As there is quite a bit of info to share, I’ll whittle it down to the bare essentials, with links to to the articles.
From an article by Luke R.Bucchi Ph.D. www.chiro.org/nutrition/FULL/Reversal_of_Osteoarthritis.shtml
“Osteoarthritis is thought to be a normal consequence of aging, caused by routine “wear and tear” on joints. Also, it is thought that cartilage cannot heal itself, which is not completely true. in fact, there is substantial evidence that osteoarthritis can be reversible. Spontaneous remissions in humans have been recorded and reported.
One of the causes of osteoarthritis is free radical formation in joints as the trigger for disease progression. He adds that the two major categories of chondroprotective nutrients are glycosaminoglycans (chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate) and antioxidants, such as ascorbate (vitamin C), tocopherol (vitamin E), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase. These antioxidants share common properties of inhibition of free radical damage to cartilage, decrease of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins, inhibition of degradative enzymes, and for vitamin C, direct anabolic stimulation of chondrocytes.
Interestingly enough, for two years I have been taking an alkalizing, oxygenating, immune-boosting product (Liph Alkalizing Concentrate) which also helps the body make ‘its own’ SOD and Catalase as well as Glutathione, another very powerful antioxidant. I sell it on my website http://zahnsmelange.com/shop
Glucosamine combats osteoarthritis by stimulating the manufacture of glucosamino-glycans, a natural lubricant and shock absorber, which enables your joints to move smoothly and painlessly. It also promotes incorporation of sulfur into cartilage, increasing its strength and durability. In other words, glucosamine has the ability to help rebuild cartilage. This is particularly important for those in the chronic and degenerative stages of osteoarthritis.
Chondroitin sulfate is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which improves joint function by increasing your body’s synthesis of cartilage, improving joint lubrication, reducing free radicals which can damage cartilage, and removing blockages in blood vessels that support joints. Chondroitin and glucosamine combined work well for late stage osteoarthritis. Several new studies recently published in scientific journals confirm the effectiveness of combining glucosamine and chondroitin to battle the later stages of osteoarthritis, particularly the chronic and degenerative stages
Several new studies recently published in scientific journals confirm the effectiveness of combining glucosamine and chondroitin to battle the later stages of osteoarthritis, particularly the chronic and degenerative stages.
In one extremely comprehensive article by Dr Bernard Presser (http://www.
Joint cartilage (up to 50% collagen) is tough, smooth, resistant, and very elastic, enabling it to break the force of jolts, ease friction between the bones, act as a shock absorber, and stabilize the joint. This allows the bones to rotate in their joints without painfully grinding against each other. Collagen, elastin, and Proteoglycans all contain and must obtain protein, minerals, trace minerals, fatty acids, and depend on vitamin complexes and other dietary nutrients.
While I have been taking a BioCell Collagen Type II product (at a discount from Vitacost) I also ordered some liquid collagen (as I’ve heard that liquid is more absorbable) from Swanson Vitamins which must be good as its been on back-order for 2 weeks!
Moving on… in this same article…
Dr Frances M. Pottenger refers to osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis as “deficiency diseases” which could be “traced back to deficiencies of fresh, vital elements found in raw foods.” He reported that, “by adding fresh and raw foods to our patients’ diets, a marked improvement became noticeable”
This is I’m sure why Dr. Royal Lee refers to arthritis as a “cooked food” disease. “It is evident that the cooking of food can be very important in contributing to tissue degeneration.”
Proteins making up all the various tissues are composed of unique and specific amino acid (arrangement, structure) characteristic to those cells. Each special protein is essential for many functions including building new tissue and repair of injured, insulted, or degrading tissue.
Of the 20 (or 22) amino acids, those the body cannot synthesize are called essential. Of the essential amino acids, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, and histidine are very soluble and easily denatured. They are heat-liabile since heat, as in cooking or pasteurization, destroys the biological nature and activity of the protein.
It has been demonstrated that heat-damaged amino acids render the blood proteins unacceptable to tissues for either maintenance or repair. The result is degenerative diseases including OA. “Cooked food in general predisposes to arthritis, and every case differs by reason of the personal food pattern idiosyncrasies of each victim.”
Dr. Lee recommended the supplemental use of raw veal bone meal for the intact biologically active protein, minerals, trace minerals, and enzymes. Raw veal bone, carrying the enzymes for tissue regeneration, can “stimulate” repair of bone and cartilage as well as other supportive connective tissues.
Bone mineral consists of very small crystalline particles, an “imperfect” or impure form of hydroxyapatite. Pure hydroxyapatite is a calcium phosphate, while hydroxyapatite of bone also incorporates anions (as carbonate, citrate, chloride, etc.) and cations (as sodium, magnesium, potassium, etc.). Raw bone meal, then, is a wonderful source of hydroxyapatite mineral complex with all its natural components and synergists intact. Pure hydroxyapatite, sold in supplements, falls short of the real structural matter of bone.
In addition to eating right, its also important to exercise, but only using LOW-IMPACT exercises, such as short walks, bicycling, squats, etc. And one should NOT overdo them as too much exercise (even the right kind) can exacerbate one’s condition. I actually had a session with my physical therapist to learn what to and not-to do regarding this and highly recommend the same for you.
One last thing… while recovering from osteoarthritis, I was lucky enough to find an amazingly effective pain-relief cream called Therma-mend. Its cumulative effect keeps me comfortable all day and night. I can only sell you samples (2 for $8 including shipping) f from my website http://zahnsmelange.com/shop/
Having used two very comprehensive articles to draw this info from, I have pared down to the barest bones (pun intended) to give you the absolute essentials. There is so much I had to leave out so, if you are gung-ho to avoid surgery, I highly recommend clicking on those links to get most out of this info. Please also feel free to forward to others you think may benefit.
Lots of Love, Joy & Healing,