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Do You Have Arthritis?
Here is the Latest on What Experts Know -- and Don't Yet Know

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Arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the United States, manifests in more than 100 different forms, the most common being osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

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The risk of arthritis increases with age, but the disease can affect anyone -- from children to adults.

It's estimated that this painful disease affects one in five Americans, or a total of 46 million people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the population ages, these numbers are expected to keep rising. By 2030, experts believe 67 million people will have arthritis.

Arthritis is Not an "Old-Age" Disease

Though arthritis is more common in older people (and women), nearly two-thirds of people with arthritis are younger than 65. Arthritis can affect young adults, 20-somethings and middle-aged people. Even children can be affected; over 300,000 children have some form of juvenile arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

Because it affects such a wide group of people, and can cause debilitating symptoms, arthritis is fast becoming one of the nation's leading public health problems. According to the CDC:

  • Close to 19 million U.S. adults said their activities were limited by arthritis from 2003 to 2005.

  • More than 5 percent of the U .S. population has work limitations because of arthritis.

  • More than 30 percent of people with arthritis report work limitations due to the disease.

  • Arthritis results in 750,000 hospitalizations and 36 million out-patient visits every year.

  • Medical costs directly related to arthritis reached $81 billion in 2003, with total costs reaching $128 billion.

  • These numbers above have greatly increased and could double by 2018 as the baby-boomers more and more come of age for the highest levels of arthritis.
What Exactly IS Arthritis?

Each of the 100-plus forms of arthritis is unique in its exact cause and symptoms, but there is a commonality. Arthritis means "joint inflammation," and all arthritic conditions affect the musculoskeletal system and, in particular, the joints (where two or more bones meet).

In people with arthritis, the joints can become painful, stiff and inflamed, and joint cartilage and surrounding structures can become damaged. This can lead to weakness in the joints, instability and deformities that can make daily tasks -- from walking to cutting your food or typing on a computer -- very difficult.

Some forms of arthritis do not stop at the joints, however. Systemic arthritic conditions can affect your entire body and cause damage to any organ or bodily system, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels and skin.

Here is breakdown of the most common type of arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation:

  • Osteoarthritis: This is a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joint deteriorates, leading to pain and loss of movement because bone begins to rub against bone. (This is the most common form of arthritis in the United States).

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: This is an autoimmune disease in which the joint lining becomes inflamed due to the body's immune system activity. (This is one of the most debilitating types and appears most often in women.)

  • Gout: This painful condition is often due to a defect in body chemistry that affects small joints, particularly the big toe. (Gout occurs most often in men.)

  • Fibromyalgia: This condition involves widespread pain that affects the muscles and attachments to the bone. It is more common in women.

Treating Arthritis: What are the Options?

There is currently no "cure" for arthritis, but there are many ways to manage the condition and still lead an active life. To treat the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, pain-relievers (both over-the-counter and prescription) and anti-inflammatory drugs are often prescribed. As a last resort, doctors may also recommend joint surgery to repair damaged joints or replace them.

However, there are many natural methods to lessen the pain and other symptoms of arthritis, and to protect your body from damage. One novel approach is the use of Designs for Health's TRF 150 featuring Cyplexinol™, a bone tissue regenerating agent. TRF 150s Cyplexinol is involved in the maintenance and repair of articular cartilage, which covers the surface of a joint where the ends of bones meet. When cartilage is damaged, bones begin to grind against each other instead of having a smooth, fluid movement. With no direct blood supply to cartilage, damage to these areas from injuries, misuse, or overuse can leads to arthritic pain and inflammation. This makes TRF not only ideal for support during arthritic and other joint degeneration problems, but also for osteoporosis and broken bones.

While people with arthritis should rest their joints if they feel fatigued, too much rest can actually worsen the condition. A regular exercise program is highly recommended for anyone with arthritis, not only to help you maintain a healthy weight (a must to protect your joints) but also to benefit your joints directly. Your exercise routine should include:

  • Range-of-motion exercises: Yoga, stretching and dance can help increase flexibility, relieve stiffness and maintain normal joint movement.

  • Aerobic and endurance exercises: Walking, bike riding or using an elliptical machine can reduce inflammation in your joints and help control your weight.

  • Strengthening exercises: Strength traininghelps to keep your muscles strong, which will support and protect your joints.


Yoga is highly recommended for people with arthritis to increase flexibility, keep joints moving properly and relieve stiffness.

Eating a healthy diet is also incredibly important to maintain your weight and benefit your overall health. Focusing on getting plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are naturally anti-inflammatory, may also help.

Beyond exercise and eating right, the following natural methods can help to relieve the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis:

  • Use hot or cold packs. Heat relaxes muscles, cold reduces inflammation and swelling.

  • Use ArthroSoothe capsules and ArthroSoothe cream. Designs for Health included powerful joint support nutrients in ArthroSoothe capsules that help joints repair, stay lubricated, resist inflammation and enhance free movement and function. A perfect complement to the encapsulated ArthroSoothe is the ArthroSoothe cream, which, in addition to being a wonderful moisturizer, helps to alleviate the discomfort associated with overused joints and muscles. This powerful duo mens less pain and more activities. These can also be used safely with TRF 150.

  • Get regular massages.

  • Try relaxation techniques like meditation, prayer, guided imagery and relaxation CDs.

  • Consider alternative treatments. Biofeedback can help you to become more aware of your body's reaction to pain, and may help you learn how to control the reactions. Acupuncture, which involves inserting small needles into specific points on your body, can also help to relieve pain.

Finally, if you have arthritis pay attention to your body. If you feel fatigued, don't push yourself; and be careful not to strain your joints (such as to open a jar). Do things that will make your life easier (like using a jar opener or having someone open the jar for you) and whenever possible use your large muscles and large joints to perform daily tasks.

Above all else, remember that arthritis is a condition that you can manage. Staying optimistic and positive about the future will ensure that you stay in control of the condition and, studies have found, will help you experience less pain and make fewer visits to the doctor.


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Arthritis Foundation

Ralph Sanchez's Comments

The pain and inflammation associated with arthritic joint disease can be a very debilitating and life-altering condition. Medications to ease the pain and discomfort are not without their own drawbacks. Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) can cause liver and kidney disease, and can damage the lining (mucosa) of the digestive tract. NSAIDs are known to increase the  chance of heart attack or stroke, ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines

To say the least, NSAIDs are not a wise choice for joint pain relief. Natural options include Designs for Health ArthroSoothe, CelerEase, and the new and exciting TRF-150.

ArthroSoothe contains powerful joint support nutraceutical compounds that are important for joint tissue repair, and for soothing inflammation. Another ArthroSoothe product, ArtroSoothe  Cream,  is a handy topical application designed to alleviate discomfort associated with overused joints and muscles.


CelerEase is a proprietary extract of celery seed that supports the reduction of joint inflammation and its related discomfort. CelerEase provides natural joint pain relief without the serious potential side effects associated with NSAIDs. In a study comparing CelerEase to NSAIDs, CelerEase was even more effective in relieving pain than the NSAID.

A very promising nutraceutical that just became available is TRF 150. TRF 150 (Tissue Regeneration Factor)  contains proteins (found in bone and bovine milk) that have been shown to activate the bone and cartilage-forming process. The protein complex, Cyplexinol™, is a bone-derived protein/collagen complex containing Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMPs) and key growth factors. For joint health, TRF 150’s Cyplexinol™ is beneficial for the maintenance and repair of articular cartilage, which covers the surface of a joint where the ends of bones meet. TRF 150 is a must for anyone diagnosed with degenerative joint disease.

For more information on the products mentioned above, click on the respective links above, or go to

Sincerely, Ralph Sanchez, L.Ac.,CNS,D.Hom.


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