Traditionally, ageing has been seen to be an unavoidable sentence of decline, but recent studies have shown increasingly that there are positive and preventative measures we can take to prolong our health and wellbeing. This is most pronounced when we follow the best habits of our ancestors.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and affects over three million Australians, with no universally recognised cure. It is the major cause of disability particularly given Australia's ageing population. Often the first signs appear as morning stiffness.
Western allopathic treatments focus on reducing pain and inflammation particularly in the weight-bearing joints most affected (like knees and hips). While providing relief from pain, allopathic medicines do nothing to treat the underlying causes. Sadly, relying on drugs can actually hasten the progression of the disease as they play no part in healing or reversing degeneration of joint tissues and cartilage. They can also lead to unwanted "side effects" like initiating leaky gut syndrome (which may lead to gut sensitivities and autoimmune disorders down the track).
In various studies, osteoarthritis has been shown to be caused by bacteria including salmonella and streptococcus.
Many factors cause and exacerbate osteoarthritis including age, genetics, wear and tear, injury, environmental toxins, food allergies, infections, poor nutrition (particularly a lack of intake and absorption of vital nutrients such as omega 3s, vitamins and minerals (like calcium, selenium and magnesium)).
Infection a cause
A fluid-filled joint capsule encloses joints. Although blood is unable to pass through the fibrous layers of the joint capsule walls, bacteria and other microorganisms can, infecting the bone, cartilage and connection tissues. Joint tissues are a breeding ground for infections. Without a blood supply, white blood cells are unable to ward off infection. In various studies, osteoarthritis has been shown to be caused by bacteria including salmonella and streptococcus
Infection is rarely identifiable and seldom tested by mainstream doctors. It is difficult to treat an infection of the joint capsule, as antibiotics are less effective unless taken intravenously followed by weeks of oral antibiotics. Antibiotics have no effect on antibiotic-resistant bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites
The connection between osteoarthritis and infection is well established in laboratory studies
In effect, the key to optimal health is flexibility of all kinds.
A two month old girl was put on antibiotics for diarrhoea, which cured the infection, yet harmed the friendly bacteria in her gut, leading to candidiasis
In his book, The New Arthritis Cure: Eliminate Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Pain Permanently author Bruce Fife promotes building the immune system with an active lifestyle, exercise, healthy diet of organic vegetables, fruit and organic meats, and avoiding processed foods (particularly sugar and refined grains). Nutrients to build joints include turmeric and glucosamine sulphate. Coconut oil is recommended to support the immune system.
As well as its use in food, coconut oil is promoted as a daily mouth gargle to fight microorganisms found in the mouth that may be absorbed into the bloodstream. “Oil pulling” using coconut oil is well known in the Aryuvedic tradition to “pull” the bacteria, fungus, mucus and toxins from the mouth. This oily mouthwash must not be swallowed.
When digested, coconut oil, which contains medium chain fatty acids, is broken down into tiny cells that penetrate through cell membranes, attacking the arthritis-causing organisms in the body and strengthening the immune system. Other suggestions include:
- Promoting healthy detoxification via supporting the channels of elimination
- Supporting gut function
- Regulation of the body’s pH balance via diet and lifestyle
The old adage that we are victims of our genes is no longer accepted. Lifestyle choices influence ageing so much that Paul Thompson, Professor of Neurology at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine, is quoted as saying that “genes are not even the dominant factor” for most people. This means that, in layman’s terms, it’s easier to stop or delay something from happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened.
Towards the end of his life, Louis Pasteur, credited with “germ theory” came to see that the true cause of disease is the internal environment.
Stanford researcher and cellular biologist, Bruce Lipton, PhD, released new research in 1998 based on Einstein’s energy formula, E=mc². Lipton’s hypothesis is that the environmental context we inhabit switches genes on and off, and that the cause of illness is not faulty genes, but a mistaken belief that leads to a destructive energy or vibrational frequency. This destructive energy manifests itself as a disease or physical illness.
Stress is a major contributing factor to almost all diseases of the body. Fear and negative or inaccurate beliefs cause the nervous system to switch into "fight or flight" mode. When the body is in this stressed mode, its resources are diverted from its major organ functions to the peripheral muscles, particularly the arms and legs, so that a person may literally fight or take flight.