Almost two-thirds of adults in the U.S. with arthritis are of working age (18-64 years). Arthritis and other non-traumatic joint disorders are among the five most costly conditions among adults 18 and older.
Arthritis is much more common among people who have other chronic conditions.
- 49 percent of adults with heart disease have arthritis.
- 47 percent of adults with diabetes have arthritis.
- 31 percent of adults who are obese have arthritis.
Modern medicine does not understand the cause of arthritis. This is the case for most chronic diseases. At best, it offers some relief of the symptoms but cures are non-existent.
Arthritis can be understood from a naturalistic view to be a deficiency disease. It arises from either a lack of nutrition in one’s diet that weakens the joints, and/or with stressors in one’s diet and lifestyle that deplete nutrients from the body. The nutrients that are missing or depleted are the one’s the joints need to maintain health.
In consultations I recommend supplements and food that supply the body with the missing nutrients. The major nutrients that are missing or depleted in one’s diet are vitamin B3, vitamin C, vitamin B6, zinc, vitamin A, K2, D and calcium.
Niacin is higher in animal products. It is high in tuna, chicken breast and pork. With people cutting down on animal products or being vegetarian, the risk of a deficiency is great.
Vitamin C is depleted by stress from junk food or imbalanced vegetarian and low carb diets, and including lifestyle and environmental factors.
Vitamin B 6, D and true vitamin A is higher in animal products. Certain vegetables have carotenes that convert to A but many people can’t make the conversion. Vitamin A that is readily available is in grass fed dairy products, sardines, organ meats and free range or pastured eggs.
Calcium and vitamin K2 are most readily available from full fat grass fed dairy products. Low fat dairy products are missing nutrients that help the body absorb calcium.
People who are severely deficient need supplements in addition to food as part of a balanced whole food Full Spectrum Macrobiotic Approach to eating that includes grains, vegetables, fruits, natural animal products and more. Vegetarians can use supplements along with a traditional method of balancing the diet.
Balancing for vegans and vegetarians is an issue today as there are many odd ways of eating on these diets. The worst approach is eating lots of fake dairy products from nuts, strange gourmet combinations of food that weaken people’s bodies and the worst of the worst is low carb vegetarian diets. Both low carb vegetarian diets and high amounts of fake nut dairy products and desserts can wreck the metabolism causing the bones and many parts of the body to weaken.
Excessive muscle tension from stress can pull on and damage the joints. I teach people somatic exercises to reverse this muscle tension.
From the energetic view of Traditional Oriental Medicines problems with the joints point to liver and kidney energy disturbances. In addition to nutrients, I address these imbalances in consultations through herbs, exercise and acupressure.