Yet another recently released family of drugs has been shown to be potentially deadly. This time it is the so-called TNF blockers, a group of drugs that includes Enbrel, Humira, Kineret and others, commonly prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions.
According to information from the FDA, years after being approved as “safe and effective,” these drugs have been proven to cause lymphoma, other types of cancer, and new immune system disorders like psoriasis (although they are also prescribed as treatment for psoriasis).
To understand how this is possible, consider that these medications work by suppressing tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a critical component of the body’s immune response. When there is an immune disorder like rheumatoid arthritis, blocking TNF will reduce inflammation, which means less pain – but at the same time it will make the body more vulnerable to a variety of other illnesses, including cancer.
Not enough people realize this, but it is a fact that rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other autoimmune disorders respond very well to natural treatments, generally with no side effects, no immune suppression, and therefore no long-term dangers.
My way of dealing with these conditions is based on three primary components: dietary modification, an anti-inflammatory enzyme often described as a “systemic enzyme” called VitalzymX, and a blend of Chinese herbs called BioEssence.
Even though diet is probably not the root cause of these conditions, everyone I have evaluated who came to me with these conditions suffered from undetected food allergies that acted as triggers for their symptoms. These hidden food triggers must be identified and eliminated from the diet in order to initiate and support the healing process. Many times sufferers will report a significant improvement from this step alone.
Systemic enzymes are proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzymes that are taken several times a day between meals. When taken this way they are absorbed in the bloodstream unaltered. They then naturally seek out and break down protein buildup in joints and other inflamed areas of the body. These areas of protein buildup are constantly feeding the inflammatory process and, when cleared, the inflammation also stops or decreases greatly.
While systemic enzymes do not correct the root cause of the condition, they are an essential step (along with diet) to initiate a healing process. They also cause no adverse effects on health and have been shown to actually strengthen immunity and help the body fight off viruses and other infections.
Chinese herbs can do what no drug can: they can normalize immune function, thus enabling sufferers to truly overcome their conditions. In studies, Chinese herbs have often been shown to be equally effective to steroid drugs, like Prednisone, for example in the treatment of asthma. However, one key difference was that the steroids worked by suppressing immunity, whereas the Chinese herbal mixes normalized and strengthened immunity.
The product I am currently recommending is BioEssence. It has proven to be remarkably effective for allergies and asthma, autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, and skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. However, if you or your child suffers from one of these conditions I strongly recommend that you make an appointment to see me and not try to self-medicate.