I am starting the Spring with a massive flare-up of my old lower back injury and osteoarthritis in my Sacroiliac Joint (SI Joint) which has had me at bed rest and unable to stand and walk for 3 days. This all started with a traumatic back accident at 7 years old. My SI joint and pelvis are very unstable, the SI joint is dysfunctional and the bone injury permanent. I developed osteoarthritis young and have bone spurs around the area and herniated disc. I learned how to manage my condition by eating to reduce pain, staying mobile by exercising daily and building very strong and balanced muscles to brace my back and joints in place. I am a sucker for corrective training and have really reduced the occurrence of my flareups. They're once a year instead of monthly. Can I do better? I sure can! Every time I have a crisis, I learn something new about "why", the triggers and make a new commitment to further improve my lifestyle and diet. I learned new thing this time about range of motion of my movements, warming up "enough" (that will be a future newsletter) and how pizza can start a crisis!
I suspect you too may suffer from joint pain in your body. More than 55 millions Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and related conditions, including fibromyalgia, gout, lupus, Lyme disease, psoriatic arthritis, bursitis, scleroderma, Reiter's syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, and ankylosing spondylitis (also an issue of mine in my upper thoracic spine). Indeed, arthritis and other diseases of the muskuloskeletal system are the rimary source of disability in the United States today. And guess what, arthritis can be reversible and in some cases, curable with proper diet and lifestyle changes. These simple changes can not only relieve inflammation and pain but stop degeneration and rejuvenate the affected joints. And I have decided to board this train starting May 22nd, after my move.
I have decided to challenge myself to stop my bone degeneration and rejuvenate my SI joint and attempt to CURE my arthritis in one year. I spent the past 3 days going back to my nutrition school manuals, scanning the recent research about cases of completely cured arthritis and deformities that were reversed. I read about hands that were crippled and bone spurs that reverted. Personally, I have had one instance of bone spur in my knee that got reverted 2 years ago after working on my lifestyle and diet and introducing certain corrective training exercises. I don't know why I did not think earlier that I maybe could maybe do the same for my back.
As I am stuck in my antigravity chair icing my low back and taking 1,000mg pure vitamin C every 30 minutes, I am devising my new "Arthritis Reversal" diet, which is taking my current diet from good to great and making changes to my supplements. I also have a superstar back specialist in my corner, Dr. Andrew Illig (www.oasmd.com), who's been in my corner every time I find myself immobilized. He specializes in orthopedic care, pain management and rehabilitation of back and neck injuries. He understands the importance of diet and exercise. His motto is always "the more you move, the better you feel" in cases like mine. One day without exercise and I stiffen and hurt. He is also conservative and thinks that surgery should really be last resort and what I am doing should keep me away from the scalpel for another 40 years!
Funny how the progressions in my career as a holistic health and nutrition coach have followed personal crisis, a little like the quote by Christopher Harrison above.
There are many more rules than those I am currently outlining. It is a simple strategy but it will take motivation and support to stick with it. One thing that is very exciting about my new "Reverse Arthritis" diet is that it also is a fountain of youth. My liver, skin and hair are going to love this. Nothing wrong about beach readiness as a side benefit. My exercise regimen is also going to change a bit and include new activities that hydrates the joints like antigravity workouts which I just got certified to teach last week and will be teaching at Crunch Fitness and hopefully in Nyack, NY where I'll be moving to part-time in two weeks.