On March 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new data on the prevalence of arthritis in the USA. More than 54 million adults (23%) in the USA report arthritis diagnosed by a doctor, and almost 60% are of working age (18–64 years old). 24 million adults with arthritis report that the disease limits their daily activities, which represents an increase of about 20% since 2002. Most have osteoarthritis, but rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia are other common diagnoses in the report.
The burden of arthritis goes well beyond pain, stiffness, swelling, and restricted movement of a joint. Difficulties in lifting a grocery bag, walking to the car, holding a cup, and bending or kneeling are common. Comorbidity with heart disease, diabetes, or obesity is particularly high, leading to further restrictions in activity for many, and a downward spiral of ill health. Work becomes impossible for many with severe arthritis, and mental health disorders are common, with a third of those aged 45 years or more with arthritis also reporting anxiety or depression.
Poor management is common, with many arthritis sufferers prescribed opioids, contributing to the opioid misuse epidemic in the USA. Safer, effective, disease-specific options exist. Pain, fear of pain, and lack of knowledge about what exercise is safe all limit activity. Regular physical activity can reduce pain and improve function in some patients, while recognizing that a quarter of all patients with arthritis have severe joint pain, and some are almost immobile.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, meaning humans and other animals must ingest them for good health because the body requires them but can’t make them from other food components. The term refers to fatty acids required for biological processes, and not those that only act as fuel. Often sourced from fish oils and flax seed oils, essential fatty acids have been heavily researched in the medical community. Numerous articles in the medical literature support the use of omega-3 fatty acids, especially from fish sources, in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 Oils
The position of chemical bonds in a fatty acid molecule determines the name of the molecule. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are the most important types. Over the past 100 years a dramatic change in our diet has occurred. We have invented an industry of prepared foods made in factories and shipped to consumers via supermarkets. With this “invention”, product shelf-life became a premium. Essential fatty acids, on the other hand, kill shelf-life because they have a tendency to go rancid when exposed to heat, light and oxygen. At the same time, large commercial oil manufacturers began producing the refined vegetable oils we are now so familiar with. Currently, 4 oils (soybean, cottonseed, corn, and canola) account for 96% of the vegetable oil use in the U.S. The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of these combined oils is between 12:1 and 25:1. An estimate of the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in our diet 100 years ago is between 3:1 and 5:1. This dramatic shift away from omega-3 and toward omega-6 oil consumption is thought to be one of the leading factors in the rise of chronic illnesses, especially cardiovascular diseases over the past century. Modern agricultural practices have a dramatic effect on the essential fatty acid ratios of animal products. For example, a free-range chicken egg has a omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 1:3, while a corn fed USDA chicken egg has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 19:4. To regain a balanced essential fatty acid ratio in our diet is almost impossible without supplementing our diets with high levels of omega-3 containing oils such as flaxseed oil or concentrated fish oil supplements.
Doctors in our practice have provided bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to thousands of patients over the years, including several hundred individuals using pellet insertion. The dramatic benefits we have seen have led us to a further review of the literature. What we have found is a convincing body of evidence supporting the use of hormone replacement in general, and by pellets in particular, in many groups of women,and in men.
Bioidentical, natural hormones are hormones that have the same biochemical structure to those produced by the human body. These hormones are plant derived, natural hormones that are then chemically changed to mirror human hormones. Because they are not artificial molecules designed by pharmaceutical companies, they cannot be patented. Bioidentical hormones are available through compounding pharmacies as ordered specifically by a doctor. They are also available in many different forms, including capsules, sublingual tablets, drops, creams, patches, injections and subcutaneous pellets. The choice of delivery method often depends on the individual patient’s needs, and some methods can be more effective than others.Continue Reading
“If you suffer from sinus issues then nasal ozone is a must for you!
“I have been doing nasal ozone on a monthly basis for over a year. I haven’t had laryngitis for over a year now! For a singer who uses their voice with daily practice and weekend performances, nasal ozone has reduced the inflammation in my nose and throat. I still will have occasional allergy flare ups, but I am still able to sing through it!
“Thanks to Dr. Sosin for bringing the safest and best therapies for all of us. Also, a personal thanks to all the medical assistants who administer the nasal ozone. Always punctual, kind and efficient! Thank you again for all you do for us! With much gratitude.” – FZ
Pain medications are not helping or you can’t get off drugs?
Unable to exercise or do the things you like?
The ability to move and act is vital to continued survival and happiness. People who can no longer lead an active lifestyle due to pain or limited range of motion are at an extreme disadvantage. They are limited in the activities that they once enjoyed and very often have worsening chronic illness including osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and others.
Present day conventional therapies include pain medication, steroids and surgery which are treatments that may not handle the problem and can actually worsen the condition. Stem cells and Prolozone are minimally invasive therapies that actually help the body regenerate tissue while reducing or even eliminating pain and inflammation. Get back the lifestyle you enjoy!Continue Reading
Our patients are having astounding success using Prolotherapy combined with ozone (Prolozone). This therapy is excellent for patients with weak or damaged connective tissue causing pain and inflammation in the joints such as the knee, elbow, wrist, shoulder, low back, and other areas. Those with arthritis and sports injuries have seen excellent results as well.
If you have reduced range of motion or pain that prevents you from enjoying the physical activity you love, prolozone is likely the treatment for you. Here’s a recent success from one of our patients.
“Approximately 5 months ago I injured my left knee. There were a multitude of injuries to it. I had 3 treatments of prolozone in 3 months. I was initially unable to walk and the pain was severe.
“After my last treatment in December, I am a new person. The pain is totally gone and I can walk and run with no pain. These treatments have given me my life back. I am so grateful!” –R.M.
Dr. Wittenberg received her B.A. in Biology from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and attended Drexel University in Philadelphia for her Master’s Degree in Public Health and her Medical Degree. She and her husband, an Emergency Medicine doctor, then migrated to the warmth of Southern California for residency training. She is a graduate of the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Program, and is Board-certified in Family Medicine.Continue Reading