Health from A-Z – Polymyalgia


What the heck is that? Well it’s when you have a combination of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Its pretty painful. I know, because I had it. But not anymore…

Many physicians don’t even believe there is such a thing as fibromyalgia. Its all in your head. Of course, that’s the first MD to get rid of. They don’t keep up with the research.

One indicator that is used is the amount of inflammation in the body. So let’s look at some natural ways to eliminate inflammation.

  1. Avocado oil – topically/internally – has a similar balance of omega 3/6/9 that the body has and therefore can help regulate the inflammatory system in the body
    1. Just put it on topically to the surrounding area
    2. Use a few drops of clove bud oil to help manage the pain till the crisis is over
  2. Your diet – eat anti inflammatory foods
    1. Avocados
    2. Berries: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
    3. Broccoli
    4. Cherries
    5. Dark chocolate
    6. Fatty fish : anchovies, herring, mackerel, sardines – steelhead trout instead of salmon
    7. Grapes
    8. Mushrooms : inc. shiitake, maitake, turkey tail, lions mane, portobello, truffles
    9. Olive oil – much is a scam so be careful
    10. Peppers: both bell peppers and chilli peppers
    11. Tomatoes

But herbs and spices are powerful so let’s look at some of those:

  1. Cardamon – cineole
  2. Cinnamon – need to use the cassia or the Sri Lanka aka Ceylon cinnamon
  3. Garlic – provides sulfur compounds that help you make glutathione
  4. Ginger – many compounds inc. zingiberenes, gingerol, and shogaol
  5. Ginseng – all types of ginseng – ginsenosides
  6. Pepper – black pepper, like other peppers, has piperine which reduces inflammation
  7. Rosemary – polyphenols
  8. Turmeric – be careful, 80% of the worlds sources of turmeric are toxic and you need to blend it with a fat – avocado oil or coconut oil and pepper for best results; lots of compounds but curcumin is the most studied and very anti inflammatory

Of course there are pro inflammatory foods – which should be eliminated from the diet

  • Sugar – baked goods, pastries, sodas, juice drinks, sweetened drinks, junk food
  • Red meat and processed meats (bacon, hot dogs, lunch meats, cured meats)
  • Refined grains (white/brown bread, white/brown rice, pasta, cereals)
  • Fried foods

Polyarthritis like the arthritic conditions are all about inflammation. And our bodies need lots of anti inflammatory herbs, oils, foods and good healthy fats. The fats support the anti-inflammatory processes while sugars enhances the perception of pain – you choose.

Life is about choices – choose effectively for your health.