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Welcome to the December 2001 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Glucosamine's Role in the Rehabilitation of Cartilage
  2. Secondary Osteoarthritis in Athletes
  3. Tips to Knock Your Arthritis Into Submission
  4. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Glucosamine's Role in the Rehabilitation of Cartilage

By J.R. Rogers

There is often a misunderstanding of exactly what role glucosamine plays in rehabilitating cartilage within joints.

The Human Body
The reason your joints develop osteoarthritis is that it has stopped producing the elements necessary to maintain them. What is happening is really a two-fold problem. First, your body is not maintaining healthy joints and secondly, "cartilage-chewing" enzymes are working to destroy the cartilage that is still present. Here's how we challenge the problem and begin restoring healthy joints.

Glucosamine Sulfate & Glucosamine Hydrochloride
What is glucosamine doing to help your condition? It is synthesizing the production of new cartilage and at the same time, fighting the "bad" enzymes. In effect, you are addressing your joint problems at the cellular level which slows the progression of the disease and assists your body in the healing process. As well, if you are going to control pain during the healing process it is essential that the purity of the product(s) you are using should be very high. You should be using pharmaceutical quality glucosamine. The latest research suggests that glucosamine is up to twice as effective in liquid form so I would highly recommend liquid over capsules, pills, and creams.

The Benefits of Taking Glucosamine
There is no single prescription drug that can achieve the wide ranging impact that high-quality glucosamine can. As some clinical researchers have described it, it is simply "remarkable." glucosamine...

  • Assists in rebuilding the cartilage;
  • Blocks the "bad" enzymes that destroy cartilage;
  • Activates the lipids, fibrin, thrombi and blood vessels in the surrounding joint areas; and,
  • Accelerates the production of hyaluronan which acts as a lubricant in the joint fluids (area between the synovial membrane and cartilage).

And most importantly....
Of course, the most important role (and one that should be of interest to you) is pain management. Since pain control is paramount in your mind you should be most interested in this aspect of glucosamine as a tool in fighting it.

Since the medical community has never been able to come up with a prescription medication that will address all of these issues, most physicians are skeptical. That skepticism is fueled by a lack of knowledge about the benefits of glucosamine, a factor that you must consider when discussing the use of it with some doctors.

As the clinical evidence continues to mount, it is inevitable that those same skeptics are going to have to accept the reality that pain-free, healthy joints can be a reality by using the right glucosamine/chondroitin product. It would not be surprising to see the day when physicians will open up and encourage their patients to use this approach instead of recommending radical treatments such as surgery. For my recommendation on glucosamine arthritis products, please read the Consumer's Guide to Glucosamine Products. (This product guide was prepared by the makers of Syn-flex)

More information on glucosamine and cartilage rehabilitation can be found in our Arthritis Resource Center and in our Glucosamine Resource Center.

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Secondary Osteoarthritis in Athletes

By J.R. Rogers

Secondary Arthritis in Athletes
For anyone involved in sports activities, injuries are a way of life. It doesn't matter if you engage in these activities professionally or for recreation, you are at risk all the time.

When you discuss "injuries", most of you are thinking about the common broken bone and sprained ankle. However, there is a more insidious kind of injury that can leave you with debilitating pain for the rest of your life.

When arthritis develops as a result of injuries, it is generally referred to as "secondary" osteoarthritis. That means the deterioration of the cartilage was caused by a traumatic injury to begin with. As a general rule, it takes years after the injury before it develops.

There are 147 joints in the human body and each one of them has cartilage that protects the bones from coming into contact with one another. It is the degradation of this cartilage that leads people into a lifetime of debilitating pain from arthritis.

What can you do?
There is, however, something you can do now that will protect your joints and cartilage and ease any pain you may currently be experiencing. Using liquid glucosamine and chondroitin may ease your pain quickly. With the recently released clinical studies indicating the power of these ingredients, the market is literally flooded with competing products. So how do you select the product that is the right glucosamine for you?

As a general rule, the lower the grade of the product, the less pain relief you will get. Using medium grade products, it will take 5-6 months for you to see relief. The same is true for the process of rehabilitating cartilage. On the other hand, a high-quality product will usually ease your pain in 10-25 days, depending on the extent of your disease. As well, the rehabilitation process may begin immediately. When choosing among glucosamine products a pharmaceutical quality liquid formula most likely will bring the maximum relief and protection. In addition, a high quality liquid glucosamine formula might do wonders for those recovering from orthopedic surgery.

Given the availability of glucosamine without prescription, the smart athlete is already taking a formula to help joint cartilage. With its low cost, it's a smart move both for the short term and the long one. After all, there is no sense in paying the physical price for doing the things we enjoy. For my recommendation on glucosamine arthritis formulas, please read the A Guide to Glucosamine Products. (This product guide was prepared by the makers of Syn-flex)

More information on glucosamine and cartilage rehabilitation can be found in our Arthritis Resource Center and in our Glucosamine Resource Center.

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8 Tips to Control Arthritic Pain

These past months in The Arthritis Chronicle, I've talked about my Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse that I had written. I had originally intended to give this informational course away free for only one issue, but due to the tremendous response and good word of mouth this course has brought, I have decided to give it away at no charge.

This Arthritis Course is packed with quality information on what you should know before you talk to your doctor, the arthritis diagnosis, treatment options, treatment side effects, glucosamine, tips on proper diets and exercise, weight management, alternative options, and an easy to understand explanation of what exactly arthritis is, how it occurs, and the effect on cartilage including a discussion of chondrocytes, collagen, proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans, and synovial fluid.

If you are committed to taking the right steps towards effectively easing arthritis pain and knowing all your options, then this course will be extremely helpful to you.

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See You Next Month

This concludes the December Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on January 1st, 2002! Please forward to any friends you know who have arthritis and would be interested.

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Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.


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