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Arthritis – Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a very common degenerative joint disease and a leading cause of disability. Affecting over 20 million in the U.S. alone, this progressive disease is characterized by structural damage and functional impairment within joints (CDC 2012; NIH MedlinePlus 2012; Mayo Clinic 2012; Seed 2011; Lawrence 2008; Lane 2011).

Many interrelated factors – such as obesity and oxidative stress – work together in osteoarthritis to cause progressive, degenerative changes in weight-bearing joints including the knees, neck, lumbar spine, and hips, as well as the hands. A multifactorial approach is best when targeting osteoarthritis management (Ziskoven 2011; Busija 2010).

Conventional medical treatment focuses upon reducing load (e.g. weight loss) and improving joint support (i.e. enhancing muscle strength), as well as treating the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis with acetaminophen and other NSAID drugs.

However, these drugs expose arthritis sufferers to the risks of liver and kidney damage (Woodcock 2009). In addition, these drugs often offer only incomplete/ partial relief (Vista 2011; Bijlsma 2011), and treatment with acetaminophen and NSAIDs fails to help the body rebuild damaged joint cartilage (Kapoor 2011).

On the other hand, natural compounds like undenatured type-II collagen and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) modulate fundamental aspects of osteoarthritis pathology, while others such as krill oil and Boswellia serrata target novel inflammatory pathways that can contribute to pain, swelling and joint degradation (Min 2006; Wang 2004; Palmieri 2010; Gregory 2008; Deutsch 2007; Sengupta 2010; Sengupta 2011).

Upon reading this protocol, you will learn about the critical medical factors of osteoarthritis, as well as learn about some underappreciated, yet potentially dangerous side effects of drugs often used to treat osteoarthritis pain. Additionally, you will discover several natural treatment strategies that have been shown to help support joint structure and function to provide more than just pain relief.