1 Avoid acidification of our body

In rheumatism , many forms of arthritis and gout result from the accumulation of acids in the joints to the detriment of cartilage. Drop is the typical example.

If we take the trouble to observe our daily lives, we can see how much we are beset with acidifying factors at all levels. Among these, note the state of stress, both physical and mental. When we are energized, we tend to consume more food and drug substances, and thus produce more acidifying waste.

Note that a very intense physical activity leads to a higher production of lactic acid and a very sedentary life, with intense mental activity, leads to hyperacidity. Most foods that we tend to consume have an acidic valency

Even the drugs we take cause acidification of the body . Patients, especially the elderly, are often forced to take various tablets daily to treat ailments related to hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, chronic bronchitis, pain syndromes of various types. types, or any condition that requires prolonged treatment.

All the effects of these drugs will be added to those of the factors already mentioned and contribute to a greater acidification of the body.

2 Avoid conventional drugs

Rather than considering modification and treatment of causal factors, conventional medicine finds it easier to intervene in later stages of these diseases – that is, when pain and functional limitations are more obvious and disabling – to act on the symptoms.

She then resorts mainly to a class of drugs with anti-inflammatory and analgesic action . These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), the most common, and steroidal (acronym AIS) represented by cortisone.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs cause a more or less reversible blockage of the binding site of an enzyme, cyclooxygenase (COX). This enzyme exists in two forms: COX-1, which has a protective effect on the mucous membranes, and COX-2, triggered by inflammation, which has a pro-inflammatory effect.

The reckless use of paracetamol in the United States causes 112,000 calls to poison control centers every year, 56,000 access to emergency services, 26,000 hospitalizations and 450 overdose deaths. You really can not define such a drug as harmless. For this reason, before administering or absorbing an “ordinary” dose of paracetamol (a valid precaution for any other drug), it would be good to consider a possible alternative.

3 The importance of a healthy diet

There is no doubt that any improvement in osteo-articular pathologies depends on the health and balance of our digestive system. The eating habits of modern society are the main cause of the alteration of the permeability of the small intestine. They are also responsible for the many toxins and food waste that pass through the “loose mesh” of the gut to spread throughout the body.

In addition, as almost all chronic diseases are accompanied by altered intestinal flora , it is essential to do everything possible to rebalance it. Recall that poor diet is not the only cause of this alteration, and that the consumption of drugs, stress and other various causes can cause it.

The diet must therefore meet a few qualitative criteria to play a fundamental role in rheumatic diseases as in the general state of health. We must think about eliminating from our food all the substances that are likely to be harmful, very numerous and widespread in our time and in our Western world. To do this, we must learn to focus on the quality of food, not the quantity or form in which they are marketed.

4 Exercise a physical activity

That physical exercise has effects on rheumatic diseases is a fact that does not date from today but remains controversial. For a long time, it was thought that physical activity could have a positive impact on degenerative diseases (such as osteoarthritis) and counterproductive on inflammatory diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis).

Certainly, the practice of certain sports such as football, rugby or other highly competitive disciplines can seriously compromise joint or skeletal integrity. That said, physical exercise is certainly able to trigger some therapeutic mechanisms, such as those of bone remodeling, or even to have anti-inflammatory effects. Indeed, the actual movement seems to have the ability to reduce the production of some inflammatory cytokines, such as that of stimulating others that produce an anti-inflammatory effect.

From these findings, it appears that physical activity can be beneficial in all rheumatic diseases, whether inflammatory or degenerative. […] In addition, regular physical activity directly improves the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, as it stimulates a greater content of glycosaminoglycans, which are, as we have seen, the fundamental constituent of connective tissue and cartilage .

5 . What about osteoarthritis?

The most common form of degenerative diseases is osteoarthritis (or osteoarthritis), which predominates in older people as it is part of the aging process.

In addition to age, predisposing factors are obesity and some structural abnormalities acquired or related to skeletal development. The symptoms of degenerative joint disease are mainly related to a biological deficiency in the joints . Some are very common: joint pain felt especially during movement, stiffness when resuming a motor activity after a certain period of rest, worsening in cold and wet climate.

Objectively, at the moment of the movement, one can hear crunches and feel a painful muscle spasm. Signs of inflammation are rare unless excessive use is made of an affected joint. Some joints, like those of the fingers of the hands, can present bone deformations in the form of small protuberances (nodules of Heberden), often associated with the degenerative process.

As we have seen, the possible causes of osteoarthritis relate not only to tissue aging but also to repetitive movements and joint overloads.

6 Genetic predisposition

It is thought that there is a genetic predisposition in most rheumatic patients. However, we must first make the difference between genetic predisposition and family predisposition to rheumatic diseases. In this second case, it is mainly a greater opportunity for members of a family group to suffer from rheumatism, because of their biotypical characteristics or because they share an environment and behavioral modalities that can promote rheumatic pathology . For example, ankylosing spondylitis, also called reactive arthritis, develops mainly in genetically predisposed individuals.

But, as we have said, it has been shown that there is a certain genetic terrain , at least with regard to some types of rheumatic diseases. […]

Based on these experimental data, from the clinical point of view, the hypothesis according to which all the aforementioned pathologies could result from a convergent action of genetic factors, ambient, and related to the lifestyle of the individual , has made its path. Indeed, having a genetic predisposition does not necessarily mean getting sick. Many other factors, of which we will occupy more, must contribute to it.

7 Pollution of the organism

We have pointed out that the appearance of some rheumatic diseases of the autoimmune type (rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma) is linked to the presence of a given genetic background, but also that the participation of a triggering cause is also necessary for the immune system to produce the autoimmune reaction and its autoantibodies.

Many epidemiological studies indicate that one of the triggering causes can be determined by the absorption (unknowingly) of various metals, such as cadmium, lead, vanadium, mercury, manganese, arsenic, etc., derived from environmental pollution (water and soil).

Similarly, pesticides used in agriculture can be used as degenerative primers (inflammatory or autoimmune) because they are found in the seas, rivers and groundwater, residues that eventually pass through the food chain. Aluminum is responsible for many fibromyalgia, arthritis and various other types of rheumatism, both by direct effect and by impaired hormone production.

Pollution of the body weighs negatively in rheumatic diseases because of increased oxidative stress and its link to chronic inflammation, especially when the body’s purifying and digestive systems are weakened.

8 Enzymatic therapy and probiotics

When we eat, digestion becomes a primary goal, especially in the elderly. […] If we improve it, all the other functions of the body indirectly feel positive effects. To do this, it is necessary to limit food intake appropriately to our age and our physical activity, and especially to eat regularly raw food of plant origin , and if necessary, to take enzyme supplements.

Like enzymes, intestinal microflora is fundamental to proper digestion of food . In this context, we must try to eliminate or reduce the drugs that destroy it, or absorb substances that promote it, using, if necessary, the integration of probiotics internally, among which acidophilus or L- acidophilus, Bifidobacterium (or Bifidus), Lactobacillus casei (or L-casei), Lactobacillus bulgaricus (or L-bulgaricus), Bacillus subtilis, etc.

In summary, we can say that enzymatic therapy has been used for a long time to treat arthritis and various rheumatic diseases , and that the best compositions help to promote a more complete digestion and better assimilation of food (for example, amylases, proteases). , lipases, cellulases, etc.).

9 . Acupuncture

If we imagine the individual as a sea of ​​energy, the meridians can be considered as currents that furrow this sea in certain directions. In reality, they are preferential channels of diffusion of various energetic characteristics related to organs and viscera. This system of meridians also serves to connect human reality to that of the macrocosm, which allows the individual to resonate with the energies of the universe.

The main meridians are the energetic emanations of each of the organs and entrails, giving rise to the miracle of energy circulation. On each meridian are points – small energy wells – similar to entrance gates of the meridian. These points serve to determine both the diagnosis and the treatment.

In traditional Chinese medicine, rheumatism is classified in various ways : rheumatic fever is due to obstruction by association of wind / moisture / heat; in rheumatoid arthritis, joint congestion is mainly due to the combination of wind / cold / humidity; the same cause is found in osteoarthritic processes.

Therapy involves dispersing heat, cold and wind, and expelling moisture to restore energy balance. Energy regulation takes place by intervening on the points of acupuncture.

10 . Zoom on the mechanisms of hydrotherapy

Thermal cures are a form of treatment of rheumatic diseases known for millennia and which absolutely deserves to be revalued in the light of contemporary scientific medicine. Hydrotherapy is based on the exploitation of the properties of natural materials such as mineralized waters and sludge. However, France being one of the richest countries in thermal resources, spas are scattered everywhere.

Thermal water exerts its action through a combination of physical, mechanical and chemical factors. If the treatment always uses heat, it is obvious that the effects of a bath are different from those of a mud, hot spring water or a cave.

Thermal stimulation, however, provides a nonspecific benefit, while the mineral composition of water, the application modalities and / or the microclimate environment are the source of specific benefits. The heat causes vasodilatation in the body, which reduces muscle spasm, improves tissue perfusion and thus the nutrition of joint structures, and allows the draining of harmful elements on the outside.