Controlling RA Inflammation: Some Lists to Get You Started

The real problem with Rheumatoid Arthritis is not the diagnosis and it’s not the condition itself inhabiting our bodies. Rheumatoid Arthritis is simply the name given to a condition of chronic inflammation where the immune system, designed to be one of our best friends, gets completely confused and turns against us.

It’s inflammation that has led researchers to say that the average work life after a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis is only ten years.

It’s inflammation that causes the degradation of the joints that can lead to disability.

It’s inflammation that makes us vulnerable to horrendously expensive and harmful toxins, known as biologics, that only, in the end, benefit the pharmaceutical company. Because our bodies will always, sooner or later, develop a tolerance to any drug that attempts to override its own programming, pharmaceuticals will never overcome the pain and destructive capacity of RA for long. Drugs, no matter how effective they seem at first, are never the long term solution to the problem.

The good news is that none of that matters because we can heal ourselves, permanently and cost free.

Once diagnosed with RA, our primary goal should be to learn how to disable the inflammatory response, which will eliminate the swelling, pain, fatigue and joint destruction – all the symptoms of RA.

Controlling run-amuck inflammation is the key to our entire future. And the way to control it is always the same: Figure out what is causing it and stop.

It has long been reported in books and in medical research (done in Europe where drug manufacturers don’t always control the research agenda) that changes to our diet can eliminate all symptoms of RA.

It seems to many suffering with autoimmune conditions like RA that the disorder is so severe and so beyond control that the solution to this incurable problem must surely be more complicated than changing one’s diet.

But it is not. The symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, and probably many other inflammatory conditions, are the result of food sensitivities. Please read that last statement again.

Anyone can easily confirm that RA is caused by food by simply fasting, or drastically changing the diet, for three days. By the fourth day, when all symptoms are gone, the person has all the evidence needed that s/he is in complete control his or her life, no matter the opinion of any ‘expert’. (See ‘The RA Diet: The 3-Day Phenomenon’ under the tab ‘HOW TO FIX RA’ at the top.)

The process of isolating foods that should be eliminated from our diet can be slow and frustrating. But it is also safe, cost free, and permanent, none of which can be said of the pharmaceutical alternatives.

As millions have learned for themselves, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a problem solved when we start viewing it as a food sensitivity disorder.

Our bodies and our food triggers are unique to each of us. No one can tell any of us which foods we need to avoid. We have to figure it out for ourselves using trial and error, keeping a food-and-feeling journal, and being patient with ourselves and our wacky immune system as it tries to protect us from foods it mistakenly believes are toxins.

Many foods that cause ‘flares’ if eaten daily can be rotated and eaten no more than once every 3-4 days to make them friends again.

Given the unique random nature of our food allergies, there are still foods that have inflammatory properties all of their own. Until we know better how they affect us, we would do well to treat them with caution. Find more information here.

These examples are from ‘The Inflammation Free Diet Plan’ by Monica Reinagel.

Highly inflammatory foods:

— Malted barley flour, an ingredient currently in all bakery products
— Organ meats
— Fried foods
— Sugar
— Anything made with oils that contain trans fats
— Starchy foods like corn, rice and potatoes have more inflammatory factors than non-starchy foods

Foods that calm inflammation:

— Any non-farmed fish
— Non-starchy salad vegetables
— Salmon fish oil and cod liver oil
— Canola oil
— Olive oil
— Chili and other peppers
— Onions, garlic, sweet potatoes

Foods that are not mentioned have little affect on inflammation, especially when eaten in moderation.


Vitamins, herbs, spices that calm inflammation:

Ginger — 2-3 gram/day
Curcumin (turmeric) 1-2 grams/day
Nettle leaf – 1-2 grams /day
Ginkgo Biloba – 100-25- mg day
Bromelain – 1.5-2 grams/day


Diseases scientifically linked to excessive inflammation:

Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune conditions
Heart Disease
Prostrate Disease


One thought on “Controlling RA Inflammation: Some Lists to Get You Started

  1. Just found your website! Thank you! Thank you!
    Everything you are posting is what some people have been telling us ever since I began having symptoms this summer. However, my primary care doc did not even want to discuss the possibility of food sensitivities and RA. Surprised?
    We decided to try a change in nutrtion. Your site is so informative and encouraging! Thank you for doing this.
    I do have a question: I have been doing an elimination diet but want to try the rotation diet. Do you only eat certain foods every four days or do you rotate ALL foods? Basically, are there foods you have identified as ok for you and could you eat those everyday? Would love your thoughts.


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