Thursday, May 1, 2008

A Positive Approach To Arthritis

Educate yourself. Read everything you can get your hands on. Learn about your disease. This is usually the first bit of advice offered to a newly-diagnosed arthritis patient.

Sound advice for sure. But that same kernel of advice can trip up some patients when they stumble across words like "crippling", "disabled", and "deformity". Scary words, which when combined with the uncertain and unpredictable prognosis associated with many types of arthritis, can leave a person feeling:

  • discouraged
  • defeated
  • hopeless
  • bound by limitations
  • consumed by negative thoughts
  • fearful of the future
There's something else to consider.

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Anonymous said...

Hi. I love your website. You are so right about handling arthritis. My dad had it and now my mom has it. I guess that may mean I will get ir although I don't think it is hereditary. What would you say is best to take for the pain?


sharingsunshine said...

I think what's best is relative to the person and type of arthritis and you didn't say what kind they have.

Certainly you do NOT have to plan on getting it. You are right things aren't always hereditary. Many times it's the lifestyle (personality) patterns and dietary habits that makes people in the same family get the same disease.

What I use is Nature's Sunshine Everflex, Omega 3's and Whole Leaf Aloe Vera. I've been blessed to manage it with supplements for the past 21 years since I do not want to use over-the-counter or prescription drugs.

Diet certainly plays a role since people who are vegetarians seem to fare better with the prognosis due to less acidity in the body.

I've been a vegetarian for 28 years so I'm sure that has helped. Sugar is also a problem since it affects the immune system so greatly, but then that is relative to rheumatoid arthritis.

Hope that helps :-)

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