Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of top natural health website Mercola.com, talks about rheumatoid arthritis and how he treats it with a combination of nutrition, diet, and antibiotics. His approach shows the bacterial causes of rheumatoid arthritis are more fully understood.
By Dr. Mercola:
Rheumatoid arthritis affects about one percent of our population and at least two million Americans have definite or classical rheumatoid arthritis. This number has increased in recent years, as in 2010 about 2.5 percent of white women developed RA.
It is a much more devastating illness than previously appreciated. Most patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a progressive disability.
The natural course of rheumatoid arthritis is quite remarkable in that less than one percent of people with the disease have a spontaneous remission. Some disability occurs in 50-70 percent of people within five years after onset of the disease, and half will stop working within 10 years. The annual cost of this disease in the U.S. is estimated to be over $1 billion.
This devastating prognosis is what makes this novel form of treatment so exciting, as it has a far higher likelihood of succeeding than the conventional approach. Over the years I have treated over 3,000 patients with rheumatic illnesses, including SLE, scleroderma, polymyositis and dermatomyositis.