Help­ing with sore joints

Waikato News - - HEALTH / ENTERTAINMENT -

At any given time I am help­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple im­prove their joint health. My goal is to help pre­vent fur­ther car­ti­lage loss, re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and im­prove the func­tion of the joint. In most cases we can get sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in joint com­fort and mo­bil­ity.

I have one client who was re­ferred to an or­thopaedic spe­cial­ist with sus­pected OA in his left knee. It was sore, stiff and swollen. He had X- rays which con­firmed that there was sig­nif­i­cant car­ti­lage loss and changes to the bones of the joint.

His right knee caused him no prob­lems but the spe­cial­ist de­cided to X-ray that one as well. What he found was that the arthri­tis in his ‘good’ right knee had more car­ti­lage loss than the sore one.

You would won­der how that could be. How can mod­er­ate arthri­tis cause sig­nif­i­cant pain while the worst knee did not? The an­swer is prob­a­bly in­flam­ma­tion. The sore knee was ob­vi­ously in­flamed. It swollen (puffy), stiff and very sore. The more de­gen­er­ated right knee had no swelling and no pain. Af­ter a few months his sore knee is much im­proved.

The body can be quite cyn­i­cal at times. The nor­mal way da­m­aged tis­sue is healed is through ini­ti­at­ing the process of in­flam­ma­tion. In sim­ple terms blood ves­sels al­low more fluid into the da­m­aged area. This causes swelling and pain. I have found that OA symp­toms are caused as much by in­flam­ma­tion than ac­tual car­ti­lage loss. The first step is to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion. We do this by adding Omega 3 from oily fish and anti-in­flam­ma­tory an­tiox­i­dants es­pe­cially cur­cumin from turmeric. The sec­ond thing is to add ther­a­peu­tic amounts of chon­droitin sul­phate and glu­cosamine sul­phate to sta­bilise car­ti­lage. Chon­droitin is most im­por­tant as it is an ac­tual con­stituent of car­ti­lage.

The best part of what I do is to see im­prove­ments in those who have the courage to try some­thing dif­fer­ent. My client files are full of tes­ti­monies of those who have im­proved. I have been help­ing for 4 months called for her monthly check in.

When I first spoke with her she had a very sore hip and var­i­ous mus­cle aches and pains. We made some changes to her diet and put her on a num­ber of an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory and joint sup­port­ing sup­ple­ments. As a re­sult her hip has im­proved to the point she can walk again. Ad­di­tion­ally she has much more en­ergy and the vi­ta­min D we added has helped a great deal with moods and gen­eral mo­ti­va­tion.

The body is quite mirac­u­lous. If you feed it the nu­tri­ents it needs then dor­mant heal­ing pro­cesses can then help re­store body sys­tems back to­wards nor­mal. This is es­pe­cially true for joints af­fected by os­teoarthri­tis. I started help­ing a man in his 70s with painful arthri­tis in his knee, feet and hands es­pe­cially his thumbs. Worst of all was the joint where the thumb at­taches to the wrist. This joint is highly sus­cep­ti­ble to arthri­tis and it can be very dis­abling.

While we made di­etary changes the main ben­e­fits came from in­creas­ing his Omega 3 fish oil to 6000mg daily and adding a dou­ble dose of my joint for­mula. This meant he ini­tially was tak­ing 1600mg of glu­cosamine, 1600mg of high grade chon­droitin and 400mg of my pro­pri­etary 95% cur­cumin (turmeric) ex­tract. When I spoke to him in 4 months later and his feet and knees were much im­proved. He could now use stairs with ease. His hands and thumb have im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly and are still im­prov­ing.

■ John Arts (B Soc Sci, Dip Tch, Adv Dip Nut Med) is a nu­tri­tional medicine prac­ti­tioner and founder of Abun­dant Health Ltd. For ques­tions or ad­vice con­tact John on 0800 423559 or email john@abun­dant.co.nz. Join his full weekly news­let­ter at www.abun­dant.co.nz.

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