What Causes Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is known as the "wear and tear" type of arthritis, but it doesn't just effect "old people".
If you are "loose jointed", ultra flexible, or have body mechanical alignment problems, you may have also developed osteoarthritis from unusual "wear".
If you have every been in a car wreck, had a sports injury, or had some other kind of injury to one of your joints you may have osteoarthritis caused by "tear".
Finally, if you have delayed food or chemical sensitivities, your immune system may also have been slowly destroying your joints, yet another cause of "wear and tear".
The good news is that it is possible to stop ongoing damage from osteoarthritis. If you already have extensive joint damage, that can mostly not be reversed. However, it possible to stop further joint damage and to regain energy and mental clarity. This is because eliminating ongoing inflammation in the body eliminates the considerable fatigue that this inflammation causes.
The Best Game Plan for Conquering Osteoarthritis
What are the best treatments for osteoarthritis? First, let's be clear here. Arthritis drugs will not heal osteoarthritis. The best they will do is give you a break from the pain. If all you need is to pop a few Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs, like aspirin, ibuprofen or Alleve) no more than two or three days a month, using NSAIDS is fine. Same thing for analgesics like acetaminophen (Tylenol).
However, if you want to heal your osteoarthritis, don't take NSAIDs or analgesics more than one to three days a month. Less of would be better. If you are taking more, you are in danger of making your arthritis worse. This is because ongoing use of NSAIDs causes leaky gut syndrome (leading to delayed food and chemical sensitivities therefore inflammed joints) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) can make it difficult for your body to maintain and repair cartilage.
If you really want to heal your osteoarthritis, use the methods in the book Conquering Arthritis outlined below. Your quest to heal osteoarthritis is actually much easier than the one to heal rheumatoid arthritis (for which this book is also excellent).
Unless your osteoarthritis is severe, you probably will not need to implement all the strategies in the book. You can start with one or two strategies and slowly add more until you heal. I recommend starting with:
- The diet and the dietary supplements recommended in Conquering Arthritis.
If that isn't enough,
- Take the ALCAT blood test and remove the food and chemical inflammatory triggers it reveals from your diet.
- Implement the exercise and mind-body suggestions.
- If you need the big guns, go for all the strategies, especially the ones in the first part of the book for healing your digestive system.