Treating arthritis I: super-hydration, alkalisation and magnesium

This is entitled Treating arthritis I, because I want to highlight that it is the first phase of what I think is of the most fundamental importance for people suffering from any form of arthritis. It should really be entitled Treating and preventing any and all disease conditions in everyone I, because these measures are truly fundamental to optimal health in all respects and for everyone throughout life. So even if you don’t have arthritis, you should read on.

This first phase should be viewed as one during which you train yourself to acquire new habits. It is not a treatment per se, but rather a prescription for the basis of a new daily rhythm where hydrating and cleansing the body are of the most fundamental importance. In the end, it is really very easy and very simple. It’s just that we need to get used to it.

Arthritis is a word that means joint (arthro) inflammation (itis). There are tons of different types of arthritis (in the hundreds), but all of them are manifestations of the same thing in different joints and somewhat different ways. And the symptoms: the stiffness, the breakdown of cartilage and other tissues, the ossification or rather calcification, the crippling pain, are all related to the inflammation. But what if there were no inflammation? Would there be no arthritis?

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Illustration of painful, inflamed, arthritic joints. (Image taken from Everyday Health)

Without inflammation there is no tendonitis where a tendon gets inflamed like in the well known tennis elbow. Without inflammation of the lining of the arteries there is no plaque and no atherosclerosis, and thus no heart disease and no stroke. Without inflammation there is no Multiple Sclerosis (MS), the inflammation of the myelin sheath that covers nerves, and no Crohn’s disease either, inflammation in the gut. We could go on and on like this because inflammation is at the heart of almost every single ailment from which we suffer. The reason is simple: inflammation is the body’s way of responding to injury in our tissues.

We sprain an ankle and it swells up by the inflammation that follows the partial tearing of ligament and tendon: this is essential for bringing plenty of blood carrying all the specialised molecules and nutrients necessary to repair the injured tissues. What is the best course of action? Just rest and allow the ankle to heal. The more we use it, the slower the healing will be, the longer the inflammation will last, and the more we will increase the chances of causing some more serious or even permanent damage to these fragile tissues. Without the body’s inflammatory response mechanisms, healing would be impossible.

In fact, repair and growth would also be impossible; muscle growth would be impossible. The process is rather simple: stress and tear (injury) followed by inflammation and repair or growth. This applies to body builders who develop enormous muscle mass over years of intense daily workouts, but it also applies to a baby’s legs kicking and tiny hands squeezing your index finger tightly. It applies to their learning to hold their head up and pulling themselves to their feet with the edge of the sofa to then take those first few steps. It applies to me, to you and to every animal. So, once again: repair and growth of tissue depends on the body’s inflammatory response mechanisms. In a well-functioning metabolism, this process takes place continuously in a daily cycle regulated by activity during the day and rest during the night: stress, tear and injury to tissues during activity; repair, growth and cleaning during the night.

Difficulties arise when inflammation becomes chronic. Either a low-grade inflammation that we can ignore completely and go about our business until it manifests in the form of a serious health concern, or a sustained,  sub-acute state of inflammation that does indeed make it difficult to go about our business, but that we can nonetheless learn to ignore or cope with hoping that it will eventually disappear. Unfortunately, this is how it is for most of us to a greater or lesser extent, whether we are aware of it or not. If it weren’t the case, there wouldn’t be hundreds of millions of people suffering from arthritis the world over, and atherosclerosis-caused heart attacks and strokes would not be claiming the lives of more than one quarter of the population of industrialised countries.

As an aside, for those of you who are interested in measurements and quantifiable effects, among the best markers of chronic inflammation are C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP) and Interleukin-6 (IL-6). The number of white blood cells relate to immune response, and if elevated mean the body is fighting something. Elevated concentrations of Ferritin and Homocysteine (HcY) are also associated with chronic inflammation much elevated risks of heart attack and stroke. You can easily get a blood test to check those numbers among other important ones (see Blood analysis: important numbers).

So what is it that causes a person to develop arthritis at 50 or even 40 years of age, while another person only begins to have mild signs of it at 80? What is it that causes a teenager to develop the crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) at 16, while none of her friends do? Why does only 1 in 400 develop Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) or bamboo spine, characterised by the chronic inflammation of the spine, the ossification and gradual fusion of the vertebrae? Who knows?

But, for example, approximately 90% of AS patients express the HLA-B27 genotype and exhibit the HLA-B27 antigen, which is also expressed by Klebsiella bacteria. Could it be the bacteria that causes the damage and injury to spinal tissues and structure, which then follows by inflammation that over time becomes chronic, and since the bacteria remains and continues its damaging activities, the inflammation continues to grow together with all the awful symptoms? Maybe. The debilitating effects of certain bacteria and viruses such as Epstein Barr or HPV for example, that persist in the bloodstream over years and decades, are well known. And the chronic inflammation that results of the activity of infectious agents such as these is also a well established effect, even claimed by some to be among the primary causes of arterial disease (see Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You in the Bibliography page.

But whether it is AS or arterial disease, MS or tendonitis, what is common to all is inflammation, and what needs to be addressed are the causes of the inflammation, not the inflammation itself, which is what we do with anti-inflammatory medication. The inflammation is the body’s response to the injury. What we need to do is find and stop the process causing damage and injury to our tissues, and once the tissues have healed, the inflammation will disappear of itself.

There are many things that cause injury to our tissues, and we will look at all the most important ones in greater detail in subsequent posts, but it is fundamental to address first order issues first. Among the most fundamental issues of all are therefore those with which we concern ourselves in the first phase of treatment:  super-hydration, alkalisation and magnesium. But the truth is that these fundamental elements are what everyone concerned with optimising their health should actually concern themselves with first, before everything else.

Super-hydration

Chronic dehydration is at the root of so many health problems that it is hard to know where to begin. I’ve written a few posts on the importance of water that you can identify by their title. If you’ve read them and want to know more, you should read Your Body’s Many Cries for Water (see Bibliography). In relation to arthritis, however, water is not only the primary means to reduce inflammation of stressed cells and tissues, but it is also what gives our cartilage suppleness and flexibility.

Cartilage a very simple tissue. It is water, 85% in healthy cartilage, down to 70% or less in compromised cartilage and in most older people, held within a matrix of collagen and other proteins that consists of a single type of cell called chondrocyte. These cells have very special electrical properties that give cartilage its amazing resistance to friction and pressure. Without sufficient water, however, the chondrocytes cannot work correctly, cartilage dries out and breaks down, and calcification grows.

What is totally under-appreciated is that because cartilage does not have a blood supply, nerves or lymphatic system, water makes it into the cartilage through the porous end of the bone to which it is stuck, and the only way water can make it into the bone in order to get to that porous end to which the cartilage is attached is through the blood that makes it into the bone.

Since there is, within the body’s functions, a definite hierarchy in water usage in which the digestive system is naturally the first served since it is through it that water enters, even the mildest dehydration can be felt in the function of the most water-sensitive tissues like those of the lungs (90% water) and muscles (85% water), (something any athlete who has drank alcohol the night before a race or even training run or ride will have noticed), it is unfortunately often the cartilage that suffer the most.

Dehydration will make it such that the soft conjunctive tissues at the ends of our bones, in every joint, and that allow us to move will not get the water supply they need to remain well hydrated, supple and flexible. This is really the most important point to remember. What is also highly under-appreciated is the vital importance of silica in the form of silicic acid in the growth, maintenance, repair and regeneration of all connective tissues, including and maybe especially bones and cartilage (here is a good article about it). Silicic acid should therefore be included in all arthritis treatment programmes.

How do we super-hydrate? By drinking more, as much as possible on an empty stomach, and balancing water with salt intake. You should read How much salt, how much water, and our amazing kidneys, and make sure you understand the importance of a plentiful intake of water, an adequate intake of salt, and the crucial balance of these for optimal cellular hydration and function. Detailed recommendations are given below.

Alkalisation

Chronic acidosis, some would argue, is not only at the root of innumerable health complaints and problems, but that it actually is the root of all health disorders. The reading of Sick and Tired, The pH Miracle and Alkalise or Die is, I  believe, enough to convince most readers that that premise is in fact true. Not surprisingly though, it is not possible to alkalise bodily tissues without optimal hydration. And so we immediately understand that chronic dehydration is the primary cause of chronic and ever increasing tissue acidosis. Therefore we address both simultaneously, and in fact, cannot do otherwise.

Briefly, what is essential to understand is that healthy cells thrive in an alkaline environment, and indeed require an alkaline environment to thrive. Conversely, pathogens such as moulds, yeasts, fungi, viruses and bacteria thrive in acidic environments. Healthy cells thrive in well oxygenated aerobic environments, whereas pathogens thrive in anaerobic environments deprived of oxygen. Since this is so, we can say, crudely speaking, that if the tissues and inner environment of the body—its terrain—is alkaline, then pathogens cannot take hold nor develop nor evolve nor survive in it. On the other hand, if the body’s terrain is acidic, then they thrive, proliferate, and overtake it, sometimes slowly and gradually, but sometimes quickly and suddenly, causing sickness and disease.

Everything that we eat and drink has an effect that is either alkalising, acidifying or neutral. This is after digestion, and has little to do with taste. All sweet tasting foods or drinks that contain sugars, for instance, are acidifying. I will write quite a lot more about pH and alkalisation in future posts. For now, we are concerned with alkalising through super-hydration, and this involves drinking alkaline water and green drinks. By the end of phase I, drinking your 2 litres of alkaline water and 2 litres of super-alkalizing green juice should be as second nature to you as brushing the teeth before bed.

Magnesium

As I attempted to express and make evident the importance of magnesium for every cell and cellular process in the body in Why you should start taking magnesium today, and thus show that we all need to take plenty of magnesium daily in order to both attain and maintain optimal health, for someone suffering from arthritis it is extremely important, it is crucial. And the reason is very simple: arthritis is characterised by inflammation, stiffening and calcification. They come together, of course, and it is useless to even wonder if one comes before another. Regardless, the best, most effective, most proven treatment or antidote for inflammation, stiffening and calcification is magnesium.

Magnesium, injected directly into the bloodstream, can almost miraculously stop spasms and convulsions of muscle fibres, and release, practically instantaneously, even the most extreme muscular contraction associated with shock, heart attack and stroke. This is used routinely and very effectively in birthing wards and surgery rooms. Magnesium is the only ion that can prevent calcium from entering and flooding a cell, thereby causing it to die, and magnesium is the best at dissolving non-ionic calcium—the one that deposits throughout the body in tissues and arteries, and over bone, cartilage, tendons and ligaments—and allowing all this excess calcium to be excreted: precisely what we must do in treating arthritis.

In addition, magnesium is very effective at chelating (pulling out) both toxic heavy metals like mercury and persistent chemicals that bio-accumulate in blood, brain and other tissues. For too many unfortunately unsuspecting people, heavy metal toxicity is the cause of a plethora of various symptoms, wide-ranging in nature, hard to understand or associate with some known and easily identifiable condition, but that cause them often immense discomfort up to complete disability.

Putting all of this into practice

When you get up in the morning, you go to the bathroom, undress and spray or spread on your legs, arms chest and belly, neck and shoulders, the 20% magnesium chloride solution (4 teaspoons of nigari with 80 ml of water for a total of 20 g in 100 ml of solution). You wash your hands and face well, put your PJs back on, and head to the kitchen to prepare your water and green drinks for the day.

Line up three wide-mouth 1 litre Nalgene bottles. In each one put: 5 drops of alkalising and purifying concentrate (e.g. Dr. Young’s puripHy) and 10 drops of concentrated liquid trace minerals (e.g. Concentrace).

In the first bottle, add 50 ml of the 2% solution of magnesium chloride (made with 4 teaspoons of nigari dissolved in 1 litre of water), 50 ml of aloe vera juice, 20 ml of liquid silicic acid, fill it up with high quality filtered water, shake well to mix, and take your first glass with 1 capsule of Mercola’s Complete Probiotics. You should drink this first litre over the course of about 30 minutes, taking the third or fourth glass with an added 1-2 teaspoons of psyllium husks. (The aloe vera and psyllium husks are to help cleanse the intestines over time.)

In the second and third bottles, add a heaping teaspoon of green juice powder (e.g., Vitamineral Green by HealthForce), 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of fine, grey, unrefined sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon of finely ground Ceylon cinnamon, a heaping mini-spoonful of stevia extract powder and a single drop of either orange, lemon or grapefruit high quality, organic, food-grade essential oil. Shake well. One of them you will drink between about 10:00 and 12:00, the other between 15:30 and 17:30. Shake every time you serve yourself a glass or drink directly from the bottle to stir up the solutes in the water. You should take these two bottles with you to work and/or keep them in the fridge until needed: the drink is really nice when it’s cool.

Now that the magnesium has been absorbed through the skin—this takes around 30 minutes, you can go have a shower to rinse off the slight salty residue that feels like when you let sea water dry on your skin without rinsing it off. You should wait at least 30 minutes after you have finished your first litre of water before you eat anything.

By about 10 or 10:30, depending on when you finished breakfast, you should start to drink your first litre of green drink and continue until about 12:00 or 12:30. Make sure you finish drinking 30-45 minutes before you eat. Wait at least couple of hours after eating. Then start drinking the second litre of green drink by about 15:30 or 16:00 until about 17:30 or 18:00. Again, make sure you stop drinking always at least 30 minutes before eating. Depending on when you eat dinner, you should drink a half litre of plain water 30 minutes before the meal. The general rules for drinking you should follow are: 1) always drink at least 500 ml up to 30 minutes before eating, and 2) do not drink during or within 2 hours after the meal.

Before going to bed, take a small glass of water with 50 ml of 2% magnesium chloride solution. And that’s it for the day. And tomorrow and the next day and the day after that, keeping to this schedule, until it becomes perfectly natural and customary. After four weeks, you should do another blood test and see how the numbers compare to those before starting. In addition, if you are interested in this from the scientific standpoint, or just curious, or both, you should get Doppler imaging of your coronary and cerebral arteries, as well as an MRI of the joints in your body, including the spine, before you start and at then end of every phase. It will also be extremely informative to test and record the pH of at least your first urine every morning; any additional urine pH readings will be very useful and tracing the progress of the gradual de-acidification of your tissues and the days and the weeks progress. And finally, the transdermal magnesium therapy (putting the 20% solution on your skin), should last 6-8 weeks. By that time, you intracellular magnesium stores should have been replenished. We continue taking the 2% solution indefinitely, and use transdermal magnesium once in a while (once or twice per week).

The great advantage of the transdermal magnesium is that almost all of it is absorbed into your tissues and bloodstream. The oral magnesium is absorbed a level between 25 and 50%, and this depends primarily on the amount of magnesium in the blood when you take it. This is why it is very important to take it first thing in the morning when magnesium is at its lowest, and then in the latter half of the afternoon and before bed, those times when concentrations are lowest. You don’t have to worry about too much magnesium because any excess will be excrete in the urine and faeces.

You should just worry about not enough: that’s the real problem. Incidentally, the fact that almost all the magnesium that you put on your skin is absorbed underlines the importance of carefully choosing what we put on our skin. Because in the same way, anything we put on it will be absorbed into our system. So putting coconut and almond oil is just as good for our skin and our health, as it is bad to put on creams and lotions with synthetic chemicals and compounds that all make their way into our blood. General rule: if you cannot eat it, don’t put it on your skin.

Update: read these Updated recommendations for magnesium supplementation.

That’s it for the first phase: mostly drinking a lot more than you used to, with a few special tweaks to what and when you drink. I haven’t mentioned anything about food even though you can obviously know from the rest of the articles on the blog that this will come in time: in the second phase. We first deal with the first order terms, then the second order terms, and after that with the third and fourth order terms. That’s very important to grasp: what has the most and what has the least impact and thus importance.

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25 thoughts on “Treating arthritis I: super-hydration, alkalisation and magnesium

  1. As usual, really fascinating. I take a lot of inspiration from these posts, they’re well-informed and intuitive! It’s what you say about “tomorrow and the next day and the day after that, keeping to this schedule, until it becomes perfectly natural and customary.” that’s what i really need to work on.

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    • Thank you Deanna. It makes me happy to hear that my posts are both interesting and inspiring to you because that’s why I write them: to inform and dispel misunderstandings, sensitise and inspire into action to help ourselves and those around us get healthier and happier. As you have noticed, and as I usually point out, once we have the knowledge, once we know what’s what, the effort of making positive changes happen is in our own hands.

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  2. Thanks for this informative and comprehensive article! Very inspiring and thought provoking. I’m wondering if stevia (in imitating a sugar response) also causes an insulin increase and thereby contributes to acidity?

    Thanks so much and I look forward to future blogs.

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    • Good morning. I haven’t done much research on stevia, but everything I have read about it suggests that it is really safe actually really great for many things even unrelated to sugar metabolism. It has a glycemic index of 0, which means that it does not in any way increase blood sugar levels. In fact, it helps lower blood sugar when added to the meal and has been used in Japan for decades in the treatment of diabetics. It is possible that it stimulates the secretion of insulin from the pancreas, but from what I’ve read about this point, I’m not convinced. On the other hand, one thing that is certain is that stevia increases insulin sensitivity, which is really the most important to keep in mind. I could paste a bunch of links, but you can do a Google search as easily as I can. I’ll just link to this article that I found very good: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/stevia/#axzz2HqEwgeDG

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    • Hi Otto:
      I read the article and I’m curious as to why you wanted to bring my attention to it: is it because you believe its message, because you are concerned that people like that attempt to undermine the efforts people make to become more alkaline, because you want me to explain why the authors and people quoted don’t really know what they’re talking about, or something else?

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  3. Hello,
    It might be of interest to many of us who follow your blog to hear your response to the argument that the stomach’s acidity would neutralize any alkaline food intake. Thank you

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    • Hi Thanasis,

      And thanks for this very relevant question. It is indeed something that is generally quite misunderstood, even by “experts” and MDs: The stomach only needs to be acidic if there is protein to digest and break down into the constituents amino acids. For sugars, starches and fats, the stomach does not need to secrete any hydrochloric acid and the breakdown takes place in the alkaline environment of the small intestine. Note, however, that sugars and starches will result in acidic “ashes” after digestion. Hence, to alkalise effectively, we have to make sure there is no protein in the stomach, eliminate sugars and starches, and concentrate on hydrating and alkalising for most of the day with green juices, lemon water, even sodium bicarbonate in a weak solution, greens and raw veggies, (always with plenty of salt to balance water and sodium intake), and then if we are going to have protein at a meal, especially animal protein, we must stop drinking alkalising liquids at least 1 hour before eating, and not have any for at least 4-5 hours after (just stick to plain pH7 water after 2-3 hours), to allow for the stomach to become and remain highly acidic in order to completely break down the protein, and not interfere with this process until the chyme has been transferred to the intestines, which are alkaline. (I have written about this in Understanding Digestion, and in Why we should drink water before meals.)

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  4. If calcification has already begun or already exists on the bones of joints in the fingers, neck and shoulder, will the increased magnesium help dissolve or remove the calcium deposits already on the joints. If so, should flexibility also improve in those joints. Thanks.

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    • Hi James: Yes, indeed. It is very important to greatly increase magnesium intake through the skin and also taking L-Threonate (fat-bound magnesium). Also crucial in reversing calcification is high doses of vitamin D3, which will make the body get rid of the excess calcium. I recommend taking 50000 IU (by D3-50 Bio Tech) with lunch for 3 months (finish the bottle), and then switching to the fat-soluble combo A-D-K (by DaVinci), and taking 2+2 capsules per day. Good luck and keep me posted on your progress.

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    • Hi Angela: yes, it is. And you should read part 2. To help set your mind as ease in regards to prescription drugs, let us ask the following question: can we ever possibly do ourselves harm by hydrating a chronically dehydrated body, alkalising a overly acidic body, and beginning to correct a long-standing and deep-seated magnesium deficiency? Can we ever possibly do ourselves harm by eliminating damaging foods and drinks and providing health-promoting foods and drinks? For my part, I think the answer to these questions is clearly: no, we can’t. The matter of what the prescription drug is attempting to do in the body by manipulating (usually inhibiting or enhancing) certain biochemical reactions along typically very long and complex chains of such reactions is another matter, really. And the question we should ask in relation to this is what must we do to correct the problem for which we are taking the medication by natural means through food, drink and natural supplements. The answer may be simple or complicated, but in the end, if we are to be truly healthy, we must find this answer and do what we must to fix things up in our biochemistry and physiological functions. That was a long-winded answer to a very short and simple question. But I hope you understand why I felt it necessary to raise these related points.

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  6. Hi Guillaume. I have major calcification of the soft tissue around my ribs. The doctors (all 13 of them) have no idea how this happened or how to stop it. Would following your suggestions in the article help me at all? I have major pain from it and NOTHING has helped.

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    • Dear Shanelle, dont’ worry about a thing, we’ll get all that calcium out of there! Yes, you need to start following these recommendations, especially the magnesium baths and excellent hydration with plenty of salt, and the rest of my recommendations throughout the blog. But very importantly for you now is to start right away supplementation with magnesium L-threonate (fat-bound Mg for maximal absorption) and vitamin K2. What we need to do is dissolve and excrete as much of the excess calcium (with Mg), and remove as much of the calcium from the tissue to fix it in the bones and teeth (with K2). I recommend Mercola or Source Naturals for the L-threonate, and Innerzyme, Vitamin K2, MK- 7, 300 mcg. You should take them both with meals and fat, and you should take 2 Mg caps and 1 K2 cap with two meal each day. Keep me posted on your progress.

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  7. Hi Guillaume, I appreciate the knowledge you shared with us in this article. I am having psoriatic arthritis since 12 years. I was 14 when it started. I have read many articles on natural cure for arthritis in which magnesium, boron, colloidal silver, calcium, k2, b12 and vitamin D came into light. But I didn’t know how to use them as in quantity per day. When I saw your article I thought you are the right man to ask. Can you guide me with proper treatment.

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    • Hi Sana, you are most welcome. Have you had time to read the second part and other articles on the blog? I’m sorry to hear you have been suffering from this for so long. I recommend you start with the most important supplements which are B12, Mg, C and the trio A-D3-K2. Of course, you should follow all the recommendations I make on the blog for how/what/when to eat and drink. For B12, I recommend you get a shot of 5 mg of methylcobalmin (not cyanocobalamin) every couple of weeks for 3 months, and then every month thereafter. For Mg, I recommend you take a couple of 60 minute baths per week in which you will add 1 cup of Nigari flakes and 1 cup of baking soda. As well, you should take at least 4 capsules of L-Threonate per day (2 with two of your meals). For C, I recommend taking also 2 + 2 capsules per day of the Synergy Company’s Pure Radiance C complex. Finally, maybe the most important, is to take a lot of A-D-K every day also with meals. This is the most expensive of the supplements but it is super important. You should buy DaVinci’s combined A-D-K and take 2 + 2 capsules per day with two meals. I will be very happy to hear from you after a couple of months of following my food/drink and supplementation recommendations. I cannot promise miracles, but I am certain it will help greatly.

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  8. Hi Guillaume, thanks for replying me so soon. I didn’t have internet at my home so I couldn’t checkout your blog for the reply.
    I will soon start your recommended treatment for me. I don’t have a bath tub, so should I omit the nigari and baking soda part or can I have them mixed in one full bucket and pour it gradually on myself with the jug?
    Please advise me on boron tablets. How much quantity of boron per day and which is the best quality is available in the market.
    Here where I live there is no colon cleansing therapists. So how can I detoxify my colon naturally at home, plz advise.
    Soon I will write to you when I start your recommended treatment.
    Thank you once again for replying me so fast.

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    • Hi Sana, the baths with magnesium and baking soda are really very effective. Don’t you have a close friend at whose house you can go have at least one bath per week. Otherwise, you can definitely try soaking as much of your legs of even body in as large a plastic bucket or container you can find. In fact, you could easily buy yourself a huge plastic container from a hardware store and use that as your bath tub. I don’t know anything about boron specifically, and think it is always better to take a whole food multi-vitamin-mineral (buy Mercola’s) instead, especially for the trace minerals like boron. Mg is different because it is needed in such large quantities and we tend to be very deficient. For colon cleansing, the best thing is to do a green juice fast for a few days, the longer the better, but also somewhat harder. During a green juice fast, you would drink a total of at least 2 litres (5 x 400 ml) of juice spread evenly throughout the day. This does wonders for the health and healing of the liver, kidneys, gut and everything else. After that, you could start using psyllium husks (taken in the late afternoon on an empty stomach and with lots of water) for as long as it takes to scrub out the rest of the gunk. Good luck.

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      • Hi Guillaume, I will definitely start a green juice diet by tomorrow. For the bath, I will buy a large bucket. Thanks for replying. I have read all of your posts, they are amazing and full of knowledge. Keep posting. I will update my condition after a few weeks.

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  9. Thank you for this amazing post and for the clear and direct instruction. I’m excited to use magnesium, water and drinks to support my recovery of reactive arthritis and prednisone.

    I’m intrigued to know what your thoughts are on drinking Apple cider vinegar (with warm water) each day as a means of alkalizing the body? It feels quite good on my system, would you recommend I continue with this, adding alkaline drinks?

    Many thanks for your excellent work.

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    • Thanks Vlad. I appreciate you saying so. I’m glad you found it useful. And don’t forget to read the second part Treating arthritis II. If the apple cider feels good, and you feel that it is making you feel better, than keep doing it for a while and monitor how it makes you feel each time and over the long run. I don’t use any vinegar anymore (haven’t for a few years), because I have an intolerance to it which results in scalp acne each time I have any. In any case, what I strongly recommend is making your own fresh green juice every morning to start each day, as the best possible health tweak you can do for yourself. Since you have arthritis, you will be interested in reading through the comments left by Catherine in the Testimonials page. She has improved beyond what she expected, now living basically pain free, and she is very happy about it :)

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