Psoriatic arthritis fasting

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Fasting has been advocated as a treatment for different types of arthritis.

There is anecdotal evidence that it may work for some people but there is lack of hard evidence that a fast will benefit the majority of patients with arthritis. In particular, there is very little evidence that fasting will help patients who have psoriatic arthritis.

However, other changes may help. Lactovegetarian diets (i.e. vegetables, fruit and milk products but no meat) might help some people with rheumatoid arthritis in the long term. A vegan diet (i.e. strict vegetarian, no milk) may also help. Fish oil may also benefit arthritis, so it is worth trying a diet which avoids meat but includes fish.

The subject of food allergy or intolerance and arthritis is very controversial. There are many sources which recommend exclusion diets and claim miraculous results with arthritis. There are also many tests which claim that food allergies are to blame. Research has shown that, in some people, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis can be made worse by certain foods including milk products and food coloring.

Many tests claim to detect food allergies. One of these, the ELISA test, looks for proteins called immunoglobulins in the blood. ELISA does have a scientific basis. It may provide a guide to foods which might be worth leaving out in an exclusion diet.

There are many other tests for food allergy on the market: some are quite expensive and all are unreliable.

Unreliable methods of testing for food allergy include:

• Applied kinesiology (AK), where a drop of the food is put under your tongue, and the strength of your arm tested
• Dowsing, which uses a special pendulum and can be done remotely using what is called a 'witness', such as a lock of your hair sent by

• Vega testing, where you hold an electrode and a sample of the food is put into a machine. Bright lights flash indicating "an allergy."

The only reliable method is an exclusion diet where you exclude a certain food from your diet. If you think you are allergic to a food, try cutting it out of your diet for one month. Then start eating it again and see if it makes a difference.

An exclusion diet can, however, be quite difficult to adhere to.

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