Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) Cure

Over 50 million people have an auto-immune disease with 80+ variations, 3.1 million people have axial spondyloarthritis (SpA), I have a variation of it called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and I’m curing it without life-altering medicines like Enbrel.  Here’s how you can too:

Steps to Cure Autoimmune / Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)


Step 1:
 Understanding

An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. In patients with an autoimmune disorder, the immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy body tissues and antigens. The result is an immune response that destroys normal body tissues. This response is a hypersensitivity reaction similar to the response in allergic conditions. [MORE INFO]

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)?

Step 2:  Renew Your Mind & Research

When a disease like Ankylosing Spondylitis comes around, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.  An autoimmune disease (like AS) isn’t the problem – it’s the warning system.  Although western medicine is the best for emergencies and quick fixes, it’s only taking care of the symptoms, not the causes.  Because they focus on the symptoms, we rank behind in quality of health compared to many other countries.

To remedy the situation, you need to start over.  Start over with the idea that doctors are the final word in your health.  Start over with the cure-all multivitamin.  Start over with the idea that your genes cannot be managed.  All of this is fixable, but you’ve got to do the work.  Below are my list of places I do most of my research:

Although quite controversial,  “No Starch Diet” NSD or “Low Starch Diet” LSD solution has worked for many out there with AS and other auto-immune diseases.

My personal experience was the NSD diet worked well in the beginning, but I had to change it due to tests I took (read step 3).  If NSD / LSD does not work for you, I suggest these other diet protocols:

Other Diet Protocols

By now I bet you’re feeling a little overwhelmed.  Keep in mind that the common thread to all these are no grains, flours, or bread; I suggest starting there.
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Using Food as Medicine 

Step 3:  Get Tested

One of the most important steps in the discovery of food is what your body can tolerate.  Food intolerance tests and vitamin deficiency tests tell you what foods react badly to your body and what essential vitamins / nutrients you are missing.  Included below are two tests (marked with an *) I suggest everyone should take.  And I suggest taking them as soon as you possibly can.

Step 4:  Exercise and Chiropractic Care

Why Use a Chiropractor?
Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis tend to move their head and shoulders forward plus their spine starts to fuse (review video in step 1).  Chiropractic care readjusts that alignment.  More importantly, it’s creating the correct curvature of the neck (a.k.a. the “Arc of Life”), disks in my spine are not compressing on each other and sending the correct flow throughout my nervous system.

When choosing a chiropractor, make sure you find one that promotes traction.  Traction are exercises specifically made before and after the chiropractic adjustments that “hold” your correct posture.  Without traction, you are only unlocking the body with the adjustment.
IMPORTANT:  Only use chiropractic care and traction if you can manage your flare-ups and/or have a decent SED rate (measurement of inflammation).  Otherwise your body will be flared up even more and create stiffness in your neck & back.

Exercise

By far the best exercise for me was water exercises / swimming.  It allowed me to do my exercises without gravity being hard on my joints.  Here are the exercises I did in chronological order:

  • Aqua Fitness Jogger – jog at first & then doggie paddle
  • Speedo Gloves
  • Tricep dips on steps
  • Push-ups on steps
  • Pulling myself up/down on the ladder (increase strength in thighs, butt, and shoulders)
  • Doggie paddle or other ways of swimming back & forth without the Aqua Jogger
  • Tread Water

As I became stronger, I introduced other exercises like Nautilus equipment & free weights at the gym, walking, ballroom dancing, and  power plate (with a fitness trainer).

Step 5:  Create a Game Plan

Now that you’ve read step 1-4, create your game plan before you begin treatment.  I was on Enbrel for almost 9 years and got off “cold turkey”.  I paid the price, but eventually got through it.  Since everyone is different, here I suggest doing step 1-3  first and then start tapering off any medicine you are taking.  And when needed, take an anti-inflammatory that your doctor suggests to curb the pain and inflammation.

Most important, make sure you have a support group and educate them on what you are doing.  I was blessed with wonderful close friends and parents through my worst times. And God was always there with me…

To learn more information, review my current and past daily routine game plans.

Step 6:  Document Your Experience

Documentation is extremely important while going through the healthy lifestyle change.  It tells you progression/regression, what works (supplements, food types, etc.), and a historical resource for anyone else going through the same situation.  Out of all the options, I found that a blog like WordPress can offer many solutions to finding information on your documentation.  If you’re not too big on technology, simply writing down a daily journal is sufficient.  Whatever you do, document your experience!

MY RESULTS:  View my 6-month or 1-year review and my daily routine.

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  • jamie

    I forgot to tell you, no starch no exception regarding foods, even Fuhrman foods.

  • Rosemary Zajac

    Determination & perserverance will see you through. Pay it forward so others may follow & be cured also.

    Mom

  • Lee

    My understanding in what I’ve read about AS is that it is an “auto-inflammatory” disease rather than “auto-immune” and therefore has different mechanisms of damage. The damage of RA, for example, destroys the joint, whereas the damage of AS happens through the inflammation of the tendons and ligaments attached to the joints causing their mineralization and thus fushion to the bones they are attached to. This creates a cascade of problems because the skeleton is meant to be flexible and the stiffness wrecks the disks and puts undue strain on the hips, etc. Thanks so much for your documentation and willingness to share your story and efforts.

  • brianzajac

    Hello Lee,
    Thanks for submitting your comments on this site. From the research I’ve gleaned, inflammation is derived as more of an end product “red-flagging” the person that there is something wrong. With AS, it’s the auto-immune system that triggers this because of diet & the bad bacteria (Klebsiella) due to genetics and processed / poor / “convenience” eating lifestyle. This is why products like Enbrel work so well – they are an auto-immune suppressor.

    As the inflammation through the auto-immune dysfunction increases, so does the mineralization and fusion as you mentioned. At the end an AS patient is left with bamboo spine. Ultimately, a body in motion tends to stay in motion while a body at rest gets stiff. Hope my viewpoint helps you out.

  • Alex Salazar

    Hi Brian,

    I was diagnosed with AS about 3 weeks ago by a Rheumotologist. It was an unpleasant surprise. I had been battling chronic inflammation for years, and for years I sought out a solution. When I was told this was a genetic condition and that I would need treatment indefinitely I was crushed.

    Part of my journey to recover had included an elimination diet. I was able to identify foods that made me feel worse in my crisis. Therefore, now that I have come accross your YouTube video and your Article I have become fueled once more to seek an alternative to meds and perhaps try your approach.

    I want to thank you for taking the time to document your journey I know firsthand it is not easy. If there are any additional suggestions I would welcome them wholeheartedly.

    Thanks again,

    Alex

    • brianzajac

      Alex,
      I’m glad you are finding my information useful. If you get time, please feel free to make a comment on the Youtube video as it helps gain more exposure with more positive comments.

      I’ve updated the right-side menu (it’s on almost all the pages) tonight to help you out. Take a look at the autoimmune tests as specific diagnosis can lead to your root problem (thus avoiding you many months of pain & suffering). Most of them are out-of-pocket, but I hope you agree with me that health comes before anything. And remember…never give up.

  • Prashant

    Don’t ignore stomach problem such as fullness of stomach, because my elder brother had AS and diagnosed with fourth stage stomach cancer which killed him in 6 months.He previously ignored stomach fullness, hence late diagnosis of cancer.So everyone shouldtake care and do regular full body checkup. Cancer is very much closer to AS patients ,specifically who’s having A+ blood group.
    Thanks
    Prashant

  • James Palmer

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease of the axial skeleton, with variable involvement of peripheral joints and nonarticular structures. AS is one of the seronegative spondyloarthropathies and has a strong genetic predisposition.

    • Flipper Tweenie

      That guy doesn’t know anything, clearly. He said klebsiella has nothing to do with AS which is wrong. Now he is saying it isn’t an autoimmune disease. What a tool.