According to a new report from the Charity, Arthritis Care, the number of people in Scotland suffering from this form of Arthritis is set to soar. They are forecasting as many as 1,500,000 of the population will be suffering by 2030.
Osteoarthritis is regarded as a “Wear and tear” condition where the surfaces of joints wear away eventually leading to stiffness and pain. It can be debilitating and extremely painful. The conventional approach to this is to take powerful painkillers.
However, these simply treat the pain and don’t address the underlying damage to the joints. In recent years, some popular Arthritis medicines have actually be shown to accelerate the rate of underlying damage as well as increasing the risk of heart attacks. The track record of the drugs industry is abysmal and over the last 30 years, the drugs actually seem to be getting more hazardous with some showing life threatening side effects. It has long been a subject of speculation as to how some of these passed FDA approval when they were known to be serious concerns about their safety.
The OAnation report 2012 looked at the increase in average lifespans and the rise in obesity. Their conclusion is that these will dramatically increase the number of people suffering from this condition. More than half of these will be unable to walk because it will be too painful.
This will put enormous strain on healthcare resources. The costs for this are already straining the NHS, but this suggests the burden will rise enormously.
Unfortunately current approaches to the condition focus far more on treatment rather than prevention. There is a general view in the medical profession that there is little that can be done about most forms of arthritis other than pain management.
However, there are a range of treatments that can minimise or even reverse the symptoms as well as avoid surgery. Stem cell technology is on the verge of being able to repair joints, although practically, it could be 10 years or more before this becomes widely available.
Studies conducted form the mid 80’s onwards have shown that it is possible to repair damage joints using dietary supplements and injections. These have been titled “Joint regeneration”.
There are a number of key steps in improving joint health:
- Appropriate exercise. Most osteoarthritis is caused or accelerated by high impact exercise.
- Hydration. Your joints contain a high percentage of water. If you do not get enough quality water, the sponge like properties of the joints reduce and can lead to damage.
- Diet. There are dietary factors that either cause or accelerate many forms of arthritis. Your body is also like a car, feed it poor fuel for long enough and see what happens!
- Acidity. This literally eats away at your joints. Yet most adults eat an acidic diet.
- Optimal nutrition and supplementation. Modern farming methods have radically diminished the nutrients in food. It is a case of production costs (or supermarket margins…) vs. quality. Guess which one wins.
- Inflammation. This again contributes to arthritis and is triggered in many ways. You need to control this process.
- Weight management. Roughly a 1 stone increase in your weight increases the load on your knee by about 50%. The life of your joints in linked to how much load they carry.
- Drugs. Most prescription drugs are toxic and trigger inflammation and many other health issues. Minimising these, finding alternatives and cleansing you system can and has made a real difference.
At the end of the day, we are all responsible for our own health. The doctor may not be able to help and it’s very unlikely that the pharmaceutical industry has your best interests at heart.
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