Arthritis: Osteoarthritis : Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Often people think that arthritis is something that only afflicts older people, however, it affects 1 in 7 Canadians, half of whom are between 30 and 50years of age. Arthritis is derived from the Greek words arthron for “joint”and ïtis for ” inflammation”.

Osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are the two most common types of arthritis conditions. Other types of arthritis include gout, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus), and psoriatic arthritis.Arthritis: Mild to Crippling

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Today, the term is used for hundreds of different variety of joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Arthritis results in changes inside joint.

Sometimes it is accompanied by Bursitis and Tendonitis. Bursitis and Tendonitis are not arthritis as they affect tissues around the joints. Not all people who have arthritis experience symptoms such as pain. RA affects 1 to 2 out of every 100 people. It is more common among women than men. Joints and organs can be affected by this form of arthritis. Almost every person over age 60 has Osteoarthritis (OA), according to the Arthritis Foundation. However, fewer than 50% of these experience pain, or symptoms. It is more common among men and most common among people who are overweight.  Unfortunately, for overweight people who suffer from pain caused by Osteoarthritis (OA) is even harder to lose weight, as exercise can worsen pain.

Natural Remedies to Arthritis

When I was first diagnosed with arthritis, I thought I was heading for a wheelchair. My back and legs were so painful, I could not sleep. I could barely make it from the bedroom to the bathroom with a cane. I reckoned I was far to young for this, and I was determined to find a natural solution, as medications made by pharmaceutical companies were causing too many side effects.  There are answers. You do not need to suffer. You can lead an active life.  The solution is natural remedies that will help you live the life you want!

Causes of Arthritis

Arthritis and Genetics

Some types of arthritis are genetic while other types of arthritis are caused by chemical imbalances and overactive immune systems.  Osteoarthritis

(OA) is more common in people over 60 and people who have had serious joint injuries.  OA is degenerative, causing the cartilage in the joints to wear. As cartilage wears away, bones rub against each other resulting in additional joint damage.

Obesity and Osteoarthritis Risk

When we are overweight it dramatically increases the risk of getting Osteoarthritis (OA). Inflammation does not play as great of a role in Osteoarthritis (OA) as it does in Rheumatic Arthritis.  Athletes and people who spend a lot of time standing, or doing manual labor are more likely to experience Osteoarthritis (OA).

Rheumatoid Arthritis  – Get Relief TODAY!

RA is caused by inflammation and thickening of the joint’s lining – called the synovium.  It is thought that Rheumatoid Arthritis is  caused by bacterial or viral infections which have caused the immune system to react. Research seems to indicate the immune system turns on the body’s own tissues and in particular the joints.


Gout and pseudo-gout are caused by crystal deposits in the joints.  80% of gout sufferers are men.  Gout is more common among women after menopause. Alcohol consumption increases gout attacks, as does obesity. Uric acid, a waste product formed in the breakdown of proteins in digested proteins. Uric acid causes sodium urate crystals which collect in the joint linings and can result in kidney stones.