The Science Behind Arthritis

key2health By key2health, 15th Mar 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Understanding the science behind arthritis is difficult. If you have arthritis, it is important to understand more about the disease and to get a clear picture of what is happening in your body, especially if you want to find alternative ways to help combat your inflammation. This article breaks it down in an easy to understand way.

Understanding Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammatory disease where your immune system fights and attacks the good cells in your body. Your immune system is designed to protect your body from foreign invaders, but when a disease like arthritis strikes, your body’s defense system turns on the good cells and attacks them. Arthritis is thought to be triggered by or caused as a consequence of infection. Infection can be caused by foreign invaders (microorganisms) such as any form of bacteria, fungus, or a virus. When you get an infection, the microorganisms filter into the blood stream and causes secondary infection in the joints.

Joints are protected by a synovial membrane and do not have a blood supply like other organs in our body, so blood cannot pass through the joints. Our joints normally receive nutrients from the fluid that washes over the cartilage and the joint capsule. However, bacteria can push past and rupture our joints protective synovial membrane and hide in our joints, pushing the good nutrients out and causing an inflammatory response. Pain and damage occur when the cartilage, the substance that covers and cushions the bone, frays and loses its elasticity and the joint fluid becomes thinner and less lubricating.

Over the years, scientific researchers have identified various forms of bacteria, viruses, and fungi associated with all forms of arthritis. When you have an oral, yeast, or urinary tract infection or when you have the flu or common cold virus, bacteria from these infections filters into your blood stream and causes secondary infections in joints. Chronic infection in joints can cause inflammatory arthritis during an illness, immediately after an illness, or in some cases may not appear for months or even years. Anything that stresses the body can trigger symptoms. For example, physical or emotional stress, poor diet, allergies, illness, exposure to toxins, or even aging are triggers for arthritis.

As many systemic bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics, you would think arthritis can be treated the same way. Antibiotics have only a limited ability and cannot fight viruses, fungi, or drug resistant bacteria. Since joints don’t have a blood supply, antibiotics are useless to fight off an invasion within the joints.

Chronic infection can be fought by building our immune systems up and addressing our oral health. We need to build our immune systems up through a healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, organic meat, eggs, and dairy products. Processed foods, sweets, refined carbohydrates should be avoided as they lack any nutritional value, deplete essential nutrients during metabolism, and feed oral and intestinal microorganisms that cause most trouble. As most forms of arthritis involve oral infection causing bacteria to filter into the blood stream, dental care is important. Regular brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are not enough to remove infection or tooth decay. When we lack good nutrition and oral care, our immune system is compromised, allowing infection to spread into joint tissue.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
15th Mar 2013 (#)

A good understanding of arthritis, a common problem for many people.

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Apr 2013 (#)

Good tips. I am fortunate in that I have never suffered from arthritis, although other members of my family have..

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