November 7th, 2017
Osteoarthritis is widely seen as a destructive process of the joints cartilage, caused by wear and tear as people age. Addit genes are blamed as well. Yet a study published by researchers from Utrecht puts a different perspective on this illness. An illness that is believed to cause so much pain and puts such an enormous strain on health systems all over the world.
The current view on osteoarthritis leaves some significant questions unanswered. What about all the people developing osteoarthritis at a very young age? Many of those don’t do any strenuous activity. What about all the lucky people that despite having osteoarthritis don’t suffer from pain?
As you might know already from previous articles I have a different approach on where pain comes from and how destruction such as osteoarthritis come about. And now I found proof!
Browsing through the net I found a study carried out by researchers in the Netherlands found that osteoarthritis is reversible if you create the right condition for the cartillage to recover. Through the course of one year they observed what happens to people with osteoarthritis, when they had their joint facets surgically distracted for two months. Means the joint facets were pulled apart from each other by an apparatus built in surgically. One year later they revised their patients and found, that joint distraction can reverse ostoarthritis.
Now that is some message, huh? Even though I recommend a different kind of treatment, the message is loud and clear. Reducing the pressure on the joint facets – there I recommend stretching the muscles – will stop the pain and reverse osteoartrthritis which is a side effect of too much muscular tension.
Here’s the link if you want to read more about this, in my opinion, groundbreaking study: http://ard.bmj.com/content/early/2011/05/12/ard.2010.142364
September 17th, 2016
Have you ever wondered why some people turn sick sooner or later in life, while others manage to stay healthy, bright in mind and just don’t seem to be bothered by anything?
Is it all set in our genes? Well, maybe a little. Some people are just lucky and blessed with a great physique. But new insights from epigenetics suggest that genes only account for about 5-7% of what happens to us. Depending on our lifestyle we are able to switch on or switch off genes just as lifestyle requires. Now, that is really good news, it means that we can take our fates in our own hands.
So what can we do to improve our odds? If you asked me, I would say: ‘A good diet, regular exercise, no cigarettes and little to no alcohol will give you a headstart’ .
I can see you raise an eyebrow and say: ‘Wait a minute, that’s no secret. I knew that’. To be honest I would have been surprised if not, but do you actually know what a good diet is? Well, who does nowadays? Do you know, what kind of exercise will prevent or relief pain longterm? Be honest with yourself. In the last month, how much exercise did you do? What kind of exercise? How was your diet?
Some might say: ‘Ok, I walk a lot!’ or ‘I think my diet’s quite good.’
Stay tuned so we can have a look at how I think a healthy and longterm beneficial lifestyle could look like.