Volume 3 | Read Time: 4 Minutes
Table of Contents:
1. What Are NSAIDs?
2. Book: “The Arthritis Cure for Pets”
3. 8 Tips to Control Arthritic Pain
If you suffer from arthritis, you will be familiar with NSAIDs. They have become a part of American life. Some examples are Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Excedrin, and Motrin just to name a few. They are a favorite of doctors when prescribing osteoarthritis pain relief.
These kinds of pain relievers are designed to block the body’s production of prostaglandins (hormone-like substances in the body which are the source of pain and inflammation.) The problem is, that in many ways, prostaglandins are an essential part of normal bodily functions. In fact, they play a significant role in regulating your blood pressure, kidney functions, and the secretions of gastric acids.
When NSAIDs are used to control pain, they have a negative effect on these favorable aspects of the prostaglandins. So where does that leave you? While they may reduce the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, in turn, they can cause some very troublesome side effects that include but are not limited to: cramping; nausea, indigestion and diarrhea, constipation, headaches, tension or nervous behavior, and more.
What should be of even greater concern is the fact even more serious side effects can develop and often, very quickly: ulcers, fever, sore throats, breathing difficulties, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and more. Unfortunately, in our haste to rid ourselves of the pain from osteoarthritis, we are all too quick to fail to recognize that the use of these (common) medications can have extremely severe consequences.
There is mounting clinical evidence that using NSAIDs blocks the body’s synthesis of proteoglycans. These are the molecules that draw water into the cartilage. The result? While you may be getting some pain relief, you are also increasing the problem with the damaged cartilage as well. The worst news is still unconfirmed but suspected. The use of NSAIDs may actually cause osteoarthritis to increase. In other words, while trying to get some arthritis symptom relief, you are also hastening the very disease you are trying to control.
Arthritis research has shown that there are some very effective alternatives that have no side effects, are completely safe, ease the pain, and tend to the disease. This supplement is Glucosamine.
Glucosamine is an over-the-counter dietary supplement that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis and joint pain. Glucosamine stimulates the production of glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s), the important proteins found in cartilage plus proteoglycans, the water-holding molecules that make up the cartilage. Our bodies produce Glucosamine naturally. However, as we grow older we lose the ability to produce sufficient quantities of it. Having enough Glucosamine is essential for producing the nutrients we need to produce synovial fluid. It is this fluid which lubricates our cartilage and maintains healthy joints.
When you have a Glucosamine deficiency, cartilage hardens and bone spurs develop which leads to deformities in the joints. Your mobility becomes limited and in short, this is how osteoarthritis develops.
The Arthritis Cure for Pets
Brian Beale, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.S, & Brenda Adderly, M.H.A.
In this book, you will learn how to give your arthritic pet a new lease on life–with a low-cost, readily available, over-the-counter treatment without side effects.
Our companion animals are suffering the same joint pain that we do and usually for the same reason–aging. Beale, a veterinarian with more than 10 years of studying osteoarthritis in animals, and Adderly, a health reporter and co-author of The Arthritis Cure, shows how a combination of nutritional supplements can halt, reverse, or even stop the pain of arthritis in pets altogether.
Beginning with two chapters that define and explain exactly what arthritis is and how it affects dogs and cats, the authors move on to discuss painkillers and the fact that they will not cure arthritis.
The meat of the book is in the next three chapters describing the cure–Glucosamine and Chondroitin–and supportive measures, such as painkillers, a healthy diet, and mineral supplements. The remaining chapters discuss other types of arthritis relief treatments, the value of exercise, and the aging pet in general. This sensibly written book will help pet owners to provide over-the-counter care for their arthritic animals, and, in conjunction with veterinary care, should enhance the lives of aging pets.
This Arthritis Ninja is packed with quality information on what you should know before you talk to your doctor, the arthritis diagnosis, treatment options, treatment side effects, Glucosamine, tips on proper diets and exercise, weight management, alternative options, and an easy to understand explanation of what exactly arthritis is, how it occurs, and the effect on cartilage including a discussion of chondrocytes, collagen, proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans, and synovial fluid.
If you are committed to taking the right steps towards effectively finding arthritis pain relief and knowing all your options, then The Arthritis Ninja will be extremely helpful to you.
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Yours in Joint Health,
The Arthritis Ninja