  11. I were involved with german dr s on this topic now fr 4mth – I never heard so speaking so intelligently about this subject. thanks a lot. and thanks the man, who invented mindmapping.

    bless you guys

  12. My Mom was bed ridden with pain for 6 weeks, mobic made her feel better in a day. however I dont want her to take it on a reg basis…we have lots of alllergies.

  13. Thank you so much. I'm going to work on this diet and advice. I have RA in every joint for 3 years, it has financially ruined me, I'm in bed 90% of the day. Thank you for a bit of hope. Bless you in every way!

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