|The Many Faces of Arthritis - Arthritis Natural Pain Relief
by Teresa Rispoli, PhD.
There can be several factors at the root of Arthritis pain, causing both Osteo arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis pain.
The most important cause of arthritis pain is a body that is too acid.
Other factors leading up to arthritis pain can be
nutritional deficiencies such as folic acid, EFA's, B6, B12, amino acid deficiencies of cysteine, glutathione, and taurine, as well as inflammation and elevated CRP, oxidative stress, pathogens such as Helicobacter Pylori or Chlamydia pneumonia and overuse of NSAIDS which can lead to Leaky Gut.
I can help you determine what is at the root of your Arthritis pain, by ascertaining which test to perform, and putting you on a comprehensive nutritional program to restore balance
in your body, reduce the effects of stress and relieve your pain!
Osteo-Arthritis can be caused by a pH imbalance,
especially when your body's pH is to acid from eating acid forming foods or too much stress. Stress causes the body to become acid. In order to buffer the acid the body leaches out the buffering
minerals which buffer the acids; such
as calcium, magnesium, potassium and
chloride. What happens is the calcium,
etc. becomes bio-unavailable and precipitates
into the soft tissue causing calcium
build-up in the joint and soft tissue
(muscles and connective tissue). Chloride
is needed to make hydrochloride (stomach
acid). So digestion is hampered and no
matter how much calcium and other minerals
you take, if your HCL is low you will
not be able to digest them. Potassium
and magnesium are needed for relaxation
of muscles, without the proper balance
the body become stiff, you may get leg cramps or the heart beats
too rapidly. In cases where the pH is to acid I recommend taking Orac Energy Greens dailyClick on product for more info). Greens raise your pH level to become more alkaline.
most common type of arthritis is osteo arthritis (also known
as degenerative joint disease) and strikes over 16 million
Americans. It is a major cause of disability among older
individuals. Typically osteo arthritis presents as pain,
stiffness, or swelling in joints such as the hip, hand,
and knee or spine, but it may affect other joints as well.
Women run a higher risk of developing osteo arthritis than
men, and other risk factors include heredity, excess weight,
joint injury, and hormonal imbalances.
many people associate osteo arthritis
with the "natural"
wear and tear of joint cartilage, there are actually a variety of
physiological factors that play an important role in the prevention,
monitoring, and treatment of this condition. When there is wear and tear I recommend Glucosamine Chondroitin 1500/1200 daily. Click here for more info. This product aids in buildin back the joint and cartilage tissue.
I strongly emphasized the importance of working to undo actual
degenerative mechanisms in the body rather than simply treating
symptoms with anti-inflammatory drugs or analgesics.
Many studies show that nutritional deficiencies are a causative factor and both
inflammation and oxidative stress
are believed to be at the root of
degenerative mechanisms in the development
and progression of osteo arthritis
(see info under Oxidative Stress
Analysis , Essential and Metabolic
Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Assessment).
Amino acids, which serve as the body's
building blocks for protein, can
impact both of these processes.
Three amino acids are critical to antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
functions: cysteine, glutathione, and taurine.
Cysteine influences the synthesis of the antioxidant glutathione
(GSH), which is thought to play an important role in the inflammatory
response by influencing the production of phagocytes.
Taurine acts as a specific scavenger for the hypochlorite ion, a
free radical, and adequate levels naturally limit the degree of
inflammation. When taurine is low, the inflammatory response is
enhanced, commonly resulting in free radical reactions.
Other amino acid imbalances may also
impact the etiology of osteo arthritis--particularly
methionine metabolism. Normally, B12
and folate are necessary for the body
to metabolize homocysteine to methionine,
the essential amino acid the body needs
to produce S-adenosylmethionine.
Numerous clinical trials have shown that
S-adenosylmethionine can greatly reduce
degenerative damage and symptoms of osteo
arthritis in some patients, including
related depression. Supplementation
with folic Acid has also been shown to produce
positive clinical results.
Along with S-adenosylmethionine, glucosamine has also been cited
for its clinical ability to promote production of cartilage tissue
and improve many symptoms of osteoarthritis. The body depends on
glutamine as a metabolic source for the production of glucosamine.
Imbalances of amino acids may also signal key deficiencies of vitamins
and minerals integral to the musculoskeletal system. Experimental
studies show that impaired cartilage structure can be induced by
a vitamin B6 deficiency. Vitamin B6 triggers the transformation
of the amino acid homocysteine to cystathionine and then to cysteine
and its urinary metabolites.
Acids Analysis provides a precise measurement
of over 40 analytes in plasma or urine. Test results
come with report commentary, Interpretive Guidelines,
and Interpretation-At-A-Glance for a clear and accurate
assessment of each patient's unique nutritional needs.
acid imbalances are commonly seen in patients with chronic inflammatory
conditions such as arthritis. While there can be many causes of
inflammation, the final common mediators of cellular inflammation
and cellular invasion are always chemical. These mediators
include cytokines, leukotrienes, and eicosanoids, whose production
is greatly impacted by levels of fatty acids in the body.
Examination of patients with cartilage
degradation in osteoarthritis has linked
increased severity of lesions with a
higher proportion of arachidonic acid,
an omega-6 fatty acid which shifts production
toward more inflammatory prostaglandin's,
leukotrienes, and thromboxanes.1 In
fact, two of these local hormones, prostaglandin's
E2 and leukotrienes B4, are considered
the primary mediators of inflammation
in arthritis, modulated not only by fatty
acid balance but by other factors such
as treatment with mud pack therapy or
consumption of ginger.2-4
Changes in the Western diet during this
Century have resulted in increasing consumption
of omega-6 oils, including arachidonic
acid, with decreasing consumption of
omega-3 oils. The net result of this
dietary change has been a dramatic imbalance
in fatty acid metabolism--causing a shift
in production toward more pro-inflammatory
eicosanoid hormones. These arachidonic
acid metabolites play an integral role
in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis.5
The Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids
Analysis can identify high levels of
arachidonic acid and other fatty acid
imbalances promoting a heightened inflammatory
response in arthritis, arteriosclerosis,
eczema, irritable bowel disease, and
many other disorders.
Inflammation plays a pivotal role in
the metabolic dysfunctions that trigger
heart disease, and C-reactive protein
is a specific marker that gauges the
effect of this systemic inflammation
on the body. Recent evidence has found
increased levels of C-reactive protein
in patients with early knee osteoarthritis.
Researchers noted that
"high levels of C-reactive protein
predict those whose disease will progress
over 4 years, suggesting that low-grade
inflammation may be a significant aspect
of early osteoarthritis and may be amenable
to therapeutic intervention and secondary
High levels of C-reactive protein can
also be triggered by previous infection
with pathogens such as Helicobacter pylori
or Chlamydia pneumonia.
To reduce inflammation OxiCell can be
rubbed on top of inflamed areas. To
reduce CRP and elevated homocysteine
I have used FoloPro by Metagenics.
To test if you have Helicobacter pylori
or Chlamydia pneumonia. You can take
The Laboratory Test for Helicobacter
pylori. Click on test for more info.
Cardiovascular Assessment measures
the most advanced independent biomarkers'
for heart disease, including C-reactive
protein, homocysteine, and Lp(a), along
with all the classic lipids, two computed
ratios, and an overall cardiac index.
In addition, symptoms
of osteoarthritis are frequently treated with nonsteroidal inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDS), but chronic use of these drugs can cause serious
damage to the gastrointestinal (GI) system. An abundance of literature
clearly delineates the causative role of these medications in triggering
dyspepsia, ulcers, lesions, and other problems. Increased
permeability known as "Leaky Gut"and inflammation are also
associated with chronic NSAID use.
Once the intestinal mucosa is damaged,
bacteria, toxins, and allergens normally
prevented from penetrating the GI system
can permeate into the bloodstream, where
they are carried into all parts of the
body, both triggering and exacerbating
symptoms and allergies.
One study of osteoarthritis patients
taking NSAIDS found that over 50% exhibited
at least one type of gastroduodenal damage. Another
study found an even higher rate--68%--and
concluded that "fairly
severe gastroduodenal injury occurs in asymptomatic patients with
rheumatoid and osteoarthritis".
Most importantly, these researchers also
noted that symptoms do not necessarily
predict the degree of GI tract damage.
I have personally used Permeability Factors, Repair Vite , and Glutathione Recycler to heal my own gut permeability.
What a difference it made in reducing
the pain! Click on product for more info.
Because endoscopy is a costly and invasive
procedure, clinicians have recommended
using non-invasive Intestinal
Permeability Assessment to
first identify patients who may benefit
from further analysis, as well as to
monitor response to treatment. Click on test for more info.
The Intestinal Permeability Assessment
is a non-invasive lactulose-mannitol
challenge that provides crucial information
about the integrity of the intestinal
In summary, there can be several causative factors involved with Arthritis. Acid pH, nutritional deficiencies such as folic acid, EFA's B6,
B12, amino acid deficiency of cysteine, glutathione, and taurine, inflammation and elevated CRP, oxidative stress,
pathogens such as Helicobacter Pylori
or Chlamydia pneumonia and over use of NSAIDS which can lead to Leaky Gut.
I can help you determine what is at the root of your Arthritis, by ascertaining which test to perform, several were mentioned above, and putting you on a comprehensive nutritional program to restore balance in your body, reduce the effects of stress and relieve your pain!