Arthritis is a disease of the whole body (a systemic disease) that most dramatically affects the joints. The term “arthritis” may include more than 100 conditions – many that were formally known as “rheumatism”. 1 Osteoarthritis (OA) is also known as degenerative joint disease, and is the most common of all. Almost everyone over the age of 50 has at least a touch of it. It is said to be “almost as inevitable…as graying of the hair.”2 OA usually results from an unbalanced spine & structural system – this creates stress on the joints. In response, your body grows extra bone material in the joints (“lipping” and “spurring”) to help deal with this stress.3 Unfortunately, sometimes these growths compress nerves, which cause pain and can affect internal organs.4 RA destroys joints, affects the heart, blood vessels, eyes, skin, muscles and other organs causing fatigue, weight loss and acute pain – often appearing suddenly around ages 30-40. Multiple scientific articles have documented that vaccinations for flu, MMR, Hep B, and others could trigger RA.5 Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is similar to adult RA but in more than 50% of the cases the disease simply disappears! In only less than 1/6th of the cases there is a sever disability; fever, rash, joint pain, and organs can be affected. The cause, cure, treatment, how or why it appears or disappears are all unknown. The rubella vaccine has been discussed as a cause – up to 40% vaccinated suffered joint pain arthralgia, with 2% advancing to develop arthritis.6
Medicine offers no cure for arthritis, just symptom treatment including a lifetime of drugs for the inflammation and pain, along with heat or warm water. Thousands and arthritis sufferers die every year from the gastrointestinal and various other complications of the many different arthritis drugs7, and commonly prescribed drugs for arthritis and pain may increase the risk of death from stroke.8 A study of the FDA approved arthritis drug Vioxx showed it may have caused an astounding 88,000-140,000 serious heart problems in the United States alone! This resulted in an unknown number of fatal heart attacks from 1999-2005.9 The whistleblower FDA scientist, Dr. David Graham, cautioned the public to realize this drug might not be safe. “The FDA has become an agent of industry. I have been to many, many internal meetings and, as soon as a company says it is not going to do something, the FDA backs down,” he said.10
For over a century, arthritic patients have benefited from chiropractic care.11-16 Chiropractic care has reversed osteoarthritis – something previously thought to be impossible.17-19 Chiropractic care is not an arthritis treatment – it is a system of healthcare that improves the function of your entire body by removing or releasing blockages from your sine and structural system, also known as subluxations. Subluxations weaken your nervous and immune system which is essentially your whole body. This can set your body up for diseases and sicknesses of all kinds – including arthritis! As a rule, it is always wisest to search out the most natural and conservative methods before submitting to more invasive (drug and medical) care.
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- niams.noh.gov/hi/topics/arthritis/oahandout.htm. July 2002.
- Giles LG. The pathophysiology of zygapophyseal joints. In Haldeman S. (Ed.). Principles and Practice of Chiropractic. Norwalk, CT: Appleton & Lange, 1992:203-205.
- Basra G et al. Rheumatoid arthritis and swine influenza vaccine: a case report. Case Reports in Rheum. Vol. 2012 (2012), Article ID 785028: 3 pages.
- Symmons DP, Chakravarty K. Can immunisation trigger rheumatoid arthritis? Ann Rheum Dis. 1993;52(12):843-844.
- Simard JF et al. Mortality rates in patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors: drug-specific comparisons in the Swedish Biologics Register. Arthritis Rheum. 2012;64(11):3502-3510.
- Schmidt M et al. Preadmission use of nonaspirin NSAIDs 30-day stroke mortality. Neurology. 2014;83(22):2013-2022.
- Graham DJ et al. Lancet. Published online January 25 (2005).
- independent.co.uk/news/business/the-interview-david-graham-fda-whistleblower-drug-tsar-who-took-on-the-system-1530328.html. 2/11/05.
- Patel D, Rusell, D. Improvement in mobility, emotional wellbeing & quality of life in an older adult following subluxation based chiropractic care: a case report. AVSR. September 17, 2015;157-162.
- Shaikewitz M. A demographic and physical characterization of cervical spine curvature and degeneration. AVSR. Volume 1(2):1-8.
- Valcarcel J, Varnum C, Floyd R, Alcantara J, Resolution of shoulder pain in a 73-year-old female following chiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxations. AVSR. February 19, 2015:14-22.
- Pero J, Jockers D. Improvement in cervical curvature and health outcomes in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis undergoing chiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxation. AVSR. July 26, 2012:77-81.
- Basso E et al. Resolution of juvenile idiopathic arthritis & improved immune function in a 16-year-old undergoing chiropractic care: a case study. J Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2014:4:65-69.
- Knowles DM, Knowles R, Burnier B. Reorganization of the cervical curve & improved quality of life following Network Spinal Analysis care: a case study. AVSR. December 7, 2015:217-225.
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- Ressel OJ. Disc regeneration: reversibility is possible in osteoarthritis. Int’l. Review of Chiropractic. March/April 1989:39-61.