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Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and MoreReduce Inflammation and Pain in Your Joints Without MedicationThe must-read summary of “Healing Arthritis: Your 3-Step Guide toConquering Arthritis Naturally,” by Susan Blum, MD, MPHArthritis is a common cause of disability. It affects seven percent of people between ages 18 to 44, and thirty percent of people older than 44. People with arthritis often experience severe joint pain and inflammation. The pain restricts physical activity which further increases their risk of other health issues such as diabetes, and heart disease.Conventional medicine relies on pain medications to relieve the symptoms without addressing the root causes. But they work only 50 percent of the time and often have serious side effects.Dr. Blum’s 3-Step Arthritis Protocol addresses the underlying causes by healing your gut to reduce the inflammation in your joints without medication.This guide includes: Book Summary—The summary helps you understand the key ideas and recommendations. Online  Videos—On-demand replay of public lectures, and seminars on the topics covered in the chapter.Value-added of this guide: Save time Understand key concepts Expand your knowledge

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Summary &Study Guide

Healing Arthritis

Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally

Lee Tang

Title: Summary & Study Guide - Healing Arthritis

Subtitle: Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally

Author: Lee Tang

Publisher: LMT Press (

Cover Image: Alpha Stock Images

Copyright © 2018 by Lee Tang

All rights reserved. Aside from brief quotations for media coverage and reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced or distributed in any form without the author’s permission. Thank you for supporting authors and a diverse, creative culture by purchasing this book and complying with copyright laws.

First Edition: January 2018

Issued in print and electronic formats.

ISBN 9781988970035 (ebook)

ISBN-13: 9781984017222 (paperback)

ISBN-10: 1984017225 (paperback)

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To my wife, Lillian, who is the source of energy and love for everything I do, and to Andrew and Amanda: watching you grow up has been a privilege.


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Part 1: What Kind of Arthritis Do You Have?

1. Rheumatoid Arthritis

2. Spondyloarthritis

3. Osteoarthritis

Part 2: Heal the Gut, Heal the Joints

4. Other Arthritis Conditions

5. The Gut-Arthritis Connection

6. How to Heal the Gut

Part 3: Treating Your Terrain

7. Food and Fire

8. Traumatic Stress: Fueling the Flame

Part 4: The Blum Center 3-Step Arthritis Protocol

9. Step 1: Two-Week Jump-Start

10. Step 2: Two-Month Intensive Gut Repair

11. Step 3: Finish-What-You-Started Six-Month Program

Appendix 1: The Healthy Eating Food Plan

Appendix 2: Food to Exclude from Leaky Gut Diet


About the Author

Plea from the Author


“Healing Arthritis: Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally,” by Susan Blum, M.D., M.P.H.

Book Abstract

The book comprises four parts:

“What Kind of Arthritis Do You Have?”, reviews different arthritis, their causes, and treatment options.

“Heal the Gut, Heal the Joints,” explains the connection between gut health and arthritis.

“Treating Your Terrain,” explores the role of diet, stress, and trauma on the health of your gut microbiome.

“The Blum Center 3-Step Arthritis Protocol,” puts it together into a treatment program for arthritis.


Susan Blum, M.D., M.P.H., is an assistant clinical professor of preventive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She is a senior faculty at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and the founder of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York. She is a member of the medical advisory board for The Dr. Oz Show, and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Certified in functional medicine, Dr. Blum has been treating and preventing chronic disease for over twenty years.

Important Note About This Guide

This guide is a summary, not a critique/review of the book. The summary may not be organized chapter-wise but summarizes the main ideas, viewpoints, and arguments from the book. It is a supplement to, not a replacement for the book.


Arthritis is a common cause of disability. It affects seven percent of people between ages 18 to 44, and thirty percent of people older than 44. People with arthritis often experience severe joint pain and inflammation. The pain restricts physical activity which increases their risk of other health issues such as diabetes, and heart disease.

Arthritis can be classified into three categories:

Inflammatory Arthritis—This category is caused by an autoimmune condition. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common. It affects 68 million people worldwide, three times more women than men. Fifty percent of people with RA can’t keep a full-time job within ten years of diagnosis.

Osteoarthritis—This condition is due to inflammation in the joints caused by an unhealthy diet. A major injury or repetitive use of a joint can trigger this condition.

Arthritis from an Infection—This condition can be healed by treating the underlying infection.

No matter what arthritis you have, this program reduces inflammation and pain in your joints without medication.


What is arthritis?





Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most prevalent form of inflammatory arthritis. It affects multiple joints in the hands, feet, and wrists with severe pain. If left unchecked, you can lose the total function of the joints.


RA is an autoimmune disease in which the cells of the immune system attack the tissue inside the joints. It starts when different immune cells migrated and accumulated in the joints. The autoimmune response causes inflammation and oxidative stress, producing free radicals. High levels of free radicals can trigger inflammation and damage body tissues.

Under normal conditions, the body’s antioxidant defense system can ward off these free radicals. But people with RA have an impaired antioxidant defense system. Their body’s antioxidants can’t keep up with the high level of oxidative stress. Excess free radicals then join forces with the immune cells to attack the joint tissue. This can lead to cartilage and bone destruction.

Smoking is the number one environmental trigger for oxidative stress. The others are eating the wrong food, stress, trauma, impaired gut health, toxins, and infections. Impaired gut health is the most important trigger because it can cause leaky gut. A leaky gut allows food particles to pass through the gut lining and enter the body to trigger autoimmune responses.


Some people have joint pain, stiffness, or swelling but their blood tests show no RA antibodies. We call these conditions early, or seronegative RA. Early RA is a cause for concern because it means you’re heading toward a full-blown version of the disease. People with these conditions must follow the Arthritis Protocol.


Corticosteroids—New RA patients often use these drugs to relieve pain. When used long-term, these drugs can cause serious side effects including osteoporosis, muscle wasting, hair loss, and weight gain.

Conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)—Methotrexate (MTX) is the cornerstone of RA treatment. Although side effects are mild, the drug’s effectiveness wears off over time.

Biologic DMARDs—These drugs target your immune system that drives inflammation. They have serious side effects such as chickenpox and shingles.