Yep, that's what I said. Your arthritis and the severity of it
may be directly linked to your intake of coffee.
I have been doing some research lately into arthritis since it
came into my life about 2 yrs ago. What a coincidence, that
was about the same time I started drinking coffee. I did not
put those 2 together til I was well into my research.
So I decided to put this lil bit of knowledge to the test for
myself to see if it was bull chit or the truth. And to my
utter amazement, they were right
I stopped drinking coffee for 7 days (1 week) and that was
a VERY tough thing to do since I love drinking coffee while
reading ATS. And I started to notice on the 3rd day an ease
of my arthritis pain. By day 5 I could actually move my joints
without actually hurting. By day 7, I didn't even have to use
Aleve or Tylenol to stop the pain. It just went away on it's own.
Let me repeat that: IT WENT AWAY ON IT'S OWN !!!!
The only difference I had changed in my diet was the coffee.
I did not stop drinking soda pop or soft drinks which still had
the caffeine I needed. Doctors have stated that caffeine helps
ease the pain of workouts which may be true, however when
you ingest it as coffee it seems to raise your RF (Rheumatoid
Factor) in your bloodstream.
What is Rheumatoid Factor?
Rheumatoid Factor (RF) is an autoantibody present in the blood of rheumatoid arthritic patients. RF can contribute for the development of Rheumatoid
arthritis (RF positive RA). Approximately 1% of the total rheumatoid arthritic population is affected due to RF. RA due to RF can result into
permanent disability. In rare cases it can even affect major body organs resulting in life threatening situation.
Did you read that? This RF can cause you to become permanently
Maybe, this is EXACTLY what was causing me problems. I can't
say for sure. But I can say that stopping my coffee drinking helped
me. Whether or not it will work for you, you may be the only one
to decide that on your own.
So therefore I issue a challenge to every ATS user who is suffering
from ANY kind of arthritis. I challenge every one of you to do what
I did, stop drinking coffee for 7 days. You may substitute something
else in it's place but just stop drinking coffee altogether.
Come back in 7 days after stopping and share your success or
failure story on this thread.
From what I have read, it does not matter whether you drink
caffeinated or decaf, it is the coffee itself that aggravates your
RF levels. So it won't make a hill of beans difference if you
just switch to decaf. Stop the coffee altogether.
Like I said, I am 47 yrs old and never up til 2 yrs did I have
arthritis. And that was the exact time I started drinking coffee.
I can't believe I didn't put these 2 together til now.
So take my challenge to stop drinking coffee for 7 days and
see if it helps your arthritis pain go away.
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