Got RA? Your worst case scenario just got more likely
If you've got rheumatoid arthritis, you've probably been on a pill carousel for years -- trying to control the debilitating pain, swelling, and stiffness in your joints.
But with rheumatoid arthritis, your body is being attacked by its own immune system. Antibodies that are supposed to destroy foreign invaders end up targeting and damaging healthy joints instead.
And so RA drugs can only lessen symptoms by sacrificing your natural immune response.
That's turned out to be a dangerous trade-off to make, since -- as we saw earlier this year with the death of musician Glenn Frey -- it can leave you open to serious and potentially lethal conditions like ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.
And according to the latest findings, the risks of RA drugs just got a whole lot worse -- because you could become infected with flesh-eating bacteria.
According to the study, published in Science Immunology, the RA drug anakinra significantly increases your risk of necrotizing fasciitis (an infection of the flesh-eaters) and other Group A Streptococcal infections.
Anakinra works by blocking a protein called "interleukin-1beta," or IL-1beta for short -- which is like cutting the wires on your immune system's surveillance system that sends out early warnings of danger.
Taking it down gives the bad bacteria a HUGE head start, allowing it spread quickly.
In fact, RA sufferers using this drug in the study were 300 TIMES more likely to develop a flesh-eating infection than those undergoing other treatments for their RA.
And what does the lead researcher suggest we do as a result? Give antibiotics as a preventative measure.
We're already on too many antibiotics when we've actually GOT an infection! Taking MORE of them... when we DON'T need them... will surely make things only worse.
The real solution should be to ditch the drugs altogether -- and ALL of them, because even seemingly "safe" NSAIDs like ibuprofen can do a number on your stomach and kill off cardiac cells.
On the other hand, if you treat the root cause of your RA and not just the symptoms, you can keep those nasty buggers from making you look like someone out of Night of the Living Dead.
A holistic doctor can help you figure out which environmental toxins or allergens may be triggering the attack on healthy tissue -- but in the meantime, you can try a few natural cures to relieve your symptoms:
- Omega-3s: I recommend a fish oil supplement (that includes DHA and EPA) of 1 to 3 grams a day, which can help you fight off the debilitating pain of RA before it starts.
- Green tea: A compound in green tea called EGCG has been shown to reduce joint swelling in just 10 days.
- Ashwagandha: This Indian wonder herb fights inflammation, which can reduce swelling and relieve nagging pain
- Acupuncture: It can relieve the signature pain and swelling of RA in 83 percent of patients.
- Hydrogen therapy: It lowers inflammation and interferes with the messengers of oxidative stress
Link Found Between Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug and Flesh Eating Infection