Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common autoimmune disorder, affecting over 1.3 million Americans.

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the root causes and protocol for healing, and one very important piece of the puzzle most doctors don’t tell you about.

Today I’m going to share that with you, so you can speed up your healing, or share this information with a loved one dealing with rheumatoid arthritis.

First of all, why is this important?

RA is more common than psoriasis, lupus, and Crohn’s disease, which is exactly why it’s crucial to talk about how we can manage symptoms holistically and effectively.

What exactly is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis develops when your body mistakenly identifies normal cells in your joint lining and fluid as harmful, and sends antibodies to attack them. This leads to chronic inflammation and joint pain, among other symptoms.

These are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis…

  • Tender, swollen joints
  • Shortness of breath
  • Joint stiffness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain or soreness in joints
  • Depression and malaise
  • Frequent low-grade fevers

… and more! Clients with RA have reported dozens of strange, seemingly disconnected symptoms.

The trickiest thing about RA is that there’s no clear root cause or cure, at least not in the traditional medicine world.

So where do we start?

The first step to managing RA might surprise you. Before we get into the physical steps we need to take to lessen symptoms, we must address the spiritual side of this widespread condition.

As a functional, integrative medicine physician, master coach, and intuitive spiritual teacher with over 20 years of experience, over and over again in my practice I’ve witnessed a truly incredible chain reaction: When a client starts dealing with the spiritual underpinnings of RA, their symptoms decrease, one by one… or sometimes all at once, like magic.

So what is the most common spiritual cause of rheumatoid arthritis?

Many of my clients who were suffering from RA had major trauma and drama as a child. Time and time again, I see that RA is clearly linked to Adverse Childhood Events. When I began to notice this pattern, it blew my mind. Specifically, in my practice I’ve noticed a strong correlation between RA and sexual abuse.  

If you’re dealing with RA, the first step is to identify childhood trauma, and find a way to forgive yourself and the people involved. Do not do this on your own. Find a skilled, qualified practitioner to support you through this fragile process.

If you skip this step, it’s very likely you’ll stay in physical pain, unfortunately.

I’ve seen this pattern over and over: Clients try to bypass the necessary spiritual work (because it’s challenging, but vital!) to heal their arthritis, and they end up staying stuck in pain, or experiencing quick relief and then relapsing.

Here’s the truth: Your arthritis represents your anger toward whoever was involved in your trauma. To heal we must let go and forgive through therapy, energy work, and/or coaching — whichever modality you’re called to. Just make sure the practitioner you choose is legit!

To release our trauma we must give it a voice — in a safe, supportive space. We must get it out in the open so it’s no longer trapped inside us, adding to our inflammation.

What can we do on the physical plane to manage RA symptoms?

After you begin processing and letting go of emotions linked to your trauma and pain, the second step is to follow an anti-inflammatory diet.

To identify your inflammation triggers, go on an elimination diet where you remove the 8 most common trigger foods for 21 days…

1. Cow’s milk

2. Eggs

3. Tree nuts

4. Peanuts

5. Shellfish

6. Wheat

7. Soy

8. Fish

At the end of that time you’ll re-introduce each food, one by one, in raw and cooked forms, three days apart.

That gives you time to notice exactly what’s triggering your symptoms, and in what form. For example, you may be able to handle raw fish but not cooked. Symptoms can take 48-72 hours to show up.

Once you know your triggers — whether it’s wheat and dairy or eggs and nuts — you can reduce or eliminate those foods and therefore decrease your chronic inflammation.

The more you’re able to avoid your trigger foods and emphasize anti-inflammatory foods like fresh vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, the less pain you’ll experience on a regular basis.

Next up on the food side of things is a full Custom Digestive Repair Protocol. This is specific to each individual, and therefore impossible to cover in a single blog post.

You can book a Reboot Your Wellness Breakthrough Session with me to get started on your Custom Digestive Repair Protocol today.

When you’re taking care of the spiritual side of things and eating the right foods for your unique body, the next step is to add in targeted, lab-grade anti-inflammatory supplements to speed up your healing.

Two supplements I recommend to anyone dealing with rheumatoid arthritis are turmeric and fish oil. Specific needs vary, and I can give you a full supplement protocol in your Reboot Your Wellness Breakthrough Session, if you choose to book one.

Please check with your physician before beginning any supplement regimen.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a widespread condition with a lot of mystery surrounding it. I don’t claim to have the cure or all the answers, but many of my clients have done a full 180 using the tools I summarized here today.

If you’re dealing with RA, I just want you to know you have options. I hope the info I shared today has helped demystify this disorder.

Now I want to hear from you…

Are you dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, or even just a few of these symptoms? Either way, the tools in this article will help you heal and get to full health.

Post your current situation and healing goals below — I love hearing from you.