29th June 20:27
About Arthritis - silicone implication (stress bursitis diet anemia osteoarthritis)
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Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. It is characterized
by pain and stiffiness (especially in the morning or after exercise),
swelling, deformity, and/or a diminished range of motion. Bone growths
or spurs may develop in the affected joints, increasing pain and
decreasing mobility. There may be audible cracking or grating noises
when the joint moves. More than 55 million Americans suffer from
osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and related conditions, including
fibromyalgia, gout, lupus, Lyme disease, psoriatic arthritis, bursitis,
scleroderma, Reiter’s syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, and ankylosing
spondylitis. Indeed, arthritis and other diseases of the musculoskeletal
system are the primary source of disability in the United States today.
These conditions affect the body’s movable, or synovial, joints at the
knees, wrists, elbows, fingers, toes, hips, and shoulders. The neck and
back also have joints between the bones of the spine. There are six
different types of synovial joints (hinge, ball-and-socket, and so on),
but although the types of motion they allow are different, their
underlying physiological structure is essentially the same: two or more
adjoining movable bones, whose adjacent surfaces are covered with a
layer of cartilage, surrounded by a fluid-filled capsule made up of
ligaments (tough, fibrous tissue). Fluid is secreted by a thin membrane,
the synovial membrane, that lines the inside of the joint capsule.
Thanks to this viscous fluid, and to the smooth, rubbery, blue-white
cartilage covering the ends of the bones, the bones within the joint
normally glide smoothly past one another.
In healthy joints, the synovial membrane is thin, the cartilage that
covers the bones is smooth, and a thin layer of synovial fluid covers
the bone surfaces. A problem in any of these areas can result in
arthritis. Arthritis may appear suddenly or come on gradually. Some
people feel a sharp burning or grinding pain. Others compare the pain to
that of a toothache. Moving the joint usually hurts, although sometimes
there is only stiffness. The swelling and deformity that takes place in
arthritic joint can result from a thickening of the synovial membrane,
an increase in the secretion of synovia fluid, enlargement of the bones,
or some combination of these factors.
There are many different types of arthritis. Here we primarily discuss
the most common forms; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, involves
deterioration of the cartilage protecting the ends of the bones. It is
sometimes caused by injury or an inherited defect in the protein that
forms cartilage. More commonly, it is a result of the wear and tear of
aging, diet, and lifestyle. The once-smooth surface of cartilage
becomes rough, resulting in friction. The cartilage begins to break
down, and the normally smooth sliding surfaces of the bones become
pitted and irregular. Osteoarthritis affects the weight-bearing
joints—the knees, hips, and back—more severely, but is also commonly
affects the hands and the knuckles. The tendons, ligaments, and muscles
holding the joint together become weaker, and the joint becomes
deformed, painful, and stiff. There is usually some stiffness and pain
(more stiffness than pain at first), but little or no swelling. Any
resulting disability is most often minor. However, fractures become an
increasing risk because osteoarthritis makes the bones brittle. As
osteoarthritis advances, bony outgrowths called osteophytes tend to
develop. Often referred to as "spurs," osteophytes can be detected by
x-ray and develop near degenerated cartilage in the neck or in the lower
back. This condition does not change a person’s appearance.
Osteoarthritis rarely develops before the age of forty, but it affects
nearly everyone past the age of sixty. It may be so mild that a person
is unaware of it until it appears on an x-ray. Nearly three times as
many women as men have osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a type of inflammatory arthritis, is an
autoimmune disorder. An overactive immune system can be just as harmful
as a weak one. As with other autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis
is a "self-attacking-self" disease. In this case, the body’s immune
system improperly identifies the synovial membrane as foreign.
Inflammation results, damaging cartilage and tissues in and around the
joints. Often, the bone surfaces are destroyed as well because
inflammation in the joints triggers the production of enzymes that
slowly digest adjacent tissue. The body replaces this damaged tissue
with scar tissue, forcing normal spaces within the joints to become
narrow and the bones to fuse together. Rheumatoid arthritis creates
stiffness, swelling, fatigue, anemia, weight loss, fever, and often,
Rheumatoid arthritis frequently occurs in people under forty years of
age. Currently, 2.1million Americans have this disabling disorder, 75
percent of them female. Juvenile arthritis is a form of rheumatoid
arthritis that strikes children under the age of six****. It affects
71,000 young Americans, again, most of them female. The onset of
rheumatoid arthritis is associated with physical or emotional stress,
poor nutrition, and bacterial infection. Rheumatologists have discovered
that the blood of many people with rheumatoid arthritis contains
antibodies called "rheumatoid factors," a finding that can aid in the
diagnosis of the condition. While osteoarthritis affects individual
joints, rheumatoid arthritis affects all of the body’s synovial joints.
Joints make popping, clicking, and banging noises.
Arthritis can also be caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal infection of
a joint. The microorganisms most commonly involved in this type of the
disorder are streptococci, staphylococci, gonococci, hemophilus or
tubercle bacilli, and fungi such as Candida albicans. Usually the
infecting organism travels to the joint through the bloodstream from an
infection elsewhere in the body, but injury or even surgery can result
in joint infection as well. Symptoms include redness, swelling, pain,
and tenderness in the affected joint, often accompanied by systemic
symptoms of infection such as fever, chills, and body aches.
Arthritis can be reversible and, in some cases, curable with proper diet
or supplements and lifestyle changes. These simple changes can not only
relieve the inflammation and pain but stop degeneration and rejuvenate
the affected joints.
Eat more sulfur-containing foods, such as asparagus, eggs, garlic, and
onions. Sulfur is needed for the repair and rebuilding of bone,
cartilage, and connective tissue, and it also aids in the absorption of
calcium. Other beneficial foods include fresh vegetables(especially
green leafy vegetables, which supply vitamin K), nonacidic fresh fruits,
whole grains, oatmeal, brown rice, fish, soybean products, and avocados.
Be sure to include these foods in your diet. Also, tart red cherries can
relieve pain and inflammation. Eat about 20 cherries each day. If you
can’t find fresh cherries, the frozen variety is fine.
Consume food containing the amino acid histidine, including rice, wheat,
and rye. Histidine is good for removing excess metal from the body. Many
people with arthritis have high levels of copper and iron in their
Eat fresh pineapple frequently. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple,
the pineapple must be fresh, as freezing and canning destroy enzymes.
Eat some form of fiber, such as ground flaxseeds, oat bran, or rice
Reduce the amount of fat in your diet. Do not consume milk, dairy
products, or red meat. Also avoid caffeine, citrus fruits, paprika,
salt, tobacco, and everything containing sugar.
Avoid the nightshade vegetables (peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, white
potatoes). These foods contain a substance called solanine, to which
some people, particularly those suffering from arthritis, are highly
sensitive. Solanine interferes with enzymes in the muscles, and may
cause pain and discomfort.
If you use ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDs), avoid sodium (salt), which causes water retention. Spread
doses of these medications throughout the day, take them only after
eating, and take an antacid an hour after taking the drug. Ask your
health care provider about a protective agent to take along with the
NSAIDs especially if you are over sixty-five or have had previous
Do not take iron supplements, or a multivitamin containing iron. Iron is
suspected of being involved in pain, swelling, and joint destruction.
Consume iron in foods instead. Good source include blackstrap molasses,
broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, fish, lima beans, and peas.
For relief of pain, try using cold gel packs. These retain cold for
long periods when frozen. Place them on inflamed joints. Alternate with
application of heat.
Hot tubs and baths may provide relief. Raw lemon rubs and hot castor oil
packs are also extremely beneficial.
In the morning, take a hot shower or a bath to help relieve morning
Take a free-form amino acid complex regularly to help repair tissue.
Check for possible food allergies. Many sufferers of neck and shoulder
pain have found relief when they eliminate certain foods. Allergies
trigger inflammation and can aggravate arthritic symptoms, especially
those of rheumatoid arthritis.
Consider having a hair ****ysis to determine the levels of toxic metals
in your body. Lead levels have been found to be higher than normal in
some arthritis sufferers.
Spend time outdoors for fresh air and sunshine. Exposure to the sun
prompts the synthesis of vitamin D3, which is needed for proper bone
Get regular moderate exercise. Exercise is essential for educing pain
and retarding joint deterioration. Regular activity that does not put
stress on affected joins, but that strengthens surrounding bones,
muscles, and ligaments, is valuable for many types of arthritis. Bicycle
riding, walking, and water exercise are good choices. Avoid weight
bearing or impact exercises.
If you are overweight, lose the excess pounds. Being overweight can
If the blood is too acidic, the cartilage in the joints may dissolve.
The joints lose their normal smooth siding motion, bones rub together,
and the joints become inflamed, causing pain. Etanercept (Enbrel) is a
relatively new drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It apparently
blocks the action of tumor necrosis factor, an infection-fighting
protein linked to inflammation. This drug has been tied to a number of
cases of serious infection and several deaths. The drug’s manufacturer,
a Seattle-based company called Immunex, now adds a warning to the
packaging label informing doctors about the infections.
In one study, people with rheumatoid arthritis were found to have lower
blood levels of folic acid, protein, and zinc than healthy persons. The
researchers concluded that drugs prescribed for arthritis had brought
about biochemical changes in the subjects’ bodies, increasing their a
need for certain nutrients.
Eating deep-sea fish, which are rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and/or taking Omega-3 and Omega-6 (GLA) may
help relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. But the effects
depend on a large dosage and long period.
Most chiropractors and osteopath advise women to avoid high-heeled shoes
because they place a 30-percent greater compressive pressure on the
knees than flat or low-heeled shoes, which may eventually lead to
arthritis of the knees. The higher the heel, the greater the force.
Silicone gel breast implants and other silicone prostheses may cause
arthritis-like symptoms, such as swelling of joints, contractures,
chronic fatigue, and pain. Silicone has also been known to trigger such
severe autoimmune diseases as scleroderma and lupus.
Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), a byproduct of wood processing, is a liquid
that can be
applied topically to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and promote healing.
Note: Only DMSO from a health food store should be used for the
arthritis. Tthe use of DMSO may result in a garlicky body odor.
Nonsteroidal anti-infalmmatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (found
in Advil, Nuprin, and numerous other products), indomethacin (Indocin),
and piroxicam (Feldene) are commonly prescribed fro relief of arthritis
pain. Unfortunately, these drugs also can have side effects. At least 1
in 100 people who take NSAIDs on a regular basis for arthritis develops
stomach ulcers or experiences severe gastrointestinal bleeding—effets
that are potentially very dangerous. The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) recently estimated that as many as 200,000 cases
of gastrointestinal bleeding, including 10,000 to 20,000 deaths, occur
each year in the United States as a result of NSAIDs prescribed for
arthritis. These drugs can also cause kidney or liver damage. According
to a study reported in annals of Internal Medicine, the use of NSAIDs
can lead to serious health problems if you have evenmild kidney
Misoprostol (Cytotec) and ulcer drug like ranitidine (Zantac) and
sucralfate (Carafate) can prevent the development of ulcers associated
with NSAIDs. However, these drugs have their own side effects and double
the cost of treatment.
Diclofenac sodium (Voltaren), a drug often prescribed for arthritis, may
cause serious liver problems in some cases. People who take it should be
monitored very closely. If this medication is prescribed, the physician
should perform a blood liver enzyme study to determine whether there is
a risk of side effects. This test should be done within eight weeks
after the beginning of treatment.
Acetaminophen (sold as Tylenol, Datril, and others) may be a better
medication for osteoarthritis than NSAIDs. In many cases, it may be able
to relieve the pain is relatively safe and inexpensive. However, it is
important not to exceed the recommended dose of acetaminophen, and it
should not be used by persons who consume alcohol. If taken in
excessive amounts or in combination with alcohol, this drug can cause
Drugs do not always help everyone. Some people who use drugs obtain only
partial relief. Arthritol, an all natural alternative for both
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It works by inhibiting the
enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). Arthritol provides faster and more
effective symptomatic relief than prescribed drugs. Arthritol have not
found any of the adverseside-effects associated with synthetic drug