Manataka® American Indian Council










Medicine for the People

By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle


Anti-Arthritis Diet and Supplements


For any arthritic person daily diet becomes extremely important.  The end products of red meats such as beef, pork, veal, and lamb are particularly antagonistic to inflamed joints.  Consequently, red meat should be eliminated from an arthritic’s diet at the beginning of treatment and during acute flare-ups.       


In addition to recommending that certain foods be avoided I suggest that pesticides, food additives (especially monosodium glutamate, or MSG, and other additives ending with -ate), and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives be avoided.  Further-more, sugar should be avoided, both by itself and processed into foods.


Prolonged intake of refined sugar (and other refined products) is a major contributing factor in arthritis.  Refined sugar depresses vitamin C stores. The highest concentration of vitamin C in the body is in the adrenal glands, and chronic vitamin C deficiency (hypoascorbemnia) leads to adrenal gland exhaustion.  With prolonged adrenal deficiency, there is a deficiency of endogenous (body produced) cortisone.  Rheumatoid arthritis is the end result of this prolonged attack of sugar on the adrenal glands.


 “Demon Sugar” is also a major contributing factor in osteo-arthritis, also know as degenerative arthritis.  Sugar depresses the blood phosphorus.  The blood calcium and phosphorus are kept in a precise balance by the body when in good health.  Any stress on the body, such as illness or refined sugar intake, will upset the delicate and extremely important calcium/phosphorus ratio of the body or blood.. 


Depression of the blood phosphorus by refined sugar causes a relative increase in blood calcium.  The parathyroid gland, confused by the :”low” phosphorus level, thinks the blood needs more calcium and acts, through the release of parathyroid hormone, to pull calcium out of the bones.  So now there is even more calcium in the blood.  But the body knows that too much calcium in blood can cause sudden death so to protect from hypocalcaemia and death, the body acts in two ways to eliminate this excess calcium.  It eliminates the calcium in the urine and more germane to discussion, it deposits it in soft tissues, such as arteries, and in the joints. 


The prolonged use of refined sugar leads to an army of aggressors released against your body, resulting in arthritis, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, chronic infections, and osteoporosis.


It’s popular to believe that “you are what you eat” I have been taught this all my life. When you are young you do not care what you eat. You think that you are invincible to fats, sugar, junk foods etc. Time marches on and finally your body has accumulated all the ingredients and toxins. In the end you finally succumb to one of the following diseases that I mentioned above. 

     This is just a suggestion and should be used for educational purposes only.


Here are some herbs that have been said to aid in the relief of arthritis:


Alfalfa, Bosellia (Ayurevidc herb), Burdock Root, Cat’s Claw, Cayenne, Corn Silk, Feverfew, Ginger, Nettle Leaf, Parsley, Turmeric and Yucca. These can be used in capsule form or herbal tea form.



2,000 mg vitamin C with each meal  Mega doses of Vitamin C can cause gastric disturbances such as diarrhea will indicate the body’s tolerance level has been reached and you need to reduce your dosage until diarrhea ends.

1,000 mg antithetic acid with each meal

2 multivitamins capsules after each meal

25,000 IU vitamin A (or 2 teaspoons cod live oil twice daily)


Note:  Vitamin A should be taken in emulsified form to avoid liver involvement. Observe your skin.  If drying or scaling occurs, discontinue vitamin A for one week.  If any other signs of vitamin A toxicity, such as head aches, or dryness of the mouth, hair changes, discontinue the vitamin A for a week and resume with a reduced dosage the following week.  Continue

With a half dose daily with a two week on and a two week off routine. Symptoms should disappear as soon as you reduce your daily dosage.  2,500 IU vitamin D three times daily  (including at bedtime)


The amount to be taken of the above supplements can be cut in half after symptoms show an improvement. You should begin your Anti Arthritis Plan by a two day fast. I have already discussed fasting and it can be found on my website.  To allow for taste acclimation to juices, a blend of 50% apple and 50% carrot juice should be taken first.  As rapidly as possible, eliminate the apple juice and add other vegetables juices to the carrot juice.


This information is not to be construed as medical advice. Always consult your health care provider or physician before taking herbs or supplements. This information is for educational purposes only.