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Question:My mother suffers from polymyalgia rheumatica and whenever she reduces her steroid treatment, it gets worse. Can you help?
Answer:Polymyalgia rheumatica mainly affects older adults. It' s an inflammatory disorder that causes muscular aches and stiffness, especially in the neck, shoulders and hips. The condition is often brought on when the body' s detoxification systems are overloaded, and the liver, kidneys, brain and all the cells, including muscle cells, fail to deal with the toxic by-products of digestion and daily living. Different systems of the body can be affected: in your mother' s case, it' s her joints and immune system.

She can boost her detox ability by taking a good antioxidant supplement and 1g of vitamin C twice a day, drinking more water and eating healthy, unprocessed (and preferably organic) foods with the emphasis on fresh fruit, vegetables, organic chicken and, for those valuable anti-inflammatories, oily fish, nuts and seeds. She may also benefit from taking a digestive enzyme to improve digestion. Folic acid, as part of a B complex supplement, can help too. This is probably because some sufferers have high levels of the amino acid homocysteine in their blood, which is associated with pain. I recommend testing your mother and if her level is high then giving her a supplement of nutrients designed to help maintain healthy homocysteine levels. This will contain folic acid.

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