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What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. It is caused by joint degeneration and loss of joint cartilage.
What causes osteoarthritis or DJD?
1. the natural aging process 2. wear-and-tear or repetative trauma 3. inherited abnormalities in joint structure
With cumlative stress on a joint and the aging process, the ability to restore and create normal cartilage that cushions the joint decreases, therefore, damage to the cartilage occurs followed by bony changes which results in a degenerative joint.
Proper spinal curves permit normal turning and bending. Openings between joints allow nerve roots to exit the spine without interference. The edges of the bones are smooth and well defined. Equal disc spacing is a sign of healthy spinal function.
Loss or normal curves and misalignment restrict or exaggerate normal ranges of motion. ligament and muscle strength is reduced. Even with nerve irritation and soft tissue inflammation, pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present.
Years of accumulated calcium deposition are now visible. Bone spurs attempt to fuse malfunctioning joints. Adjacent surfaces are rough and uneven. Joint instability is accompanied by continued nerve irritation and disc degeneration.
(The degenerative spinal vertebral stages)
click below to see Time-Lapsed Disc Degeneration of the Neck
What is the conventional treatment of osteoarthrits?
Glucosamine is a natural nutrient and is virtually free of side effects and there have been no reports of any adverse drug interactions. Most people will experience significant improvement within 1-8 weeks. Twice daily supplementation is needed to experience the full benefit.
The primary drugs used in the treatment of osteoarthritis are called "NSAID's" (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). These drugs help to relieve pain and are tolerated well if used carefully and cautiously. NSAID's if used long term or if not utilized properly may be associated with gastric irritation , GI bleeding, liver and kidney damage.
What can I use that is natural for my joints? Glucosamine Sulfate! MSM!
The main natural substances that keep joints healthy is glucosamine sulfate (GS), an amino sugar. The body utilizes glucosamine to stimulate the process of cartilage renewal and helps make the synovial fluid in the joints thick and elastic. A deficiency of GS can effect the repairative process within the tendons, ligaments, bones, synovial fluid, and cartilage. Tissues in the joints become damaged when these lubricating fluids become thin and watery. The normal cushioning is lost and consequently the bones and the cartilage will scrape each other inside the joint space resulting in joint destruction, pain, loss of movement and flexiblity. GS has shown to exert a protective effect against joint destruction, exerting a powerful healing effect on an injured joint. Average dosages range from 10-15 mg per lb. per day, in two divided doses, two timer per day, use as directed.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane or dimethylsulfone) is a source of organic sulfur found naturally in the human body. MSM, the major metabolite of DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), is 34% elemental sulfur, a compound which is crucial in maintaining healthy tissues. While sulfur supports many functions, it is well known for maintaining connective tissue health. Sulfur also supports tissue containing significant amounts of collagen and keratin, including hair, skin, and nails. Sulfur is essential in methionine, cysteine and serum protein metabolism. Recent, preliminary evidence suggests that MSM provides potential support for healthy immune, joint tissue, and respiratory function. Average dosages range from 800-3000 mg, two times per day, use as directed.
Additional Supplements for Joint Care and Health:
Fish or Flaxseed Oil....Essential fatty acids that help control pain and inflammation.
Vitamin C....Helps control pain and inflammation, antioxidant.
Multivitamin....Supplies essential nutrients needed to repair and maintain tissues.
Coenzyme Q10....Increases tissue oxygenation to aid in repair of connective tissue.
Garlic....Antioxidant and detoxifier.
Proteolytic Enzymes (digestive enzymes, bromelain, etc.)....Reduces inflammation, improves absorption of foods needed for tissue repair.
Probiotics....Bacterial cultures, such as acidophilus, that assist the body's naturally occurring flora in the gastrointestinal tract that help the digestive processes and balance.
Diet....Fruit, vegetables, fish, no meat, 8 glasses of water per day, rest, exercise.
Calcium/Magnesium....Calcium excites nerves, prevents bone loss, needed for blood clotting. Magnesium relaxes muscles, also prevents bone loss, keeps blood flowing freely. Any imbalance of these two minerals can be unhealthy.
Specific Brands and Dosage Recommended:
Glucosamine Sulfate (500mg) & Chondroitin Sulfate (250mg) by Thorn, Important for the formation of joint cartilage, tissues, and lubricating joints. Contains NO binders, coatings, or allergenic ingredients. (1 capsule 2-3 times per day with meals)
MSM GOLD by Natural Wellness, 100 capsules; MSM, Bromelain, Turmeric, Lycopene. Reduces inflammation and for tissue repair, a high performance systemic enzyme supplement utilizing five proteolytic enzymes and super anti-oxidants! For muscle pain, joint pain, and healthy aging. (Acute pain: 2 caps two times per day with or without food, when better 2 caps per day)
Fish Oil Super EPA by Thorn Research, 1000 mg, essential fatty acids that help control pain and inflammation. Formulas are pharmaceutical grade, doctor recommend, tested for unsurpassed purity and freshness. (1-2 gel caps per day with meals)
Traumeel Gel & Drops by Heel, is ideal for all kinds of inflammation and injuries involving muscles tendons, ligaments, and joint conditions. A safe, effective, alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. (apply to area of pain 2-3 times per day and 10 drops under tongue 3x/day)
Formula 303 by Dee-Cee Labs, a natural homeopathic muscle relaxant and relief from muscle spasm, tension, and stress. Made from natural ingredients, valerian root, passiflora flower, magnesium carbonate. (take as directed, and do not take if driving or at work)
Biofreeze by Performance Health, penetrating pain relieving gel roll-on, long lasting pain relief from arthritis, sore muscles, and back pain.
Multivitamin by Mega Foods, Supplies essential nutrients needed to repair and maintain tissues, a basic vitamin that is 100% whole food supplement. (take as directed with meals)
Vitamin C, Helps control pain, tissue repair, inflammation, and antioxidant (500 mg 1-2 times per day)
Coenzyme Q10, Increases tissue oxygenation to aid in repair of connective tissue (30-100 mg 1-2 times per day with meals)
*WAIT 2 HOURS AFTER MEDICATIONS TO TAKE ALL SUPPLEMENTS.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF FISH OIL
Fish oil from supplements and dietary sources has been
shown to provide support for healthy triglycerides and vascular
relaxation. Fish oil is associated with positive effects on lipid
metabolism, blood flow, platelet function, endothelial tone
and homocysteine metabolism.
Numerous double-blind trials indicate that fish oil promotes
joint mobility and joint comfort, in part by maintaining
healthy prostaglandin, cytokine and leukotriene production.
Epidemiological research suggests that fish consumption is
associated with healthy bone mineralization. In studies, the
combination of fish oil and calcium supplementation promotes
healthy bone composition in the elderly.
Epidemiological and clinical research indicates that fish oil
supports positive mood, mental function and memory. By
promoting healthy neuronal cell membrane function and blood
flow, fish oil facilitates oxygen and nutrient delivery to the brain.
Infants and children born to mothers who had supplemented
with fish oil demonstrate healthy cognitive capacity.
Fish oil has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect for the gastrointestinal tract.
Omega-3 fatty acids protect keratinocytes and skin fibroblasts
from free radicals and immune mediators generated by sun
exposure. Additionally, these essential fatty acids help promote
elasticity and hydration for smoother looking skin.
Studies suggest that fish oil, particularly DHA, promotes
visual acuity and hydration.
Joint Noise: Popping and Cracking
Popping and cracking sounds in the course of the movement of human joints are natural-and often disconcerting. These sounds are made in two general circumstances: when the sound is accompanied by pain in the moving joint, and when the sound occurs with the movement alone.
Most joints in the body have common construction features. Two or more bones create the skeletal component, with the bones at their point of contact covered by a slick, friction-reducing material known as articular cartilage. The joint is encased in a capsule that contains synovial fluid, a substance also designed to reduce friction in the joint. Present in the joint is often a bursa, a gel-filled fibrous sac that acts to cushion impacts received at the joint. The bones at the joint are secured to one another by ligaments; the joint usually is powered by muscle and tendon groups secured to the bones. Slight misalignments and surrounding muscles and ligaments can cause a cracking sound on movement.
*Please note: If you have any medical condition, check your health care physician before taking any supplement.