Managing arthritis the natural way

Arthritis can strike at any age, but a three-step plan of healthy eating, supplements and physical therapy could bring relief to this debilitating condition

For many, arthritis is a painful and debilitating condition that can affect various aspects and the quality of life. But it doesn’t have to be. The founder of The Arthritic Association, Charles de Coti-Marsh, spent 25 years developing a regime that manages the pain of arthritis in a natural, drug-free way.

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA), known as the “wear and tear” disease, which affects mainly older age groups. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in the joint, leading to destruction of the joint itself. This can begin at any age, but usually starts in the thirties and forties.

OA is a degenerative condition where the joints have been damaged through ageing or abnormal forces passing through them. In the past it was thought that these abnormal forces were due to an old injury, poor posture, overuse from activities such as sport, or from carrying excess weight.

However, a growing number of medical researchers suspect there must be a reason why some people are more prone to having joints that suffer from a high degree of wear and tear while others don’t. One of the reasons could be genetic predisposition.

Genes, found in every living cell, are the “blueprint” for life. Each living cell constantly replicates itself in a process known as mitosis. Energy, derived from food, is required for this process.

Charles de Coti-Marsh believed that a healthy diet, rich in natural and unprocessed foods could minimise the ageing process by increasing the body’s energy levels so that cells are replicated more accurately during mitosis.

He developed his own eating regime for those with arthritis, based on fresh fruit and vegetables, little or no red meat, but plenty of cheese and wholegrains. He asked his patients to avoid foods that tended to deplete energy stores, including refined foods and alcohol, although he agreed that a small glass of wine taken daily could be beneficial. He complemented this dietary regime with his own homeopathic preparations and food supplements and suggested that a course of physical therapy would benefit most patients.

Throughout his life de Coti-Marsh was constantly researching into natural methods of managing arthritis and developing his treatment programme. In fact, he was so successful in helping arthritis sufferers he wanted the programme to be available for everyone and so founded The Arthritic Association in 1942.

Today, the association carries on the work of de Coti-Marsh to benefit its members and all those who suffer with arthritis. It is a researchled charity, actively funding projects that increase the knowledge base about arthritis.

Members are offered a three-part programme – a healthy eating regime, optional use of preparations and supplements, and physical therapy through a national network of professional physical therapists – to help manage their arthritic symptoms. A qualified nutritionist monitors the eating habits of every participating member and can offer advice and support to help minimise the effects of arthritis.

Gold membership costs £6 annually with a one-off joining fee of £14, where you will receive the full package of benefits. Alternatively you can support the association by becoming a silver member at an annual subscription of £6.

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