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Stop excruciating arthritis pain in just two days.

Robin knows her body very well. She has had type-1 diabetes for more than 30 years. And new complications are always possible. Robin already has some arthritis in her hands and changes in her vision. But for someone with so many health challenges, she's in pretty darn good shape.


One reason is that whenever she notices even a minor change in her health, Robin looks for the cause and addresses it--naturally whenever possible. And she communicates closely with her doctor. Together, they stumbled upon a little-known side effect from a simple food ingredient. What they discovered could reduce your pain and inflammation from arthritis.

The last time she went to her doctor's, Robin mentioned that the pain in her fingers had worsened. Her doctor admitted to Robin that she suffered so much pain from arthritis in her own hands several years ago that she seriously considered going on disability. Then this doctor went on a search to find the cause of her pain. She found it. The culprit was hidden in her non-dairy creamer.

This particular non-dairy creamer was the same brand that Robin had recently started using. So Robin went back to her original creamer. To her amazement, her pain stopped in two days!

Naturally, she was excited. She couldn't wait to tell her daughter-in-law, Judy, about this resolution to her pain. Judy also suffered from painful arthritis. Like Robin, Judy had been using this same creamer. When she stopped, her pain disappeared in just three days!

Robin was sensitive to dairy, which is why she used a non-dairy creamer in the first place. But now she realized that something in that creamer was causing severe inflammatory problems. She just didn't know what it was or why it affected her.

I wanted to know what was going on, so I started digging around. What I found may shock you. Robin's new non-dairy creamer may have been dairy-free. But it contained a highly processed dairy-based ingredient that caused her pain. And her doctor's. And Judy's.

If eating dairy products gives you unwanted symptoms, you may be sensitive to the lactose or casein they contain. Or as Robin discovered, they may come from a dairy-free substance that began as dairy found in non-dairy creamers, salad dressings, breath mints, and other processed foods.

Three potential problems with dairy

There are three possible problems with dairy: lactose, casein, and dairy by-products. Any of these can cause reactions in sensitive people. Robin fell into the last category. If you can identify the source of your discomfort, you can take steps to alleviate the problems.

Lactose intolerance is a condition caused by insufficient lactase, the digestive enzyme that breaks down lactose (milk sugar). As we grow older, we produce fewer enzymes of all kinds including lactase. That's why some people "suddenly" experience digestive problems when they eat dairy. Lactose intolerance can cause bloating, diarrhea or constipation, and abdominal pain. The solution is simple. Don't eat dairy. Or, when you do, take lactase enzyme pills with your meal or snack. You can find them in any pharmacy or health food store.

Casein is the protein in dairy. It can trigger an immune response and cause a rash, fatigue, or inflammation. You'll find it in dairy products as well as in some energy bars, protein powders, and numerous prepared foods. Surprisingly, casein is an ingredient in some soy products to boost their protein content.

A study published in the journal Allergy found that both allergic and non-allergic patients had antibodies to casein in their blood. It concluded that casein, not lactose, is the major allergenic component in cow's milk. Casein can trigger inflammation in sensitive people. And inflammation equals pain. If you can't digest casein, you can take an enzyme that will help. This enzyme is the same one that helps digest gluten.

What most people don't know is that sodium caseinate, an ingredient in some non-dairy creamers and other foods, can also cause inflammation.

Non-dairy but still a problem

Sodium caseinate comes from casein, so it begins as dairy. Manufacturers add it to some processed foods as an emulsifier to improve their texture. The sodium caseinate in non-dairy creamers thickens and whitens the product. It also improves the texture in hot dogs and luncheon meats. Eating any of these foods can cause your arthritis pain.

However, not all sodium caseinate causes problems. It depends on the processing methods and your sensitivity to it.

Manufacturers alter the caseinate in non-dairy creamers and other processed foods. The FDA says it is no longer considered dairy. As long as a food label includes the words "a milk derivative" after "sodium caseinate," they can market and sell it as "non-dairy."

Some products containing sodium caseinate can cause serious health problems. This is because the processing can produce contaminants. Unfortunately, the level of these contaminants often is below detectible levels. You can determine whether or not they're causing problems only by a process of elimination.

It was these contaminants, not dairy, that caused Robin's pain. Food manufacturers don't know whether or not the raw materials they use cause symptoms. They just know they're using an ingredient that improves the texture of their products.

What's more, sodium caseinate won't cause problems in everyone. It only affects people who are particularly sensitive to it. In Robin's case, it was sheer luck that her doctor had the same sensitivity and was able to suggest a solution.

If you're not sure whether or not dairy is responsible for your health problems, eliminate all foods containing milk solids, casein, sodium caseinate, caseinate, or lactose for two weeks. Then slowly reintroduce them and notice if any of them caused your problems.

If it does, avoiding it will likely eliminate your arthritis pain. Of course, avoiding casein is just about as difficult as avoiding gluten. Restaurants don't label their menus "Casein Free." Many don't even know about it yet. And they can hide in processed foods and condiments. So how can you still eat out and avoid the painful symptoms associated with casein?

It's easy. Gluten Sensitivity Formula works to digest both gluten and casein. You can find it through Advanced Bionutritionals (800-791-3395). Take one capsule when you're eating out to prevent a possible reaction from exposure to either of these proteins.

Allergy, April 29, 2007.

Brazilian Herb Offers Pain Relief

I recently heard about a new herb from South America that promises to reduce your pain. The news broke after a Brazilian researcher, Graciela Rocha, led a team that examined the effects of a member of the mint family, Hyptis crenata (Brazilian mint), on laboratory animals. Brazilians have used this herb for thousands of years to relieve the pain from headaches and stomach aches. This study showed that the mint was as effective as a synthetic form of aspirin.

Now the researchers are about to test this herb on people. But don't wait for a drug based on its active ingredient. It could be years before a derivative from Brazilian mint becomes a drug. And even longer before more studies prove that it has no side effects.

We may see this herb in health food stores before long (some may already have it). But it will likely be very expensive, as new herbs usually cost more. So spend your money more wisely. There already are natural, effective plant-based supplements you can use for pain relief made from herbs that have no side effects. Turmeric is one of them. Holy basil is another. And there are many others to choose from. Not only are these proven, they're inexpensive.

Recently, I've been using a new combination of anti-inflammatory herbs in a formula called Reduloxin. So far it has reduced pain in everyone I've given it to. There's no reason to wait for a Brazilian mint product to become available. Alternatives to aspirin already exist.

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