Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What is Arthritis?

The word arthritis comes from the Greek word "arthron," which means joint inflammatory disease.  However, it is not only joints that are affected, but connective tissue throughout your body. 
In some cases, muscles and the soft tissues of certain organs can also be stricken.
Like many diseases, arthritis is a catchall name that is given to a host of other ailments.   All have common symptoms of aches and pains in the joints and connective tissue throughout the body.
While how arthritis inflammation starts is poorly understood, there are several causes that are generally accepted.
They include:
  • Injury
  • Infection
  • Autoimmune diseases (the body produces antibodies against itself)
  • Calcium deficiency
  • Vitamin D deficiency
Inflammation itself causes further joint and tissue damage, making normal movement difficult. The symptoms and some of the signs of arthritis can be classified under one of the most five common kinds.
The most common form is called degenerative, or osteoarthritis.  The cause of the disease is associated with malabsorbtion of calcium and vitamin D.
Although it is more common in older people, young people - even children -are not immune to it.
The most serious forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and a disease closely related to rheumatoid arthritis, but affecting the organs, systemic lupus erythematosus.
These two forms of arthritis can be debilitating.  Conventional treatments require damaging drugs like cortisone.
Another form of arthritis is gout, which is a purely nutritional disease.  It affects genetically predisposed individuals who produce excessive amounts of uric acid.  Crystals of the sodium salt of this uric acid deposit themselves in the joints and in tissue in the kidneys.
The simplest way to prevent gout attacks is to limit foods that contain purine, such as:
  • Sardines
  • Bouillon
  • Meat extracts
  • Organ meats
  • Anchovies
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Artichokes
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Alcohol
Another type of arthritis is ankylosing spondylitis. While rare, it affects men more than women.  Symptoms not only include muscle stiffness, but joints of the spine.
When all of the joints of the spine are affected, a humpback might result. Typical treatments include aspirin and cortisone.
According to John R.J. Sorneson, in "The Journal of International Academy of Metabology, Volume 1, No. 2, page 7, (published in 1978), ankylosing spondylitis and other arthritis diseases have been cured by a special chelate copper preparation.
This and other forms of arthritis also respond quite well to nutritional therapy. But before you change your diet, you should clean out your system.

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