Three Common Types of Arthritis Are:
Arthritis Affects All Ages and Races
Arthritis is not just a disease of old age. Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children.
Of the more than 50 million Americans with arthritis, more than 36 million are Caucasians, more than 4.6 million are African-Americans and 2.9 million are Hispanic.
The Underlying Causes of Arthritis
It’s difficult to pin point; however, the latest research indicates that the cause of Arthritis can be traced to gut issues including bacteria, parasites and fungus poor enzyme function or lack of enzymes that create poor digestion and liver stress/free radical damage and excess fibrin. Lack of minerals: Potassium and/or Magnesium deficiencies are becoming a serious health crisis among the population worldwide that leads to many of the chronic states of arthritic suffering and disease.
As we begin to mature our reduced enzyme levels make us subject to enzyme deficiencies. This can lead to wide variety of health problems, including unhealthy amounts of fibrin accumulating in our joints, our blood and veins and throughout our system. [See Image above]. These enzymes attack fibrin and may reduce the impact of fibrin buildup associated with arthritic and inflammatory conditions, plaque buildup within the arteries, scar tissue, production of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and Fibrosis.
Osteoarthritis (OA) – Most Common – Joint Disease
Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, is a progressive degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage associated with risk factors, such as overweight/obesity, history of joint injury and age. It is a chronic condition in which the material that cushions the joints, called cartilage, breaks down. This causes the bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of joint movement.
Osteoarthritis Symptoms usually develop gradually. At first, there may be soreness or stiffness that seems more like a nuisance than a medical concern. Common symptoms include:
- Sore or Stiff Joints – particularly the hips, knees, and lower back – after inactivity or overuse.
- Stiffness after resting that goes away after movement.
- Pain that is worse after activity or toward the end of the day.
Osteoarthritis, may also affect the neck, small finger joints, the base of the thumb, ankle, and big toe. The pain may be moderate and come and go, without affecting the ability to perform daily tasks. Some people’s OA will never progress past this early stage. Others will have their OA get worse. The pain and stiffness of more severe osteoarthritis may make it difficult to walk, climb stairs, sleep, or perform other daily tasks.
Juvenile Arthritis (JA) – Autoimmune and Inflammatory Conditions – Ages 16 and Under
Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. Arthritis is a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that destroy joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and other connective tissues, hampering or halting physical movement.
What are the causes of Juvenile Arthritis?
No known cause has been pinpointed for most forms of juvenile arthritis however there is evidence to suggest that toxins, foods or allergies can cause children to develop the disease creating inflammation and blood disorders. Some research points toward a genetic predisposition, which means the combination of genes a child receives from family members may cause the onset of arthritis when triggered by other factors such as stress, diet toxins and environment.
Arthritis typically affects joints – the word “arthritis” literally means joint inflammation: arth (joint) and itis (inflammation) – but JA can involve the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract as well. In addition, there are several different types of juvenile arthritis. As JA’s prevalence rises, researchers and doctors alike are working to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the differences between the different forms.
The most common type of JA is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). To receive a diagnosis, a child should be younger than 16 and have initial swelling in one or more joints for at least six weeks.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – Characterized By Inflammation
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), a systemic disease characterized by the inflammation of the membranes lining the joint, which causes pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling and sometimes severe joint damage. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system – which protects your health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks your joints. The abnormal immune response causes inflammation that can damage joints and organs, such as the heart. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment is the key to preventing joint destruction and organ damage. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is primarily a disease of the joints and starts in the blood. But the disease and many of the medications used to treat it can also affect the skin, causing problems as diverse as sun sensitivity, rash, and firm lumps of tissue called nodules
Symptoms for Classification of Rheumatoid Arthritis
RA Symptoms can change from day to day. The severity of the disease can vary from person to person. Sudden increases in symptoms and illness are called flares. A flare can last for days or months. Key rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are pain, fatigue and warm, swollen, reddish joints. Long periods of joint stiffness in the morning are common. Inflammation in the small joints of the wrist and hand is typical. If a joint on one side of the body is affected, the same one on the other side is usually affected, too.
- Morning Stiffness – Morning stiffness in and around joints lasting at least one hour before maximal improvement is noted.
- Arthritis of Three or More Joint Areas – At least three joint areas have simultaneously had soft-tissue swelling or fluid (not bony overgrowth) observed by a physician. There are 14 possible joints: right or left PIP (proximal interphalangeal joint, of the finger), MCP (metacarpophalangeal, knuckle between the hand and the finger), wrist, elbow, knee, ankle, and MTP (metatarsophalangeal the big joint of the big toe) joints.
- Arthritis of the Hand Joints – At least one joint area swollen as above in a wrist, MCP, or PIP joint.
- Symmetric Arthritis – Simultaneous involvement of the same joint areas (as in criterion 2) on both sides of your body (bilateral involvement of PIPs, MCPs, or MTPs) is acceptable without absolute symmetry. Lack of symmetry is not sufficient to rule out the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Rheumatoid Nodules – Subcutaneous nodules over bony prominences, or extensor surfaces, or in juxta-articular regions, observed by a physician. Only about 25 percent of patients with rheumatoid arthritis develop nodules, and usually as a later manifestation.
Serum Rheumatoid Factor – Demonstration of abnormal amounts of serum (the part of blood that is like water and that contains substances (called antibodies) that fight disease) rheumatoid factor (Rheumatoid factors are proteins produced by your immune system that can attack healthy tissue in your body.) by any method that has been positive in less than 5 percent of normal control subjects. This test is positive only 30-40 % of the time in the early months of rheumatoid arthritis. You must also make certain that the first four symptoms listed in the table above are present for six or more weeks. These criteria have 91%-94% sensitivity and 89% specificity for the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
However, these criteria were designed for classification and not for diagnosis. The diagnosis must be made on clinical grounds. It is important to note that many patients with negative serologic tests can have a strong clinical picture for rheumatoid arthritis.
The Infectious Cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis
It is quite clear that autoimmunity plays a major role in the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Most rheumatology investigators believe that an infectious agent causes rheumatoid arthritis. There is little agreement as to the involved organism; however, investigators have proposed the following infectious agents:
Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Type I
Mycoplasma is a common etiologic* agent of rheumatoid arthritis. Mycoplasmas are the smallest self-replicating prokaryotes (any cellular organism that has no nuclear membrane). They differ from classical bacteria by lacking rigid cell wall structures and are the smallest known organisms capable of extracellular existence. They are considered parasites of humans, animals, and plants.
* Etiologic agents are those microorganisms and microbial toxins that cause disease in humans and include bacteria, bacterial toxins, viruses, fungi, rickettsiae, protozoans, and parasites.
Suggestions to Minimize the Symptoms of RA
Dr. Thomas Brown’s effort to treat the chronic mycoplasma infections believed to cause rheumatoid arthritis is the basis for this therapy. Dr. Brown believed that most rheumatic illnesses respond to this treatment. The program that follows is a completely drug-free treatment of RA, which is based on Dr. Brown’s experience of treating over 3000 patients with rheumatic illnesses in his Chicago clinic. He and others used this therapy for SLE (Lupus), ankylosing spondylitis (an inflammatory arthritis affecting the spine and large joints), scleroderma (chronic hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues), dermatomyositis (inflammation of the muscles and the skin), and polymyositis (muscle weakness affecting both sides of your body).*
Improving your diet using a combination of my nutritional guidelines, nutritional typing is crucial for your success. In addition, there are some general principles that seem to hold true for all nutritional types and these include:
- Eliminating sugar, especially fructose, and most grains. For most people it would be best to limit fruit to small quantities
- Eating unprocessed, high-quality foods, organic and locally grown if possible
- Eating your food as close to raw as possible
- Getting plenty high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats. Krill oil seems to be particularly helpful here as it appears to be a more effective anti-inflammatory preparation. It is particularly effective if taken concurrently with 4 mg of Astaxanthin, which is a potent antioxidant bioflavonoid derived from algae
- Astaxanthin at 4 mg per day is particularly important for anyone placed on prednisone as Astaxanthin offers potent protection against cataracts and age related macular degeneration
- Incorporating regular exercise into your daily schedule
Early Emotional Traumas Are Pervasive in Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis
With the vast majority of the people suffering from RA some type of emotional trauma occurred early in their life, before the age their conscious mind was formed, which is typically around the age of 5 or 6 or sooner. However, a trauma can occur at any age, and has a profoundly negative impact. If that specific emotional insult is not addressed with an effective treatment modality then the underlying emotional trigger will continue to fester, allowing the destructive process to proceed, which can predispose you to severe autoimmune diseases like RA later in life.
Vitamin D Deficiency Rampant in Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis
The early part of the 21st century brought enormous attention to the importance and value of vitamin D, particularly in the treatment of autoimmune diseases like RA. From my perspective, it is now virtually criminal negligent malpractice to treat a person with RA and not aggressively monitor their vitamin D levels to confirm that they are in a therapeutic range of 65-80 ng/ml.
This is so important that blood tests need to be done every two weeks, so the dose can be adjusted to get into that range. Most normal-weight adults should start at 10,000 units of vitamin D per day. In some cases, RA appears to be caused by an infection, and it is my experience that this infection is usually acquired when you have a stressful event that causes a disruption in your bioelectrical circuits, which then impairs your immune system. This early emotional trauma predisposes you to developing the initial infection, and also contributes to your relative inability to effectively defeat the infection.
Limiting sugar is a critical element of the treatment program. Sugar has multiple significant negative influences on your biochemistry. First and foremost, it increases your insulin levels, which is the root cause of nearly all chronic disease. It can also impair your gut bacteria.
Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis
It is very important to exercise and increase muscle tone of your non-weight bearing joints. Experts tell us that disuse results in muscle atrophy and weakness. Additionally, immobility may result in joint contractures and loss of range of motion (ROM). Active ROM exercises are preferred to passive there is some evidence that passive ROM exercises increase the number of white blood cells (WBCs) in your joints. If your joints are stiff, you should stretch and apply heat before exercising. If your joints are swollen, application of 10 minutes of ice before exercise would be helpful.
The inflamed joint is very vulnerable to damage from improper exercise, so you must be cautious. People with arthritis must strike a delicate balance between rest and activity, and must avoid activities that aggravate joint pain. You should avoid any exercise that strains a significantly unstable joint. See Trevinol on Products page for Inflammation and joint support
A good rule of thumb is that if the pain lasts longer than one hour after stopping exercise, you should slow down or choose another form of exercise. Assistive devices are also helpful1 to decrease the pressure on affected joints. Many patients need to be urged to take advantage of these. The Arthritis Foundation has a book, Guide to Independent Living, which instructs patients about how to obtain them.
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