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Diseases of the muscles and bones are among the most common of all human afflictions, affecting all ages, but becoming more prevalent with years. Government surveys indicate in the United States approximately 33% of adults currently suffer from troublesome arthritis with symptoms of swelling, limitation of motion, or pain. Approximately half of all people over 65 years report having arthritis. The regions of the body most affected are the neck, lower back, hip and shoulder. https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/featured-articles/articles/diet-only-hope-for-arthritis/
Importance of Exercise.
By Dr. Mercola
‘Osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of arthritic joint disease, characterized by loss of cartilage in the joint. It also has an inflammatory component. Osteoarthritis is a frequent cause of disability among seniors, affecting 20 million people in the U.S. Alone. While osteoarthritis typically involves the distal joints on your fingers and toes, knee and hip osteoarthritis is also common, the latter of which is the focus of this article. Contrary to popular belief, if you have osteoarthritis then exercise is absolutely crucial to your well-being. Unfortunately, many with joint pain shun exercise. According to previous research, over 40 percent of men and 56 percent of women with osteoarthritis don’t even get 10 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity per week. Less than 13 percent of men and less than 8 percent of women met the guideline of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity, low-impact activity per week.
According to the lead researcher, “The fact that so many people with arthritis are inactive should be a wake-up call to physicians.”Indeed, if physicians could instill the importance of exercise to their arthritis patients, many would benefit immensely.” http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2016/01/08/hip-osteoarthritis-exercises.aspx?e_cid=20160108Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20160108Z1&et_cid=DM94409&et_rid=1304096219
Physical therapy is beneficial. People with arthritis often have stiff joints — largely because they avoid movements that can increase pain. By not moving arthritic joints, however, the stiffness and pain only get worse. Therefore, people with arthritis often benefit from physical therapy http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/physical-occupational-therapy-devices
Obesity. More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese. Arthritis rates are more than twice as high in obese people as those who are normal weight, because the extra weight puts more pressure on your joints. This can not only lead to osteoarthritis, it can also make the condition exponentially worse.
Dangers of medications. Many people think that over-the-counter pain relievers must be harmless because they are available without a prescription. But repeated use of these drugs can damage your stomach, kidneys or liver. http://www.mayoclinic.org/arthritis-pain-medications/expert-answers/faq-20058391
So what do you do to prevent arthritis and to deal with it if you have it already?
Just by watching TV arthritis drug commercial you have an impression that there are more harm than good from using the drugs that pharma is pushing. Just listen to possible side effects.
“35 drugs we could find that have been recalled from the US market since the 1970s, some that had been in use since the 1930s. A sample of advertisements for only some of the drugs are included because there is a scarcity of ads for withdrawn drugs online due to manufacturers removing ads for withdrawn drugs as part of the agreement to no longer market the drugs.” http://prescriptiondrugs.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005528
Natural remedies summary
Move, exercise. Swim if you can, walk, do yoga (the best you can).
Try physical therapy
Healthy diet: avoid: milk, sugar, fried food, too much red meat, too much salt, processed food, smoking
Eat more colorful vegetables, fish(like salmon), whole grain, use good virgin olive oil, nuts(walnuts, cashew), drink green tea(not in tea bags-loose leaves). Pay attention on results. Different people react differently to foods. So experiment.
Maintain positive attitude
I also suggest this natural ointment: BARKAN Joint and arthritis pain relief cream-a 100% natural product from The Dead Sea.
A mixture of herbal extracts & essential oils in palm oil, including Lavender, Italian Helichryse, Ylang ylang, Sage, White willow, Oregano, Feverfew, Fig leaves, Winter Cherry, Wintergreen, Myrtle, Thyme, & Juniper. BARKAN soothes aching, swollen joints & small muscle areas. http://www.amazon.com/sp?_encoding=UTF8&asin=&isAmazonFulfilled=&isCBA=&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&orderID=&seller=AZCNBULPSP767&tab=&vasStoreID=