Saturday, September 03, 2005

Knock, Knock. Who's there? Arthur. Arthur who? Arthuritis!

Did you know that arthritis is actually a generic name for degeneration of the bones. Specifically, there are many different kinds of arthritis. For example, Degenerative Joint Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout are three of the most common forms. Degenerative Joint Disease comes from excessive wear and tear on the joints over time. The friction on the bone wears the joint out. This is the type of arthritis associated with aging. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic disease, meaning the disease is coming from within. It is a blood disorder where the body attacks itself causing degenerative changes to the bone. Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood stream. The uric acid turns into tiny crystals that inflame the joints. Uric acid build-up comes from eating foods high in animal protein. Foods like meat, chicken and shell fish. Gout commonly attacks the big toe first.

Thought for the Week: "If we all had light bulbs on our foreheads that turned on whenever we were subluxated, we could go to the chiropractors when our bulbs were on. Unfortunately, we do not have such a bulb. Consequently, we cannot know when we are subluxated. That is why we need to be checked regularly by our chiropractor." - Reggie Gold, DC


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