Arthritis: Eliminate or Manage it by Dr Holly on NFTS
Last Update: June 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Arthritis: Eliminate or Manage it
by Dr Holly, heard on The Whole Health Initiative Show on News for the Soul Radio on Wednesdays at Noon PST
First off there are different types of arthritis and many different causes of types. Did you know that the term arthritis simply means joint inflammation, but that there are about 200 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect the joints, the joint tissues, and other connective tissues?
Most people are familiar with the term osteoarthritis. That is the most common form of arthritis, but other common forms include: gout, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteo arthritis is diagnosed when there is an inflammatory condition in the bones due to an infection or injury in the joints that can provoke or exacerbate cartilage degeneration. whereas rheumatoid arthritis is due to an infection
Rheumatic diseases include various types of arthritis and osteoporosis and systemic connective tissue diseases. They usually involve pain, aching, stiffness and swelling, but they can also affect the immune system and various internal organs. Some forms of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis and lupis can affect multiple organs.
Arthritic conditions can impair our ability to function due to both the pain involved and the limited physical capacity.
Inflammatory arthritis is diagnosed when the body’s ability to recover from inflammation is effected and the inflammation then becomes damaging. These types of arthritis include:
o Reactive arthritis
o Ankylosing spondylitis
o Arthritis associated with colitis or psoriasis
Degenerative Arthritis is diagnosed when there is damage to the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. The cartilage allows for the bones to move smoothly. When there is a breakdown or degeneration in the cartilage the bones begin to rub against one another and may causes bony growths to develop (osteophytes) or cause the bones to reshape (osteoarthritis).
Infections with bacteria, virus or fungus can enter a joint and cause inflammation in the joint, like, salmonella and shigella (food poisoining) or chlamydia and gonorrhea (sexually transmitted diseases) or Hepatitis C (blood infection). Septic arthritis is a form of infectious arthritis where the joint inflammation is due to a bacterial or fungal infection and are more commonly associated with the knee and the hip. These infections include bacteria like Stahpylococcus, Streptococcus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Candida albicans.
Metabolic arthritic conditions can include gout which happens when the there is a build-up of uric acid – which often affects small joints like the big toe.
Osteoarthritis is a general degenerative disease involving the cartilage, joint lining and ligaments leading to a degeneration of the underlying bone. Osteoarthritis in the spine is often called spondylosis which may occur due to a slipped disk or the thinning of the bones. Hips, knees, hands and the spine are the most common areas affected.
Rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed when there is a chronic inflammation in the synovial fluid bags in joints. Again, this leads to a degermation of the cartilage and bone. This is usually associated with fatigue and stiffness after prolonged rest.
Soft tissue damage creates pain in other tissues than the bones, for instance, fibromyalgia which is widespread.
Although just a brief overview, it indicates that there are many types and causes of arthritis. In general, good protocols include lots of omega 3s which provoke anti-inflammatory responses. So a good anti-inflammatory diet is helpful:
• Fish for omega 3s – be sure not to eat the pacific salmon which still show radiation (trout, tuna, mackerel, herring)
• Soy is a good food but most of it is now GMO, so we leave it alone too
• Oils like avocado oil, walnut oil, coconut oils (lauric acid for infections) are great – but we no longer advise the use of olive oil (too many scams). Cod liver oil is also well known to help arthritis and has Vitamin D.
• Cherries are a great source of anthocyanins which help eliminate uric acid and thus gout, along with other red fruits (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries)
• Foods that are rich in Vitamin D (needed for calcium absorption for bones)
• Sulfur rich foods like garlic, onion, broccoli which also has Vitamin K and C
• Whole grains are known for their ability to lower C-reactive protein – an indicator of inflammation – make sure it is whole grain and non GMO and organic – Monsanto’s bioglycophosphates wreak havoc on the gut
• Beans are another food that lower C-reactive proteins and a great source of amino acids, magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium
• Nuts and seeds, in general, are great for the omega 3s: flax, hemp, chia seeds
• Spices like cinnamon, garlic, ginger and turmeric, are all great for both the inflammatory conditions that are associated with the arthritic conditions
• Using far infrared mats to decrease the free radicals and inflammation can be of great help.
• Epson salt baths can help manage the pain until you solve the problem.
• Hemp oil contains all the amino acids required to rebuild the connective tissue.
• Ayurveda oils like Mahanarayana are great to help rebuilding the connective tissue in the body.
• Put golden raisins in a bowl and cover them with gin, create a natural pain killer – leave for 3 days and take about 7 a day.
• Put a bar of ivory soap in the bed with you to take out the inflammation.
• Use your hands to draw out the inflammatory energies from the joints – worked well for me.
All in all there are many ways to help your body manage the pain and then to restore your body’s health and well being.