Friday, January 12, 2007
The disease, which affects more than five million people in the UK, is caused by the wear and tear of the smooth, hard cartilage tissue that covers the ends of bones allowing them to glide over one another at the joint.
Scientists have long known that cartilage gets its strength from interlocking millimetre-long collagen fibres that work in a similar way to the load-bearing steel rods in reinforced concrete."
The 2003 costs, the latest data available, included $80.8 billion in direct costs, such as medical expenses, and $47 billion in indirect costs, such as lost wages, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The total was a 58% increase over the 1997 figure of $86.2 billion cost, largely because government surveys identified 9 million more cases of arthritis or related conditions, the CDC said.
The CDC estimated that 46.1 million people were treated for arthritis and other rheumatic conditions in 2003, and 29.5 million of them lost earnings. The government estimates 8 million more people will suffer from arthritis between 2005 and 2015.
The government recommended lowering costs with widespread use of self-management programs, which teach patients how to manage their pain and continue working with the condition.
California had the largest costs from arthritis at $12.1 billion, followed by $8.7 billion in New York and Utah, and $7.6 billion in Florida"
Some arthritis sufferers also head to counters that sell animal gelatin. That's a raw source material for glucosamine sulfate, which many believe reduces inflammation of the joints. Before the glucosamine sulfate, and its cousin chondroitin sulfate became readily available in capsule form, gelatin was quite popular.
A mention of home arthritis remedies would be remiss without copper. How many times have you seen the reddish metal bracelets on faithful wearers? Again, approved scientific studies don't back up claims that copper bracelets help arthritis, or that enough can be absorbed through the skin for people with copper deficiency, which can be otherwise satisfied with a daily supplement and proper diet.
Then there are the magnets, also sold in bracelet form but also sewed into mattress pads. Studies with conflicting results for claims of improved circulation and pain management muddy the magnetic field, but folks who adhere to non-conventional medicines are used to that."
Conquering Arthritis: What Doctors Don't Tell You Because They Don't Know: 9 Secrets I Learned the Hard Way
Conquering Arthritis: What Doctors Don't Tell You Because They Don't Know: 9 Secrets I Learned the Hard Way: "This book provides hard-earned, practical, detailed information that is critical for successful healing of arthritis, but that has never before been collected in one book. Without this information many people with arthritis will not get well.
The information is organized into a well-researched, easy-to-follow plan for getting well again and includes case histories of people with dramatic and lasting recoveries.
It focuses not just on coping with the symptoms of arthritis, but on correcting its underlying causes using proven alternative medicine and pain management techniques.
Anyone who is serious about healing from arthritis needs this book."
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Cure Your Arthritis The Natural Way by Thomas Francis O`Connor
Arthritis, in all its different forms, is an ever-increasing disease of our times.
To the vast majority of people with aches and pains, limping and hobbling about throughout their day, it is just another part of growing older.
I remember my 70-year-old uncle laughing at me when I told him that I had a few aches and pains. "We've all got those" he said it just means that you're getting older.
It is commonly accepted that getting older is the wearing out of our body joints and the aches and pains that accompany the ageing process is just a fact of life.
This is a completely false premise.
Many people also believe that the inset of arthritic ailments is to do with the climate where you live, your employment or occupation.
But this is also false. Arthritis has nothing to do with your job, getting wet on a building site or anything else job related. Your occupation no matter how hard you work will not wear out your joints.
Arthritis has nothing to do with the weather or the climatic conditions where you live. There are people suffering with arthritis in the cold damp hills of Scotland and the sunny heat of California.
Discover the cause of arthritis and find the cure.
The basic cause of arthritis is that the lubricating fluid in the joints gets too thin. It doesn't lubricate properly, the joints become stiff and difficult to move.
When human joints lack the proper lubricating fluid, various parts of the joint, the cartilage, joint lining, begin to rub and grind against one another. The friction causes stiffness, then irritation and finally inflammation of the joints.
How To Resist And Repel The Painful Misery Of Arthritis?
"ARTH" means Joint and "ITIS" means inflammation. Arthritis can be cured by good nutrition and a proper diet. A common fact concerning arthritis is that they are suffering from a lack of OIL BEARING FOODS. Basically your body is drying out.
All arthritis, regardless of the symptoms, has the same basic cause, poorly lubricated joints; unfortunately each person reacts differently bringing about the diverse forms of arthritis.
The basic cause of the unnecessary disease called "Arthritis" is that the lubricating fluid in the joints gets too thin. It doesn't lubricate properly, the joints become stiff and difficult to move.
When your human joints lack the proper lubricating fluid various parts of the joint---the cartilage and joint lining begin to rub and grind against one another. The friction causes stiffness, and then it begins to ache and finally inflammation of the joints sets in.
If friction causes the cartilage to wear away it is called "Osteoarthritis". If the lining of the joints suffers it is called "Rheumatoid arthritis".
People who do not suffer from arthritis have joint fluids that are over 15 times thicker and more viscous than the fluid in the arthritic joint.
Now we know what you have to achieve, you have got to get oils back into your aching joints and bones.
It is now an accepted fact that joint linings can take in nutritional oils directly from the blood stream and cartilage can absorb oils from the lining through osmosis.
So what do you do to cure Arthritis?
When the engine of your car starts to seize up and you crawl to a halt what do you do, providing you haven't let it go too far, you check out the oil, and if the oil is too low you just purchase a can of good quality oil and pour it into the engine.
The same applies to your body; you pour good quality oil into the joints and bones of your body.
What kind of oil?
Oil that contains high levels of the Omega-3 essential fatty acids,
DHA (docosahexaeroc) and EPA (eicosapertaenoic) acids.
It was discovered that Omega-3s, among their many other health benefits, are powerful anti-inflammatory agents.
The body cannot manufacture them; they must come from the diet.
Omega-3 vegetable sources do exist (Flaxseed, walnuts and rapeseed for example) but the body is invariably unable to convert the Omega-3 linolenic acid they supply into useful DHA and EPA forms. They are much less likely to produce real benefits.
Oily fish, fish oil supplements are almost the only readily available sources of Omega-3 DHA and EPA that reduce levels of potent chemicals in the body.
Omega-3 oil has been effective as an arthritis cure for hundreds of years.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids can be your greatest ally as an anti-arthritic agent. This oily substance has no equal. No matter where arthritis strikes in your body, the lubricating properties of this oil can alleviate the problem.
Essential fatty acids are the building blocks of the membranes and all the cells in your body, they are essential to your life and health and MUST be obtained from the diet.
There are about 20 essential fatty acids (EFA`S) and all but two Omega-6 and Omega-3 can be produced by the body.
Omega-6 and Omega-3 are polyunsaturated and can only be obtained from your diet, and they should be consumed in a balance of 2 or 3 times more Omega-6 than Omega-3.
As long as your body is provided with the proper balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids along with the right combination of Vitamins and Minerals you will enjoy good health, and be free from arthritis.
However as a result of the increased consumption of polyunsaturated vegetable oils and margarines over the past few decades the balance has been thrown to the four winds.
We are consuming at a balance of 7-8 times more Omega-6 than Omega-3, resulting in our cells producing a prostaglandin that is pro-inflammatory, encouraging blood clotting with potentially disastrous consequences.
You need to increase your Omega-3 intake. Omega-3 EFA's have been strongly associated with:
1. Relief of inflammatory conditions, 2. arthritis,psoriasis,crohns disease. 3. Protection against heart disease, thrombosis, strokes. 4. Prevention of certain cancers: colon, breast and prostrate. 5. Multiple Sclerosis. 6. Depression and schizophrenia
The Omega-3 fatty acids to cure your arthritis has to be of the highest quality and strength.
To receive the many benefits of DHA you have to consider ensuring that you do as follows:
A. Find a source of fish oil that is high in DHA or alternatively is prepared to take much higher doses of conventional fish oil.
B. Ensure that the fish oil you use is molecularly distilled.
C. Try to find the oil in the Ester form for better bioavailability.
A fish that has naturally high levels of DHA, which is further enhanced during the purification process. A fish that is caught in the pristine Cold Southern Ocean and is naturally free of contaminants.
That's all my family and I use. Check it out by http://www.1st-Omega-3.Com>; > Clicking Here In good health.
About the Author
Tom O`Connor is an expert on the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids. http://www.1st-Omega-3.Com.
Rheumatoid Arthritis And Getting Help by Greg Marsh
If you suffer from rheumatoid conditions like that of arthritis, it is increasingly important for you to get the help that you need in dealing with this condition. Although there are many people that don't get the help they need, if you do, you will have the opportunity to lessen that pain that you feel and improve your overall well being and use of your body. Without help, the condition that you are facing can worsen, significantly. Even still, many times people avoid going to the doctor for fear that they will simply not find benefit, feel that it costs too much or are afraid of the diagnosis procedure. In all of these cases, it is still important to make it there.
Complications Can Arise For Those With Rheumatoid
If you do not get the care that you need, or your symptoms are beyond that of what can be helped (which really must be quite severe) then you are prone to developing complications of your condition. Those complications can range, greatly, but can include a number of things. As your arthritis continues to worsen, you are left with swollen joints that are painful to use. Your joints can become quite deformed, noticeably so. In addition to this, you are left with loss of use of that joint. Some doctors believe that if your don't get help for your rheumatoid condition, this or others, you can end up with heart diseases as well. All of this comes about not because you can't find improvement, but because you didn't seek out the help and treatment that is available to you.
What Happens At The Doctor's Office?
When you go in to see the doctor, he or she will want to know about your symptoms. They will ask you a number of questions including the severity of the pain that you are in, the location of the pain as well as when it hurts the most. In addition to this, a physical exam will be done. Your doctor wants to see the range of motion that you have. He or she wants to feel the location that is suffering from pain. They will also want to take a history of your medical experiences if they don't have one on file. All of this information points the doctor into the direction of making a decision.
Usually, there is more to the screening for rheumatoid conditions than just this. Your doctor will want to do a blood test on you. This blood test will be an erythrocyte sedimentation rate or ESR, which will explain to the doctor if there are any inflammations happening in your body. In addition to this screening, one called a rheumatoid arthritis blood test will be taken which tells your doctor if you have this abnormal antibody in your blood.
In addition to this type of exam, an x-ray will usually be done to confirm what your doctor probably already knows, that you have a rheumatoid condition and which type it is. From that understanding, you both will work towards finding treatment options that simply work for treating the pain and the loss of motion that you feel.
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Rheumatology: The Different Types Of Arthritis by Greg Marsh
In rheumatology, scientists and doctors work hard to develop new treatments, new facts and even to learn why people suffer from conditions such as arthritis. One thing that they've uncovered is that there are a host of different types of arthritis today. If you are suffering from arthritis, chances are you have a specific condition that leads to the type of arthritis that you have. In rheumatology, doctors are working to help cure all forms, but it is important for you, as a patient, to be able to understand what makes your type of arthritis unique in comparison to the others out there.
The most common type of arthritis is that of osteoarthritis. Others include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Reiter's Syndrome, Gout and Pseudogout. To understand the differences, consider this information about each of these conditions.
· Psoriatic arthritis: If you have psoriasis, then you are more prone to developing this form of arthritis, which is a condition that includes many of the same symptoms of other types. Some that experience this form of arthritis will have more spinal injury than other forms of arthritis. Ultimately, though, this type of arthritis is less troublesome to the patient and less debilitating to them.
· Rheumatoid arthritis: The one key element that distinguishes rheumatoid arthritis to other forms of arthritis is that usually, joints from both sides of the body are attacked and are facing pain. Swelling, pain, redness and warmth are symptoms.
· Osteoarthritis: This is the most common form and it is distinguished by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Any joint in your body can be affected by this condition, but the common areas including your hips, knees and spine.
· Reiter's Syndrome: Those that have this type of arthritis have a unique condition in which not only can the joints in the body be attacked, but so can other parts of the body including the eyes, the skin and the urethra.
· Pseudogout: The most common places to see this type of condition is that of the knee or the wrist, but it can also attack the hips, shoulders, knuckles, and joints in your feet. What makes it unique is that it will attack just one joint at a time, mostly. The problem here is an abnormal calcium pyrophosphate development.
· Gout: While you may not realize it, gout is a form of arthritis. In this form, you will have severe and often sudden attacks of pain in some of your joints. Only one joint is affected at a time, usually, but the symptoms can come and go.
Each of these conditions are something that rheumatology wants to know more about. Understanding what is happening and why it is happening is essential to getting the patient the help they need. Since arthritis does effect millions of people every year and it is a debilitating condition, it is essential for doctors and scientists to work to develop alternative treatments and cures for these conditions. Each form of arthritis is unique, making their job that much more difficult.
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For important information from Greg about rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, click the link.