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The Treatment of Arthritis, Dr. Jarvis, Arthritis and Folk Medicine

by Dr. D. C. Jarvis

To conclude, let me summarize what Vermont folk medicine prescribes for the
treatment of arthritis, based on the trial-and-error method developed over two
centuries. The treatment has been considerably simplified with time, and today
consists of the following five steps:

1. Two teaspoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and two of honey in a glass of water,
taken at each meal. If, for any reason, this mixture is not accepted by the
stomach at mealtimes it may be taken between meals midmorning, mid afternoon, or

2. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week, at one meal on each of
these days, a drop of Lugol's solution of iodine is added to the glass of water
containing the vinegar-and-honey solution.

3. One Kelp tablet tablet is taken at breakfast or at all three meals, whichever
gives the best results.

4. A solution made from a half cup of vinegar and three cups of water is used to
soak the hands and feet. It is applied by a cloth wrung out of this comfortably
hot solution to other joints.

5. Biologic food selection is followed every day. This removes wheat foods,
wheat cereals, white sugar, citrus fruits and their juices, and muscle meats
like beef, lamb, and pork from the daily food intake. In the majority of
individuals these foods produce an unwanted alkaline urine reaction when taken
on rising in the morning.

Vermont folk medicine uses the same treatment for rheumatoid'" arthritis,
osteoarthritis, gout, and bursitis. It does not differentiate between these but
considers them as being manifestations of arthritis which are favorably influenced by the same

If one studies arthritis many years from the Vermont folk medicine viewpoint in
time he comes to recognize it as an energy disease, due to a permanent
organization of the energy expending mechanism of the body. All the folk
medicine remedies used in the treatment of arthritis are those that end the
permanent activity of the energy expending mechanism and bring peace and quiet
to the body.

By favorably influencing the nervous, chemical, and endocrine parts of the
energy expending mechanism the human motor is shifted from high to low gear.

That is not only the essential approach to the treatment of arthritis, but the
key to every man's good health.


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