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 months."
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 symptoms."
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.