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CAN INJURIES AND PHYSICAL STRESS CAUSE ARTHRITIS?

Patients afflicted with arthritis are usually in a condition of exhaustion and chronic fatigue. Studies also reveal that most persons with arthritis have been under severe stress for prolonged periods before onset of the disease.

In order to give an intelligent answer to the question: “Can injuries and stress cause arthritis?”, we must first agree on the definition of the word “stress.”

In a way, all diseases are caused by stress. That is, if we give the word “stress” a meaning which modern medical thinking has given to it in recent years. According to the greatest authority on stress, famous Dr. Hans Selye, of the University of Montreal, Canada, stress could be defined as anything that harms or damages the body. Stress is not only what the general public means when it talks about the “stresses of modern living.” Included also are such things as bacterial and viral infections, insufficient or unbalanced diet, inadequate sleep, lack of exercise, and nutritional deficiencies. Of course, anxiety, mental exhaustion, and constant worries and fears are more commonly understood forms of stress. But such things as x-ray, most drugs, constipation, polluted air, toxic residues in foods, fever, tissue damage (by sprain, blows, or cuts), pain, poor appetite, bad digestion, sweating, vomiting, etc. are all forms of stress

Now, when man is in perfect health, enjoys adequate nutrition, has a strong, healthy body and mind, possesses a clean bloodstream, and has all the vital organs and glands in tip-top working condition—most, if not all, injuries and stresses can be easily overcome, needed repairs can be made quickly, and no. serious deleterious aftereffects are left. In other words, if you are healthy you don’t get sick! But how many of us can qualify for the above description of perfect health?

Injuries and undue physical strains to the joints or other parts of the body can contribute to the development of arthritis if the body is already in a debilitated state, suffers from serious nutritional deficiencies, and/or is overloaded with accumulated toxins. In such a case, the damaged joints or muscle can become the focal point of the disease.

Thus, injuries and stresses, per se, do not cause arthritis, but they may contribute to its development when the body’s resistance is lowered.

Dr. Hans Selye refers to arthritis as one of the “stress diseases.” Adrenal exhaustion from prolonged stress is one of the major causes leading to the development of arthritis. The pituitary and/or adrenal glands, due to prolonged stress and consequent impaired metabolism, are no longer able to function normally and produce cortisone, desoxycortisone, aldosterone, and other hormones. Severe hormonal imbalance will be the result which leads to a further metabolic derangement and severely lowered resistance to further stress from infections, drugs, toxic substances in foods, etc.

To make sure that injuries and stresses do not cause permanent damage and lead to the development of serious chronic conditions, such as arthritis, you must see that your general health condition and resistance to disease is always at the optimal level.

“Meeting the demands of stress,” as famed nutritionist Adele Davis calls it, should be your first consideration. This could be best done by adopting a new way of life as outlined in this book. The well-balanced diet, which will supply the pituitary and adrenal glands with all the nutrients necessary for adequate hormone production, is an absolute necessity. A diet rich in unprocessed fresh vegetables, fruits, grain, seeds, milk, and milk products will supply your glands with all the needed nutritional elements and keep your body well prepared to meet the “demands of stress.”

Let me remind you again that vitamin C is known as an antistress vitamin. Vitamin C stimulates the adrenal glands and increases the production of cortisone. Be sure that you get ample amounts of this vitamin, perhaps the most important one of all. Take up to 1,000-1,500 milligrams a day or even more when under an unusual stress or subject to injuries. Fresh and/or desiccated liver, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, and wheat germ oil are other foods with antistress factors. They are rich in vitamin B-complex, including pantothenic acid, which is known to be an important antistress vitamin, especially in correcting the condition of adrenal exhaustion. Adele Davis recommends supplementing the diet with 400-500 milligrams of pantothenic acid daily, taken 100 mg. at a time, with three to four hour intervals, in times of stress.

Of course, many other vitamins and minerals could be considered as vital antistress factors, especially vitamins E, D, and A. Be sure that your diet is well supplied with all the necessary nutritional elements to keep you well prepared for the “stresses of life.”

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