I am near convinced that RA is caused by amoebas, as described by Dr. Wyburn-Mason, in his articles. From what I've read on the issue (quite a lot in the last six months or so), I am left with the impression that many people have this amoeba in them, and only some have a reaction to it, a reaction which presents itself as the set of symptoms called rheumatoid arthritis, or some other rheumatoid disease.
If this is true, it means that RA sufferers are 'allergic' to this amoeba, while others are unaffected by it. Instead of trying to eliminate the amoebas, which may easily re-invade at any time, might not it be wiser to attempt to cure the 'allergic' reaction? If so, how? It may be as simple as a deficiency, or imbalance of some trace mineral(s) that no-one ever thinks of (a lot of alleries are). It makes sense to me, as most people that I know who have RA are unhealthy in one or more other ways (high-stress, sedentary, under-weight, over-weight, bad diets, etc).
I would find it interesting to design a survey, in which a good number of diverse RA patients submit a very thorough summary of overall health, and look for patterns, common factors across the sample group (the reaction may be caused by a combination of factors, or by more than one factor, without others present).
A DISCLAIMER OF SORTS: This is my thinking at the present moment (the above was me thinking 'out-loud' as it were); if I'm wrong, please don't hesitate to help me; I'm trying to make a real difference, not to say "I'm right and you're wrong, or to start an argument (scholarly debates are good, though), or sell anything. I feel that I should also mention that I have had RA for most of my life (I was diagnosed when I was about 2 or 3; I'm 19 now), so I don't want to hear, "You don't know what it's like!" I do.
Your logic makes perfect sense to me.
I think along the same lines - except that it is in regards to mold. I am highly allergic - more like freakishly allergic. I still think that mold is terrible, but I would get very sick and other healthy people were just fine. So even though mold is bad, the real problem was my immune system. But it is a vicous (sp?) cycle because mold lowers your immune system and with a lowered immune system I react worse to everything. As part of getting well, I have avoided mold, but I have also worked on improving my immune system. I am a person that was healthy most of my life and then became ill in my late 30's. I have spent the last few years getting myself healthy with natural protocols. I am not completely well, but I have made dramatic improvements. I would never go back to Western medicine doctors even if they offered me free health care. Good Luck in your quest for good health! I believe you are on the right track.
I have decided to start the protocol outlined in an article published by the Arthritis Trust, available at http://www.arthritistrust.org/Articles/Wyburn-Mason%20Treatment%20for%20Rheum...
(PDF), or http://www.arthritistrust.org/Articles/Wyburn-Mason%20Treatment%20for%20Rheum...
(HTML). I found myself lucky, in that I had weaned myself off all RA medications, years ago (with a notable improvement from that alone), have no metal fillings to worry about, and am in otherwise decent overall health, so I was able to begin to take the amoebicides right away. I started yesterday morning, taking the recommended dosages of metronidazole and allopurinol, and am already having a Herxheimer reaction. This is happening ahead of the theoretical schedule; I chalk that up to a fast metabolism, which I believe is caused by my thyroid being out of adjustment, and my ridiculous coffee intake (ha-ha). As per the article's predictions, I am noticing an increase in my arthritic symptoms, and influenza-like symptoms. This, they say, is brought on by the amoebas dying off, and releasing their toxins 'en-masse', causing these new symptoms, as my systems work to clean up 'the bodies'. The Herxheimer itself is miserable, but let me tell you, there is a huge psychological difference between pain that one thinks is here to stay, and pain that means that one is getting well.
I truly believe RA to be caused by amoebas too! I actually thought about it before doing any research on the internet and sure enough others have done studies!
I'm taking Clarkia right now..I refused to continue on the methotrexate..it's killing my immune system! The Clarkia has helped with the pain in my hands and knees quite a bit. I'm doing a Liver Flush next..hopefully there will be more improvement.
You should come up with a survey..And there is nothing wrong with posting theories.