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Volume III, No. 3 by Frank Jordan
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Arthritis – Joint Inflammation and Pain –
What Can Be Done Naturally and Nutritionally
Arthritis? What are Common Causes?
Today 43 million Americans are affected by Arthritis and arthritic pain. Based on predictions of population growth, by 2020 an estimated 60 million Americans will have some form of Arthritis.
Arthritis symptoms include the following:
· Persistent joint pain
· Joint swelling, stiffness, redness, and or warmth
· Pain or tenderness in a joint which gets worse by movement or activity including walking, typing or house keeping
· Loss of flexibility or range of motion in a joint
· Joint deformity
· Weight loss
· Non-specific fever
· Cracking noise the arthritic joints make upon movement (Crepitus)
Those with any or
several of the symptoms listed could have Arthritis and should be examined and
tested by a physician.
Most people are familiar with the names Rheumatoid and OsteoArthritis, but did you know Fibromyalgia and Gout are forms of Arthritis? Another you may not know about is Ankylosing Spondylitis. A brief explanation of each Arthritis form follows.
Ankylosing Spondylitis primarily affects the spine, but it may also cause Arthritis in the hips, shoulders and knees. The tendons and ligaments around the bones and joints in the spine become inflamed. Symptoms include pain and stiffness, especially in the lower back. Ankylosing Spondylitis onset is usually in young men.
characterized by Inflammation of the bursae which are small, fluid-filled sacs
that help reduce friction between bones and other moving structures in joints.
The inflammation may result from Arthritis in the joint, or from injury or
infection of the bursae. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and limited movement
of the involved joint. Rest and ice packs help most.
is a chronic syndrome associated with pain and stiffness throughout the tissues
that support and move
Gout results from deposits of needle-like crystals of uric acid in the connective tissue near joints and/or in the joint space. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joint, often the big toe. Gout is also associated with kidney stones.
In some cases,
Arthritis can develop as part of a bacterial or viral infection. If a bacterial
infection, early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics may relieve the
Arthritis is a chronic condition causing inflammation in one or more joints and
OsteoArthritis affects more than 20 million Americans. It begins with the breakdown of cartilage in the joints from overuse and aging, resulting in joint pain and stiffness.
Psoriatic Arthritis occurs in some patients with psoriasis, a common scaling skin disorder. Psoriatic Arthritis often affects the joints at the ends of the fingers and causes changes in the fingernails and toenails.
Reactive Arthritis can develop after an infection of the lower urinary tract, intestines, or other organs. Reactive Arthritis is commonly associated with eye problems, skin rashes, and mouth sores.
An estimated 2.1
million people, about 1% of all
Inflammation of the joint lining, called the synovium, can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth, and redness. The affected joint may also lose its shape, resulting in loss of normal movement. Rheumatoid Arthritis can be chronic with reoccurring flare-ups and remissions.
Tendinitis or Tendonitis:
Tendinitis refers to
inflammation of tendons, the tough cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone,
and is caused by overuse, injury, or Arthritis-producing conditions. Symptoms
include pain, tenderness, and restricted movement of nearby joints.
Arthritic pain is most common after prolonged use of the
affected joint(s) and/or immediately after awaking when motion is reinstituted.
Most forms of Arthritis are associated with pain divided into the categories of
acute, which is temporary, or chronic, the latter occurring for extended periods
Influences the Onset of Arthritis?
Food and other allergic reactions cause arthritic conditions.
Toxins enter the bloodstream causing autotoxemia that can often lead to
Natural and Nutritional Aids for Joint Wellness
The following natural and nutritional nutrients, vitamins and supplements are suggested, subject to health care professional review in individual situations.
Acquire a compound formula of dietary ingredients that seek to nutritionally assist with Vitamin C, Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondroitin, MSM sulphur, Colostrum, DLPA, Niacinamide for range of motion, Magnesium, Green Lipid Powder, Pantothenic Acid for gout, Yucca, Zinc and microparticulate (MG) Beta Glucan to remove toxins and cellular debris. Glucosamine nutritionally aids repair of joint, cartilage and tissue damage. Chondroitin sulfate holds together cartilage, allowing collagen proteins to form actual tissue, thus minimizing Arthritis damage and stimulating repair. Colostrum relieves sore, swollen and stiff joints. DLPA and Green Lipid Powder are anti-inflammatories with the ability to contribute to sore joint pain relief.
Antioxidant vitamins A from beta carotene, C and E (400 IU) help counter inflammation and minimize free radical damage to joints. Vitamin A or Beta Carotene taken each day helps reduce pain, with up to 20,000 IU suggested. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for joint and cartilage repair, especially when taken in combination with Glucosamine in the NSC IMMUNITION Joint and Tissue Formula.
Take Fish Oil including EPA and DHA up to 2,000 mg daily as an essential fatty acid acting as an anti-inflammatory. One Borage oil capsule provides the needed 240 mg of Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Boswellia is an anti-inflammatory herb with 600-800 milligrams daily in a standardized extract and Curcumin of 1,200 mg daily in divided doses suggested. Alfalfa is rich in chlorophyll to purify the blood and eliminate uric acid. Aloe Vera also rids toxins contributing to pain and inflammation. OPC Grape Seed Extract – 300 mg daily also.
Utilize Bromelain to reduce inflammation as a nutritional supplement with 2,000 mg daily in divided doses on an empty stomach 20 minutes before a meal. DHEA, a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, is nutritionally helpful. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that inhibits cell degranulation that is needed where rheumatoid arthritis has increased levels of mast cells in synovial membranes and fluids, with 600 mg a day suggested. Capsaicin cream from cayenne is often helpful by increasing circulation in the joints and aiding in pain management.
Another aid unknown to most is to purchase one of the infrared pointers with the red dot beam utilized in presentations and sold by office supply stores. Place the red dot beam directly on the arthritic area for 4-10 minutes and get a poor-man's infrared treatment usually costing a fortune in a trendy spa!
Cetyl myristolaeate (CMO), and sea cucumber aid repair and pain relief. Traumeel is a beneficial natural anti-inflammatory cream to homeopathically aid in pain management. Kyolic Aged Garlic is suggested for natural inflammation control.
Avoid dairy, salt, red meat, caffeine, sugar and nightshade vegetables including eggplant, tomatoes, white potatoes, etc which interfere with muscle enzymes. Eat sulfur-containing foods such as asparagus, eggs, garlic, green leafy vegetables, deep-sea fish, blue berries and fiber.
Arthritis may not be curable in most circumstances, but symptoms and pain can be minimized and controlled for the majority to live a normal and fulfilling life.
About the Author: Frank Jordan has a post-graduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a co-patent holder on U.S. patents issued or in application related to the immune response in conjunction with researchers at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Dept. of Microbiology. Learn more about Frank Jordan on the web at www.frankjordan.com .
The statements in this Report have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease unless designated as a drug or pharmaceutical.