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Jan De Vries - National Arthritis Week - Herbs To Aid Mobility

Monday, 12 October 2009

National Arthritis Week began today with events taking place up and down the country.

Jan De Vries - World Renowned Naturopath

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Although it is said that the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known, a relation to infection, allergy, metabolic disorders or endocrine problems are postulated. The disease is more common in temperate climates.


Symptoms may include general weakness; inability to achieve as much as much physically as previously; extreme fatigue upon rising in the morning; pains in the lower back, knees or other joints; a very stiff feeling when kneeling and getting up; tingling sensations in finger-tips and hands; swellings and tenderness in one or more joints; and sometimes unexplained weight loss.

Dietary advice

Incorrect diet greatly contributes towards producing illnesses such as arthritis and rheumatism. The diet should be completely natural and acid-forming foods, particularly pork, should be excluded. The blood is naturally 80% alkaline and alkaline-forming foods such as fruit, vegetables, yoghurt and seeds should be eaten often. Potassium-rich foods such as potatoes, bananas, dates, figs, molasses, cider vinegar, apricots and raisins are excellent for arthritis sufferers. In addition, a fresh salad should be eaten daily, and foods such as honey, cottage cheese and brown rice are also beneficial. Avoid sugar, refined flour, salt, citrus fruits, butter, cream and tomatoes

What herbal remedies would you recommend for people with arthritis?

Devils Claw
Vitamin C
Joint Mobility Factors
Golden Grass Tea
Jan de Vries Herbal Tea

Are there exercises you can recommend for people who have arthritis?

Acupuncture can be of great benefit for people with arthritis. I also recommend some manipulative therapies, and cranial therapies

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Arthritis Facts
Arthritis is a serious national health problem affecting nearly three quarters of a million men and women, even affecting up to 1000 children in Ireland.

Common Facts:

1 in 6
Over 1 in 6 people have some form of arthritis in Ireland. This means 714,000 Irish people have arthritis. Some 34% of women and 23% of men are affected by arthritis.

Over 100 Types
There are over 100 types of arthritis.

Visits to the Doctor
Over 30% of GP visits relate to arthritis.

A significant majority of people suffering from arthritis have osteoarthritis (OA). This is the "wear and tear" form of arthritis and results in joint and cartilage damage and increased risk of orthopaedic dependencies. The majority of Irish people over 55 years of age have X-Ray evidence of OA at some joint in their body.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
40,000 people have the severe inflammatory form called rheumatoid arthritis (RA). 70% of these rheumatoid arthritis patients are women.

Osteoarthritis In Women
Women are likely to be affected 2-3 times more than men by OA.

Affects All Ages

18% of arthritis patients are less than 55 years old.

Juvenile Arthritis
Arthritis affects 1 in 1000 children which makes it about as common as childhood diabetes.

Patient Care

Over 60% of patients remain in the primary care system after diagnosis.

Arthritis & Disability

Arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability in Ireland. A significant burden of ill health and disability is attributable to arthritis.

Arthritis & Work

70% of rheumatoid arthritis patients cannot work outside the home due to their disease. It is estimated that the costs of arthritis to the state in terms of lost working hours per annum is €1.6 billion.

Early Diagnosis & Treatment

Many forms of arthritis are associated with co-morbidities and early mortality. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent long-term disability and / or disfigurement.

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For more information on National Arthritis Week:
"If you'd like a free copy of Arthritis Ireland's Drugs and Complementary Therapies booklet or if you have any queries about arthritis during National Arthritis Week or ANY week, just call LoCall 1890 252 846 from 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday."

Jan De Vries