Sim­ple is­sues solved

Waikato News - - HEALTH / MUSIC - John Arts ■ John Arts (B Soc Sci, Dip Tch, Adv Dip Nut Med) is a nu­tri­tional medicine prac­ti­tioner and founder of Abun­dant Health Ltd. Con­tact John on 0800 423559 or email john@abun­dant.co.nz. Join his full weekly news­let­ter at www.abun­dant.co.nz

Some peo­ple con­tact me with straight for­ward prob­lems. I was speak­ing with some­one re­cently who has moder­ate os­teoarthri­tis (OA) in her knees. We put her on a pro­gramme that in­cluded some di­etary rec­om­men­da­tions, some help­ful tips and two sup­ple­ments. I have no doubt that within three months she will be more com­fort­able.

Oth­ers have com­plex prob­lems. A woman in her 60s con­tacted me with OA in her hands, knees, hip and back with sci­at­ica down one leg. She had re­stricted mo­bil­ity and also was very tired. I cre­ated a com­pre­hen­sive sup­port pro­gramme for her to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion through­out her body, to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion and im­prove en­ergy. This in­cluded an in­ten­sive sup­ple­ment pro­gramme for the first three months.

This in­cluded high doses of Omega 3 fish oil to bal­ance her in­flam­ma­tory pro­cesses. I then added my joint sup­port pro­gramme. This is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than many as it is high in chon­droitin sul­phate (CS). Stud­ies con­firm the ben­e­fits of high doses of CS. I started her on 1600mg of CS, with 1600mg of glu­cosamine and 400mg of a high po­tency, rapid ab­sorp­tion cur­cumin ( from turmeric) com­plex.

We then added a po­tent multi-an­tiox­i­dant com­plex that in­cluded acai berry ex­tract, grape seed ex­tract (OPC), resver­a­trol and oth­ers. Mag­ne­sium can be par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive to help re­lax tis­sue around arthritic joints, es­pe­cially in the com­plex tis­sue around hips and backs.

Within two months she no­ticed her thumbs were less painful and her mo­bil­ity was im­prov­ing. As a bonus the an­tiox­i­dant com­plex had stim­u­lated her en­ergy and she was feel­ing much bet­ter.

Af­ter five months she was now able to cy­cle again. Her thumb joints were al­most pain free. Now she de­scribes her­self as largely pain free, has much more en­ergy and feels con­fi­dent about the fu­ture.

Some­times in life you feel you are trapped in a vi­cious cy­cle. You have a prob­lem that be­comes a new prob­lem, which then wors­ens the orig­i­nal prob­lem. A man in his 70s called me with such a story. He had a se­ri­ously de­te­ri­o­rated back. Or­thopaedic spe­cial­ists said it was in­op­er­a­ble. He was pre­scribed long-term an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tion which had caused kid­ney dam­age.

It can take three months be­fore the body’s heal­ing pro­cesses are stim­u­lated to start heal­ing the prob­lem. It is like the heal­ing pro­cesses are dor­mant — sup­pressed by the dis­ease process and un­able to heal.

One of the ma­jor is­sues with joint prob­lems is that the body ini­ti­ates an in­flam­ma­tory as­sault on the dam­aged joint. Un­for­tu­nately the in­flam­ma­tion does lit­tle to heal and over time can it­self be­come a new prob­lem. I cre­ated a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gramme for him. We used both diet and sup­ple­mentsto help calm in­flamed joints and to help his im­mune sys­tem to re­vert to nor­mal func­tion. The sup­ple­ments in­cluded my mul­ti­min­eral/an­tiox­i­dant/vi­ta­min com­plex at max­i­mum doses.

I in­cluded 6000mg of Omega 3 fish oil to a diet al­ready high in Omega 3. Mag­ne­sium can re­ally help stressed tis­sue around spinal arthri­tis. This also helped him with a more com­fort­able night. We then added a dou­ble dose of my joint formula.

This is dif­fer­ent from many joint sup­ple­ments as it is high in chon­droitin sul­phate (CS). Stud­ies con­firm the ben­e­fits of high doses of CS. I started him on 1600mg of CS, with 1600mg of glu­cosamine and 400mg of a high­po­tency, rapid ab­sorp­tion cur­cumin (from turmeric) com­plex. As a re­sult his back is much bet­ter. The de­gen­er­a­tion is still there but he is much more com­fort­able and back to do­ing phys­i­cally de­mand­ing tasks

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