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All About Arthritis
LET'S TALK ABOUT ARTHRITIS
Let's discuss some facts about arthritis, since this condition is one that affects so many Americans. It seems important these days to explore the natural alternatives available to individuals who suffer from arthritis. Recent news reports about the problems with anti-inflammatory drugs make this topic very relevant.
Arthritis is a general term that means inflammation in the joints. There are many diseases that can cause joint inflammation (probably more than 100), so we will limit our discussion to general information regarding this problem. Typically, symptoms are that of pain and stiffness in one or more joints. Which joints get involved and to what extent may depend on the type of arthritis one has.
The number of people suffering from arthritis is skyrocketing. The National Health Interview Survey of 2002 reported that 43 million Americans had been told by their health care professional they had some form of arthritis. It has been estimated that by 2005 this number will exceed 60 million.
Reasons For Increasing Number Of Sufferers
Main Types Of Arthritis
In general, types of arthritis are classified as those with or without inflammation.
With inflammation the signs are usually redness, pain, swelling and warmth of the joints. There may also be other general body symptoms that comes with inflammation, such as fever, weight loss, abnormal laboratory tests indicating inflammation, and morning stiffness that is very slow to clear. These types of arthritis are generally more serious, and can be due to joint infection, acute gout, or rheumatoid arthritis (to name a few).
Non-inflammatory arthritis is more common and osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease in humans. It is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States.
National statistics reported by the CDC show the following:
What Can Make Arthritis Better
Consider a self-help course that teaches you how to live with arthritis and educates you about arthritis. For more information on Self Help Programs go to: http://www.arthritistoday.org/fitness/index.php
Chronic osteoarthritis is often all about pain and pain management. Unfortunately, recent findings have come to light that implicate the so called COX-2 selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in serious complications of an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke. Even other types of NSAIDs, including over the counter brands are now possibly suspect.
All of the NSAID medications do carry a risk of causing gastrointestinal bleeding and ulceration. This risk increases with age, length and dosage of NSAID use, other medicine (like blood thinners), use of alcohol and possibly smoking.
In other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid and gouty arthritis, medications specifically designed to reduce joint inflammation and preserve the structure of the joint may be used and may be necessary. Obviously an acute arthritis caused by an infectious agent needs immediate attention, testing to determine the offending agent, and prompt treatment.
Talk to your doctor about your arthritis symptoms, what type of arthritis you have, and what’s best for you.
Cetyl myristoleate(CM) is a natural compound that is a fatty acid ester. It appears stronger and longer lasting than other essential fatty acids (EFAs). The human body does not synthesize these EFAs, but they are vital to the normal functioning of tissue, including joints. Over an extended period of time taking fatty acids has been shown to decrease the pain, inflammation and joint limitations of arthritis.
In 2001 a double-blind study was done on 86 osteoarthritis sufferers who had significant symptoms in 137 affected joints. The Unicity product CM Plex, a proprietary blend of cetyl myristate, cetyl myristoleate, and other cetyl esters was tested against a placebo in these individuals. Test subjects taking the CM Plex showed considerable decrease in pain, increase in joint mobility, and therefore better physical activity. More than 97% of the test group reported improvement. The Journal of Rheumatology concluded that CM Plex “may be an alternative to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of osteoarthritis”.
This natural alternative is not a “pain medication”. Don’t expect immediate relief, but over a period of time, which may vary from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, most do note improvement. It helps penetrate and hydrate joints, smoothing joint function. Dr. Louis Brady, himself an orthopedic surgeon reported he became symptom-free a week after starting CM Plex. He was able to maintain a rigorous schedule of surgery without back or hand pain. He has not taken NSAID medications in 3 years!
CM Plex comes in both a cream and softgel form. They can be used separately or together. Both forms of CM Plex are listed in the 2006 Physicians Desk Reference as indicated for the treatment of osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis).