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NSAIDS & How they Damage the Body

17th June 2018 by Neil Meekings

We are often mislead by complicatedmedical terminology that can literally turn us off from investigating things a little further. Take for instance the reasoning by which the medical fraternity looks upon things like osteoarthritis also known as degenerative joint disease. This name is actually very misleading;

The words do not accurately describe the pathophysiology of the condition. The term osteoarthritis literally means inflammation of a bony joint but the most common clinical presentation of the condition is one of articular cartilage breakdown without joint swelling, heat, or any other markers of inflammation. The more appropriate term for osteoarthrosis or degenerative joint disease is understood as a non-inflammatory degenerative process. The notion of treating a non-inflammatory condition with an anti-inflammatory medication is bound to have body wide long-term detrimental effects.

So what they are saying here is that we actually have degeneration but we will call it inflammation and apply an anti inflammatory that literally prevents cartilage production in order to decrease pain levels. But your joints are going to be worse!!! and much more besides.

Isn't this thinking just unbelievably ignorant?

It also important to remember pain has a physiologic function: if a joint produces pain when it is used, it is a signal for the body to use that joint less or else the structure eliciting the pain will be further damaged. Taking medications can give you the feeling that things are better so then you begin to load that joint and create even more turmoil and degeneration.

One study focused on a group of patients with hip osteoarthritis who needed to have a joint replacement in the not-too-distant future. They were randomly prescribed an NSAID, aspirin-like drug, or acetaminophen. Over the next months, the patients were asked about their joint pain, and radiographs of their hips were taken. The patients given the NSAID had more progression of their hip radiographs and needed to have joint replacements performed in half the time as the group given acetaminophen. The authors speculated why this occurred. They noted that the NSAID might have prevented normal cartilage turnover and repair, and accelerated the joint degeneration; or, more likely, the potent medication decreased joint pain and those subjects were therefore more active. This has led to the suggestion that potent NSAIDs can lead to “analgesic joint,” which can develop when pain is relieved by the NSAID, thus increasing the joint use and subsequent load on the joint, causing accelerated joint degeneration and ultimate need for joint replacement, especially if the excessive joint load continues.

There are many studies directing us to all kinds of body wide complications from taking NSAIDS, just do a google search and educate yourself. 

Yes we know the problem is painful and sore but there are other ways to fix it and repair very well, but you have to treat the body with the respect that it deserves. Our bodies are a highly super intelligent system that will given the right circumstances regenerate and repair itself.

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