By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Arthritis Cure

How To Cure Arthritis

A new study published in the February, 2003 issue of Annals
of Rheumatic Diseases confirms that those people eating a
diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and certain oils
also known as the "Mediterranean diet" helps ease symptoms
in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

This study was performed on non-vegetarians living in
Sweden. The authors obtained dramatic results by placing 26
subjects on a dairy-free diet for three months, while 25
people continued to eat a typical Swedish smorgasbord of
meat and dairy products. According to Dr. Lars Skoldstam:

"The current results suggest that patients with rheumatoid
arthritis can obtain better physical function and increase
their vitality from eating a Mediterranean diet for three

The results of this current study come as no surprise.

In 1985, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
(volume 78) reported the case of an eight-year-old girl with
severe rheumatoid arthritis:

"...juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was a milk allergy. After
avoiding dairy products, all pain was gone in three weeks."

In 1991, the British journal Lancet (Volume 338) published
the results of a study in which the subjects ate a
vegetarian diet:

"Controlled trial of fasting and a one-year vegetarian diet
eased symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis."

The British Journal of Rheumatology (36;1, 1997) reported:

"...43 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, those assigned to
a vegan diet...had improvement in rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition, and it is
tragic that many physicians let their patients know that
there is no cure. Ignorance is the most horrible of
diseases, and keeps arthritis sufferers from the simple
relief of their pain: a NotMilk diet.

Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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