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This article to be read in conjunction with
thritis and Rheumatoid Disease Including Rheumatoid Arthritis
by Anthony di Fabio and Gus J. Prosch, Jr., M.D.
By Anthony di Fabio
The Roger Wyburn-Mason and Jack M. Blount Foundation
for the Eradication of Rheumatoid Disease
Arthritis Trust of America
7376 Walker Road, Fairview, TN 37062
The Case of Thomas Benson
Through an endless progression of tests and
sicians and clinics, Thomas Benson was delighted with his recov-
ery, saying, "After suffering for seven years with a debilitating, sup-
posedly incurable, auto-immune disease called Ankylosing
Spondylitis, I've found out how to defeat it. I'm cured at last!
illness began early in 1979, although I suspect that the
minor vasectomy operation I had in 1970 began the alteration of
my immune system, and also the beginning of my health's downslide.
"Early in 1979 I began getting severe arthritic-like pains in
various parts of my body. It might be behind a shoulder blade for
several days, then move to my neck, to a hip or to the small of my
back, or -- worst of all -- to my ribs.
nutritionist I sought help from
could not alleviate the
problem, and after hundreds of dollars in tests, my traditional (allo-
pathic) physicians seemed to be baffled. This doctor told me I was
simply under stress, and it would take between 30 to 40 massages
to solve my problem. Between the excrutiatingly painful and ex-
pensive massages and vitamin B
shots, I soon lost patience.
"The next healer specialized in holistic medicine. His clinic
did not have fluorescent lights, considered harmful, no perfumes
were permitted because of possible patient allergies, and the bill
before I even started tests was humongous. This doctor went up
and down a lot of blind alleys, constantly coming back to the fact
that my hair analysis showed that I was suffering from excessive
aluminum. I couldn't believe this, as I was always careful to cook
in enamalware, and also I did not drink from canned soft drinks.
"Some years earlier I'd had some of my thyroid gland removed
with radioactive iodine at a time when I was told that I was secret-
ing too much thyroid. Of course, they got the dosage wrong, and
killed off too much tissue, which was the reason I was on thyroid
replacement therapy. The only thing I learned was that if I stopped
taking my thyroid supplements, arthritic-like pains began. (See "Thy-
roid Hormone Therapy: Cutting the Gordian Knot," http://
"After much thrashing about with this new doctor, some of
my friends suggested I see an endocrinologist. The doctor proded
and poked, x-rayed and tested for more than an hour.
"I arrived at the next appointment one week later expecting to