Numerous studies have shown that a low-fat diet can work wonders in preventing and alleviating rheumatism. During one study conducted at Wayne University Medical School, six subjects suffering from rheumatoid arthritis were put on a diet containing no fat for seven weeks. Their symptoms disappeared completely. When they went back to their old diet, the symptoms reappeared after three weeks.

It is clear that any external form of treatment for rheumatic disorders has to be accompanied by internal detoxification.

– Avoid too many acidifying foods: meat, fish, eggs, wheat, rye, legumes, oleaginous fruit, cooked fruit, plums, kiwis, white sugar, butter, fat cheese, asparagus, yeast.

– Some foods should be eaten regularly:

– Celery: drink at least one glass of celery juice or herbal decoction per day.

– Go on a celery, leek or garlic cure for 12 days.

– Eat about a pound (about 375 grams) of baked potatoes per day (no fries, no boiled potatoes) with skin.

– Complete your diet with the following supplements: B3, B6, B15, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, sulphur, iodine.

– Gold combined with sulphur also helps alleviate rheumatic symptoms.

Fasting also produced some amazing results. Rasmussen, a Swedish researcher, showed that by slowing down intestinal activity, fasting significantly helped reduce rheumatic and arthritic symptoms like morning stiffness. According to Rasmussen, some people’s stomachs react abnormally to substances like gluten in wheat, and casein in milk, producing an allergic reaction and causing antigens to attack the intestinal lining. As the antigens enter the bloodstream, antibodies in the blood react, resulting in a full-blown immune system assault on the supposed invaders. This kind of exaggerated reaction aggravates arthritic symptoms. Rasmussen’s studies confirmed the theory that arthritis-like disorders are caused by immune system malfunctions.

It is clear that rheumatic sufferers also have to be prepared to make certain dietary changes:

– drink less alcohol

– eat less processed meat (sausages, salami, etc.) and fatty meat

– use less white sugar

– eat a lot more vegetables, fruits and whole grains

– eat meat a maximum of three times a week, and fish twice a week

Recommended foods

– garlic, onions

– algae, varech

– artichokes, carrots, celery, chervil, cabbage, watercress, fennel, parsley, dandelion, leeks, potatoes, radish and horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, tomatoes

– black currants, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries,

– lemons, melons, pears, apples, plums, grapes

– beans, string beans, soybean

Foods to avoid

– asparagus

– butter

– wheat, rye

– egg white

– processed meats (salami, sausages, etc.) and fat meat

– chocolate and white sugar

– fat cheese

– cooked fruit

– oleaginous fruit

– lard

– kiwis

– legumes

– yeast

– fish

– prunes


A lack of manganese (and zinc) is often a cause of growing pains in children, as well as joint and back problems, including rheumatoid polyarthritis, in adults. Good sources of manganese are:

– walnuts

– whole grains

– green leafy vegetables