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Inflammation in Your Joints?

How did this happen?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common disorders in the world - nearly everyone has some degree of it by age 60.  It results from wear and tear on joints, injury, inherited defect in the protein that forms cartilage, obesity, bone deformities, gout, rheumatoid arthritis and Paget's disease can all be contributing factors.  OA primarily affects the synovial pads that line the bones within the joint.  Over time, stress breaks down collagen, a protein found in the pads.  With age, the ability to produce new collagen decreases.  As the pads wear away, the bones rub together, causing pain and inflammation.

Food vs. Conventional Medicines?

Conventional treatment depend on a variety of prescription medications...possibly for the rest of your life!

Herbs and Nutrition, this is the "food" part, may not only relieve joint inflammation, but has shown to be beneficial to many for the rest of their lives!

Tell me more about the "Food" part...

If I was experiencing joint inflammation, I would eat a diet rich in organic or locally grown vegetables and fruit (fresh only, not canned or frozen).  I would avoid aspartame, eat foods rich in vitamin K such as alfalfa, blackstrap molasses and dark green leafy vegetables, fresh pineapple (not frozen or canned), reduce the amount of bad fat in mydiet (I like olive oil, coconut oil and grass-fed butter), limit or eliminate dairy, eat animal protein from sustainable sources, i.e., grass-fed, no antibiotics, fish from safe waters, humanely raised pork, etc., reduce or avoid coffee, reduce citrus fruit consumption, reduce salt intake, eliminate tobacco and ELIMIATE EVERYTHING CONTAINING SUGAR - this takes out the entire middle of the grocery store.  This is what I would do!

Some beneficial herbs may include; alfalfa, ashwagandha, black cohosh, cat's claw, cayenne, chaparral, copaiba, devil's claw, ginger, hawthorn, primrose, turmeric, willow bark, yucca.

Water...Water...and more Water.  Distilled water is believed by many to be best for joint inflammation because it may assist in cleaning out the inorganic minerals and other deposits in the joints which might be causing the problem.  The recommended daily intake is 3 quarts a day for women and 1 gallon per day for men.

Instead of eating my vitamins and minerals, can I take supplements?

Eating fresh, organic or locally grown vegetables and fruits are your BEST source for vitamins and minerals.  However, it is nearly impossible with today's state of the soil, growing conditions, etc. to obtain "optimal" levels of nutrients you need on a daily basis.  Please contact me directly at to learn more about Whole Food supplements with no synthetics, no additives or fillers. 

So if I do all of this, do I have to Exercise?

Yes! Swimming in particular has shown great benefits for those with joint inflammation.  I suggest avoiding the high-impact aerobic activities that place much stress on joints when experiencing acute levels of inflammation.  However, lifting weights and resistance training has been shown to be beneficial, long-term. 

Other Therapies to Consider:

Castor oil compresses over the affected joints or painful tissues work well for many.  Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation are also favorites of mine.

Special Note about Herbs:

Cat's Claw - do not take if you are currently taking insulin.
Chaparral - sensitizes the skin, therefore, use sunscreen when outdoors.
Yucca - contains natural steroids and has been shown to reduce inflammation in the joints.
Devil's Claw - can slow the heartbeat, therefore, avoid this herb if you have congestive heart failure.
Turmeric - many people find this to be more effective than some prescription medication due to its high levels of COX-2 inhibitors.

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