Dr. Johnson's Healthy Living Newsletter 

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Scott Johnson, D.C.
3615 Central Ave., #5
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Office:  1-239-936-9466
Website:  http://roads2health.com/DrJohnson
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Utopia Silver    

In this newsletter I am going to address the subject of arthritis.  The actual causes of arthritis will probably surprise you.  But in order to help this condition we need to know what causes the many forms of this condition.  For the purposes of this article I am going to limit my discussion to the two main types of arthritis:  Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. 
Osteoarthritis is caused by two main reasons:  1)  Trauma to the joints and/or  2)  a predominantly alkaline body chemistry.  If you were to sustain a trauma to a given joint and that body part sustained misalignment and damage;  eventually that joint will wear out if specific measures are not taken.   In this case you must do two things  #1)  Chriopractically realign the joints and #2)  rebuild the joints through targeted nutrition.  The primary product I use to accomplish this is Glucosmaine Synergy.  This product combines the power of many different supplements to rebuild the joints.  If the degeneration of the joints is particularly advanced I recommend adding in a product called Ostrophin PMG to stop any auto immune process that is destroying the joints, which is particularly important when dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis.   
Osteoarthritics also tend to have very sluggish livers.  As a result they build up a high amount of toxins in their bodies, especially guanidine.  Guanidine is the most alkaline body substance known.  This toxin builds up due to constipation, liver sluggishness and cell trauma.  Most arthritics are constipated.  As a result their livers are loaded with guanidine,  which then gets into the blood stream, causing the blood to turn alkaline.  This is in turn causes calcium (another alkaline substance) to move out of the blood and deposit into the joints.  This is where the arthritic calcifications come from.    So that leaves us with a three fold problem.  First, we have to get over the alkalosis by neutralizing the guanidine.  Second, we have to detoxify the liver.  Third,  we have to eliminate the constipation so more guanidine is not formed.  There is one product that Standard Process makes that addresses almost all of these issues:  Ostarplex.  It combines the actions of 5 different Standard Process products into one capsule.  If constipation is still present after going on this product then a product called Super II would have to be added to address that issue.  Bear in mind if degeneration of the joints is also present either or Glucosamine Synergy and/or Ostrophin PMG would need to be also taken to rebuild the joints.  
Lastly I will deal with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Rheumatoid is caused when the bodies own immune system starts attacking various joints in the bodies.  As a result it would be classified as a Auto Immune disease.  It can be tested for by a "RA Latex" blood analysis.  In dealing with Rheumatoid I would use 3 primary products:  Rumaplex, Glucosamine Synergy and Ostrophin PMG.  The later two I have already mentioned so I will deal with the Rumaplex next.  Rumaplex is composed of 8 different products that the body desperately needs in helping this condition.  This product is so complete that if a patient only will take one thing for Rheumatoid this would be the one I would recommend.  In which case a higher dosage of this product would need to be taken. 
The last thing to bear in mind in regard to helping either of these conditions is that it takes time.  Rome was not built in a day and our bodies are not rebuilt in a day either.  If it took you a whole lifetime to get into the shape you are in, it will take time to reverse this process.  Normally depending on the severity of these conditions it will take 6 to 12 months to get the job done.  Sound like a big commitment?  Not really when compared with the Medical alternative.  Medically the treatment of choice for these conditions are drugs.  Very toxic drugs.  Drugs you will be taking the rest of your life.  Drugs that do not fix the problem and in the end can leave you much worse off, as all drugs have side effects.   When taking a pure medical approach to either of these conditions you must realize that you are only treating the symptoms, nothing else.  From my perspective I would rather do as much as we can to fix the problem.  If we do this, the symptoms will disappear on their own.  The choice is ultimately up to the individual.  Until next time!

This is the title on the current issue of TIME magazine: The Age of Arthritis
We're headed for an epidemic of joint disease. What you can do to protect yourself

Posted Sunday, December 1, 2002
The first sign is often a twinge in your knee or your back or some stiffness at the base of your thumb. Or maybe you're getting out of the car and a sharp pain shoots down your leg from your hip to your calf. "Nothing serious," you think. "I must have just strained something. I'm too young to have arthritis."


Think again. If you are within even shouting distance of middle age, chances are you have osteoarthritis, a degenerative disorder in which the cartilage—the natural shock absorber that cushions the insides of your joints—begins to break down. Doctors used to think of it as a disease of old age, but they now believe that this form of arthritis, the most common of about 100 types, begins its relentless, initially painless course when you're still in your 30s, 20s or even younger. Most of the time you won't suspect anything is wrong until you're in your 40s or 50s and begin to feel those telltale twinges, signs that the disorder may be starting to affect your bones. By then the damage has been done, and even the best treatments can't do much more than ease the pain and try to maintain the status quo in what are already degenerating joints.

The situation with arthritis is about to get worse—a lot worse— and very soon. At present, doctors believe that osteoarthritis affects more than 20 million Americans. By 2020, that number is expected to reach 40 million. (More on why in just a bit.) Some experts are starting to think that even the current situation is more dire than anyone had realized. In October, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the results of the first nationwide survey measuring the total burden of arthritis and chronic joint symptoms. Their sobering conclusion: one-third of all American adults suffer from some type of joint disease.


Why Should I Return If I'm Feeling Fine?

Delays have dangerous ends. - William Shakespeare

You entered our office feeling terrible and now you are experiencing the wonders of what happens when your spine and nervous system are subluxation free. You'd be happy to return if your health deteriorates to the point where you feel terrible again but we suggest you return even if you feel fine. "Why should I return if I'm feeling fine?" you may ask.

Of course you can wait until you're miserable again, but should you? You may be making a big mistake if you wait until you have symptoms to do something about your health. Lack of pain is a poor way of determining how healthy you are.

We've all seen people looking like death warmed over who "feel fine." They are walking targets, waiting for disease to strike before they decide to do anything about their health. They "feel fine" but have no energy; they "feel fine" but sleep poorly; they "feel fine" but are tired, have aches and pains, headaches or backaches. Too many people who "feel fine" one day have a sudden heart attack, stroke, debilitating pain or are diagnosed with a serious disease such as cancer the next day. Surely "feeling fine" is no indicator of your health status.

The following news is available at:

Thirty three-percent were so sick they had to miss at LEAST one day of
school or work; 75 developed high fevers; several others required
antibiotics to treat possible side-effect infections. This is what happened
to young, strong, healthy college kids. Imagine the havoc this will cause on
the old, the very young or the infirm? This new vaccine is a DISASTER
waiting to hit you.



Baby walkers delay development?

A recent paper in the British Medical Journal says that baby walkers delay normal developmental milestones. Children who used the devices took three to four weeks longer to crawl and walk on their own. The study involved 190 babies. Because of this and injuries associated with the walkers, researchers discourage their use. (BMJ, June 22, 2002.) 

Chiropractic and Spinal Research

Did you know there are thousands of papers on the wonders of chiropractic? Is there any disease or condition you'd like to know about? Ask us.
Osteoarthritis (spinal degeneration). Just about everyone gets "wear and tear" of the joints, including the spine. Medically, osteoarthritis is regarded as an unavoidable and irreversible consequence of aging, like the graying of hair. However chiropractors have been able to do something considered impossible by medical standards: to slow, stop and even reverse osteoarthritis. OJ Ressel, DC of Canada has written a landmark paper showing that chiropractic care can halt and reverse spinal degeneration. Disc regeneration: reversibility is possible in spinal osteoarthritis. Ressel, OJ. ICA Review March/April 1989 pp. 39 -61. 
Another research paper discussed chiropractic and nutritional care contributing to the amelioration and reversal of osteoarthritis (OA). The author writes that the chiropractic adjustment realigns and restores motion to joints causing healthy regrowth of tissue. Osteoarthritis, chiropractic, and nutrition: osteoarthritis considered as a natural part of a three stage subluxation complex: its reversibility: its relevance and treatability by chiropractic and nutritional correlates. Berkson DL Med Hypotheses 1991 Dec; 36(4):356-67
Asthma. 47 asthma sufferers, aged 7 to 42, improved dramatically under chiropractic care and maintained that improvement for a two year follow-up period. The patients were seen between 14 and 44 times with most beginning care at 3 visits per week for the first 4 to 8 weeks. Improvement was based on the patient's subjective and objective symptoms as well as their use of asthma medication. Improvements ranged from 87 to 100%. (Amalu WC. Chiropractic management of 47 asthma cases. Today's Chiropractic, 29(6) Nov/Dec 2000.)

Want copies of this newsletter for your friends? Stop by the office and we'll give you some hard copies. Please remember that everyone needs to be free from subluxations so bring your friends and loved ones for a spinal checkup.

Scott Johnson, D.C.
Palms Medical Center
3615 Central Ave., #5
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Office:  1-239-936-9466
Website:  http://roads2health.com/DrJohnson
Free Gift:  http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0080/0080_01.asp