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Winterizing yourself against arthritis pain

It never fails.  As soon as the weather turns cold along comes those pesky winter pains.  A Ringmaster Rubbing Oil customer told me that when it gets cold he has to return to using his walker.  Blood flow is affected by cold weather, causing the constriction of the arteries that impedes the flow of blood to the muscles.  He knew that rubbing with Ringmater Rubbing Oil would help to stimulate his blood flow.   The cold weather caused his muscles to tighten up and his joints to stiffen.  Cold temperatures causes the natural lubricating fluids to thicken up and reduce the body’s ability to oil the joints.

The opposite occurs with the thermal effects of the sun, which causes the blood vessels and capillaries to expand and promote increased circulation.  Even without the cold weather taking its toll on our bodies USA Today newspaper predicts by 2030 a quarter of the adult population is expected to be afflicted with doctor diagnosed arthritis.

Since we know that arthritis is on the way we need to build our defenses starting with avoiding certain foods.  Night shade vegetables can trigger arthritis attacks, because of the body’s inability to metabolize a chemical compound in nightshade plants known as solanine alkaloids. Some of the nightshade vegetables include tomatoes, potatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, paprika, cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce. Not everyone with arthritis is affected by nightshade vegetables.  Learning your sensitivity to nightshades has to be done through trial and error.  Avoid them for several months to see if it makes a difference in your symptoms.

 Stay oiled

Consuming enough essential fatty acids, like those found in cold water, cod liver oil or omega 3 (DHA EPA) supplements can provide some protection for the body against arthritis pains.  Essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body;  they must come from dietary sources.  When the cartilage is worn it becomes rubbery and loses its elasticity and becomes prone to pain and inflammation.  Many of our customers who suffer from osteoarthritis (a wearning out of cartilage between the joints) also use glucosamine sulfate or a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin.   These are naturally occurring compounds found in the body that help rebuild cartilage.

Some doctors only prescribe glucosomine sulfate since there is some question about chondroitin and the risk of prostate cancer.  No one knows for sure if there is a risk of prostate cancer with the use of chondroitin.  If you have prostate issues it might be best to avoid chondroitin until a definitive answer is found.

Hyaluronic acid is another naturally occurring substance that is an important part of healthy cartilage formation.  It is found in the lubricating fluid of the joints, behind the eyes, in the skin and in the creation of synovial fluid, the oil that helps to reduce friction between the joints.  It is available as an oral supplement or can be injected directly into the knee by a qualified doctor.

Drink plenty of water

None of these nutrients will do you any good if do not drink enough water, which contains life-sustaining minerals.  The human body is composed of 70 percent water and cannot survive longer than five days without it.  The disk in our spines is 70 to 90 percent water and without proper hydration back stiffness and mechanical dysfunction will result.  To work properly the spinal disk squeezes out water and reabsorbs it on a continual basis.  Without enough water, the disk will shrink and not adequately support the weight of the body.

Stay flexed

Keep your bottle of Ringmaster Rubbing Oil handy bcause the need for exercise trumps everything else in the treatment of arthritis.  Bone is just like muscle, the more strength-building demands you place on them the stronger they get.  It is a reoccurring theme that is consistent with all treatment discussions on arthritis, osteoporosis and the care and maintenance of joints.  In spite of the fact that joints have a mechanical function that suffers from wear and tear during the course of our lifetime, they still need regular exercise, such as aerobics, walking, stretching and strength building.  What keeps the cartilage healthy and nourished is continuous range of movements which forces compression of waste materials out and corresponding absorption of nutrients.  Without this back and forth movement essential fluids decline, which ultimately causes deterioration of the cartilage.

The goal should be to relieve pain while encouraging you to restore your joint health with weight bearing and range of motion exercise.  Muscle mass is lost as we age.  The more weight resistance we place on building our muscles the stronger our bones will become through increased bone mass and density.

As always consult your professional before beginning any self-treatment program.

Douglas Sewell, CEO of the Detroit based Painexx Corp., makers of the world’s most powerful topical painer reliever, Ringmaster Rubbing Oil.  www.ringmasternow.comn

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Beating arthritis the old-fashioned way

Many women complain of suffering from osteoporosis.  The name is derived from the Latin word which literally means “porous bones.”  Women start losing bone mass in their early twenties.  Diet lifestyle and medications leach calcium from the bones.  After menopause, bones become even more porous and weak, increasing the likelihood of a stress fracture in the hip, back or wrist.

Women tend to lose bone mass beginning in the early twenties and accelerates after menopause due to the absence of estrogen.  this certainly explains why 90 percent of our customers who purchase our product, Ringmaster Rubbing Oil are women over 50 years of age who frequently complain of osteoarthritis knee problems and bone deterioration following a thinning of the bone from osteoporosis.

Why women suffer from arthritis/osteoporosis earlier in life than men has been a question my family has pondered for many years.  The steady climb in osteoporosis is in concert with the increased consumption of processed food that produce acid.  The inside of the bone afflicted with osteoporosis sort of looks like a sponge with a lot of little pinholes that need to be refilled with new bone.  To protect against bone loss it is important to get a minimum daily amount of 1500 mg of calcium, along with magnesium, zinc, manganese, vitamin D3 and vitamin K to improve calcium absorption.  You would need to drink five glasses of milk a day to get that much calcium.  Bones are constantly recycling themselves, breaking down and re-building themselves just like your hair and nails.

It is common for women not to notice any changes in their bone mass until it is too late when they begin to experience symptoms like a broken or fractured bone, often in the wrist or hip.  Even prolonged stress can deplete calcium levels.  Early warning signs that may signal loss of bone mass are a loss of height, a stooping or rounding of the shoulders and suffering  back pain.  Interestingly , Asian women rarely develop osteoporosis because of a higher source of calcium from sea vegetables that contain magnesium and natural muscle relaxants.  Calcium can also be gotten from a variety of fruits, vegetables and beverages.

“Where is the beef?”  Consuming animal products causes the body to become more acidic.  Calcium is taken from the bones to neutralize the acids, causing your bone mass to become weak and porous.  Turns out that women in the U.S. who consume meat products have the highest rates of hip fractures and the worst bone health in the world.  Osteoporosis also affects men, except in lower numbers and later in life, since men continue to produce androgen (a male hormone that controls the development of masculine chracteristics).

Studies have shown that the hip and bone fracture rate is in direct proportion to the amount of meat consumption.  If you consume two or more soft drinks every day, the phosphorus acid in the pop will also leach the calcium from your bones.  After eating sugar there is a increase in the urinary excretion of calcium.   Studies have shown a direct link between the calcium loss in the bone and heart disease, stemming from the excess calcium that is diverted to the arteries.  Meat protein, unlike plant protein creates an acidic environment.

Fluoride is a trace mineral found in drinking water and toothpaste.  While it was originally thought that fluoride was good for the development of your bones, studies have shown the opposite; fluoride is bad for development of your bones.  Consuming fluoride can increase your chances of incurring a bone fracture by 20 to 40 percent.  Distillation and reverse osmosis are the only way to get rid of the fluoride in your water.  One way of determining if you are getting enough minerals is through a hair mineral analysis that checks for 30 to 50 minerals.  The results should be read by a qualified professional who understands how to read the results.

A University of Pennsylvania study compared hip fracture cases with people using drug for acid reflux.  Researchers determined that proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPI) increased the risk of hip fracture by 44 percent.  A Canadian study at McGill University has shown that the most  popular antidepressant pills may decrease bone strength resulting in osteoporosis.  Antidepressants have also been linked to low blood pressure, leading to a higher probability of fracture related falls.

Calcium building foods-Bananas, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, yogurt, sardines, tofu, orange juice, cheese, oatmeal, ice cream, most dried beans, collard and turnip greens, spinach, kale, figs, raisins, milk, corn, salmon, almonds, rhubard, okra, bone broth, calcium fortified cereals, apricots, soy nuts, popcorn, crackers, blackstrap molasses, kelp, oysters, scallops, sea bass, sea perch, shrimp, sole, sturgeon, swordfish, trout, tuna, whitefish, walnuts, duck, goose, turkey, eggs, blue fish, clams, cod, crab, flounder, haddock, halibut, herring, lobster, mackerel, whole wheat spaghetti, brown rice, wheat germ, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, coconut flaked, hazelnuts, peanut butter, peanuts, pecan, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, parsnips, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, tomatoes, barey, cracked wheat bread, pumpernickel rye, cucumbers, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, lentils, romaine and iceberg lettuce, onions, parsley, sprounts, squash, beets, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, chick peas, coleslaw, grapes, honey dew melon, lemon, mangos, papaya, pineapple, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, asparagus, apples, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, dates, figs, grapefruit.

The bottom line- This  discussion on nutrition is to encourage you to reduce or avoid meat products and a diet high in refined carbohydrates like refined sugar, sugary cereals, pastas, refined white flour, candy, animal products and inflammation producing processed foods.  In fact, it is safer to avoid processed foods completely and concentrate on complex carbohydrates in fresh vegetables and fruits.  If you have to eat meat make sure it is organic and free of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides.

About the author:  Douglas Sewell is president of the Detroit based Painexx Corporation, makers of the world’s for most powerful topical reliever Ringmaster Rubbing Oil.