MARY, psoriatic arthritis

My name is Mary Duddy. I am 40 years old and here is a summary of my experience with Dr. Mercola's diet treatment. My arthritis reversed completely with his dietary suggestions posted on the web page. I did not even require the use of the antibiotics.

In October of 1996 I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, which has the same symptoms as rheumatoid arthritis, except that it affects your feet as opposed to your hands. By the time I went to my local doctor it had spread from my feet to my knees and then to my wrists. I was referred to a rheumatologist, whose course of treatment started with taking prednisone, methotrexate, prenatal vitamins, and Tolectin. I was doing fairly well, so the rheumatologist took me off of prednisone in January of 1997. I continued taking methotrexate, prenatal vitamins and Tolectin. In February 1997 I developed tendonitis in my heel, which was annoying me more than the arthritis. No matter what I did, it didn't seem to heal. The rheumatologist didn't really seemed concerned about it and didn't suggest any treatment for it. In May 1997 I started developing mouth sores from the methotrexate. To treat this side effect the rheumatologist told me to take more folic acid.

My husband was concerned about me taking methotrexate. He had learned from a friend how dangerous it was. The only information we had been given about it from the rheumatologist was that it could cause mouth sores and my liver function would have to be monitored. She also told me not to drink any alcohol and be cautious with acetaminophen. My husband started looking for information about arthritis on the Internet. In June of 1997 he found some information that linked him to Dr. Mercola's web site. He gave it to me on June 28, 1997.

I was so overwhelmed with the suggested life style changes in the handout that I cried. I was used to being on a diet as I have had a moderate weight problem all my life. It was still very overwhelming. My husband and I must have discussed that handout for 10 hours that weekend. On Monday I started implementing the lifestyle changes. I also quit taking Tolectin and reduced my methotrexate dose on June 28th. I had an appointment with my rheumatologist the second week in July. I gave her a copy of Dr. Mercola's treatment and asked her to read it. I called her a week later to get her opinion. She agreed to prescribe azulfidine, an antibiotic and told me changing my diet would have no effect on my condition. I didn't need her expertise to change my diet, and I had already implemented the changes in my lifestyle. It wasn't hurting me so I ignored her and went on with Dr. Mercola's suggestions.

The first couple of weeks of July I was really miserable, since I was no longer taking tolectin. I used to wake up every morning around 4:30 A.M. because of morning stiffness. I would get up and do stretching exercises to get going in the morning. In September 1997 we got a puppy. I suddenly realized that she was waking me up, not the morning stiffness. About a month later I was out walking the dog and she wanted to run, so I ran with her.

It was exhilarating, considering just a few months before I was in pain with every step I took, much less be able to run. I have stuck to Dr. Mercola's suggested lifestyle changes and most of the time I feel as good or better than I did before I got arthritis. I no longer take any medication for my arthritis. In fact I take less over the counter pain medication (such as aspirin for a headache) than anyone I know. I am an active person who works full time, goes to school part time and has two children in elementary school. I am delighted that I am no longer slowed down by this disease. I was recently at a wedding and saw a friend I hadn't seen for a year or so, he was amazed at how well I was doing. He said I at least expected you to be limping, instead I was dancing. I know I would have never had my health restored following the rheumatologist's recommendations. I am very thankful that my husband stumbled across this treatment on the Internet and that Dr. Mercola was willing to share this valuable information so freely.

Mary Duddy.

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