Arthritis has been with us forever, it seems. It’s a disease you may remember your grandparents complaining of (or, more likely, bearing in silence). It’s nothing exotic or rare, just the accumulation of wear on joints.
Or so we thought. New discoveries, however, are undermining some of what we once took for granted about this all-too-common debilitating condition.By Adam Swenson & Amy Vergin
Providing effective intervention to avoid long-term disability in osteoarthritis may be difficult, but there is reason for hope. Recent studies of non-pharmacological interventions indicate they may help:
• Administration of glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate can decrease joint-space narrowing and other radiographic markers of disease progression.
There are countless activities that many of us don’t think twice about. Using scissors, removing a cap from a bottle, or sometimes just getting out of bed can be daunting tasks for those who suffer from arthritis.Get creative with your remedy for relief.
Osteoarthritis and various other forms of arthritis trouble over 20 million Americans. In fact, osteoarthritis is the second leading cause of disability in men over 50 years of age.
The amount of obese Americans who will develop osteoarthritis of the knee. This painful condition occurs when two bones rub against each other in the joint once the cushiony cartilage between them wears down, causing inflammation; being overweight can speed this process. Think you’re safe if you’re fit and trim? Not so fast—35 percent of you will develop achy knees too.By Nicole Duncan
Antlers from deer, and sometimes elk, are “often used to increase blood counts, particularly in cases of anemia induced by chemotherapy,” says TCM practitioner David Scrimgeour, LAc.Although Rudolph’s red nose gets all the fame, his antlers deserve some attention, too. Velvet deer antlers are one of the principal ingredients used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, especially yang tonics that increase energy, warmth, and cardiovascular healthBy Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa