A natural joint pain treatment that will help you avoid pain and get comfortable again


Sunday 01 December, 2013 


We’re all living longer which should be a cause for celebrations shouldn’t it?

In 1860 the average life expectancy was 40 years, whereas now it is around 80 years – plus for every year that passes now the expectancy goes up by three months.

Just think of that in the 15 minutes it takes to read this letter you will be expected to live for a couple of extra minutes – now that’s progress!

Of course the longer we live the more we expect of our bodies, and the more likely we are to show the impact of the extra wear and tear.

So, today I want to tell you about one of the most common health conditions in the UK and the one most prevalent in an ageing population – Arthritis.

Discover how you can escape the pain of arthritic joints – naturally

In their research document published last year the Arthritis research Council (ARC) has some pretty sobering news to tell us.

“We found that arthritis represents a much more serious, significant and widespread problem than was previously thought. Our survey showed that almost twice as many people believe they have arthritis than report their condition to their GP. In our MORI poll, 13 million people say they are currently affected by arthritis and joint pain. Yet according to the report by the Epidemiology Unit, this figure is nearer 7 million.”

This shows that out of a population of around 65 million in the UK one in five people have arthritis, but of those our GP’s only know about just over half of them.

Which shows that most of us (yep I’m one of the ‘secret’ ones that haven’t bothered the doctor with my dodgy knee) prefer to suffer in silence...

...or we have discovered how to deal with the pain and immobility by other, better and safer means than analgesic drugs and surgery.

More of that later – I think you might be surprised about how you can make a big difference for yourself; but first a few facts about arthritis.

The disease that causes so much misery

Arthritis has many forms but the two most common are rheumatoid and osteoarthritis – the former is the most severe and the latter the most common.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a problem caused by our autoimmune system misfiring which sends out its legions of protective soldiers that would normally destroy pathogens – however, it now turns them against our joints.

This condition affects lots of joints all at the same time and results in the destruction of the joint bone and cartilage and the replacement with scar tissue which leaves the joint space narrowed and immobile.

Osteoarthritis on the other hand is principally age related caused by increased friction between the cartilage in the joints as lubricating fluid fails to be produced, and the structures of the joint wear away. The body tries to repair the damage but is only able to offer weaker versions of the original cartilage in its place and the resultant effect is a stiff and painful joint.

A busy active life, or participation in hard sport can predispose you to developing osteoarthritis and there is also a genetic link which means if your mum had a hip replacement then you are more likely to need one as well.

The big difference between the two forms are that rheumatoid is a process characterised by widespread and significant inflammation and destruction of the joint, whereas osteoarthritis has inflammatory aspects to it but is typically a result of wearing down of bone and cartilage mechanically.

In considering how these conditions affect us the numbers from the ARC are frightening; they say 45% of the UK adult population have experienced pain from arthritis, or related conditions, for at least a week in the last month.

In addition they say that 11 million people will have experienced back pain lasting for a week in the last month.

Those two bits of information alone show that we need to be thinking about how we can reduce the likelihood of developing the conditions, and how we can best deal with them if we do suffer.

Here’s a way to try a unique solution to pain on a 30 day trial – click here

Five natural solutions to the big arthritis challenge

By following these simple tips you can either lower your risk of developing arthritis or make living with it a lot easier;

  • Non weight-bearing exercise ensures that the joint goes through a wide range of movement which stimulates the synovial membrane around the joint to produce fluid (I mentioned this effect last week when I told you about the seated walking exerciser).

The easiest way to exercise without putting stress on the body is to swim, especially if you vary the stroke you are using. Of course if you have the buoyancy of a brick this might not be so appetising, however you can still get in the pool and walk out to where the water begins to support your weight (take a float with you as well to be safe!) then try a fast walk.

Alternatively grab hold of the side and kick those legs out behind you – you can even splash the kids for added fun doing this.

  • Be careful of what you are eating as some foods like white potatoes, green peppers and aubergines contain chemicals which can increase inflammation in joints.

There are good foods though like blackcurrants, cherries, beetroot, green leafy vegetables and oily fish all have anti-inflammatory properties which will reduce pain.

Some foods help to overcome the alkaline state of our bodies which allows arthritis to develop these include nuts (except Brazil and almonds), whole grains and lentils.

  • Find a good osteopath, accupuncturist or massage therapist who understands arthritis and let them do their good work – it will be worth every penny as long as you find someone who knows what they are doing.
  • Follow the advice of a national hero, in the case of arthritis the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

He is a major advocate of the power of honey as a healer and cure-all, but in his case he boosts its power even further by adding a little apple cider vinegar to make HoneyGar.

He is quoted as saying “I beat my arthritis with a vinegar cure passed down from my mother” - his cure is a heady mix of four parts cider vinegar with one part honey which he takes in warm water every day.
And we all love a bit of honey don’t we!

  • Some people advocate using special devices called TENS machines – which stimulate the area around the joint to block out the pain signals. The problem with that is that the pain is still there afterwards.

I would prefer to use a device that offers a cure – and that’s why I reach for my Pain Ease Wrap in times of need.

You can do the same and discover just how easy it is to calm an throbbing joint – click here for details of the 30 day money back trial 

Yours, as always

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