Natural Remedies

Seeking Help for Arthritis and Stomach Problems

Posted by Gracie (UK) on 06/10/2021


Hi, I'm 83, female, and have attempted to follow a healthy diet ever since I was 26. However, recently I've hit a bad patch. I have arthritis and had a knee replacement a few years back, but enjoy walking and until approx 9/10 weeks ago, usually managed 3/4 miles a couple of times a week. I'm also prediabetic and cannot shift the weight so decided to try walking every day for a week to see if that would help. After the third day of walking, I was in agony. Arthritic pain in both hips, base of spine, pelvic area, knees, behind knees, calves, right hand and wrist. Went on holiday a fortnight ago despite the pain, and did more walking, and found I had problems getting in and out of the car.

Arrived home from holiday and had telephone appointment with the doctor, and she advised blood tests, which have all come back normal apart from a rise in my blood glucose levels. She's also prescribed some strong pain killers. But I do not feel well and this morning after attempting to clean my tiny kitchen and bathroom, which took about an hour, I felt totally exhausted and had to climb into bed.

Along with all the pain, my digestive system does not appear right. I'm experiencing pain in the area of the breast bone when food is travelling down. Could a faulty digestive system cause exhaustion?

Over the years I think I've been the supplement queen, and have taken borax for a long time but it hasn't stopped arthritis from developing. I've also taken a lot of turmeric and black pepper, and in light of all the recent pain have added MSM.

Anyone had similar experiences or can offer any advice?

Replied by Rob

Hello Gracie –

From what you have stated, you are developing RA. The clues you stated, especially the clue about your stomach problems tells me that you may have a leaky gut or pathogen or both causing this problem. RA may lead to extreme fatigue and a lack of energy.

The causes for RA:

A world of evidence, not taught in medical school, that diet and lifestyle can manage, stall, and even reverse severe cases of RA.

-bacterial or fungal overgrowth

-leaky gut


-acid deficiency in stomach

-mucosal lining depletion

-enzyme deficiency

I did research and found a study showing that people with RA who went on a 10-day water fast had a dramatic decrease in symptoms.

Even mainstream institutions like Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine acknowledge that RA can be caused by an imbalance of intestinal microbes—a condition called intestinal dysbiosis—along with other factors, like genetics.

I believe intestinal dysbiosis is a key contributor to RA. It helps explain why so many people I know began experiencing their RA symptoms after years of taking antibiotics to treat conditions such as acne or chronic sinus infections. Antibiotics kill the unwanted bacteria, but they also kill the beneficial bacteria in your intestines. Kill too many good bacteria, and you have a microbial imbalance that can cause leaky gut.

Many people have tried my dietary and exercise program with great success. Others have tried it and notice a decrease in symptoms but still need their medications (though often fewer medications, or smaller doses). Every person is unique, and not everyone is able to eliminate their RA symptoms through diet and exercise alone. But one thing is for sure, no one has told me the strict plant-based diet makes their RA symptoms worse!

The pathogen's that maybe causing this problem is Proteus mirabilis or Candida, Aspergillus, and Exserohilum species among others. Extensive evidence based on the results of various microbial, immunological and molecular studies from different parts of the world, shows that a strong link exists between Proteus mirabilis microbes and RA. We propose that sub-clinical Proteus urinary tract infections are the main triggering factors and that the presence of molecular mimicry and cross-reactivity between these bacteria and RA-targeted tissue antigens assists in the perpetuation of the disease process through production of cytopathic auto-antibodies.

Fungal arthritis is inflammation of a joint by a fungus microorganism that has invaded the body and is growing in the normally sterile joint. Fungal infection of a joint is a serious condition that can lead to permanent damage to the joint with loss of function. Fungal arthritis is also referred to as mycotic arthritis. Fungal arthritis is usually caused by the fungus traveling through the bloodstream to reside in the joint. This manner of infection through the blood is referred to as hematogenous spread.

Things to try:

Externally: Rob's Joint Rub Formula (Do NOT use this formula if you are allergic to peanuts)

1/3 peanut oil

1/3 castor oil

1/3 olive oil (sometimes I use garlic infused olive oil to increase infection fighting properties)

1/5 wintergreen oil (about 15-20% by volume) or Pure Gum Spirits of Turpentine (not the synthetic stuff sold at hardware stores)

This formula is from 1910 and still works great. Use this rubbing oil as a massage oil and rub into the affected area daily, the excess oil can be wiped off with a tissue before dressing. Edgar Cayce's readings included oil of peanut blended with olive and pine oil for treatment of arthritis.


Garlic – The best anti-microbial ever. However, it can upset some individual's stomach. You can take it raw in black seed oil, tincture, garlic tea, mixed with other foods, or in a gel capsule form (I like NOW Brand Products).

Oregano Oil Capsules – Your choice here.

Sauerkraut – With these remedies, you will need to add probiotics back to your digestive tract. Raw Sauerkraut is linked to gut health more than inflammation directly. A healthy gut, however, can aid in the reduction of inflammation because when a person's digestive system is functioning properly, overall general health is improved. Sauerkraut also fights candida and bad bacterial growth in the digestive tract. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola just two ounces of the sauerkraut has more probiotics than an entire bottle of 100 probiotic capsules.

How to take: To get the gut benefits from sauerkraut, you should eat about a tablespoon of raw sauerkraut 3xdaily. This is easily done by adding a small portion to your plate at dinner time or straight from the jar. Doing so is known to aid in digestion and prevent constipation. Sauerkraut is low in calories and high in fiber. Sauerkraut will improve your digestions within a few days. Momma Truman says, (she was born in Germany) only sauerkraut in glass jars made German-style is the only one to buy.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon plays a dual role here. It tops my list at fighting pathogen causing leaky gut and cinnamon is one of the best herbal remedies for rheumatoid arthritis. It also contains cinnamic acid and cinnamaldehyde. These are potent antioxidants that fight against oxidative damage of the joints caused by free radicals.

You can sprinkle finely ground cinnamon on your dishes to add spice to your diet. Also, add cinnamon powder to your smoothies, lattes, and oatmeal to alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder every day is enough to cure the pain.

Note: Cinnamon in large doses can be detrimental to your health. In addition, cinnamon has been found to have potential harmful effects to pregnant women and may negatively react with your body's natural blood clotting as well as interacts with any blood thinning medications you are taking.

Ginger Root – Great for the digestive tract. Elements in ginger have been found to reduce the action of T cells, which are those cells which are going around attacking your healthy cells. The overall result is a decrease in systemic inflammation. In Ayurvedic as well as naturopathy, ginger has been used for ages to treat inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Gingerol, a compound in ginger, has natural anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain, inflammation and swelling.

Turmeric - Turmeric fights seasonal allergies, combat inflammation and boost immunity. It is also a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, this is because of its anti-inflammatory properties. This incredible mixture not only kills bacteria and viruses, it also promotes natural immune defenses.

Fennel seed – Fennel has been used in traditional medicine for its pain-relieving effects. Benefits of Fennel seed have been proven by various research studies. It can help in reducing inflammation and pain which forms a major setback in arthritis patients' lives. Fennel seed can relieve digestive problems too. It can help in rheumatoid arthritis by reducing the disrupted immune responses. Fennel seed is a natural antioxidant which can flush toxins out of the body.

I mix ½ tsp of cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, fennel seeds all together in a glass of milk with honey daily.

Hydrogen Peroxide of Arthritis – Dr. Walter Grotz, one of the pioneers in oral peroxide therapy, has a keen and inquisitive mind. Although he is an ex-bureaucrat himself (retired postmaster), he under-stands and dislikes bureaucracy like most of the rest of us. And Mr. Grotz understands something else that many don't understand. All of the bureaucracy and self-serving bureaucrats are not in the government. Take the American Cancer Society, for instance. Grotz took peroxide by mouth, and in 16 days his arthritis had improved dramatically. He called the American Cancer Society and asked their opinion of hydrogen peroxide therapy. The representative who answered the phone said it was quackery."You mean a therapy that costs a lot of money and doesn't do any good?" he asked. "Yes, " she replied, "that's the best explanation I have heard. It costs a lot of money and doesn't do any good."His treatment cost less than six dollars. (Note: I've seen people use 3% brown bottle h2o2 from the drug store and get the same results)

Replied by Charity
faithville, Us

Hi Grace, Ginger is lovely and coconut water is amazing. Lemon or lime water. ( you put the lime in the coconut and mix em both together put the lime in the coconut and you feel better song) Sometimes it's the little things that break up the storms. Root food in soups. Carrots, Potato, Garlic, celery. When the gut goes haywire you can't make b vitamins and sometimes you take b vitamins but the gut is so off that it won't absorb them. Nutritional yeast is high in b vitamins. A good oil or fat will get the liver absorbing fat soluble vitamins. A knee surgery is very stressful, my neighbor had one in her mid fifties. You could also be having rejection as your body attacks it. Oscillococcinum in the flu aisle stops pain in its tracks. Blue emu cream in pain isle by aspirin works wonders on joint pain, but topical castor oil at bedtime on hands and cover with bags or gloves to keep it on and not spread it around. Messy stuff works miracles.

Dental implants can also cause rejection issues. Any non natural thing can attract fungal and bacteria issues and the body may fight them and that will feel like flu. RX Charcoal is a very good book. Coconut cures is a very good book, water cures is a very good book. I do love to learn as I read how to solve my questions with solutions. Hope you find yours. Blessings, Charity