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My mother has rheumatoid arthritis that really affects her hands.

Q. Dear Terry, “My mother has rheumatoid arthritis that really affects her hands. She used to enjoy knitting, but now it’s really painful for her. She tried some prescription medications in the past and didn’t like how they made her feel. Is there something natural she could try instead?” – Julie R., Manhattan, KS

A. Dear Julie, I think one of the biggest changes we can make to promote joint health is through diet. When it comes to diet, I believe it’s important to eliminate all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: and, and She should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition where the body’s own immune cells attack and destroy the lining of the joints (synovium). RA involves a lot of inflammation throughout the body and can cause warm and swollen joints, which may eventually lead to joint destruction.

Fortunately, curcumin has been shown in clinical studies to be an effective option for people with RA. Recently, researchers looked at the effects of 500 mg of curcumin with turmeric essential oil twice daily compared to 50 mg of the prescription drug diclofenac sodium twice daily, or a combination of curcumin and diclofenac in people with RA. The group receiving curcumin with turmeric essential oil had the greatest reduction in joint pain and swelling, with no adverse effects. In contrast, 14% of the participants in the drug group had to drop out due to adverse effects of the diclofenac.

I would take curcumin with turmeric essential oil twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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