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Chronic Joint Pain and how to avoid using NSAIDS to control the pain


Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of joint disease. Osteoarthritis affects nearly 50 percent of the population older than the age of 65 and virtually everyone over the age of 75. Although many people associate osteoarthritis with the "natural" wear and tear of joint cartilage, there are actually a variety of physiological factors that play a important role in the prevention and treatment of the condition. 

Risk factors include heredity, excess weight, joint injury, and hormonal imbalances. Women run a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis than men. Osteoarthritis affects mainly the hands, knees, hips, and spine but may affect other joints as well. 

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Morning stiffness or stiffness after inactivity for more than 15 minutes
  • Stiffness, rarely exceeds 15 minutes; related to weather
  • Instability of weight bearing joints
  • Crackling, crepitus joint sounds
  • Enlarged bone growth causing gross deformities (e.g., Heberden's nodules of distal interphalangeal joints)
  • Localized joint pain (often described as a deep ache), worsened by movement and improved with rest (in severe cases, constant pain)

Fatty acid imbalances are commonly seen in patients with chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. While there can be many causes of inflammation, the medical literature strongly links chemical imbalances as a primary factor. 

With 'traditional healthcare' symptoms of osteoarthritis are frequently treated with nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), but chronic use of these drugs can cause serious damage to the lining of the intestinal tract. An abundance of literature clearly shows that these same medications which are supposed to temporarily relieve pain will damage the lining of the intestines further aggravating and potentially worsening the arthritis pain.

Scientific studies have clearly shown that people suffering with osteoarthritis have a higher proportion of arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid in their body. This is a consequence of consuming high arachidonic acid content foods: beef, lamb, pork, eggs, dairy products, shellfish, organ meats. 

The following guidelines will help to naturally reduce inflammation:

  • Consuming less of these foods  mentioned above ( members of the nightshade family) will allow you to heal more quickly. 
  • Increase your intake of flaxseed oil or cold water fish
  • Reduce your intake of trans fatty acid containing foods, alcohol, and carbohydrates
  • Eliminating tobacco, which is probably the most addicting and therefore the toughest nightshade family member for people in pain to quit and may take 2-8 months to detoxify this from the body. 

If you want freedom from pain, start  by avoiding all members of the nightshade family for 3 months. If you are serious about ending your battle with arthritis then you need to question everything that enters your mouth.



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