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I am so glad I have this blog. And I am so grateful to those of you who read it and leave comments. And I'm especially grateful to John, who left a comment on my first post about natural treatment for ankylosing spondylitis. He told me that drinking apple cider vinegar twice a day removed all his symptoms of AS.
Utterly intrigued, I googled it right away, and began testing on myself. And let me tell you, I feel better than I've felt in years!! I've only been doing it for two weeks and I don't know myself. I've ditched my starch-free diet - I'm eating whatever I want and I feel fantastic.
It seems vinegar was suggested by Margaret Hills, back in the 1950s, in her book about inflammatory arthritis. From her nursing training, she understood that inflammation is a build up of acid. It's the acid that gradually damages our joints if we don't get rid of the inflammation. She also knew that when you consume vinegar, it becomes alkaline in the body. So her theory was that the alkaline vinegar would neutralise the acidic inflammation. Lots of people have found relief this way, thanks to her book on the topic.
Instructions for how to take apple cider vinegar:
Use live, raw vinegar, with the cultures in it. If you see little strings or sediment, that's a good sign.
One tablespoon of pure apple cider vinegar
One tablespoon of honey (omit if you have diabetes)
Mix in a large glass (16oz) of warm to hot water so honey dissolves
If necessary increase this to twice and then three times daily.Once at three times daily, Hills recommends gradually increasing the amounts of apple cider vinegar and decreasing the honey until the dosage is:
One dessertspoon of pure apple cider vinegar
One teaspoon of honey
Mix in a large glass of warm water
It doesn't have to be apple cider vinegar. I have kombucha vinegar on hand so I've been drinking that. I don't add any honey (that's just for taste). I've been putting a few dessert spoons of kombucha vinegar in a glass, topping up with water, and drinking three times a day. It's a bit sour but I find myself looking forward to it. It's full of probiotic cultures and kombucha is also reputed to have a wonderful detox effect.
It took about 5 days before I started to feel better. After that, for the next 10 days, every day was a little better. Apparently it takes a whole month to get the maximum benefit of this remedy.
This remedy helps all kinds of inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and reactive arthritis. It should remove inflammation, so pain associated with inflammation should be reduced or disappear. It won't help pain that is caused by damage to your joints that has already occurred though.
I have now quit my starch-free diet, and am totally in love with this apple cider vinegar treatment. I feel I have a new lease of life and freedom, and every single mouthful of bread and rice is something I feel supremely grateful for.
Edited two months later to add: the vinegar is still working fantastically for me, and it's more effective than the no starch diet, which I have now quit. I eat whatever I want and feel better than I did before. I've found I do best if I have 4 tablespoons of vinegar a day. My teeth started to brown a bit so now I make sure I rinse out my mouth after every time, or drink through a straw. My favourite way to drink it is to make up a 1 litre bottle that has 4 tbsp vinegar, ginger infusion (I grate ginger and steep it in boiling water then strain - I keep a bottle of this in the fridge ready to go), 40 drops of stevia, and then topped up with water. It's delicious and doesn't have the calories of honey (you need a lot of honey to make 4tbsp a day taste good).