Metal Allergies and Rheumatoid Arthritis

I’m sick and tired. I’m tired of simply “dealing” with the pain caused by my RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Since my diagnoses at 23 years old, I’ve probably tried 30 different combinations of Rx’s. Some have made me nauseous while others have made me feel great. It’s strange to say that I’ve taken chemotherapy medication, but have never had cancer. I’ve been poked, prodded and my body’s been stretched out in every direction. At the end of the day, my 20s were anything other than boring. And then I woke up and decided I’d finally had enough. Something had to change and I had to figure out what was happening inside my body.

Alas. I’ve turned myself into a living, breathing science project over the last month and a half since I began seeing a naprapathic doctor at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago. I have learned so much since the science project began. In our first hour and a half long visit, my doctor and I discussed so many details of my life. We talked about everywhere I’ve lived, all the medical conditions my family and I have ever had, my diet and exercise habits. And during the meeting, we found a potential tie between the dental implants I received roughly 6 months prior to my first symptoms of RA. So, we ordered a metal allergy test during that meeting and within two weeks, we learned that I am allergic to tin. I didn’t previously know any of this, but it turns out that tin can be found in endless amounts of everyday, household items. Tin is in toothpaste, soaps, perfumes and plastics like Tupperware. Contrary to popular belief, soda cans are not typically made of tin. The most important discovery we made is that tin can be found in dental implants.

I’m beyond floored to learn that the dental implants my surgeon installed in my mouth could have triggered my RA and caused all of the pain and suffering I’ve gone through over the last 7 years. It’s ridiculous. I’m told that if I have the implants removed, the RA will likely not be cured. I’m told that if the implants didn’t trigger the RA when I was 23 years old, something else would have, eventually. It angers me to think about how much better my 20’s could have been if I never had the implants which may have caused my RA. Now I have to make a decision and decide whether or not I want to have the implants removed. Sure, the monetary cost for the procedure would be high, but the expectations for a cure would be even higher. Additionally, the thought of having metal that’s currently drilled into my jaw removed from my jaw is scarier than all hell. The first procedure was extremely painful and I’m guessing the removal surgery would be 1,000 times worse.

What to do… What to do.


Turmeric – Some call it the Miracle Spice

Ground Turmeric

Turmeric, the popular spice found in Southeast Asia not only tastes great, but has also been linked to  preventing certain illnesses. This ancient spice was discovered over 5,000 years ago. It has almost a peppery, warm flavor mixed with hints of ginger and orange. If you have mad kitchen skills, you’re probably familiar with turmeric. If you’re not an avid cook, you might still be thinking… “Hmm, turmeric. That sounds familiar”.  This familiarity is likely if you’re an Indian food junkie like myself. Turmeric is used as the base for curry in most Indian dishes. It is the golden-colored spice that gives curry its yellowish-orange color and unforgettable flavor. Turmeric is often used as a dye in other, lessor known ways too. For instance, it’s often added to mustards, chicken broth, yellow cakes, popcorn and yellow rice. 

According to the World’s Healthiest Foods website, turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. Turmeric was traditionally called Indian saffron because of its deep yellow-orange color. 

Curcumin is the biologically active ingredient in turmeric. It has been suggested that this ingredient reduces abdominal swelling and the number of precancerous lesions in the human intestinal tract. Health professionals tout an endless list of diseases that can be avoided by adding large amounts of this important spice into your diet. Researchers like Dr. Mercola, the group at The World’s Healthiest Foods website, and  The Arizona Daily Star support data suggesting the following benefits of turmeric. 

  • Frequent use of turmeric can lower rates of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer
  • Turmeric reduces the risk of childhood leukemia
  • It improves liver function
  • It increases cardiovascular function which helps limit the possibility of heart attack or stroke
  • Turmeric lowers cholesterol
  • This spice protects against Alzheimer’s Disease
  • It treats Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Last, but not least… Turmeric relieves the painful joint inflammation caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis
Chicken Curry Dish

Can you believe all those benefits can be achieved by adding some delicious food into your diet on a regular basis? If you don’t have a favorite Indian restaurant in your neighborhood (or even if you do), get to cooking! The All Recipes website offers over 400 great recipes in their Indian collection, most of which call for turmeric.  

If you already have a favorite Indian recipe, please post it here to share with others. Afterall, sharing is caring!