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1 in 4 US Adults Disabled by Arthritis: CDC

Today in the U.S., 54 million adults — 1 in 4 — are afflicted with arthritis, according to CDC statistics reported by MedicineNet.com. This is a 20 percent jump since 2002. Depending on the severity, arthritis symptoms vary from stiffness and swelling to inability to perform simple tasks such as holding a glass or walking a short distance.

While the article doesn’t specify whether all of these persons have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or osteoarthritis (OA) — or if the numbers are a combination of both — it does suggest that there are natural ways to reduce the symptoms, such as exercise and weight loss.

Unfortunately, many people resort to prescription pain relievers such as narcotics when their symptoms become severe — and that can lead to a spiral of drug dependence and even more loss of independence of living. Before you turn to narcotics for arthritis management, why not try some key components of my RA treatment protocol? You can begin with an astaxanthin supplement, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidant with very powerful pain control properties.

Also, since vitamin D deficiency is associated with the development of RA, make sure to get plenty of sun exposure, or in lieu of that, take a vitamin D supplement, which can help raise your vitamin D levels. Other natural anti-inflammatory substances include curcumin and ginger.

Beyond that, implementing basic lifestyle changes such as a gentle exercise program can help quell the inflammation. For example, swimming is a good, non-impact form of exercise. The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a form of psychological acupressure, is also helpful.
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