The lesson to learn from your Nan’s knees

The Good Life Letter 

15th October 2017

When the colder weather comes along there is one question I get asked more than any other.

Many of you might be thinking that it has something to do with avoiding coughs and colds but there is a topic that eclipses even this.

How can I stop my knees/ hands/ feet/ elbows/hips /neck (delete as appropriate) from aching?

The sufferer then regales me with their story of woe and the attempts they have had to try to alleviate the pain:

“Paracetamol doesn’t touch it!”

“Ibuprofen is rubbish, just makes me feel sick!”

“Went to the GP and she gave me a prescription for Naproxen...might as well have sold me snake oil for all the good it does!”

“I’ve tried heat packs, gels and muscle rubs then I tried cold packs, gels and sprays...cost me a fortune and just irritated my skin!”

Just a few of the printable comments I regularly hear and read when the topic of aches and pains arises.

As always I do have a very simple, effective and very popular answer to this conundrum, which I will share with you later... I like being a tease from time to time!

First, I want to share with you the reason why our joints ache more in the cold than in the glorious days of summer.

Remember when your Nan used to rub her knees and say that there was a change in the weather on the way?

Well it turns out that she hadn’t been at the gin, but that her joints were responding to falling atmospheric pressure.

Robert Jamison PhD, (a professor at Harvard Medical School and chief psychologist at the Pain Management Centre at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston) and several colleagues performed experiments with chronic pain sufferers to investigate this phenomenon.

They surveyed many thousands of people who had some form of chronic pain and concluded that nearly seventy percent of them were able to accurately predict changes in air pressure.

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Lessons at your grandmother’s knee...

Jamison likens the joints to a balloon. “When a balloon is inflated, it has the maximum inside and outside pressure. High barometric pressure that pushes against the body from the outside keeps tissues from expanding.”

But when the weather changes, the barometer drops, reducing atmospheric pressure and allowing tissues to swell. This can put increased pressure on the nerves that send pain signals. “It doesn't take much expansion or contraction of tissue to affect a pain trigger” Jamison adds.

So, if you are sitting there with throbbing knees, shoulders, necks, lower backs or elbows take some delight that you are a more accurate predictor of weather than Michael Fish ever managed!

Not that there is any comfort in that.

It’s my theory that there is more to it than just air pressure though – I think the humidity is also a causal factor.

When the weather is warmer or I’m lazing by the pool in sun kissed Portugal my joints don’t hurt. This may have something to do with a dump of endorphins which brighten my mood, or indeed the impact of a tot of local brandy with my coffee – but I think there is more to it than that.

When the air is hotter it is more humid and our bodies lose less fluid, even if we sweat a bit more.

This increased lubrication in the body must benefit the joints, when it’s colder and the air is dryer then our bodies have less lubrication.

Like I said it is a personal thought and I may be wrong, but it seems to make sense to me.

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Earlier I suggested that your Nan might have been at the gin before predicting a change in the weather but even if she had, a reader tells me that this might not be a bad thing for dealing with the pain of arthritis.

Mrs J. L. emailed me with her preferred recipe for pain relief and it’s one I have tried and can heartedly endorse:

Soak sultanas in neat gin until they become fat, and then eat about 10 every day with food. As she says be patient and put up with the sniggers from family and friends because it will work due to the anti-inflammatory properties of juniper berries in the gin, and the resveratrol in the sultanas.

In addition to this though we should all keep a tube of a remarkable silica based pain relief gel at hand – something that has become the best selling product ever through the Good Life shop – FX-Silica.
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This product was launched in the UK following the flawed decision of the government agencies to stop the sale of another popular product called Artrosilium.

Artrosilium contained activated silica and an extract of an herb called Meadow Sweet and it was the herb element that the MHRA (Medicine & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) took exception to saying that it could only be sold as a medicine rather than a natural product.

So, FX-Silica was formulated using the same activated silica that was in Artrosilium but now enhanced with extracts of blackcurrant, a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, and glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate which are widely used to prevent joint pain.

Don’t think that blackcurrant is a poor substitute for the Meadow Sweet though, it is every bit as good and is supported by clinical trials.

Blackcurrant seed oil is a very rich source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is one of the omega-6 fatty acids that our diets are rich in.

So from a nutritional point of view there is nothing special about GLA, however, its power lies not as a food source but as a medication – and if the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) are reading this there is scientific proof to show it!

In 2002 the journal Rheumatology published a systematic review of herbal medicines used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and concluded that:

“There is moderate support for gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is found in some herbal medicines, for reducing pain, tender joint count and stiffness.”

This is a remarkable finding as one of the chief researchers in the team is known to be fiercely opposed to any natural approaches to health; so if he was prepared to put his name to anything that shows a ‘moderate’ level of support then it counts as a ringing endorsement in my eyes!

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There is no way that EFSA would want me repeating any of this to you, which underlines the farcical position they find themselves in – I have found conclusive scientific support for using a natural remedy but because this hasn’t been tested by their own teams they won’t support it.

Pure stupidity methinks!

Time and time again I get emails and letters thanking me for stocking FX-Silica, especially as it is not available from other online retailers such as Amazon, so if you have any aches and pains already, or know that they are just around the corner, make sure you get a chance to try this gel for yourself.

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Yours, as always


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