First Draft © Dennis Rocke & Dr J. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated Dennis Rocke © 2022


Mistakenly, arthritis is very often put in the same category as all disorders that affect the joints.

In fact, there are over 100 types of arthritis, the most common being Osteo-arthritis, which is a disease that degenerates the joints.

Another well known and common time is rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteo-arthritis normally occurs with ageing and affects the hips, knees, and fingers.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disorder and usually affects the feet and hands.

Some of the symptoms of arthritis include redness, swelling and warmth, the swelling causes a decreased range of motion in the affected joints. That isn’t all, sometimes it can affect other organs in the body.

The onset of arthritis can be sudden or gradual, and no-one is immune, it can happen to anyone.

Gout, fibromyalgia, lupus, and septic arthritis are all forms of this rheumatic disease.

Medical treatment may include the following…

Resting the affected joints and applying hot and cold, i.e., using ice and a warm towel.

If the affected patient is over-weight that can be one of the instigators of the onset of arthritis, so, weight loss and mild exercise would be a very useful tool.

Medications will of course depend on the type of arthritis that the patient is suffering from.

I am talking about medications such as, paracetamol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen.

In some cases, the answer may be joint replacement, but that is in dire cases.

More than 3.8% of the population are affected by osteoarthritis, whereas only 0.24% are affected by rheumatoid arthritis.

In the western world, gout happens to about 1 or 2% of the population at some point, whereas in Australia as many as 15% will be affected by some form of arthritis.

As I stated above arthritis is more common with aged people, but that said, arthritis is one of the common reasons the people miss workdays due to the pain and their quality of life.

The largest percentage of sufferers are in the United States, where as many as 20% of the population suffer from the disease.

Clinical studies have proven that Vitamin C in the blood and tissues are lowered significantly in the body when patients with arthritis take any of the following drugs that  normally prescribed by their doctor – Aspirin, prednisone, cortisone or ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone).

You will see in my daily supplements below I recommend massive doses of Vitamin C, 3,000 to 5,000 mg a day. It is because of the above studies that I recommend such large doses.

If the patient has been on cortisone or cortiscoteroid drugs for a prolonged time, for instance, over some years, under no circumstances can they be advised to stop taking them, they must be reduced gradually and under the supervision of a Doctor.

With swollen joints, the following poultis has been used to good account.

Making the Poultis

Mullein:  2 tablespoons
Granulated Slippery Elm Bark:  3 tablespoons
Lobelia:  1 tablespoon
Cayenne (red pepper powder):  1 teaspoon

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and add hot water to make a paste
Spread the paste onto a cloth and cover the swollen joints with the poultice.
Wrap the cloth with a plastic sheet and then with a dry towel.
Leave on the affected joints for ½ to 1 hour or less if the burning sensation becomes unbearable.

An extremely good remedy for relief of non-inflamed joints is to use a Castor Oil pack

Making the pack:

Pour 3 – 4 tablespoons of Castor Oil into a pan and heat the oil until it starts to simmer. Dip a flannel into the oil until the flannel is saturated

Place the cloth on the affected joint and cover with a plastic sheet (larger than flannel), cover this with a towel and then if you have one place an electric heating pad over it.

Cover with a blanket and keep the flannel on for ½ to 1 hour.

If you can’t get Castor Oil. Peanut Oil is a good alternative.

Important Dietary Facts

A vegetarian diet with emphasis vegetables, (only fresh) raw and cooked. Potatoes are particularly beneficial, and sprouted seeds such as alfalfa seeds and whole grain cereals such as brown rice and millet (these can be obtained from your local health store), the only exception for fresh fruit and vegetables is if your favourites are not in season, but then only once in 2 weeks. You must make use of the fruit and vegetables that are obtainable in the stores.

All available greens, and alfalfa, fresh and tablets. Eat the alfalfa seed sprouts daily if you can get them.

Other beneficial foods are wheat grass, watercress, yams, parsley, comfrey and endives.

Fruits that are most beneficial are: sour cherries, pineapples, sour apples (cooking apples), and bananas.

I have known some people that have cured themselves by drinking goat’s milk, a quart every day.

Homemade cottage cheese, yogurt and whole grain bread can be added when the patient is well on the way to recovery.

Foods to avoid

  • Fish, fowl, cow’s milk, bread (whole grain), cheese, fish, sugar (only use honey as sweetener), salt.
  • Chocolate and all other sorts of sweets and candies

In fact, all processed and refined foods must be eliminated from the diet. Anything made with white flour and sugar such as soft drinks and ice cream.

Daily Supplements (Recommended)

6 – 8 Tablets





500 mg

Vitamin C  

3,000 – 5,000 mg daily


Cod Liver Oil  

3 tablespoons



Large doses up to 1,000 mg
(Only under strict doctor’s supervision)



1 tablespoon



5-10 tablets



Alfalfa Tablets


20 tablets or 2 teaspoons powder

Calcium-magnesium supplement


500 mg of each

Pantothenic Acid


100 mg

Brewer’s Yeast


3 Tablespoons

Sea Water


2 – 3 Tablespoons



50 – 100 mg

B Complex with B12


As directed (high potency)

Vitamin E


600 – 1,000 IU