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Combat Arthritis Pain With A Natural Arthritis Remedy

Although there are different types of arthritis - i.e. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis - it appears that both types can be improved through the use of natural arthritis remedies and many of those remedies can be found on websites or in local pharmacies, or health food supermarkets that have been springing up all over North America.

One of the most well accepted natural arthritis remedies for osteoarthritis is taking glucosamine or chondroitin - or better yet a combination of the two.

Osteoarthritis can result from injuries to the joints, a lifestyle that overuses the joints, from deficiencies in the diet, or simply as a factor of the aging process. Deterioration occurs in the cartilage that protects the bone ends and they become rough instead of smooth as they should be. That causes friction and friction results in pain.

Other natural arthritis remedies include BioCell Collagen, Hylaronic Acid, and Methylsulfonyl Methane. All of these natural arthritis remedies can be found in sources that give information about herbs and other natural cures.

Rheumatoid arthritis appears to have numerous contributing causes and requires a more holistic, comprehensive approach in order to provide a natural arthritis remedy. Many sufferers have a genetic marker that contributes to a tendency to develop the disease. In addition to herbal treatments, a change in diet is widely considered to be one of the best natural arthritis remedies available.

 

Recent research shows a connection between intestinal health and inflammatory diseases like arthritis. Foods like refined sugars, saturated fats, processed foods and hydrogenated oils may well contribute to arthritis because they are pro-inflammatory foods. There is also evidence to indicate that food allergies play a strong role in development of arthritis.

Nutrients that have been found to be effective in reducing symptoms for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis include zinc, selenium, manganese, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, and vitamin E. These natural arthritis remedies and others can be found in nearly any publication that talks about herbal cures. At the same time, changing the diet to exclude inflammatory foods and eat more naturally may be a strong factor in reducing arthritis symptoms.

Whether the arthritis from which a particular individual suffers is caused by genetics, food allergies, aging, or injury, there are a number of natural cures available that can help reduce the symptoms significantly. Combating arthritis with natural remedies can substantially reduce the need for harsher treatments like prescription drugs or surgery.

 

<strong>Alternative Medicine Resource</strong> was conceived to inform visitors of the available choices for treatment beyond standard medical solutions, so you know your options, and can make the best decision for your circumstances.Howard Tiano provides free advice & information on alternative medicine, and can be found at http://www.alternative-medicine-resource.com

 

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Arthritis-Fighting Drugs: The Ulcer Connection

 

If you read these chronicles, you know that I have constantly warned about the dangers of using NSAID's to tackle arthritis pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can cause serious problems and ulcers are one of them.

 

The newer group of NSAID's is also implicated.

 

When we talk about NSAID's, we can include products like aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Motrin and many more. I am talking about Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra.

 

The risk factor for ulcer complications is lower with the last group of prescription drugs but as most of you know, Vioxx was recently pulled from the market because of possible cardiac implications. Of course, the drug companies and the government are taking a closer look at the other two drugs in that category.

 

<strong>Ulcers: No Fun and They can be Yours</strong> Our stomachs have natural bicarbonate that protects us from ulcers. However, the amount of bicarbonate is controlled by prostaglandins and in some parts of your body, they can cause inflammatory responses. When you listen to television commercials, they talk about Cox-I and Cox-II inhibitors. I am referring to ads for products like Celebrex and Bextra. Now, these two enzymes are in charge of manufacturing prostaglandins. The one that protect your stomach is of the Cox-I type. They control the amount of bicarbonate released into your stomach. The Cox-II type deals with inflammation through prostaglandin production.

 

<strong>The Bextra and Celebrex Connection</strong> This is what I call "high-end" NSAID's. They are prescription drugs and very expensive. Supposedly, these drugs control inflammation with less stomach irritation or complications. Of course if they follow the course of Vioxx, they will not be on the market much longer either. The point is, these drugs were touted for their ability to control inflammation from arthritis with less stomach complications.

 

<strong>The Use of NSAID's and the Stomach</strong> When you are using an NSAID of any kind, it holds back the ability of your body to produce prostaglandins that protect both your stomach and inflammation. In short, it inhibits your body's ability to offer this protection.

So, do you have to suffer with arthritis pain or risk the ulcer?

 

<strong>You have Two Options Available</strong> If you feel you must use an NSAID, and I caution against them, then you should use a product like Prilosec (an over-the-counter antacid); or, Prevacid or Nexium (prescription). These drugs reduce the production of acids and if taken at the same time as an NSAID, reduce the ulcer risk.

 

Frankly, I am a strong advocate of using a pharmaceutical quality liquid glucosamine. Most osteoarthritis sufferers get great results and there is absolutely no ulcer risk involved. Certainly, there is no risk of cardiac problems associated with using liquid glucosamine.

 

The choice seems easy to me.

JR Rogers is the owner of Synflex America Inc. makers of Syn-flex, a premium glucosamine arthritis formula for humans and household pets.

<font size="1">The author's statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not provided to diagnose or to suggest that liquid glucosamine and chondroitin will treat, cure, or prevent any disease.</font>

 

No Pain, No Gain Isn't True of Arthritis, But Exercise Is Still Important

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Recent studies have shown that exercise may acually help people with arthritis in a number of ways. It can reduce joint pain and stiffness. It can increase flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance. And it can also help with weight reduction and contribute to an improved sense of well-being.

Most comprehensive arthritis treatment plans should include an exercise regiment.

Rest and relaxation, proper diet, medication, and instruction about proper use of joints and ways to conserve energy (that is, not to waste motion), as well as the use of pain relief methods should also be included in treatment plans.

What types of exercises are best for people with arthritis? Try these three:
Range-of-motion exercises to help maintain normal joint movement, relieve stiffness, and increase flexibility.
Strengthening exercises to help keep or increase muscle strength. Strong muscles help support and protect joints affected by arthritis.

Aerobic or endurance exercises to improve cardiovascular fitness, help control weight, and improve overall function. Weight control can be important to people who have arthritis because extra weight puts extra pressure on joints.

As always, people with arthritis should discuss their options with their doctors before starting on an exercise program. Easy, range-of-motion exercises and low-impact aerobics are gennerally a good way to get started. And make sure to ask your doctor about any sports or exercise programs in which you currently participate. Some programs may do more harm than good.

You should also be aware that your doctor may decide to refer you to a physical therapist. A therapist with experience in arthritis can design an appropriate home exercise program and teach you about pain-relief methods, proper body mechanics, joint protection, and conserving energy.


So what's the best way to get going?
First, always first, discuss your exercise plans with your doctor.
Next, start with supervision from a physical therapist or a qualified athletic trainer.
Apply heat to sore joints.
Stretch and warm up with range-of-motion exercises.
Start strengthening exercises slowly with small weights (a 1 or 2 pound weight can make a big difference).
Progress slowly.
Use cold packs after exercising.
Add aerobic exercise.
Ease off if joints become painful, inflamed, or red and work with your doctor to find the cause and eliminate it.
Like any exercise program, choose a program you enjoy and make it a habit.

Range-of-motion exercises should be done at least every other day. Strengthening exercises also should be done at least every other day unless you have severe pain or swelling in your joints. Endurance exercises should be done for 20 to 30 minutes three times a week unless you have severe pain or swelling in your joints.

Additional information on arthritis and exercise can be found at the following resources:

Arthritis Foundation The Foundation publishes a free pamphlet on exercise and arthritis and a monthly magazine for members that provides up-to-date information on all forms of arthritis. http://www.arthritis.org

About Arthritis Today Information on the causes, symptoms, and treatments of arthritis. http://www.aboutarthritistoday.com/arthritisexercise/

Spondylitis Association of America (SAA) SAA sells books, posters, videotapes, and audiotapes about exercises for people who have arthritis of the spine. http://www.spondylitis.org

American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals This association provides referrals to physical therapists who have experience designing exercise programs for people with arthritis. The organization also provides exercise guidelines developed by the American College of Rheumatology. http://www.rheumatology.org

 

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Have You Bought Into These Arthritis Myths?

Myth 1: Exercise doesn't help arthritis, and in fact makes the condition worse.
Fact: Proper exercise performed on a regular basis is an important part of arthritis treatment, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Twenty years ago, doctors advised exactly the opposite, fearing that activity would cause more damage and inflammation. However, not exercising causes weak muscles, stiff joints, reduced mobility, and lost vitality, say rheumatologists, who now routinely advise a balance of physical activity and rest.

Three main types of exercises are recommended:
Range-of-motion ... moving a joint as far as it will comfortably go and then stretching it a little further to increase and maintain joint mobility, decrease pain, and improve joint function. These can be done at least every other day.

Strengthening ... using muscles without moving joints to help increase muscle strength and stabilize weak joints. These can be done at least every other day, unless there is severe pain or swelling.

Endurance ... aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming and bicycling to strengthen the heart and lungs and increase stamina. These should be done for 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week, unless there is severe pain or swelling.

Myth 2: Arthritis only affects older people.
Fact: While it is true that arthritis becomes more common as people age, arthritis may begin at any age, including childhood. Nearly three of every five sufferers are under age 65. Conversely, some elderly people never develop arthritis.

Myth 3: Arthritis is nothing more than minor aches and pains.
Fact: Arthritis can be permanently debilitating. Many forms of arthritis or musculoskeletal conditions are self-limited and get better without specific treatment. Others, however, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may be quite serious and may affect the body's internal organs as well as the joints.

Arthritis already affects more than 42 million Americans in its chronic form, including 300,000 children. By 2020, CDC estimates that 60 million people will be affected, and that more than 11 million will be disabled.

Myth 4: A warm climate will cure arthritis.
Fact: Arthritis occurs in all parts of the world. Many people do notice that a difference in the weather can cause their arthritis to flare, but for most people, moving to a different climate does not make a big enough difference to justify moving.

Myth 5: Knuckle cracking will give you arthritis.
Fact: There is no clinical evidence that knuckle cracking causes arthritis in the fingers or the hand. Studies of people with osteoarthritis in their knuckles show they are no more likely to have cracked their knuckles earlier in life than people who did not develop the condition. However, the bad news is that there is some evidence that people who habitually crack their knuckles have decreased hand function, such as reduced ability to grip tightly.

Myth 6: Drinking milk prevents arthritis.
Fact: Drinking milk does not prevent arthritis. This myth is often attributed to confusing osteoarthritis with osteoporosis, a condition that can be reduced by drinking milk and taking regular weight-bearing exercise. A person with osteoporosis gradually loses bone material so that his or her bones become more fragile. Osteoarthritis results from the wear and tear of life. The pressure of gravity causes physical damage to the joints and surrounding tissues, leading to pain, tenderness, swelling, and decreased function.

For More Information:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Mail Stop K-45 4770 Buford Highway, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30341-3717 770-488-5131 http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/

National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Clearinghouse 1 AMS Circle Bethesda, MD 20892-3675 301-226-4267 1-877-22-NIAMS (toll-free) http://www.nih.gov/niams/

Arthritis Foundation P.O. Box 7669 Atlanta, GA 30359-0669 1-800-283-7800 http://www.arthritis.org
American College of Rheumatology Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals 1800 Century Place, Suite 250 Atlanta, GA 30345 http://www.rheumatology.org/index.asp

 

About Arthritis Today http://aboutarthritistoday.com

Arthritis And Diet

Arthritis can be helped by paying attention to your diet. Today lets take a look at minerals and the role they play in bone, ligament and cartilage health.

 

Glucosamine has become especially popular in the last few years for one main reason: it works. It helps strengthen cartilage, and promotes healthy joints. Most people take the sulfate form of glucosamine, but new research shows that glucosamine hydrochloride will have better results.

MINERALS NEEDED IN THE DIET:

Boron - This trace mineral aids in bone health.
Calcium - This is a much-needed mineral for bone health.
Magnesium - Magnesium helps keep calcium in balance within the system.
Zinc - This mineral is necessary for bone growth, but is often lacking in arthritic patients.

Manganese - Manganese is also necessary for bone growth. However, do not ingest manganese with calcium because they can work against each other.

Copper - Copper helps to strengthen connective tissue.
Germanium - This antioxidant helps with pain relief.
Sulfur - A lack of sulfur can result in deterioration of ligaments, cartilage, collagen and tendons.

Vegetables are a good source of minerals, especially the dark leafy greens such as swiss chard and kale. So it would be wise to make sure that you have 5 or more 1/2 cup survings of vegetables in your diet each day.

Don't skimp on your vegetables or you may not get enough minerals to help with your arthritis.
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