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Healing Arthritis

Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally

Foreword by Mark Hyman / With Michele Bender



About The Book

The author of the bestselling The Immune System Recovery Plan shares her science-based, drug-free treatment plan for the almost fifty million people who suffer from arthritis: an amazing 3-step guide to eliminate the disease naturally.

Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the world—greater than both back pain and heart disease. One example, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), is the most common autoimmune disease, affecting 1% of the US population, and almost 68 million people worldwide. Conventional medicine tends to treat arthritis with strong, gut-damaging, immune-suppressing pain medications, temporarily relieving the symptoms of the disease without addressing its root causes. Now, in her groundbreaking new book, Dr. Susan Blum, a leading expert in functional medicine, offers a better approach to healing arthritis permanently.

Dr. Blum’s GROUNDBREAKING THREE-STEP PROTOCOL is designed to address the underlying causes of the condition and heal the body permanently by:

-Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and more
-Healing your gut to heal your joints
-Reducing inflammation without medication

Dr. Blum’s INNOVATIVE TWO-WEEK PLAN to quickly reduce pain through anti-inflammatory foods and supplements; followed by an intensive gut repair to rid the body of bad bacteria and strengthen the gastrointestinal system for a dramatic improvement in arthritis symptoms and inflammation; and then addresses the emotional issues that contribute to inflammation, and eating a simple, Mediterranean inspired diet to maintain a healthy gut.

Featuring detailed case studies, including Dr. Blum’s own inspiring personal story, Healing Arthritis offers a revolutionary way to heal your gut, repair your immune system, control inflammation, and live a happier, healthier life…arthritis-free.


Healing Arthritis Foreword Why Is Gut Health So Important?
One of the most prominent focuses of health in the twenty-first century is gut health. Having too many bad critters—bacteria and other microorganisms—hanging out in the gut has been linked to numerous medical issues, including autism, obesity, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, depression, and certain types of cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia, eczema, and asthma. New links between chronic illness and an imbalanced microbiome (also known as gut bacteria) emerge almost every day, and the connection between the gut and inflammatory arthritis of all types is no exception.

While Western medicine has greatly advanced in treating acute disease, conditions that are easily fixed with a pill like an antibiotic, we’ve failed miserably in addressing chronic illness, health issues that linger because they have lifestyle issues like diet and stress as the root cause. In the mid-nineteenth century, the French microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur, best known for developing the process of pasteurization, discovered the bug, or microbe, that causes infections; about seventy-five years later, a Scottish biologist named Alexander Fleming developed antibiotics to cure them. This simple cause-effect “cure”—single bug, single disease, and single drug—might work for infection, but not so much for chronic disease.

Ever since, we have been searching for cures for chronic diseases (including cardiovascular and autoimmune disease and dementia), yet we can’t find them! Medicine’s history has become the pursuit of a holy grail: a pill for every ill. This failed approach will continue to fail because chronic disease results from the complex interaction of our genes, lifestyle, and environment. There is no miracle cure. Instead, we need a well-rounded, permanent lifestyle approach.

Many scientists have started referring to the gut as our “second brain,” an idea reflected in amazing books such as The Good Gut by Justin and Erica Sonnenburg, Ph.D., Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, M.D., The Microbiome Solution by Robynne Chutkan, M.D., and The Gut Balance Revolution by Gerard E. Mullin, M.D. Having a healthy gut should mean more to you than being annoyed by a little bloating or heartburn. It becomes central to your entire health and connected to everything that happens in your body. That’s why, like Dr. Blum and, similar to the program she lays out in Healing Arthritis, I almost always start treating my patients’ chronic health problems by fixing their guts first.

You can begin to understand the importance of gut health when you consider that your gut contains many trillions of bacteria—three pounds’ worth—made up of one thousand different species. Your body has about twenty thousand genes but two million (or more) bacterial genes!

Altogether, your gut is a huge chemical factory that helps to digest food, manufacture vitamins, regulate hormones, excrete toxins, and produce healing compounds, among other functions. Intestinal health could be defined as the optimal digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food. But that is a big job that depends on many other factors. For example, the bugs in your gut are like a rain forest: a diverse and interdependent ecosystem. They must be in balance for you to be healthy. Too many of the wrong ones (such as parasites, yeasts, or “bad” bacteria) or not enough of the good ones (Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria) can seriously damage your health.

Dr. Susan Blum’s groundbreaking book Healing Arthritis is a powerful guide to self-healing, showing how you can address the root causes of disease, reduce inflammation, and heal your joint pain. She lays out a clear road map to recovery for the millions of people suffering needlessly from arthritis and provides solutions for healing the gut and changes in diet, supplements, and life balance that can help people manage and even reverse these conditions. Dr. Blum’s desire to find these answers was fueled by her own struggle with arthritis, a condition that she has treated successfully and recovered from by using the program described in this book.

Remember, optimal gut balance begins with a diet rich in fiber, healthy protein, and healthy fats. Good fats, including omega-3 fats and monounsaturated fats—from sources such as extra-virgin olive oil, avocados, and almonds—improve healthy gut flora, while inflammatory fats like omega-6 vegetable oils promote the growth of bad bugs that cause weight gain and disease. Lack of sleep also contributes to gut imbalance, so be sure to get seven to eight hours of quality sleep. Additionally, your gut flora listen to and are influenced by your thoughts and feelings, so it’s important to practice your favorite stress reduction activities daily. You will find an easy-to-follow diet guide and ideas for relaxation practices in the pages that follow. If you suffer from any type of arthritis or inflammation and are looking for a treatment approach that offers an option to medication by addressing the root causes, this book is for you.

Mark Hyman, M.D., medical director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, founder of the UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time number one New York Times bestselling author

About The Author

Photograph by Catherine White

Susan Blum, MD, MPH, is the founder of the Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York, an advisor to the Institute for Functional Medicine, and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show. An assistant clinical professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she has been treating and preventing chronic disease for more than a decade. She lives in Armonk, New York, with her husband and three sons.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Scribner (October 24, 2017)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781501156465

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Raves and Reviews

"Dr. Blum has done it again! Healing Arthritis is a ground-breaking, science-based, easy-to-follow prescription for restoring your health and treating your joint pain. Read it for yourself and then give it to the people you love!”

– Amy Myers M.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection

Healing Arthritis leverages the most leading edge medical research. This book will pave the way for dramatic improvement for countless individuals suffering from arthritis.”

– David Perlmutter, M.D., author, #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain and The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan

“Dr. Blum is that rare breed of medical doctor that we so desperately need—she keeps her M.D. thinking cap on while knowing that there’s more to healing than conventional medicine has to offer. Please, let Dr. Blum help you get off of the hamster wheel of medications and start healing the underlying causes. Healing Arthritis can turn your health around, and may just turn back the clock ten or more years on how you feel, too!”

– Aviva Romm M.D. Medical Director of Thrive Health, Founding Member of the Yale Integrative Medicine Board and author of the bestselling book The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution

"What a fine book! Dr. Blum is crystal clear, authoritative, and kind. Her therapeutic plan for relieving the symptoms and addressing the causes of arthritis is scientifically-grounded, comprehensive, and wonderfully easy to follow. I am delighted to be able to recommend Healing Arthritis to my patients."

– James S. Gordon, MD, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression

"Finally, a book that delves into the root causes of arthritis…and the practical food-based solutions necessary for healing."

– Kathie Madonna Swift author of The Swift Diet and Co-Author of The Inside Tract

“Dr. Susan Blum has made the complexity of arthritis simple to understand through a clinical program she developed in her practice that really works. This is a "news to use" book for all people looking for solutions to the pain and inflammation of arthritis.”

– Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., author of The Disease Delusion

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