This Week in Arthritis Natural Remedies News – March 4, 2013

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We bring you the latest informative, unique and interesting news, web-posts and articles about arthritis natural remedies (and arthritis in general)  for the week. Welcome to the first Arthritis Natural Remedies news update for March 2013. We have several interesting articles for you to look at.

Mother Earth News: Is Inflammation the Root of all Health Evil?

The body’s natural response to injury can also cause harm.

Inflammation is not a disease, but it is a big health problem that appears to be at the root of all sorts of conditions: asthma, allergies, autoimmune disorders and many issues tinflammationo do with aging.

But how does inflammation relate to conditions like heart disease, stroke and cancer — is it a cause or an effect?

Chicken or the egg?
“Acutely we know inflammation is the body’s natural response to an injury or an outside irritation,” says Jaspreet Mundeir, ND, a naturopathic physician based in Walnut Creek, Calif. If we want our body to mount an immune response, and we do, inflammation is what brings needed resources to the area where it fights infection or gets rid of an injury to help in the healing process, she said.

If you fall and hit your knee, inflammation occurs. You can also have inflammation in response to a virus or bacteria with congestion and nasal swelling. That’s an inflammatory response to a foreign body. These are examples of acute inflammation.

“You can also have chronic inflammation when there is an overreaction by the immune system,” says Christina Shannon, ND, clinical director of naturopathic medicine at cancer treatment centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. Many autoimmune disorders like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis result in the immune system responding repeatedly to inflammatory attacks.

Ulcerative colitis, for example, is a chronic inflammatory process in the colon. Hepatitis is chronic liver inflammation. Arthritis is inflammation in joints, while reflux disease (persistent heartburn) is a chronic inflammation that occurs as a result of acid. We also see inflammation in many cancers and even age-related changes like wrinkles.

“It’s when inflammation is prolonged and it becomes chronic that it has a detrimental effect, and the reason is because it causes more damage in the body,” Shannon says.

The cycle of inflammation
Inflammation’s role in disease is becoming more apparent. “When you continually have an immune response and it’s causing damage to nearby tissues, it becomes a self-perpetuating situation where those inflammatory chemicals create more inflammation, which creates more damage, which creates more inflammation,” explains Shannon. It’s not clearly understood why.

But is inflammation the original problem or the result of the problem? We don’t quite have the answers yet. Research is beginning to investigate whether catching inflammation earlier could stop the course of disease.

“We know chronic inflammation damages arteries, and that can lead to high cholesterol, heart attack and stroke. We know when it depresses the immune system, your body cannot focus on something else going on, like a cancerous tumor,” Mundeir says. So it’s logical that halting inflammation in its tracks will help… [Click Here to Read More]

Medical News Today: Adolescents With Joint Hypermobility At Increased Risk For Joint Pain

A prospective study by U.K. researchers found that adolescents who are double-jointed – medically termed joint hypermobility – are at greater risk for developing musculoskeletal pain as they get older, particularly in the shoulders, knees, ankles and feet. Findings published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), indicate that children with joint hypermobility are approximately twice as likely to develop pain at these joints.

When ligaments are loose (ligamentous laxity) it may cause joints to extend beyond the normal range (hypermobility), with studies showing a possible genetic basis. However, when genetic causes are not found and joint pain is present, doctors may use the term ‘benign joint hypermobility syndrome.’ Several studies have shown that joint pain is common in children with hypermobility, with some reports as high as 74% of children with joint hypermobility experiencing pain. Yet, other research suggests that while musculoskeletal pain is a frequent complaint in adolescents, it is no more common in those with joint hypermobility.

“With such conflicting evidence we set out to determine whether adolescents with joint hypermobility are at risk of developing musculoskeletal pain,” explains lead author Professor Jon Tobias from the University of Bristol, UK. In a study funded by Arthritis Research UK, the team recruited participants from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), also known as Children of the 90s. Joint hypermobility was determined at roughly age 14 by a Beighton score of 6 or more out of a possible 9. Individual joints were determined to be hypermobile if, for example, the knees could be bent backwards or the thumbs could touch the wrist. At nearly age 18, participants were evaluated for joint pain by questionnaire.

Analysis of participants with complete data was conducted, with 1267 boys and 1634 girls evaluated. Approximately 5% of participants were hypermobile at age 14, and at age 18 close to 45% of participants reported any pain lasting one or more days. Joint hypermobility was associated with approximately a two-fold increased risk of… [Click Here to Read More]

The Citizen Daily: Why You Need Raw Honey
By Sharifa Kalokola

Well, we all know the honey we eat daily in our homes. We buy it from a neighbour who sells it raw, or at the green market. We can also find honey in supermarkets.

However, it’s important to know the difference between raw honey and commercial honey before we determine which one we need to use, or will benefit us the most.

Raw honey is the concentrated nectar of the flowers and it is not heated or pasteurised. It’s just taken out in the pure form and is alkaline in nature. It provides all the benefits of fruits and it helps the digestive system in fighting against the acid indigestion.

Nutritionists say raw honey contains amylase, an enzyme that is useful in helping the digestion of starchy foods. The commercial honey in the market is heated and filtered to make it more smooth, and attractive to the eye.

Heating the honey during the commercial process leads to the loss of necessary vitamins and nutrients and hence, commercial honey is not considered as nutritious as raw honey. Raw honey consists of fine textured crystals and contains bits of honeycomb.

Treating ulcers and burns
When raw honey is applied every two to three days under a dry pressing, it helps in the healing of ulcers. Besides treating the inflammation of ulcers, raw honey helps in healing of surface wounds and cuts.

Cancer
Researchers have found that raw honey has health benefits that can be helpful in treating cancer. Apple cider vinegar and honey, when combined together can be helpful in… [Click Here to Read More]

LewRockwell.com: Arthritis – Here Are Some Natural Solutions!
by Margaret Durst

Arthritis affects one in 7 people in America. Glucosamine, chondroitins and MSM are the most common natural remedies used to manage pain and to supply building materials for joint repair. While these are very helpful, particularly with osteoarthritis, I would like to mention some other natural remedies for arthritis.

One of the best and cheapest remedies is diet. Some basic arthritis causing/aggravating foods are peanuts, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers), soy, wheat, coffee and oranges. Food sensitivities can result in hidden inflammation – as in the kind that is in your joints and causes arthritis over time. Blood type diets are really helpful in identifying foods you should avoid to help your joints hurt less. Diet changes can be as remarkable as any drug or supplement in eliminating joint pain and inflammation throughout the body.

Mineral deficiencies and imbalances contribute to arthritis as does an overly acid body pH. It is easy to test pH with litmus paper strips for urine. Any body that is overly acid will have mineral imbalances that will start coming into balance when pH is balanced.

Some of my favorite arthritis remedies are herbal. I like devils claw and yucca which are anti-inflammatory and cleansing to the joints. The cleansing action is particularly useful in gouty arthritis. Hydrangea is another favorite of mine. It helps break down abnormal calcification. A little hydrangea goes a long way – it is best in combination with other herbs.

Another favorite of mine is boswellia (also known as frankincense). It is excellent as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. I use the essential oil topically for lower back pain – especially after exercise. One of our best selling pain relievers contains boswellia, devils claw and willow bark – customers report that it relieves their chronic pain.

There are other natural anti-inflammatory herbs known as COX-2 inhibitors – in reference to a specific enzyme that causes inflammation in the body. Much research has been done to identify natural COX-2 inhibitors which do not have the side effects of the prescription drugs such as Celebrex and Vioxx. Well known COX-2 inhibiting herbs include ginger, rosemary, turmeric and boswellia – my favorite combination is called Zyflamend.

Another arthritis remedy is… [Click Here to Read More]

Helium.com: Foods That Fight Pain
by Dr Pandula Siribaddana

In an era where natural remedies are being increasingly looked at as potential replacements for side effects prone medicinal treatments, pain relieving is an area where medications usually has an edge over natural means. While it is easy to understand the reasons behind the preferred use of over the counter or prescription only pain relievers, it is not clear as to why people do not actively use the food sources that are capable of fighting pains that may arise due to multiple reasons including due to arthritis type of diseases. Although the effectiveness of such food remedies may be inconsistent and requires more scientific backing, utilizing the same would be a safe alternative or a potential way to augment the effects of commonly used over the counter pain relievers.

Antioxidant containing foods: Green leafy vegetables, oranges, berries and ginger

Among the foods that are capable of fighting pains, foods that contain antioxidants are highly desirable. Such foods have been seen as particularly effective in relation to pains that are caused by inflammatory disorders such as arthritis. In addition to relieving pains, antioxidant-containing foods are also capable of relieving the swelling and the stiffness associated with such inflammatory conditions. Among the foods that contain high concentrations of antioxidants, green leafy vegetables, oranges, berries and other fruits which belong to the ‘citrus’ group should be highlighted. Thus, it is advisable to add these foods into a regular dietary plan in order to obtain its fullest effect. Ginger is another food that can bring relief to inflammatory type of pains including sore muscles and inflamed joints. It is reported that there are instances where scientists have successfully made use of ginger extract injections in order to treat joint inflammation in certain individuals.  According to scientists, the gingerols that are present in ginger extracts seems to be a major reason for its anti-inflammatory effects.

Omega-3 and Selenium: Salmon, cold water fish, nuts…etc.

Omega-3 fatty acids have also shown to help relieve certain types of pains especially the ones, which are associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Salmon has been recognized as… [Click Here to Read More]

We truly hope you find these news and info updates useful in the quest to control your arthritis disease with the use of effective arthritis natural remedies. Please feel free to comment below and please browse our other pages to find more valuable insights.

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