Arthritis is a degenerative condition of the cartilage structure that lines the joints. The cartilage is the smooth, slightly elastic material that enables the ends of the bones to slide across each other without much friction.
There are several types of arthritis. This page is devoted to the most familiar form of arthritis, known as osteoarthritis. It is often called "wear and tear" arthritis, associated with age and overuse of joints, but we are presenting a different theory here. For rheumatoid arthritis, see the page titled "Rheumatoid Arthritis".
What Causes Arthritis?
Like every part of the body, the cartilage is composed of cells, which are manufactured by the body. Cells are constantly being replaced with new ones, as the older ones reach the end of their life cycle. Every cell of the body is replaced over the course of time.
Most people believe that osteoarthritis is simply a degenerative disease, resulting mainly from age or injury. But if the body doesn't have enough of the necessary nutrients, it cannot rebuild the cartilage layer as it should, and the cartilage layer becomes thinner and less elastic. Eventually, the cartilage loses the ability to cushion the joints and form the smooth surface the joints need for easy movement, and the result symptoms can include: pain, stiffness, "cracking" noises, inflammation, tenderness, swelling and limited range of movement. The inflammation further damages the joints, making the process accelerate, causing damage at a faster rate
If the nutritional deficiences are corrected, there have been many cases in which the body rebuilds the cartilage, restoring part or all of the normal joint function.
Conventional Treatments for Arthritis
The conventional "first line" of defense against arthritis is medication to reduce pain and inflammation. But the pain is a only warning sign that the joint is not healthy, and suppressing the pain may cause the person to overuse the joint, causing even more damage. And suppressing inflammation does nothing to correct the underlying problem. Even worse, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like Ibuprofen actually are known to damage joint cartilage. There are also other potentially serious side effects.
Stronger anti-arthritis medications include immune system suppressors, such as prednisone, which can leave the body susceptible to serious infections and causes other serious side effects, and Cox 2 inhibitors, like Celebrex, which can have serious liver and kidney toxicity. All of the arthritis medications have some very serious potential side effects, sometimes leading to death.
Arthritis is not caused by a deficiency of any pharmaceutical drug, and therefore no drug can really correct the condition. Suppressing the symptoms, while introducing the possibility of more serious diseases is a very poor health option. A much better option would be natural therapies, with no serious side effects.
Surgery is a "last resort" option for conventional arthritis treatment. It involves replacing the joint with an artificial joint, or joint surface. This can have many serious complications, which can result in more surgeries. And unfortunately, even the artificial joint is not a permanent cure in many cases, because if the body is deficient in the nutrients needed to build strong bones, the bone structure that the artificial joint is attached can become weak, and this may lead to joint failure.
A New Approach to Arthritis From Naturopathic Medicine
In many cases, the solution is usually as simple as providing the body with all the necessary nutrients it needs to rebuild the joints. Dr. Joel Wallach created a formula for animals, while practicing as a veterinarian, called the "Pig Arthritis Formula". It could be used to prevent and reverse arthritis in animals, when the animals were also receiving all the 90 Essential Nutrients. When Dr. Wallach became a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, he began to treat humans, and demonstrated that the same formula works as well for humans as is does for all other vertebrates.
Here is a video lecture by Dr. Wallach on the causes and correction of Arthritis.
Dr. Wallach developed a supplement package called the "Healthy Bone and Joint Pak", from Youngevity, Inc. It is intended to provide the body with all the essential nutrients, including some of which are not available in our food supply. And in addition to the essential nutrients, the "Healthy Bone and Joint Pak" contains additional nutritional support for bone and joint function and structure.
An NBA All-Star Athlete's Dramatic Recovery
In 1996, Theo Ratliff, 28-year-old NBA basketball player, was told his career was over. Theo had bone-on-bone arthritis in both knees, the cartilage in his right hip had popped off, and the orthopedic surgeon for the Atlanta Hawks stated that the injury required surgery to replant the cartilage. His right wrist was broken catching a basketball pass during a regular-season game, and the surgeons for the Atlanta Hawks said "he's too fragile to play professional basketball"
A former player told Theo about Dr. Wallach's supplement program for arthritis. He began following Dr. Wallach's protocol, and came back the next season with a $40 million contract with the Portland trailblazers! He continued to play NBA basketball as an All-Star player until he retired from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012.
Here's a little of Theo Ratliff's story in his own words...
(This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice or a substitute for qualified medical care. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.)