Arthritis has over 100 variants, including Osteoarthritis, which is characterised by cartilage degeneration; Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease affecting synovial joints; Gout, which is caused by uric acid crystal deposition in joints; Ankylosing spondylitis, an autoimmune disorder affecting the spine; and Psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune joint disease associated with psoriasis.

Traditional treatments are primarily concerned with symptom relief, but functional/medicine investigates fundamental causes for holistic healing. This includes looking into lifestyle, food, and environmental factors. Improving gut health, for example, can considerably lower systemic inflammation, which is critical in the treatment of arthritis. Adopting a diet that minimises inflammatory causes while increasing anti-inflammatory foods is also useful in lowering joint inflammation.

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Case study

Mark*, 46-year-old, male, London, UK

Address Arthritis with Functional/Medicine

Rheumatoid Arthritis Challenges: Suffered from severe joint pain and stiffness for years. Impact on Career: It affected his hands, challenging his work as an architect. Daily Life Discomfort: Faced persistent discomfort and fatigue in everyday activities. Limited Relief: Traditional medications provided only temporary relief. Side Effects: Experienced undesirable side effects, from conventional treatments.

*The case study uses “Mark” as a pseudonym to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

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Mark’s Personalised Plan

Anti-inflammatory diet: Diet high in omega-3s, antioxidants, and fibre to reduce inflammation.

Gut health Enhancement: Including antimicrobials, probiotics and prebiotics to help restore gut homeostasis.

Lifestyle changes: Yoga and swimming to maintain joint flexibility and reduce stress.

The Results

Mark’s joint discomfort and stiffness decreased and his hand flexibility returned after six months. He’s more energetic and has better skin and digestion.

“I had no idea that changing my diet and lifestyle could have such a big impact on my arthritis. Fabiola has given me a new lease on life, not only relief from my symptoms.”